March 4th, 2008
10:20 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama lawyer crashes Clinton conference call

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WASHINGTON (CNN) – Barack Obama’s campaign lawyer Bob Bauer crashed a conference call convened by Hillary Clinton’s campaign Tuesday evening, sparring with Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson in an exchange that lasted several minutes.

Bauer dialed into the call that was intended to update the media on alleged irregularities in Texas caucus voting and identified himself to Wolfson’s surprise.

“Nice of you to call. How are you?” said a startled Wolfson when Bauer introduced himself.

The two men then proceeded to battle over the Clinton campaign’s complaints over caucus voting in Nevada and in Texas, with Bauer directly asking the Clinton campaign to “Stop attacking the caucus process.”

Wolfson responded by challenging Bauer to work closely with the Clinton campaign to ensure there were no irregularities in the Texas caucuses.

“I would ask you to join with us this evening in ensuring that the serious problems that are ongoing as we speak in Texas are addressed,” Wolfson said, adding that they did not hold Bauer "personally responsible.”

Bauer returned to his original charge, saying that the Clinton campaign had attempted to interfere with the process in both Iowa and Nevada, adding: “How is this (complaint) any different than the series of complaints registered against every caucus that you lose?"

After several minutes, Wolfson ended the conversation, telling Bauer he looked forward to "asking our own questions on subsequent calls of yours."

- CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Texas
soundoff (242 Responses)
  1. John

    Pretty typical. The Clintons have always done lowlife sneaky underhanded things to get what they want. Why should anyone expect anything different from her now.

    March 4, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  2. Jeff

    well that was interesting, but how 'bout some more information? Sounds like kind of a big deal, but I can't really tell what its all about...

    March 4, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  3. Amazing

    That's pretty low to pick that moment to do that. Typical, I'm not surprised at all by the Obama campaign people.

    March 4, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  4. Stan, Ohio

    Obama is desperate now .. hahahahahahhahhaahahha

    March 4, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  5. California Independent

    Obama had to call out the lawyers again. Well it worked when he used them in Illinois to get everyone else kicked off the ballot so he could run unopposed.

    Why is the Obama camp losing it? Obama is being rude to reporters, now his surrogate is being rude in front of reporters.

    Texas is considering moving towards a primary process only. Why doesn't Obama go complain to the Texas people who are complaining about the Texas process.

    March 4, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  6. tammi

    This primary is getting worse by the second. All this in fighting isn't helping the party. If Dems can do this to each other, what are the presidential elections gonna be like? Calling it a circus would be a compliment

    March 4, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  7. Chris in Va.

    This is just the start. Hillary will not accept the voting publics decision. This process will end up in the courts and will drag on forever. Typical to keep on nagging long after the argument is over.

    March 4, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  8. Chris Austin Texas

    why exactly are people from the Obama campaign crashing calls, and acting as the bully you didn't want at the pool party?

    The caucus system here in Texas is mangled. It is a burden. And this lawyer saying "Complaining about every caucus you lose" was a bit premature since the caucus's arn't even finished yet. (I have a roommate there now).

    Stop snooping into calls you're not wanted in. This is just as bad as Bush's warrantless wire tapping.

    March 4, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Does anyone else think its immature and against protocol for a lawyer of one party to slyly invite himself to someone else's conference call? I'd consider that a vote changer in my book... along with the other shady things that have come up with people in Obama's campaign. I've had enough of the surprises and shanks. I'm going with experience. God Bless Mrs. President.

    March 4, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  10. Amy in Iowa

    Someone needs to stand up to the Clinton voting game and tactics. The Clinton campaign has tried to strong arm Texas since the beginning in their training manual. Hillary is not going to steal or bully herself into this nomination.

    March 4, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  11. John

    Who-llary? lol. Get over it people. She's done. lol.

    March 4, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  12. JR, Texas

    Well, you know..action speaks louder than words! I am sure Obama will not take responsible for his Lawyer's action because he never does! Anyway, that tells the American people who are childish in this election. Supporters of Obama learn from their Master! Transparency? Get out of here! Talk the talk without action!
    Hillary 08!

    March 4, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  13. Patrick


    March 4, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |


    March 4, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  15. Jenny

    This is a new dirty trick from OBAMA again!!!

    We are done with this guy!

    Hillary-Go Go Go 2008!

    March 4, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  16. Ray - NJ

    why did he call into Clinton's conf call? How low is that?

    March 4, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  17. Amy in Iowa

    Remember Jack Nicholsons line? Well the Clinton campaign "Can't handle the truth!" Texas was supposed to be their firewall. Well the voters sure doused out that theory.

    March 4, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  18. ab

    Now that the truth is finally coming out about Obama his people are scrambling to prop up the teflon man ("all hat no cattle" indeed)

    March 4, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  19. D.L.

    Obama is one odd man and now his campaign is
    bearing it's ugly teeth!!!!

    March 4, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  20. darsaw

    Geez, grow up. You aren't helping your candidate with votes with actions like that. Do I hear similarities to 'Watergate'?

    March 4, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  21. Anonymous in Texas

    It is so ironic that it took hundreds of years for a woman and an African-American to be considered viable candidates for the Office of the President of the United States of America and that they will each contribute to each other not winning in November. Hillary will find it difficult to gather enough support from the African-American community her husband helped alienate and Obama will find it difficult to capture the Latino voters, elderly women voters, and non-college educated voters that Hillary has attracted. I feel that if the squabbles continue between Clinton and Obama, most democrat voters will not vote in November, thus, giving the victory to McCain.

    CNN – please post this. This is my 10th attempt in trying to get a post up on your website.

    March 4, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  22. Made in America!!!

    When hard work is given and experience does mean so much why oh why is it so hard to trust Mrs. Clinton/Hillary... she deserves our vote and has worked very hard for it too... No race, No gender, Just rewards for a Hard working Humane being... Think about it??

    March 4, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  23. truth_be_told33

    Could Bauer answer "how is giving away the forms several hours before that need to be distributed only inside the caucus sites after polls close is not illegal"????

    BTW, crashing into someone else call without being invited shows how desperate Obama's campaign is after losing big today...

    March 4, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  24. Mike

    All the while the Obama campaign filed lawsuits in Ohio. It's not just immature. Its hypocritical.

    March 4, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  25. David, NYC, NY

    Hillary's a crook. She'll steal this election yet-

    March 4, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
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