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

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soundoff (242 Responses)
  1. Laughing

    I love how Clinton supporters think Obama is the negative one. That's so hypocritical and hilarious.

    March 4, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  2. sad

    let's get them on the same ticket and get on with it. Democrats love them both.

    March 4, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  3. M. J. T.

    Actually, Clinton is the crybaby...the candidate who has blamed her losses on everyone and everything possible except herself. It goes along with the Clinton history, though, all the way back to Arkansas.

    Clinton's long-touted "experience" is a total of 15 years (see Time article on presidential experience), with 8 of those being president's wife. That, my friends, is not political experience.

    HRC has proven herself, again & again over the last 15 years, to be an egotistical, hateful, personally-nasty woman who is determined to have whatever she any cost and by any means.

    Obama may prove to be no better, but I'd rather take that chance and give him the benefit of the doubt, than go with the proven history behind Clinton.

    March 4, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  4. Dolores

    Obama had to call lawyers ,how very differen,t for a candidate of change. Hey listen when the going gets rough the rough.....well, we know.

    If Obama camp thinks this is tough well, just wait til the general election.

    Mrs./Sen. Clinton has withstood every sling of mudd thrown at her, Obama not so much.

    If you can't stand the heat.........

    At POTUS needs thick skin!

    March 4, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  5. JL

    now Clinton has the lead in Texas =) I knew it she is gong to do it i just know come on Hillary keep the votes coming and win TX and OH

    Hillary 08!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 4, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  6. Berkeley

    Some of you Obama people are such big loosers that the only thing you can think of is to insult Hillary. I don't see our people doing the same to Obama. We may say that it is too soon for him to apply for the job, or that he should cool it with his demagogy. But we don't say he is low life, a lier, or the so many other names you like to call Hillary.
    Just accept it, you are loosing.
    You can't be be taken seriously as a candidate, if you don't want the big States. And you haven't won any!

    March 4, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  7. Vasilios Birlidis

    Wow! Could it be that the Obama campaign is starting to crack under pressure? Does anyone not have a problem with one campaign crashing another campaign's conference call?

    Looks like Obama may need to rethink who is running his campaign.

    March 4, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  8. Jen

    Why did CNN take down the blog post about Obama calling McCain to congratulate him?? HEmmmm. Is it possible Obama wanted it taken down because it showed him for the evil, pompous fool he is.

    March 4, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  9. Sarah

    Amy in Iowa,
    Hillary is ahead by a few thousand in Texas.

    March 4, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  10. Santayana2008

    Bye bye, Obama!!

    March 4, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  11. Hey Glen you're an idiot

    His economic advisor talked to the Canadian Government, only to reiterate the point that he will redraft the NAFTA that PRESIDENT CLINTON put into action.

    I'm glad you know exactly what they talked about and that you were there to hear it all.

    Typical Clinton supporters, bashing and going negative with false attacks and lies.

    Obama '08, End this Era of Politics

    P.S. I was willing to vote for Clinton in a General Election, but the more negative her campaign and supporters show, the more I just refuse to vote for her. Just keep in mind that polls continue to show she has a 48% disapproval rate throughout the country. It's hard to win an election with that.

    March 4, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  12. betsy

    This coverage is very biased, in particular the discussion of who independents are favoring: Either Schneider or Anderson interpreted a 48 clinton 52% obama edge among both Republicans and Independents as "the independents are all voting for Obama"

    Au contraire, it appears to me that Clinton is getting a remarkable number of Independents and disappointed Republicans considering the evil total partisan that she is being portrayed as in ALL of the coverage. SO she CAN get independents and republicans, AND obviously the black vote will go to the ticket. AND I fully expect that whoever loses the nomination will be out there campaigning for the ticket also!

    March 4, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  13. Ben in Minneapolis

    Should we be demanding Barack get out of this race. Hes doing nothing, but hurt the party.

    THIS IS A GREAT NIGHT, WE LOVE YOU HILLARY. Thank you for giving all these naive Obama supporters a night to forget.


    March 4, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  14. Jo

    Patrick, you got it right...there is already enough division within democrats....hispanics-will vote Mccain.....after all he is the only one with a clear plan on ilegal immigration....

    March 4, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  15. kathleen

    Not true about anything Obama said to Canada.
    Read the Permalink on what Canada said was not
    true. Hillary lied or made up a lie to conveniently make
    Obama look bad hours before the primaries.So close
    to the primaries, that Obama had no time to defend
    himself. She a coniver and lousy. People are sick
    and tired of dirty tricky politics. Obama does not do
    that to her.Hope she can live with herself. OH, yes
    she can! She is not WHITE HOUSE material.

    Obama 2008

    March 4, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  16. Ben

    You people are ridiculous. Splitting the Democratic party!!!! The people in Pennsylvania have a right to have their voice heard, and the superdelegates have a right given to them. If Obama was in the same position he would flip his views too. Hillary stays in! Get over it. She is standing her ground, and whomever wins the nomination, at least we will know that all of the states got to express their opinions.

    Your nonsense about dropping out for the unity of the democratic party is undemocratic. Go join the republican machine and vote for McCain!

    March 4, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  17. dray

    I just left the caucus for my precinct in Texas. It was the most inefficient unorganied process i have ever witnessed. The people who were in charge of obtaining signatures for Senator Clinton were lying and representing themselves as being those collecting votes for Senator Obama. There were about 100 people caucusing for Clinton and about 800 caucusing for Obama. Though I live in an area which is overwhelmingly white, about 80 percent of the caucus attendees were black.. Not reflective at all of what i'm seeing on CNN's poll results.

    March 4, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  18. Clinton 2008

    Looks like McCain will be President.

    oBMA supporters hate clinton, and now I relaize I can not vote for obma and his dirty tricks and lies (Canada and NAFTA).

    If Clinton is nominated obma supporters will be bitter and not vote for her....

    Another Republican pro-war deficit spending mllionaire tax cutting white WHITE house!!! 🙁

    -Ugh charlie brown!!!!

    March 4, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  19. Trev

    So can we investigate the charges first? Sounds more serious than NV. We know it was not Clinton who challenged NV, right?

    If there is evidence, it will come out. If there is not, the Clinton campaign will look bad.

    Hillary 08

    March 4, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  20. KC Atlanta

    Hillary wins Ohio!!!

    Go Hillary, You are th true rock star!!!

    March 4, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  21. C.Farley

    ,.I pray with all my heart that Sen.Obama,knows how much realizing the dream of hope that he has given all of the poor or semi poor in the USA will cost. He never speaks of what or when they can expect their lives to become better.
    You and I know that it won't unless they want it too. All the hope in the world weill not educate those who do not want it,it will not make those work who will not,.
    In Canada they create jobs then must bring in immigrants to fill them because the pay is so poor.

    He will walk away with a life time of money and protection what, will happen to all those with hope?

    March 4, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  22. whyputaname

    That's Ok I was just watching CNN Live video and it was showing one of the cacuses and if you look in the corner of the room you'll see a picture of Obama.

    People call her the "me" person, I beg to differ!

    Who does he think he is Saddam?

    Earlier today out side of a polling area, they had a picture of him as people walked.

    Talk about desperation!

    That is sick!

    March 4, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  23. Christy

    I came back from a caucus in Dallas. It was packed and slightly disorganized. I would be very angry for it not to count. Mainly because I researched what I needed to do.

    March 4, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  24. Mike L.

    Whats wrong with making sure the polls stay open so that everyone can vote if it was the polling place's fault they couldnt vote in the first place b/c they ran out of ballots.

    SOme of you should take political science courses and government courses and get to know how things are supposed to work.

    March 4, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  25. john williams san diego, ca.

    The Cackle still lives on.

    March 4, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
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