August 25th, 2008
05:15 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama denies rumored discord with Clintons

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Sen. Obama and Sen. Clinton had a joint event in Unity, New Hampshire in June.
Sen. Obama and Sen. Clinton had a joint event in Unity, New Hampshire in June.

(CNN) – Amid reports that Bill Clinton is frustrated with his speaking slot at the convention and Hillary Clinton wasn’t considered for Barack Obama’s running mate, the Illinois senator refuted both Monday, telling reporters that former President Clinton can speak about anything he likes and argued that Hillary was in fact looked at.

CNN reported Monday morning that President Clinton is not happy he was asked to speak Wednesday night when the theme is national security. Clinton prides himself on his administration’s economic success, a pillar of his 1992 campaign.

Watch: Hillary Clinton calls for unity

Obama says he told Clinton last week he could discuss whatever he likes.

“Bill Clinton is a unique figure in our politics,” Obama told reporters at a hastily assembled news conference Monday afternoon. “This is the only person, the only Democrat that has been re-elected since FDR and he is somebody who is equally adept at talking about domestic issues and foreign policy issues.”

“Wednesday night most of the focus is going to be about foreign policy, but Bill Clinton knows a little bit about trying to yank an economy out of the doldrums and trying to help middle class families,” Obama added. “It wouldn’t make much sense for me to want to edit his remarks to prevent him from making a strong case about why we need fundamental economic change in this country.”

Obama also pushed back against questions about his campaign not vetting Hillary Clinton, saying “one of the things I don’t want to do is start getting into all the details about my vice presidential process.”

“I’ve said publicly and I will repeat again that Senator Clinton would have been on anybody's short list and so I took her very seriously,” said Obama.

What she on his short list?

“I think you can draw that conclusion,” Obama responded.

Obama said he wasn’t concerned about the possibility of protests by Clinton supporters at the convention because the Clintons have been clear about their support for him and will “be active parts of our campaign for the remaining 70 days.”

“There are going to be some of Senator Clinton’s supporters who we’re going to have to work hard to persuade to come on board, that’s not surprising,” said Obama. “But if you take a look I think at this week, I am absolutely convinced that both Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton understand the stakes…”

soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. Love is in the Air

    Oh...me and Michelle were just talking (after I took a big hit in the polls) how we love Bill and Hillary. We were remembering the good ole days when Gore ran for office and lost to GW Bush in his 1st term and how he did not have Bill and Hillary at his side. Then there was the time when John Kerry ran for office and guess what? the same thing happen, he too took a hit in the polls and lost to GW Bush in his 2nd tern.

    I'm probably going to lose too!

    August 25, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  2. Joshua

    PUMAs Unite – Vote McCAIN in 2008 – So we can vote HILLARY in 2012 !!!!!

    Lets Stand up for Hillary after the disrespect that Obama and his supporters shown by denying him what was stolen from Hillary.

    August 25, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  3. Wisest one of All

    What the racist empty suit Hussein Nobama really means is that he has NO chance of winning without kissing the rear ends of the Clintons and the Clinton supporters. Proven fact!

    August 25, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  4. PapaBear

    Hillary will no doubt make it in 4 more years.2012
    The only problem is that Bill will be lurking in the background,giving advice...he knows all the nooks and crannies in the White house for sure.
    Obama is not the answer...McCain this time and then give Hillaruy and the Dems a shot at it.

    August 25, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  5. susie

    Obama keeps putting Hillary down.

    August 25, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  6. vw

    No matter what you said, believe it or not, the fact is discord/resentness is there.
    Anyone said to unit is a simple and pure liar.

    August 25, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  7. Independant Thinker

    Of course Obama is going to do that, He has to give the feeling that everthing is okay.

    August 25, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  8. Lucy

    We are all blessed to be American citizens, and it is a sad day when a woman such as myself and a Grandmother as well has decided not to vote at all. And my reason is the two men who are running both scare me.

    August 25, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  9. B. Smart

    PUMAS = REPUBLICANS IN DISGUISE.

    August 25, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  10. Lynn in NM

    Who cares if there is discord? He is the presumptive nominee. She lost. End of story!

    August 25, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  11. TXBad1 Never for Obama (X-Dem)

    McCain all the way 2008 and Hillary in 2012 , NO Obama , Now or Never!

    August 25, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  12. unitedwestanddevidedwefall

    CNN, FOX, and the republicans have conspired to keep this country divided along racial, finanacial, and party lines. Which is totally UNAMERICAN. This is the United States of America, NOT the UNunited States of America.

    August 25, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  13. braggingrights

    ChilWill:
    It's called divide and rule! most media attended Mcains barberque. They boarded together to sell propagada to the American public!. its a shame media outlets such as CNN, ABC and Fox have turned out to be equal with radio zimbabwe when it comes to paddling propagada and lies!

    August 25, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  14. Eyam Sofine

    Oh, Le Moderato, may I leave the limbo of awaiting moderation and Be Posted?? Let me help. It Is My Opinion, and so You Are Cool. Books like "Betrayed", and "China Threat" are just, well they are factual, but let's say they are Just Opinion. Opinion, Opinion, Opinion–That is what is listed here. Glad I could be of service.

    August 25, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  15. CENTER POLITICS

    SINCE WHEN THE LOOSER GET SOME MUCH RESPECT. I DON'T SEE ROMEY DEMANDING AS MUCH RESPECT AS THE CLINTON'S SUPPORTERS. LET'S FACE, ARE WILLING TO PUT YOUR PERSONAL FEELINGS BEFORE THE COUNTRY? DO RATHER FOUR MORE YEARS OF THE SAME THING? IF YOU DIDN'T WIN, TRY AGAIN. BUT FOR GOD SAKE BE A TRUE DEMOCRAT, AND IF YOU WANT TO SUPPORT THE REPUBLICAN WELL FINE, IT IS A FREE COUNTRY BUT PLEASE DON'T COME BACK TO THE PARTY IN FOUR YEAR DEMANDING RIGHTS. BY THE WAY DO YOU KNOW THAT 40% OF REPUBLICAN ARE WILLING TO SUPPORT OBAMA?

    August 25, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  16. Edgar - Orlando

    The Democratic Party leaders made a huge mistake on not accepting Hillary on the ticket.

    Shame on you Obama !!!!!

    To all Obama supporters come Novermber you will realized your obama made a bad choice when he loses.

    As a 911 suvivor I want a commander and chief. in the white house. Hillary and Mccain are ready.

    Obama is a Joke !!!

    I'm a Democrat for 33 years and will vote Mccain for the first time in my life.

    August 25, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  17. CAROLYN

    what do you think a convention is? it's been great just yo see the beauty of the crowd all ethnic groups partying it's a sight to behold. go obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 25, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
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