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. Manuel TX

    Way to keep fighting Hillary!


    March 4, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  2. True Democrat

    Obama or McCain.

    Hillary can go to hell.

    March 4, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  3. Ron S.

    Ohio, I'm so sorry for you. You insist on holding on to your blue-collar work ethic (admirable) while embracing political leaders (the Clintons) who sell you out by the pound. Hey, let's hear it for the winner tonight – NAFTA! YES SHE WILL (REAFFIRM NAFTA!) Stupid Ohioans, get back to school, because you're going to need to retrain yet again.

    March 4, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  4. Night Writer

    The real Obama has always been forthright and at the forefront. Who is the REAL Hilary? Why hasn't anybody questioned that facade of a marriage?

    March 4, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  5. Tatyana

    If not to talk about them but just to read these posters – how nasty and rood are Hillary's supporters!!! Now I don't like her even more!
    If she is the one from Dems, she'll NEVER pick up Obama's voter's and we'll be under McCain next 4 years.
    But she doesn't care. Her ego is more imporatnt, as usual...
    Let's pray for Obama. If Hil wins this nomination I will NOT vote for her. Period.

    March 4, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  6. JOHN


    March 4, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  7. Chris

    I suspect many of the silly comments here are actually by Republicans trying to instill discontent. Remember, both our Democratic candidates are terrific.

    Still, I hope you guys realize that this was one of the regular conference calls with the media, the kind that Clinton uses to guide/manipulate them. In my opinion, Clinton has been playing rather dirty for weeks now and nobody in the media seems willing to call her on it. Of course, this practice is very consistent with what the Clinton White House did. Trying to manipulate, stonewall, and manage the media as much as possible. If there's nobody in the media who factchecks Clinton anymore, who else remains to do the job but the Obama campaign?

    A large part of the media, especially the part based in NYC, has been very pro-Hillary all along. I also remember several newscasts actually had their coverage of the recent debate edited so it would stop right after HRC's zinger, but without the ensuing booing or Barack's quick response.

    The Clinton campaign's constant whining about bias simply gave that part of the media an excuse to become even more biased _against_ Obama. Plausible deniability has been par for the course throughout the Bush and Clinton eras. She is committed to the cause, but she has huge flaws that the media completely ignores.

    The fact is Hillary is financed by Big Business, especially the health care industry. Barack is funded by regular people. Who's more likely to help regular people? The fact is Hillary just didn't get the monumental margins today she needed to have a realistic chance of the nomination within the proportional system. All it did is give her ample opportunity to drag it out and make it ugly.

    The fact is that's exactly what the Republicans wanted. Her unreasonable attacks and extracurricular activities simply serve to hurt Democrats.

    March 4, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  8. Lee Buik Denizot - VT

    Hillary, THE ANSWER IS BLOWIN' IN THE WIND..our voice, unless you need super delegates? Every voice is heard, but not listened to? As you say anything is possible; I did not believe Bush could hijack the presidency, and I never ever believed it might happen again...but Ohio is demonstrating it can!
    The answer MY FRIEND is blowin', TWISTED, in the wind.

    March 4, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    NO Hillary No!

    March 4, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  10. RhondaCoca

    Nobody is desperate. The Clinton campaign have been telling their people how to pretty much cheat in caucuses. I saw the handbook because my roommate works in the campaign. There has been issues with them closing the door early, changing tally numbers, taking ballots home etc... The Obama campaign due to incidents in the past and the leak of info confirming that the Clinton campaign has been doing underhanded things, has finally stepped up.

    Even in New York, my state, Mayor Bloomberg has suspected fraud!!!

    March 4, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  11. De Dem

    Grow up you crazy obama supporters. The most important thing is that no one gets disencfranchised no matter who you support.

    March 4, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  12. MANDY

    Does anyone remember when the CLinton's were in the White House? Hillary is directly linked to Vince Foster (and the disappareance of his papers), Travel-Gate, among other corrupt issues invlving her husband. And she refuses to release her taxes and no one is allowed access to her schedule or phone lists!

    Canada contacted Austan, not the other way around. And there were rumors of discussions by Clinton's camp with Canada re: NAFTA.

    The media is getting Hillary her pillows and seeing that she is comfortable instead of asking her to explain herself. everything prior to her becoming a senator off limits to the media now? She says that the media was being hard on her...I don't see how that could be if they aren't asking her about her skeletons!

    Obama is too much of a gentleman to ask! He has already been a canidate of change! He has stayed on message and focused only on her record.

    She has gone ugly and trashy.

    But then she can't win any other way!

    March 4, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  13. GF

    I just donated $50 to HILLARY CLINTON's campaign!!!
    I am a poor college student and have donated to her campaign once before after NH but I did so AGAIN because after Ohio's DECISIVE victory (by more than 15 points!!!!), I have COMPLETE confidence that Hillary will win this.
    All you other Hillary supports, go donate NOW!!
    This is Hillary momentum NOW.

    March 4, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  14. Mary

    I give up! I can't stand the Clintons and they have fooled the country again. Looks like the Catholic vote is putting them over the top, just as they did with George W. Bush. I may just change my religion to Hindu.

    March 4, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  15. Richard

    I am not a democrat, but I would support Obama before I would support Hillary. She does a lot of double talk – NAFTA is good, now bad, vote for Iraq, now was a mistake based on the information she had at the time. She seems to say whatever you want to hear. I don't care about experience if it's a lot of wrong decisions. Answer the phone at 3 a.m. and make the wrong decision – I hope she isn't answering it. The Canadian government also stated that they got their information from an Obama representative, not Obama himself.

    March 4, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  16. ivo

    Good job OBAMA camp!… keep them honest! The Clintons have discredited the United States long enough.We need a young and honest President like mr Obama who is trying to open the eyes the blind like you.I believe that Obama can change the white house politics.

    March 4, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  17. Tom Mabovive

    As long as the race keeps being fought the better off America is to prevent full scale communism taking over by either Hussein or Satan

    March 4, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  18. Josh

    Geez Obama...HOW LOW ARE YOU GONNA GO???!!! Now that you are actually starting to lose you go a cry wolf to lawyers and the press! I also wonder why CNN took that article down about you calling John McCain, telling him that you look forward to running against him in the fall...COULD IT BE BECAUSE YOU ARE LOSING???

    My fellow Democrats, wake up and smell the coffee! Barack supporters, please switch over to Hillary's side as it is our only chance of winning! Quit being four year olds and vote with your brain, not with who Joe or Sally is voting for.


    March 4, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  19. Ron S.

    Ohio, I'm so sorry for you. You insist on holding on to your blue-collar work ethic (admirable) while supporting political leaders (the Clintons)who sell you out by the pound.

    Congratulations to tonight's winner of the Ohio primary – NAFTA! YES SHE WILL (reaffirm NAFTA). Poor, (or about to be be poor) Ohioans, get your ignorant butts back to school, you're going to need to retrain yet again. BEND OVER, THE CLINTONS ARE COMING AGAIN!

    March 4, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  20. eviljoker

    you people are sheep, blindly following your preferred sheppard. here is the achilles heel of the democratic party in all its glory. the fight over hillary and obama will harvest so much resentment come november that it will severely cripple the most important issue... that being to remove the gop from the white house. open your eyes people, fundamentally speaking, both hillary and obama stand for the same thing, and the winner of the primary will need the FULL support of the party in he genreal election...

    March 4, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  21. Theresa

    The media should take responsibility for creating this environment for a negative campaign. Obama has tried to run a decent campaign however, as I watched CNN it has been clear to me that Clinton has many fans. Obama has surprised many Americans with his winnings and now of course he has to be attacked for showing that you can run a campaign without slinging MUD! I am an independent and came to the Democratic Party because Obama for me represents change. But maybe he should consider running as an Independent. It has not been just Democratic votes responsible for him winning so far. Maybe it is time to upset this two- party political machine that has been the real problem with our political process. Many Americans have clearly spoken with their feet but the media and status quo refuses to hear them. Let's take this situation we now have to another level. Change is clearly what we want. Obama please run as an Independent ! You have the support and the backing.

    March 4, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  22. M. S. Indiana

    Looks like Ohio is all about cry like a baby when it gets rough, lie like a bush, cheat and steal like an Guerrero.
    Go Clinton's go, let the republicans win 2008.
    Then you can be vice president for McCain

    March 4, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  23. alli2

    Obviously, the Texas primary/caucus process need to be looked at. My sister said hundreds of people showed up at her caucus and they have no ballots. I guess with all the focus on the importance of Texas everyone is learning a big civics lesson on the voting process. Want to bet the next election is handled a little differently?

    March 4, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    The Clintons are so dirty.
    Please vote Obama or McCain.
    Lets run this crooked royal family out of Washington forever.

    March 4, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  25. melissa

    This is typical of Obama supporters to cry if anyone says anything against him. If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen

    March 4, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
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