June 30th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
6 years ago

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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soundoff (451 Responses)
  1. R. Cooper

    It's about time Bill!

    June 30, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. Karriem

    This is fablous!!!!

    June 30, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. Kevin

    Obama: Hey Bill, welcome aboard
    Bill: Ye Whatever homie
    Obama: We're going to take back the White House in November!
    Bill: Not if I can help it.
    Obama: I need ya Bill
    Bill: Ye you need me like I need a hole in the head
    Obama: Ya'll come over for dinner Michelle's a great cook.
    Clinton: Chit'lins, watermelon, and collards? I'm there!!!
    Obama: See ya at 7. Fist bump?
    Clinton: Not hardly

    June 30, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. Rod

    I don’t know why so many reporters on the news media think Obama and Clinton will stay mad for a long time. Let’s face it; politicians democrat or republican just want to tell the voters what they want to hear, Politicians know most of their promises would not happen. As a result, no need to stay mad with each other. They are all over promising.

    June 30, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. Clinton/Clinton '08

    Foreclosures mounting, gas prices climbing on pure speculation...does anyone care about the American Public anymore?

    June 30, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. TEXAS FOR OBAMA

    One thing they can agree on is we have had about all the Republican's we can stand. President Clinton and the next President, Barack Obama have a lot in common.

    Barack Obama is going to turn the economy around, give us hope for the future, create jobs, lower gas prices, address the housing issues and bring our wonderful Military HOME. It is so very sad to see the Fallen Hero's on CNN. God Bless their families and the Hero's that haven't come home.

    June 30, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Nina DePonca

    John McCain, Lieberman Lie

    John McCain and Joe Leiberman told "a whopper", sources tell Nina Deponca

    June 30, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. Jim Harvey

    The party and Obama need all hands on deck! The fascists republicans are just getting warmed up so lets put everything we have in our arsenal and fire back at every volley. As pleasant as people want to make it appear, the Presidential Election is a war in and of itself. the stakes are just that high.

    June 30, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. Eascogal

    That's a baby-boomer for you! You don't have to like me, you don't even have to love me, but you will respect me! I love it that former president Clinton will come to senator Obama's aid. With all the Clintons on board this party is about to ROCK all the way to the steps of the White House! Give it up for the Unified Democratic Party!

    June 30, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. Adam Bates

    I really don't care who gets president as long as they get us out of Iraq!!!

    June 30, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. MrD

    Wee all kew they would. They were campaigning for the same ideas during the primaries, which is why it all turned into a personal mud-slinging contest.

    The Democratic Party is united, it's only covert republicans commenting on here as democrats (like VVV up there) and the media wanting to overdo the drama for ratings that keep this story going.

    June 30, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. carlo

    Remember, the media LOVES this kind of devisiveness. When I tried out for moot court in law school, I literally tore into my opponents and won. Guess what we all did afterwards? Went out for drinks.

    These people know this is a contest. There probably aren't nearly as many hard feelings between the two of them as there are between the supporters.

    June 30, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. larry King Live

    who give a crap of bills legacy .....people want change so let garbage the legacy...any way america has no history,.......

    June 30, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. Mike P

    What the heck was that? That's like saying Obama ate pancakes this morning. Where's the beef, Candy?

    June 30, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. Justmyopinion2008

    Wonderful, that is what good leaders do! They talk to people even if they do not agee on all issues, that is only way to bring about world peace! Not "Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran" which is Sen. McCain's mentality. Just because one lacks basic leadership qualities does not mean that one should always demonize those that one disagrees/dislikes with! Sen. McCain should be adviced to go to re-fresher leadership program to enable him behave as one before he can tries to fool voters into voting him into CIC responsibility. While doinging that he should get help with basic Candor, given that he flip flops, a lot, and claims to misspeak and whenever he is exposed like in "Bahgdad street gate". An elephant that calls a horse a fat animal!

    June 30, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz

    OBAMA & BILL WILL DO THE JOB WE NEED DONE.

    I AM CERTAIN, BECAUSE OF THEIR INCREDIBLE

    INTELLIGENCE, THEY RESPECT & ADMIRE EACH OTHER.

    June 30, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. Andrew

    Did bill thank Obama and the DNC for giving Hillary the Whote house in 2012?

    If not, I thank them.

    June 30, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. Shelly in IL

    I hope Bill schooled Obama on the law of dirty polotics....lol

    June 30, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  19. Bill from ALabama

    There will be many such conversations in the future,and nothing much is anticipated to come out of them. The Super-delegate's and DNC's refusal to acknowledge that the race took a different course,the last half of the Democratic Primary,after the surfacing of Rev. Wright and Pfleger,has cost this Party untold support. People are wandering aimlessly,still,wondering what in the heck happened,and why the Super-Delegates did not respond according to the people's response,in that latter half of the primary. No one can really afford to outright say what they really think,due to the racial card being thrown,but everyone knows that not dealing with Obama's flaws,was a gigantic miscalculation,on the Democratic Party's part. It could have been handled,but the media would not go along with it. No matter how flawed Obama became,the media wanted to crusify everyone who noticed and commented,so everyone has just put on a smily face and said "whatever!" chaulk this one up...you can't win for loosing.

    June 30, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. Another Call

    I CALL FOR OBAMA TO GIVE UP THE NOMINATION.
    IT IS TIME FOR HIM TO WALK AWAY.
    LET SOMEONE WHO IS QUALIFIED RECEIVE THE NIMONATION.

    TIME TO LEAVE – SAY GOOD BYE

    June 30, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. Benjamin

    How important is Bill and Hillary anyway ??? Obama won the nomination, obviously the best candidate won.....

    June 30, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  22. Ken Pittsburgh

    There was a song years ago that went doN't mess with Bill
    out on the campgpain trail there is no one better.

    June 30, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. Jamaal Kansas

    Bill will help out with the blue collar crowd Obama 08

    June 30, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. CITIZENS FOR TRUTH

    TWO MENTAL GIANTS FOR SURE.

    NOW GET US OUT OF THE REPUBLICAN

    DOW THE HILL SLED.

    June 30, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. M.S. Indiana

    Denise P Quinton, please go back to your kitchen sink and clean it...

    Welcome on board Bill, we have plenty of work for you to do to too, esp. after the election is over and Obama is going to lead our great country.

    June 30, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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