June 17th, 2008
04:20 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama praises new hire - estranged ex-Clinton campaign manager

(CNN) – Barack Obama had high praise Tuesday for Hillary Clinton’s former campaign manager, who recently joined his campaign as chief of staff for his yet-unnamed running mate.

“Patti Solis Doyle I think is a terrific, experienced campaign hand,” Obama told reporters aboard his campaign plane. “She’s from Chicago. Her brother and I organized on the southeast side of Chicago when I first moved to Chicago as a community organizer, so I’ve known the family for a very long time.”

“I think that she will bring not only a set of skills that we're going to need as we put our ticket together but she’s going to be a terrific adviser and offer insight and judgment that will help us," Obama added.

CNN’s Jessica Yellin reported Monday that the Clinton campaign is angry about the hire. Solis Doyle left the campaign in February after a string of disappointing primary results and rumors surfaced before Clinton even bowed out that Solis Doyle would join the Obama campaign.

A top Democrat close to Solis Doyle told Yellin that Solis Doyle would not have accepted the job if she believed Clinton would be Obama's choice for vice president.

On his plane Tuesday, Obama also addressed the boos for Clinton he tried to silence at a rally in Michigan on Monday night.

“When I got out there I shut that down, and made very clear that Senator Clinton deserves respect. She ran a great race and we are moving forward because we want to win in November,” said Obama. “You know I think people were still in primary mindset, and we're moving into general election mindset.”

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soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. yns

    Hey REAL DEMOCRAT – it is spelled LOSER!

    By the way.... those of you posting might want to think twice about convincing yourself that many of the "pro Hillary" commenters are republicans in disguise – they are not. They are citizens of the United States of America who have the right to vote for the candidate that they think will be the best leader of their country. As we have seen, there is no party loyalty. Our country's fathers who created our constitution never created the political parties. They wanted citizens to have a say in who their leader would be. So, the citizens are exercising their rights to choose the person they think will lead our country – no matter what party affiliation. The CITIZENS OF THE USA HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE FOR WHO THEY THINK WILL DO THE BEST JOB FOR THEM!

    June 17, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  2. Ron

    The Clintons have dissrepected themsleves by the way they chose to run their campaign. Just like her allowing her supporters to continue bashing Sen. Obama.
    That is the true dissrespect here not the wounded ego of Hillary Clinton man up and give some respect

    June 17, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  3. Fred C Dobbs

    Things just keep getting easier for a lifelong moderate Democrat like myself to vote for a moderate like John McCain.

    The MoveOn.Org ad that came out today, more far left cheap shots.

    And you true blue Democrats that will be voting for Obama, remember to be nice to the people you meet on the way up because they will be the same people you meet on the way down in November.

    June 17, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  4. MD

    Sounds suspicious to me! If Clinton had won and then hired a former Obama Campaign Manager who for some reason couldn't secure him a much needed win as the frontrunner....Obama supporters would cry bloody murder.

    June 17, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  5. Mikeyyy

    Ellie in Aurora, CO, don't call yourself a troll, loser. when you generalise half the population, it makes you look really stooopid.

    June 17, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  6. Geri

    Friends with Obama since he moved to Chicago!!!! No wonder she didn't work very hard to get Clinton elected.

    June 17, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  7. youbetcha

    Seems like Nader is right.

    Change–Shmange– it's the same old back-stabbing politics as usual.

    There ARE other candidates besides Obama and McCain.

    June 17, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  8. The Lady

    Excuse me but if I remember correctly at the time of the primaries Feb 10 the media MSNBC reported that "Campaign aides said Solis Doyle made the decision to leave on her own and was not urged to do so by the former first lady or any other senior member of the team". So now they are saying she was fired and it was unfair of Obama to pick her up. Can we get the truth here. Was she fired, did she leave to spend more time with her family, or did she just leave either way how is this Obama fault....somebody who gets fired should never get another job.

    June 17, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  9. BabsW

    NoMcSame, I like your suggestion that all of HRC fans send in $1.00 to pay HILLARY'S debt. Doing that simple thing would wipe out tons of bad feelings. It would bring true Democrats together quickly, which is what we need at this point in time. Let the Republicans and Independents who voted for Hillary only she is a powerful woman, and who don't care one whit about the Democratic program switch to McCain. HELP STOP THE BICKERING AMONG REAL DEMOCRATS!!!

    June 17, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
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