June 8th, 2008
02:53 PM ET
12 years ago

Feinstein: Obama-Clinton meeting was meant to be a secret

Sen. Dianne Feinstein hosted a private meeting for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein hosted a private meeting for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

(CNN) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Sunday gave new details about the private meeting Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton held in her home, saying it was “meant to be a secret,” but “it didn’t quite end up like that.”

Clinton and Obama got together privately in Feinstein’s Washington home Thursday. It was their first meeting since Obama became the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Feinstein, D-California, said the session came about after she told Clinton that Obama had said he would meet with her anywhere, anytime.

Clinton told Feinstein she wanted to talk with Obama, but she expressed concern about having to make a press statement about the discussions.

Feinstein said she then offered up her house as a potential meeting place because it would be private. She said Clinton called her around 6 p.m. Thursday, and they scheduled the meeting for 8:30 p.m.

“I thought how wonderful that they had a chance just to be alone, to kind of feel each other out with respect to where they were,” she said Sunday on CNN’s “Late Edition.”

The talks began at 9 p.m. and lasted about an hour, said Feinstein. Feinstein endorsed Clinton’s presidential campaign last summer but she's now standing behind Obama.

A joint statement from the candidates said only that the candidates "had a productive discussion about the important work that needs to be done to succeed in November."

Feinstein said they did not debrief her afterward, but she said both were laughing at the end.

“I thought that was a very good sign,” she said. “And they left. That was it.”

Feinstein said she served them water and worked upstairs as the meeting took place.

soundoff (138 Responses)
  1. what change is this?

    Rise Hillary Rise....

    From the dust of this dead party.

    We will come back when you are a respected leader of this party.

    June 8, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. Susan

    I give Hillary a great deal of cridit for moving this along quickly. She has always said she will wholeheartedly support Obama if he won, as has he. Republicans are all over these post and winningthe battle to continue to split us apart. I feel sorry for all of us if he wins through some perceived slight. Vote the party – this is not a popularity contest! No more war ever!

    June 8, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. Michael, Canada

    I cant' believe the media coverage Clinton still gets. She lost!!!! How can the loser get more coverage than the winner? Obama is the nominee not Clinton. Time to start focusing on the winner, Obama.

    June 8, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. BH

    I wish she does not meet with Obama, and do not accept VP position even if offerered. Obama winning the nomination is a joke. Winning the great democratic states such as Idaho, Utah, Kansas, Georgia is a joke.
    The left that hijacked the democratic party and the media killed the warrior with their hate and unfair bias. America will regret it, just as it regrets electing W Bush. I cannot believe how hard these disgusting talking heads tried to destroy President Clinton. The man who gave the best economy, balanced budget, diverse administration, jobs, peace and prosperity. I cannot believe these jockers insulted him throughout the primary season.
    My respect for the Clintons grew even more.

    June 8, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. Betty

    Mark – That's rather an un-American way of thinking. If you don't like Obama or McCain, there's always Ron Paul or that other guy (Bob somebody).

    Voting is a privilege, not a right.

    June 8, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. sheep

    The sheep followed their leaders call to agitate hate and division.

    Now they follow his call to guilt trip for unity.

    Good luck with that.

    I am a free thinker.

    I do not follow orders on HOW to vote.

    June 8, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. Obama For President!


    June 8, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. Francine

    I am so sick of hearing about experience. Bill didn't have any his first term as president and he turned out ok. GWB didnt have any even after his 2nd term and look at where we are. None of the candidates: McCain, Hillary or Obama have the experience to be President if you want to split hairs! Putting the right team together is the key. For those of you who will stay home because your candidate of choice may not be on the ticket – stay home but don't complain about the direction of the country. You gave up that right when you stayed home and didn't exercise your right to vote! I may not like who the presumptive nominee is but I WILL BE TRUE TO MY PARTY AND VOTE!!!! Get over it and move on

    June 8, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. D- Nice

    This is supposed to be a surprise? Of course they meant to meet privately and who wouldnt. As much as the press has been on their every move, they had to do it in order to think clearly

    June 8, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  10. Wise White Guy

    Please stop pushing Clinton for VP. She cannot be vetted becasue of Paul V Clinton and the Clinton library as well as the foundation. Obama knows this, Hillary knows this, and if you do your homework you too will know this. Pushing for it to happen is the worse thing you can do. If she is not named VP then her supporters will be PO'd becasuse they refuse to expose themselves to anything negative about her by researching paul v clinton. I understand this feeling but if you are going to vote you need to do your homework and be as informed as possible. If she is named VP it will be sad when the ads start running about it and all of the other skeletons in Hillary's closet. I would say most of her supporters were not old enough to know about all of it and since Obama took the high road and did not dredge it all up they have no idea. They also have no idea how much restraint his campaign showed by not getting dirty. Would be nice if they would look into it and show him some respect for it instead of claiming he ran a dirty campaign. Seriously folks, he ran the cleanest campaign i have ever seen and only pushed back when he was pushed first unfairly. All of that is in the past. I welcome Hillary to the cause and her supporters. It is time to go to work to make sure we don't have 4 more years of Bush.

    June 8, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. always a free thinker

    Love you Hillary.

    From this day forward, you are the only democrat I will EVER vote for.

    This party shamed us all with its favoritism and it ugly attacks on you.

    We will not give in.

    Greetings, John McCain. I can survive 4 more years.

    Dems.... learn from this. NO unity by cheating, hating, attacking, denigrating and corruption.

    June 8, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  12. john

    They were at the Westfield Marriot Hotel Chantilly VA with the other 130 or so Bilderberg group members.

    Question is what were they planning???????

    June 8, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. Mark

    It amazes me that some professed Clinton supporters say they will not vote for Obama. Anyone who truly supports Hillary will vote for Obama, because they basically stand for the same things. If you like Hillary, do what she says, and support Obama.

    My guess is that the folks who claim to like Hillary and write about how much they despise Obama are actually Republicans who never would vote for Hillary or Obama. Wolves in lambs clothing, are what they are. Such people have absolutely no credibility.

    June 8, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. Obama For President!


    June 8, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  15. prakash chand


    June 8, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. Matt


    We've all voted for imperfect candidates in the past (You may think Hillary is perfect, but that is not true of anyone.) By not voting you are only harming yourself. McCain or Obama, be an American and vote.

    Not voting is the least intelligent thing that any person could do. People die every day to protect that right for you. And you waste it because you're pouting? That is simply disgusting.

    June 8, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  17. Concerned Citizen for America

    To all you Hillary and Obama supporters who really think all this nastiness posted about Hillary and Obama are real democrats? Think not. It's operation Chaos.

    June 8, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  18. Charlotte

    I love my country and I would never want to be President. It takes a special person to want that job.

    June 8, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. Anothen Williams

    How Could any one vote for Mccain. During his speech in Kenner LA he said he wanted to deliver and I quote "BOTTLED HOT WATER TO DEHYDRATED BABIES" that had become displaced by the Flooding, and Levee breakage in LA during Hurricane Katrina.


    June 8, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. Obama For President!


    June 8, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. VT in Atlanta

    Well said Sheep - I'm with you. How can we be an example to the rest of the world when we cannot work through our own differences and diversity and set a good example as the world leaders.

    Moreover, I have also thought that the Republicans might be behind some of the really stabbing blog commentaries that continue to fuel this battle between Dem factions.

    We need to unite as Democrats and stand strong against the GOP in Nov. so we can take this country back!

    June 8, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  22. the dust

    The dust will settle over the democrats who dug their own grave.

    Bash, trash and pummel the woman.

    Honor, obey and glorify the man. Black or white- makes no difference to me. Equality for ALL and fair play is what I look for from my party.

    You swiftboated the warrior.

    She will rise from the dust of your defeat. We will see to that.

    God bless Hillary. God knows what all you haters in the Obama sheep camp have done.

    June 8, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. C from the D

    Really we are more alike than different (Obama/Clinton supporters). There is no substantial reason for Hill supporters to be against Obama. None of the reasons that any Clinton supporters give for not supporting him are really anything that you can attribute to Obama. You can't blame him for his supporters, the DNC, or the media. Please (actual democrats, not republicans posing) stop and think. If your hatred for Obama is greater than your love for this country, then vote McCain, write Hill in, or stay at home. But if you love America, there's no way to justify not backing Obama.

    June 8, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. Sandy - PA

    I don't even want to guess what they were meeting about. But if he picks her to be his VP, it will be the worst mistake he could ever make. Obama's every move would be overshadowed by both Clintons – remember, this is 2 for 1 deal, if you take Hillary, you have to take Bill, too. Obama would need extra security and a food taster.

    After her "Bobby Kennedy" remark, I think she should be investigated by the FBI. If anything does happen to Obama between now and November, she should be suspect #1.

    June 8, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  25. Venus

    CNN ----

    Can we please move forward with Obama and Mc Cain?

    How many times can you post about a meeting with Obama and Hillary?

    Obama made it clear that he would meet with her!

    Also--- please stop with the Hillary VP! You are just starting more crap for some of Hillary's supporters only to be let down! She is not going to be on Obama's ticket! Keep in mind – Hillary got 18 million votes and so did Obama! Obama won 34 states – Hillary won 19!

    And, considering how well known the Clintons are – if I was Hillary I wouldn't tout those numbers of votes she got! It really says alot considering Obama is a rookie!

    June 8, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
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