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. Bill from Cleveland, ohio

    Never Obama as President
    Never Michell Obama as First Lady

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

    Did I actually read a post that stated Hillary was "gang raped"? How sad to use such a violent and disgusting metaphor to describe her historic bid for the White House. It is amazing to me that some Americans are not willing to think for themselves and instead except the rhetoric of others to describe our next president. Hillary has always said she would campaign her heart out for Barack and now has asked her supporters to do the same. Yet instead of listening to her as was the case during the last 16 months, some have chosen to keep divisiveness and ignorance alive. I am sure she would never call those who fit into this catagory any of her true supporters.

    June 8, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. Tom in S.A.

    Obama is a socialist, look the word up and you'll find Obama's name.
    Not what I want for my country.

    June 8, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. Happily Independent

    Correction. A much less divisive politics.

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

    All Democrats should get behind Obama and support him. If you look at history, women fought hard for the right to vote, not to put a woman in the White House, but to have a voice in whoever went to the White House, male or female. Someday, a good, strong, decent woman will win. Remarks like not voting for Obama because Hillary didn't win is childish, to say the least. Obama is our candidate and needs to be supported because if we get another Republican, we may as well direct deposit our paychecks directly to big businesses.

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

    Sorry, just can't cast a vote for Obama, that would be a vote for Michelle, and that's NOT acceptable.

    Staying Home on election day!

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

    For HIllary supporters, the way to truly sabotage everything she stood for and gained in this campaign is to either stay home or vote for McCain. Why on earth would you want to do that to her?

    June 8, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. Nate in KY

    Obama must not take Hillary as his veep nominee. If he does she will have him rubbed out just like Vince Foster.

    June 8, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. David

    funny thing... while i know some heated words were used during the campaigns, they came from both sides. As for obama supporters calling hillary a B****, have you seen the youtube video where mccain is having a meeting with staffers and they refer to her as such? Thats not supporters, thats staffers, in mccain's presence. Still want to vote for him? Also, there are so many statements that are saying 'well i won't go for obama because his supporters are hateful and nasty'. Ok... when? where? not on this thread which either makes your statement irrelevant or, as i believe, you are republicans just trying to keep us fighting.

    June 8, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. Fed Up

    Obama bought the nomination, his personal PAC The Hope Fund gave super delegates almost $1,000,000. I'm voting McCain

    June 8, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. Conspiracy Theorists

    For those of you conspiracy buffs trying to make mountains out of mole hills. Hillary suspended her campaign instead of quitting it, not so she can continue again if something happens to Obama, but so that she can continue to fundraise and hopefully not end up still $20 in debt.

    June 8, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. Texas4Obama

    For those Hillary supporters who says that they will not vote for Obama in November, but will vote for McCain instead, you need to stop pouting. It's people like this is probably why Bush is in the White House in the first place because their candidate in 2000 & 2004 did not get the nomination. This only hurts you and the rest of us as well and it is very selfish. I will have voted for Democrat regardless of who was on the ticket, because I am a die-hard Democrat.

    The time has come for us to unite this party and stop letting our personal feelings get involved. I'm sure that by the time November rolls around and you are paying $8 dollars a gallon for gas, homeless, jobless and hungry you will have a change of heart. If Hillary, your choice, can move on to unite the party, then you should too. It's time to stop the madness, hatred and name calling and take control to restore this country to the powerhouse it was once before.

    June 8, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. Cynthia

    I'm glad that Senators Clinton and Obama were able to meet. I'm sure in was a hard meeting for them both. Things were said in campaigning that were not true and/or at best misconstrued. I could give examples of both, but won't – at this point it does not matter. Either you were a diehard Clinton, a diehard Obama voter or somewhere in the middle. Hopefully the diehards on both sides can put aside their differences since Senator Obama is the nominee and come together without all the meaness – knowing that some of it on the blogs in coming from Republican pretending to be Democrats. Remember the old addage – divide and conquer. Because if you are a true Democrat – Senator McCain has nothing to offer and especially if you are voting out of spite. I know that if Senator Clinton had been the nominee – I would have voted for her without hesitation.

    June 8, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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