June 30th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
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Bill Clinton, Obama speak

Bill Clinton and Obama spoke Monday morning.
Bill Clinton and Obama spoke Monday morning.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton and Barack Obama talked by phone Monday morning, representatives of both sides said, as the Democrats sought to quash rumors that Clinton holds a grudge against the man who knocked his wife out of contention for the party's presidential nomination.

Obama called Clinton and they spoke for about 20 minutes Monday morning, the Obama campaign told CNN.

Clinton wants to campaign "with and for" Obama after the hard-fought primary campaign between Obama and Hillary Clinton, Clinton spokesman Matt McKenna said. Clinton "renewed his offer to do whatever he can to ensure Sen. Obama is our next president."

Watch: Obama, Clintons: Hard feelings?

Obama "had a terrific conversation with President Clinton and is honored to have his support in this campaign," Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said.

The chairman of Sen. Hillary Clinton's unsuccessful presidential bid, Terry McAuliffe, said Sunday the former president was angered by media reports suggesting he did not plan to actively support Obama in the general election.

"He was angry that these ridiculous stories were out here, and these supposed close friends of the president - none of the close friends ever got called," McAuliffe said, referring to anonymous sources quoted in some stories. "What happens, a lot of time, is people like to pretend they're close so they can tell the reporters that they're close, but, you know, they're just talking."

McAuliffe said he spoke to Bill Clinton on Sunday morning. The former president recently returned from a trip to Europe.

Obama and Hillary Clinton appeared together Friday in Unity, New Hampshire, where the former first lady said of her ex-rival, "we may have started on different paths ... (but) today our hearts are set on the same destination for America ... to elect Barack Obama as the next president of the United States."

The two had met the night before at a gathering of Clinton's biggest political donors, at which Clinton delivered the maximum legal donations to Obama's campaign from herself and her husband and Obama and his wife, Michelle, donated the maximum to Clinton's campaign - which remains mired in debt.

But some analysts read bitterness into the fact that Bill Clinton did not appear at either event and had made no personal comments supporting Obama since his wife conceded the nomination. Instead, the former president released a statement through a spokesman saying he "is obviously committed to doing whatever he can and is asked to do" for Obama.

McAuliffe said Bill Clinton merely was waiting in order to avoid taking the public's focus off of Obama and Hillary Clinton's joint appearances.

"Any time that Bill Clinton and Barack Obama speak, it's going to be big news," McAuliffe said. "They wanted this out of the way first. Now that that's over, they will speak. And I'll bet you they speak within the next 24 hours, 48 at the most."

He also joked at rumors that the ex-president remains angry at Obama from the Democratic campaign.

"This man doesn't stay mad," he said. "He can get mad for 24 hours. It's his Irish ancestry."


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  1. Peter E

    I do wonder about the true political standing of all those Obama supporters whose hatefest against the Clintons are VERBATIM republican talking points from the 90s... Some people would rather have pundits tell them what to parrot instead of think for themsleves...

    June 30, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  2. Joe Texas

    The Obama supprters shoud be thankful the Clinton's for helping him campaign, People have forgot the years when the Clinton;s left a surplus and having Obama win will make another 3rd Bush term, But and if Obama wins is because he"s got there back, and if there going to be talking of the Clinton's, son't forget she got all the battleground states, Thanks for Obama for stealing the nomination...

    June 30, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  3. Nowhere Man

    Bill probably gave him the best times to take a dip in the ole' secretarial pool in the WH.

    June 30, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  4. OBAMA OR DIE.....Washington DC

    Did anyone watch the BET awards last week? All I gotta say is McCain better watch out. SOOOOO many young people look up to these musicians who 100% support Obama. Don't for once think you won't see some of these artist come out and campaign for Obama before November. Did we forget about P Diddys "Vote or Die" campaign?!?

    I'm a 24 year blk women and I have friends from all backgrounds. Everyone I know is voting for Obama.

    McCain is out of touch with youth. He's like my grandfather. Obama has made it easier and more delightful to participate in the political elections. McOld Man DOESN'T HAVE A CHANCE!!!!!!!

    OB '08 :-)

    June 30, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  5. Lisa

    Bill and Hillary really need to retire to a far away island.

    June 30, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  6. Paul

    Bill Clinton Promised less, and exceeded the expectation as a president during1991-1999

    Obama is promising the sky like a leader from a developing country. We know how it ends. Sorry, my young friends I was like you. Government will never solve our problems, we need to do it ourselves using free market. It is not perfect, but it is the best we have so far. Do not turn US into a developing – 3rd world country..

    June 30, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  7. james

    I'm really surprised that Bill isn't supporting John McCain. After all, they both cheated on their wives many times.

    June 30, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  8. IndependentGA

    PUMAS>>>> You are a bunch of disgruntled idiots. I hope that you dont work a post office. What you need to do is get over it. The game is over.... your team didnt make it to the super bowl..... vote for who you want....No one cares.... better yet...KICK ROCKS!!!!!

    June 30, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  9. Juan Carlos(Vegas)

    McCain '08 and Hillary 2012 HOW ABOUT THAT.

    June 30, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  10. California Gold

    I'm glad they spoke on the phone. I wouldn't want to be in the same room as Bill Clinton.

    June 30, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  11. Chipster

    "The Clintons are acting like a couple of spoiled children who need constant attention so they don't throw a tantrum."

    What? Excuse me but what have the Clintons done besides back of for a while to allow Sen. Obama to take the center stage. Sen. Clinton has forcefully said she supports him and asks her supporters to do so. To those who are pouting and claiming they will vote for McCain, she asked them to reconsider and put the welfare of the nation first.

    Just because a bunch of goof-balls on the blogs claim Bill is angry and Hillary is depressed does not make it so. The Clintons have been loyal Democrats and public servants for decades. Please stop transferring the rantings of sour supporters to the Clintons. They will both work as hard as they can to help Sen. Obama because there is too much at stake for our nation not to do so.

    June 30, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  12. Willy

    Letting the Mack Daddy of Mack Daddy's go on the road for the Mack daddy. You're done BHO

    June 30, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  13. Josh,NY

    Sure, big Bill can't wait to campaign for Obama-NOT.

    June 30, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  14. Susan

    Great! Obama needs his help!

    Obama/Hillary 08

    June 30, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  15. charles

    Whoever wrote Bill Clinton is a moron, is certainly misinformed. Why don't you check into that claim.

    June 30, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  16. bpower

    Still ain't voting for OBAMA eventhough I respect Bill Clinton. The DNC is pooling something dirty and has morphed into a party I can no longer respect.

    June 30, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  17. Gladys

    Give Bill Clinton a moment to collect himself. He probably was mad as h*** that his wife lost, and now he "has to" come back and actually support Obama in his campaign. This is a serious blow to his ego.

    The Clintons and their political machine don't lose. After 8 years at the white house, followed by having a seat in the senate – the bottom must have fell out. They couldn't close the deal.

    This is like a paradigm shift. Some people get it right away and can deal with the change, while others have to catch up. Bill Clinton is one of them.

    June 30, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  18. linda from South Dakota

    well, good and fine,, BUt i found ,, doin research here that bill cliton has had some bad dealings with iraq etc,, under the sheets(no pun intended) so im not for bill joinin this at all,, do your research, ,people,, bill and hillary do anything to get what they want,,,, down with bill,, up with obama!!!!!!08,, u dont need him or hillary,,,

    June 30, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  19. sonia

    P.U.M.A.

    BILL ...THERE WILL NEVER BE AS GREAT PRESIDENT AS YOU .....

    WE LOVE YOU ..AND HILLARY AND WILL ALWAYS SUPPORT YOU IN ANYTHING U PUT HAND ON.....

    June 30, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  20. linda from South Dakota

    obama,, u dont want bill on your shoulder, trust me,, hes done more amgae in his term thats why he WAS IMPEACCHED,,,,, him and hillary will do anything to get what they want illegally,, and he also thinks hes such a " pretty boy"...lol,,, get lost bill,, obama doesnt need your kind,, gooooo obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 30, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  21. Rose

    Forget It! The Clintons are not really needed, nor are they trustworthy!
    Barack, you are better off going it alone, let them suffer, althoug I know this is not your makeup.

    June 30, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  22. Show some respect

    Please show some respect to President Clinton – who is Barack Obama? He is a two time president and well respected all over the world.

    I am surprised that Obama and his crew – Brazille, Clayburn etc wants him to campaign for Obama after race-batting and call President and Senator Clinton racist.

    I am waiting for Obama and his surrogate to publicly apologized to the Clintons.

    June 30, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  23. Obama/Clinto 08

    people make a big deal of the dems party not coming together. well it is. and hillary and bill will help. people wanted her to drop out because she was dividing the party. but why would u tell her to give up??? OBAMA/ HILLARY 08

    June 30, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  24. Carter show campaign for Obama

    Where is the Obama campaign not asking President Carter to campaign for him? The Clintons does not owe the undemocatic party anything after the way they were treated.

    Let President Carter, Clyburn, Pelosi campaign for him. After all does the Obama camp want a "racist" to campaign for him or is President Clinton no longer a "racist" now that the Obama campaign realise that they need him.

    June 30, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  25. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz

    TWO TYPE A INDIVIDUAL WITH INCREDIBLE

    INTELLIGENCE. WHILE THE DEMS TOOK THE

    HIGH ROAD, THE REPUBLICANS WON 7 OUT OF 10

    TIMES. THAT HAS NOT DONE US ANY GOOD.

    WE NEED TO START HITTING MCBUSH & HIS

    CONSTANT SLEAZE MACHINE HARD & FURIOUS.

    WE NEED TO WIN THE WHITE HOUSE,

    NOT A DEBUTANT MANNERS CONTEST.

    June 30, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
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