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. Mya

    Well lets hope that H. Clinton doesn't win, because if she does she won't have the black vote. That's one step closer for McCain to the White House.

    March 4, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  2. whyputaname

    Go Hillary stay strong!

    March 4, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  3. ct

    This is shocking.

    How typical and rude. Do you go to a party uninvited? No. Do you jump in someone phone call uninvited? No! Do you go to someone's home uninvited? no no.

    Will Obama sue or persecute everyone who did not vote for him? Kind of like dictator manners? God, save us, what we have to go through with this immature, narcissistic candidate? How far they are willing to go?

    .......... I am concerned for well being of people and this country.......

    March 4, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  4. Stop Lying!

    Canada denounce any such treatment from the Obama camp. They said the same thing that Obama said which is HE NEVER NEGOTIATED ANYTHING CONTRARY TO WHAT HE SAID ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL. So no he never said that NAFTA was okay...that is what Hillary did...and SHE SUPPORTED NAFTA until she notice that is wasn't working just like she SUPPORTED the war until she discovered it wasn't working either...

    Some experience...I could have done that.

    March 4, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  5. Martin Brown

    I just wonder how the Clinton camp got hold of the fact that the meeting with the Canadians took place. Did they set the meeting up, or is the economic adviser connected with anybody from the Clinton camp? I dont think that issue ends here, it was just too convenient considering where the respective Democratic candidates were at that point.

    CNN want to do a bit of investigative journalism?

    March 4, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  6. Garion Carter

    Media playing up some entirely unimportant event and we have people who have hardly a clue about whats going on, raving about people they support..the detriment of US politics

    March 4, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  7. nocom

    "Bush, Clinton, Clinton, Bush, Bush, Clinton…. What's wrong with this picture"

    Are you choosing a president based on a pattern? Why do you care so much about the "picture" as long as he/she will be a good president?

    Yes, go independent Hillary! Go away no-so-independent Obama!

    March 4, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |

    DON"T LOOK NOW..The Clinton Machine is starting up!!! WHAT WILL THE PUNDITS SAY NO!!! UHHHH OH!!

    March 4, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  9. KF

    Once again Obama goes crying. I know I have experienced some pretty crappy treatment from Obama supporters at the caucuses in Colorado. I am not surprised to hear this might be happening in Texas. I think Clinton Campaign was right in calling Bauer out to help solve the situation – but than again just like Obama campaign to want to talk instead of taking action.

    Hillary 08

    March 4, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  10. Amazing

    Should Hillary copy Obama like he copies her and now call McCain to congratulate him and say she is looking forward to running against him?

    March 4, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  11. CO

    Have some of that "Obama Bluffer"
    Hillary has taken 2 , Texas too easy!

    Go Home Obama go home.. your days are limited
    everyone is on to you now and tonight proves it!

    March 4, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  12. SJ Thornton

    Where are the taxes Clinton?

    March 4, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  13. M. J. T.

    Getting OH to extend the voting time was due to a mysterious shortage of ballots in at least two counties...beginning to sound like FL, anyone?

    McCain must be dancing a jig about all this Clinton/Obama debacle bringing grief to the Democratic party. You want McCain? Keep it up, then, y'all. McCain is, according to all the polls, most likely to beat Clinton. Guess that's why he's hitting on Obama so hard, and leaving Clinton pretty much alone. Makes him almost seem like he's campaigning for case you were wondering why.

    March 4, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  14. Old Lady Librarian

    This interruption of the Clinton Campaign conference call doesn't make sense. Just a coincident? So, why didn't the Obama guy just apologize and hang up?

    This is rude and studpid! What's the idea? Or is there one?

    March 4, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  15. rose, texas

    wow what happen and you'll want obama in the white house if i were you'll i would think about that one twice before it's 2 late. u go girl... hillary all the way.

    March 4, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  16. Yvette

    Hilary can no longer ignore her republican roots. How much lower can she go, lying in bed with rep. John McCain to sink her fellow democratic candidate. Canadians are much smarter than us Americans. The Prime Minister will not be re-elected. Watch and see. How is is possible that just before the final eve of a primary the Clintons are able to project some derivisive, nasty attach on Obama and get away with it? Is the press blind.

    It is clear that John McCain is afraid of Obama since he has joined forces with the Clintons to destroy him. Shame on us Americans.

    March 4, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  17. Ian Walter

    Fascinating. It's truly amazing how gullible the electorate continues to be. Many of you so-called progressives are embracing the Clintonesque-politics of division, only this time you are letting them tear apart your own party along racial lines, religious lines, and any other demographics where wedges can fit.

    They throw enough mud and things start to look muddy, but only if they can count on you being naive. You have always cried about the scorched earth politics of Karl Rove and his ilk, but you can't see it in your own house.

    I am an Obama Republican. My party doesn't deserve me and if you guys can't get your house in order, your party doesn't deserve Obama.

    March 4, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  18. DianeD

    Seems to me the Obama wave is crashing....finally.

    March 4, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  19. Cai

    i just really hope by the end of this that clinton does that win, if my experence has taught me anything its two clintons is not a better deal than one.

    March 4, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  20. Sera

    U guys are really "funny". U should hear yourselves. Boo Hoo!!!!

    March 4, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  21. honei05

    Down and Dirty that's the Clinton's MO. She' s not fighter, she's untrustworthy and just as slick as slick Willie. They know how to play the game and I give them credit where its due. Release the records. Look out America, Another scandal filled White House.

    March 4, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Although Obama has seemingly lost Ohio, I still have much faith in him. Hillary and her camp have repeatedly attempted to knock Obama out of the race. I give him a loud ululation for his dedication.

    March 4, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  23. Tommi

    What a whimp Obama is. He is full of hot air and that does not keep a helium balloon up.

    March 4, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  24. Kathryn Chatters

    If HIllary wins this nomination with all her dirty tricks I personally will not vote in Nov. and will campaign for McCain. She sucks! This isn't about the party or the American people it's about her and what Hillary wants, she'll get no matter what she has to do to get it.

    March 4, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  25. Mike

    Obama is whining now.

    March 4, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
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