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. KEN

    If you really want to know the truth about Hillary, Google:Hillary scandals; if you can live with what you read and still vote for her then try:Dead men don't talk and see if you can stomach that!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why do you think the republicans are pushing so hard for Hillary to win? Answer: So they can bring up the dirt

    March 4, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  2. Jeff

    It would be interesting to see whether the Republican tactic of urging their people to vote for Clinton worked, or whether Hillary's campaign suddenly took a turn for the better itself.

    These Hillary supporters who say the Republicans want to run against Obama are insane. All indications are that Hilalry would be crushed by McCain.

    March 4, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  3. Zachary Berridge

    Lets be fair if you have not voted dont talk: If you have than it could not be.Its a lie!!! What happen to Ron Brown?

    March 4, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  4. Fred

    I see the Hillary campaign is pretty active in these here parts of the internet.

    As an Obama supporter I do have to agree with the people saying that it was wrong for the lawyer to drop in on the conference call. However, for the Hillary supporters to portray the Obama campaign as a bunch of lowlifes is the epitome of the pot calling the kettle black.

    Several of them on this comment list also need to learn some basic grammar and spelling.

    March 4, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  5. Diego

    HIllary WINS OHIO!!

    thank you ohio you didnt let the bias press phase you.
    and the way its looking the texans are a lot less shallow than i tought.

    here is to you, texas and ohio
    and on behalf of america...

    thank you!

    March 4, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  6. Major Kit

    Hey kids same product in different packages. The Canadian dollar is stonger than the US dollar, do you think that might have something to do with the "leak"...The Clintons have been for NAFTA since the outset do you think that had somethign to do with the leak? Wake up it is the New World Order. Fox is getting their news from YouTube fer crying out loud. You are getting your news from the same people that are causing the banking collapse , the housing collapse. What are your sources CNN/ FOX? the networks. The NY Times??? Glen Willie relax..nobody cares...this is for show and for ratings.

    March 4, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  7. Sara

    THE FIX IS IN. CLINTON WILL WIN TONIGHT. I feel so sick. These people are so corrupt. What are people thinking? The thought of a Clinton back in the White House is nauseating.

    March 4, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  8. Vig

    Something is beginning to rear it's ugly head in the Obama organization – extremist tactics. First we have the strong arming of superdelegates and now they are crashing calls. I was wondering how the Obama camp would react if the tide turned, as it seems to be doing. We can probably expect more militant, repressive actions. Yuk!

    March 4, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  9. viic


    March 4, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  10. Electress

    Obama's camp, playing dirty tricks, locking out Hillary supporters.
    Something you can believe in!
    Obama camp has some wicked ways!

    March 4, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  11. maryse kedar

    Very surprising to hear people with short memory calling OBAMA a liar. the clinton invented this word and practice it all their lives..
    My god! what a cynical couple!
    Obama is the candidate and will win the primaries.
    Go Obama! we are proud of you and you are the best!

    March 4, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  12. Jimmy

    go hillary!!!!!!!!!!!! trust me guys, she will win it all!!!!!!!!!!

    March 4, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  13. smart grrl in ls mo

    You Obama supporters are morons if you think this was a fix... this is the votes being counted !

    March 4, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  14. Rhonda Gray

    Clinton is a fighter and a survivor. She knows how to fight and beat McCain in the general election. She is out in the open and does not have a problem with the truth; Obama has no idea what it will take to beat a seasoned republican senator. It is gonna take experience to beat the republicans and has everyone forgot what a toil it took on the citizens of the United States to have 12 years of republicans (Reagan and Bush). Bill Clinton had what it took to bring America back together; then another Bush for 8 years! Come on America and get your heads out of your rears and look at the problems that are a result of 8 years of republicans. I am a Clinton fan, she can move this country into a new world.

    No matter what, which ever Democrat takes the primary, Democrats need to back Democrats and fight the Republican candidate. Democrats need to take back over.

    March 4, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  15. Betty

    If any of you folks had been at my precinct caucus tonight, you would have understood Hillary's concerns (or ANY of the candidates' concerns for that matter). For 95% of the people there, it was confusing and easily misunderstood. It amazes me that supposedly well educated people show up at these caucuses totally ignorant of what the process is about, how it works, what you need to do, etc. For crying out loud, spend 30 minutes online or on a phone call to the county party office and find out how the caucus works before jumping into the mix. I've never seen so many "deer in the headlights" looks in one room in all my life.
    FYI– our caucus ended up split evenly between Hillary & Obama. Actually Hillary was ahead by a small margin, but since you have to round delegate numbers up, it turned out an even split.

    March 4, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  16. Ron S.

    Sorry for the typos in my original post. I guess I'm rather pasionate on this subject, like the rest of you. Here are my corrected remarks:

    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 Bill 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 King 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 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  17. For President Obama

    I'm delighted to see that Senator Obama is letting his attorney respond. With 35 years in politics and time in TX especially, one would think Senator Clinton would know the TX electoral rules by now. Furthermore, these are rules that were set up by some who are now among her campaign aides! Senator Obama, continue to take the high road. We are intelligent enough not to be sidetracked by attack ads or rule changing mid-stream.

    March 4, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  18. C. Griffin

    As a person who has recently began to involve myself into politics Hilary Clinton and her camps tactics reminds me why people like myself don't get involved....and with the backing of Ann Culter and that Cunningham guy...I mean really people wake do we really want to go back to a Clinton Whitehouse...the definition of insanity is doing the samething and expecting different results.

    March 4, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  19. Elizabeth

    People the democratic primary is really about the true colors of the American culture..funny how the south has turned out more supportive of Obama than the North. Obama tried to run his campaign as a man who so happened to be african american. Hilary has BLOATED on being a female. Talk about pulling a minority card!

    What I find pathetic about the whole mess is the North's position during the Civil War vs. the South...and now the Mason Dixon line is reversed...

    By the way...BOOO to Saturday Night Live and the media for the unbalanced reviews on the candidites! And if Hilary Clinton wins the primary, and IF she wins the election, Ohio better not complain if she doesnt address the consequences of NAFTA to bring back their blue collar workforce stability!

    Yes..I am a Obama supporter and proud of it...

    March 4, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  20. xemmy

    Some just don't get it; If Hillary wins the primary I think those who voted for Obama will not vote e for Clinton leaving the field for McCain. If Clinton was such a superstar Obama would not have won the votes and states he did. Hillary enjoy the glamour now but when McCain wins the Presidency remember it will be difficult to win over the supporters of Obama. Just because you may be the Democratic winner you have a lot to do to win our Democratic support than the negative platform you run on

    March 4, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  21. Connie

    To see if something is going on there, just compare caucus and primary. After all, it's the same people voting for same candidates.
    And remember, it's primary only in November

    March 4, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  22. Jeanne Walls

    We are beginning to see the real Obama. Before this past two weeks I would have voted for either of the two Democratic candidates. As of today, I will not vote for Obama under any circumstances.

    March 4, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  23. Major Kit

    Another Bush in the White House, with new decorations,the carpet doenst match the drapes.

    March 4, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  24. paul

    Hilliary pulls out two victories poor Obama is done really done. Hillery has her suragates pushing the negative campaign stuff while she sits back all smiley eye and happy. Obama can't fight that. Well it was fun for awhile

    March 4, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  25. Debbi

    Can anyone spell D_E_S_P_E_R_A_T_E???

    March 4, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
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