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. bcford

    Has anyone noticed that Barama is winning in the affluent urban counties and Hillary is winnning in the rural areas where the "plainfolks are. Barrack said "he wasn't born rich" now i think he is beginning Don't waste Hillary she is trained for the job. Let her have 8 yrs and let obam gain experience, and lets have 16 yrs of democratic control of the Presidency

    March 4, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  2. Ray Riney

    Michael Moore said it "If there is a way to screw it up, the Democrats will find it" Obama has more states, more delagates, and probably will until the end , no matter how slim, any way you look at it, he's ahead. Now the Clinton campaign is saying they should continue because they won big states? Let's keep this going until June and let McCain get ahead!!

    March 4, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  3. Ray Kinserlow

    I would rather be waterboarded than have to wait two and a half hours to vote in a Texas caucus again. What's the point of early voting if the Texas Democratic Party insists on doing its delegate selection in this manner?

    An unhappy Texas Democrat
    Ray Kinserlow
    Lubbock, Texas

    March 4, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  4. smart grrl in ls mo

    OBAMA Camp is finally losing its cool ! ! ! !

    March 4, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  5. frmrrepub

    Well, we had a caucus here in Washington State. The weensy town where I live did all right as far as I can tell, but nearer to the Seattle/Tacoma area the Obama people were loud, raucus and rude. Some Clinton people showed up, then left in disgust. Others were on their way, but turned around and went home.

    As someone who as experienced caucuses directly and lived in Illinois where we could see the Iowans "caucusing", we learned early that caucuses are anything but democratic.

    Heard someone the other day say how I feel: Clinton campaigns like she is having a job interview; Obama campaigns like he is on a date.

    Personally, I am past the dating phase of life. It scares that Obama may win the primaries, but lose to the R slime machine. He and his people whined about the way Bill Clinton treated him in S.C. Wait to see how he handles the R sliming. If he does manage to win the election, then what?

    March 4, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  6. AM

    OBAMA IS A LIAR !!!!

    YES WE CAN .
    YES WE CAN LIE !!!

    Yup, HE LIED ABOUT WAR IN IRAQ...I was there


    March 4, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  7. Ron S.

    I loved the Clintons until I saw the low-life tacics to which they would stoop earlier in this campaign. Formerly low-rent, now high-rent grifters, that's what they are. Why do you think Rush Limbaugh and a whole host of neo-con pundits are hoping that the Clintons win the nomination?

    Hillary and Bil Clinton are the only ones in this country who don't know that Hillary Clinton has no chance of winning the presidency! If Hillary gets the nod from the dems we can count on President McCain – a retread of the Kinf George administration. Once again we'll get not the government that we need, but the government we deserve.

    God Bless America, 'cause we're going to need it more than ever.

    March 4, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  8. edra

    As pointed earlier, the Clintons will do anything to get their way regardless of what the voting public wants.

    Now that McCain has won the Republican nomination, Clinton's attempt to "win at all costs" will drag nout to the convention and will create increasing disdain for the Clintons and the Democrats.

    If she doesn't cut the stuff, the she will hand the election to McCain on a silver platter

    March 4, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  9. k. raford

    wow! i started out as a clinton supporter. i was converted to the obama campaign when i realized he will not play dirty to win an election. clinton is no different than the republicans with that vague answer on 60 minutes about whether she believes obama is a muslim (not that that is a bad thing... ). she played on the racist fears of most. omg! a muslim. you cant trust a muslim. LOL! forget about the fact that he is a christian born in hawaii. people allowed her to do exactly what Bush's people did to kerry. so clinton supporters do not cry when john mccain becomes the president on 1/20/09, she can't beat him in the general election. that's why every republican is praying for a clinton/mccain match up. i will just sit back and know that my conscious is clear. i voted for the candidate that can win... barack obama. ohio citizens, keep crying about the loss of jobs. you allowed bush to swindle your state in 2004. wait until john mccain gets a hold of ya.

    March 4, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  10. Sabrina, Las Vegas, NV

    I hope the Clinton campaign spins until they knock themselves out.
    I also hope the voters in Ohio get their just deserts. NAFTA will continue in full speed! Jobs will continue to leave and the Clinton will continue to enrich themselves and their washington friends.

    btw.....Hillary release your tax returns and your White House papers

    March 4, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  11. Dumb Americans

    dumb americans dumb americans...haha. It's actually funny how messed up your country is. I use to think it was government, but no it's the people as well. You actually think its a shock that your country is on the tight rope and is no longer the world power. no one admires one even wants to live there. Perhaps you should take a look at yourselves.....and think....your standard of living is a joke. your division between rich and poor is a joke. Your media built up Hillary then brought her down...while bringing Barack Obama up...then bring back down Barack and now Hillary is the darling in the media again. They are playing you for fools....idiots.

    March 4, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  12. In concern

    What is the love relationship with Obama? He is in the wrong time and time again. The media dreaming of the future ratings he will bring tries to make him a dream when in fact if you listen to him he is a nightmare. A reality that civilizations all over the world throughout time have eventually faced. He speaks dreams or is he speaking against democracy? Open your eyes America before it is too late.

    March 4, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  13. Heywood Yabuzzoff

    It happened in Rome...the same families running things for decades until they ran it in to the ground. Let's try a newbee!!

    March 4, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  14. kim

    Okay Hillary just won Ohio....oh well....Obama folks we need to get to the accuarcy of Hillary. What was her schedule as first lady of Arkansas, why doesn't Bill release Hillary's schedule when she was first lady? How is that any different than holding a meeting that she is sounding off for Barack for not doing. It would appear that her schedule does not reflect the claims of experience that she states she has. Secondly, why are they refusing to disclose their tax returns....what are they not wanting to disclose?

    March 4, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  15. Charles Curtis

    I'm a bit surprised about Ohio, but then again it's only 50% counted. There's still time, depending on if the urban centers in Cleveland and Cincinnati have been counted yet.

    Same here in Texas. If Clinton is ahead based on South Texas, look out because DFW and Houston are coming, and it won't be pretty.

    Yes, Hillary took RI and OH, but all Obama needs to do in TX is keep it split and he's got the nomination.

    March 4, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  16. honei05

    Negative ads, negative campaigning, Divide the Party because I have to win at all cost. The Clinton Motto

    March 4, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  17. Sabrina, Las Vegas, NV

    This is not a win for Hillary....

    Winners never cheat and cheaters never win!
    Hillary won simply because of her dirty tricks and praying on the fears of the less educated.

    March 4, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  18. Yale

    Bauer is right (even if his method was a little questionable) I'd be upset too if i were in his place. Clinton has done and will continue to do anything it takes to get the nomination and complaining about the states she loses is the least of our worries. She has tried to get Michigan and Florida reconsidered after her agreement with the DNC decision, and Obama's decision to take his name out of those races left her as the only one on the ballot, she tried with all her might to get Obama supporters in Nevada to LOSE THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE. I wouldn't be surprised if this did end up in court when she inevitably loses. At this point if she wins the primary I am likely to vote for McCain. Republicans may be wolves but at least we know what to expect from them; Clinton hides behind her wool jacket.

    March 4, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |


    March 4, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  20. Kimberly

    So Mrs. Clinton won Ohio and Rhode Island while Mr. Obama won Vermont. Now they have Texas pretty much split. At this point, after all of this money and all of these votes, either candidate dropping out would be a betrayal of the support they have been given. The media plays up that one or the other should quit for party unity. That is what the convention is for this summer. There will be unity and a single nominee at that point. GO HILLARY!!

    March 4, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |

    It tells you everything you need to know......the educated vote for Obama and the un-educated vote for Clinton

    March 4, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  22. maryse Kedar

    Clinton peole this message is for you
    : take it easy the game is far from over and you know that..
    Obama is THE CANDIDATE and many people in the country are absolutely fed up with the Clinton!.
    Your numbers are not that great!
    Great come back???? Common Guys!

    Glen: Obama a liar????// COMMON .. The Clinton invented this word and have a PHD in lying and everybody is well aware of that. in the world....

    March 4, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  23. Sarah Connor

    How does being married to a charismatic guy qualify you to be president (or senator)? That is not experience. If the phone rang at 3am, it wasnt for her. BTW, he cheated on her and she let it go because she wanted to be president. You know its true.

    March 4, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  24. Mat


    March 4, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  25. Grif

    It may not be the end. But at least it's the begining of the end.

    Soon will come the slow drop in a beliefs. that really wasn't possible..

    Wake up in the future Borack, and just maybe yopu'll find a place in tine USA. Then you can also recognise it, as also your Country...

    You have to live, and believe, or how can be ther such people like me....Who also cares about the Future of all North America .....

    So>>>> Away to go my Comment......................

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