September 11th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
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Bill Clinton predicts big Obama win

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Sen. Obama met with former president Clinton in Harlem Thursday in their first extended sit-down meeting since Obama defeated Sen. Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton predicted Barack Obama will "win" this fall's election and "will win pretty handily.”

The two men chatted with reporters in a photo-op at Clinton's Harlem office before sitting down for a private lunch.

Clinton is scheduled to campaign for Obama in Florida later this month. According to aides, the former president will appear at a mix of fundraisers and campaign events on behalf of the Democratic ticket throughout the fall.

"We're putting him to work," said Obama.

Clinton said he’d "agreed to do a substantial number of things, whatever I'm asked to do.”

Obama smiled at Clinton's prediction that he would take the White House: "There you go, you can take it from the President of the United States. He knows a little something about politics."

The image of the two men meeting comes as a relief to many Democrats who have been hoping to put to rest the "Clinton-Obama rift" storyline. Both Clintons praised Obama in their convention speeches, but agreed a face-to-face meeting with the president was a necessary step in putting the contentious primary season behind both camps.

The two men were said to be dining on a mix of sandwiches, salads and pizza from the lunch chain Cosi.

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  1. Spencer from VA

    It's an uphill battle for McSame/Palin when you have to compete against this well oiled machine which is the CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN CAMPAIGN.

    LANDSLIDE 11/4/08

    September 11, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. GA for Obama

    SueM- NEWSFLASH! Obama hasn't lost ANY support..you don't know a thing

    September 11, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. faye, NV

    We know the Dem will pull together and let no-one underestimate our strength.

    THERE IS NO WAY WE WILL LET THE REP WILL.

    September 11, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. Annie

    I guess Obama finally came to Bill with hat in hand after snubbing Hillary. Oh well,,,,,looks like whitey will save him after all.. Now don't take that wrong, I meant whitey because Bill's hair is white. I don't want no one to think I meant that any other way.....lmao

    September 11, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. FreeNLovIt

    Palin has no love for preservation of the environment
    Palin has no sympathy for special needs kids
    Palin has only enough time and love for her family

    McCain will only serve the few, the proud, the Lobbyists...

    September 11, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. John McPain

    FACTS TAX PLAN:

    MCCAIN …………. OBAMA
    Income ……. Avg tax bill ……. Avg. tax bill
    Over $2.9M …. -$269,364 (-4.4%)… +$701,885 (+11.5%)
    $603K and up…. -$45,361 (-3.4%)… +$115,974 (+8.7%)
    $227K-$603K…… -$7,871 (-3.1%)…….. +$12 (+0.0%)
    $161K-$227K…… -$4,380 (-3.0%)….. -$2,789 (-1.9%)
    $112K-$161K…… -$2,614 (-2.5%)….. -$2,204 (-2.1%)
    $66K-$112K …… -$1,009 (-1.4%)….. -$1,290 (-1.8%)
    $38K-$66K …….. -$319 (-0.7%)….. -$1,042 (-2.4%)
    $19K-$38K …….. -$113 (-0.5%)……. -$892 (-3.6%)
    Under $19K ……… -$19 (-0.2%)……. -$567 (-5.5%)

    All of you would get a bigger tax cut under Obama and you would pay $4,000 for health care under McPain. Look to the real issues.

    September 11, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. Joe, from NY

    THANK YOU BILL

    WHERE ARE THE REST OF THE DEMOCRATIC ELDERS COMING TO OBAMA'S DEFENSE????

    Al Gore?
    Chris Dodd?
    John Kerry?
    Richardson?
    Reid?
    Pelosi...you can stay home.

    THE REPUBLICANS STICK TO THEIR OWN THROUGH TRUTH AND LIES. OBAMA NEEDS THE ESTABLISHMENT'S SUPPORT AND EACH ONE OF YOU HAVE BEEN NOTICABLY ABSENT SINCE THE END OF THE CONVENTIONS. WHY CAN'T THE DEMOCRATS RALLY BEHIND THEIR MAN? DO WE WANT TO LOSE AGAIN? NO!!!

    COME ON GUYS GET OUT THERE AND GET DIRTY SO OBAMA CAN STICK TO THE ISSUES!!!!!

    SAVE THIS COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 11, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. Mike

    Bill Clinton will work pretty hard to elect Barack Obama because he like everyone else has seen the country deteriorate under Bush leadership and he also recognizes that Obama is capable of fixing it. That and he already defeated one Bush, so he knows how Obama can beat another....John McSame!!!!!!

    September 11, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. Arden

    Its great to see the two of them together. They both need to encourage people that Joe Biden is a great pick and the right choice. Making Joe Biden feel guilty isn't going to get Barack into the White House. Joe Biden may not wear lipstick and be as pretty but I feel very comfortable with him as a Vice President; Sarah Palin is to much of a "wild card" for this election. She would be better off in 2012.

    September 11, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. Samuel

    How come? I mean McCain is a POW. The surge definately worked. So why?

    September 11, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Obamabot whaaambualnce

    Somewhere Keith Olbermann is openly sobbing about how this election has slid away, and that he'll now have to come up with something more constructive than a show full of snide remarks...

    September 11, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    Uhhbama just needs to keep his foot out of his mouth to have any hope of winning. This clown is the biggest joke I have ever seen. He and Biden look like a vaudeville act. God help us if any of these dolts get into the White House.

    September 11, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. JV

    This is true Obama will win big- I am going to say he will win Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina and get this folks TEXAS. Remember you read it here first.....

    September 11, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. chip

    David: Awesome work. I had thought about doing a similar search as yours. Glad you did so I don't have to. Of course, most of the readers on this blog won't let the facts confuse them, the want CHANGE.

    I'm afraid that's all that'll be left in our bank accounts if Obama gets in.

    September 11, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. Listen Up...

    Great news. Obama needs more surrogates with teeth! Everyone is biting on the repub side. We need more people to put the pressure on so that Obama doesn't have to.

    September 11, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. MONI

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08
    HILLARY/SARAH 12 (IF PALIN COMES TO HER SENSES)

    September 11, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. Hoping

    By the way, does no one find it just a little coincidental that Palin's son is 1- Going to Iraq now when they are supposed to be slowly withdrawing troops (as per Barack Obama)
    2- Leaving on 911

    As a 44 year old white soccer mom of 3, I say that she is disgusting.

    September 11, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. Obamabot whaaambualnce

    Hillary 2012

    September 11, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. Snoozi

    TO DAVID

    First place for missed votes in the current congressional session goes to John McCain, Barack Obama comes in third place. For all of you out there that want the real truth, you can find their voting records on the internet any time you want. David needs to check his facts better.

    Obama/Biden 08
    You can spread all your rumors but it will come to bite you, you know where

    September 11, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. Tony

    What is Palin hoping for...to become Pres. and have Todd be her First MOONDOGGIE???

    Excuse me while I puke!

    September 11, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. Mc'same's Health Plan

    Do you realize if he wins, Employers will be taxed for offering Health Insurance to their employees? If so why should they? I want my kids to go to College and can't afford it, I need the Big O to be in the White House fighting for me and mines; thank your very much! Don't be fooled!

    September 11, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. Helene

    And he should know what he talking about. He has been elected and re-elected. Go Obama, Defeat the Grand Old Pig (GOP).

    September 11, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. Frank

    W.C. Clinton has lost all political clout. What voter base is Obama looking to get from Bill? The sexual predator base?

    September 11, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. tigerakabj

    Thank you Bill. I was extremely disappointed in you during the primaries. Welcome back to your senses. It wasn't too long ago you were in Obama's position so lets take this country back from the likes of Rove and Bush.

    Obama/Biden 2008/2012.

    September 11, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. Alex_58

    Wow, you mean Bill Clinton wants the Democratic candidate to win? What a revelation. Thanks, CNN!

    September 11, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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