June 25th, 2008
09:16 AM ET
15 years ago

Obama: I am going to need Clintons


[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/24/art.obamaneed.gi.jpg caption="Obama praised Bill Clinton in an interview with CNN."](CNN) – The same day that Bill Clinton’s office issued a statement saying that the former president is “committed to doing whatever he can” for Barack Obama, the Illinois senator told CNN that he and the Clintons will be “working closely together over the next couple of weeks to put together a plan.”

“They’re going to want to campaign actively on behalf of the Democratic ticket,” said Obama, “I am going to need them.”

“Bill Clinton is one of the most intelligent, charismatic political leaders that we have seen in a generation and he has got a lot of wisdom to impart,” he added.

Watch: Obama discuss the Clintons

Obama didn’t answer whether he’d spoken to the former president, but he did talk with Hillary Clinton on Sunday ahead of their joint campaign appearance on Friday in New Hampshire.

“[Senator Clinton’s] going to be a force to be reckoned with not only in the Senate but hopefully if I'm successful in the White House she's going to be one of my key partners in making sure that we’re moving forward on issues like healthcare that she cares so deeply about.”

Watch: Clinton looking for help with her debt

UPDATE: Asked again if he will speak to Bill Clinton soon, Obama told reporters on his campaign plane, “I’m sure we will. He's in Europe right now which is the only reason we haven’t spoken. But we’re looking forward to setting up a long conversation."

Obama added that he spoke to Hillary Clinton on Tuesday and said they’re looking forward to campaigning together on Friday.

soundoff (199 Responses)
  1. Don Hiller

    Pro and Cons above about honest, helpful, and handy 'Clintonization' of his campaign just thrills me. As the "Bard' penned in his "Much ado about nothing" when the Clintons think that BO can't win without their eager, endearing endosements, "Methinks they protesteth too much".
    On the other hand BO can't win anyway; but:
    McCain can and will.

    June 24, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  2. GO AWAY!!!!!

    Lisa ............You didn't need them when you were convincing your supporters that you were the better qualified to become the President then the Clintons...........HE is suppose to convince his supporters ,certainly can't convince YOU ..........GET OVER IT!!!!!THEY need each other......She need help with her MONEY PROBLEM .......If you send her a DIME each time you take HIT on OBAMA .....her . money problem would be OVER!!!!!........GO to MOVIES !!!!!

    June 24, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  3. Pepou

    Obama needs the help of all intelligent, educated people. That includes democrats, republicans and independents willing to work for real change in this country. I don't see why the Clintons should not be included. They may be a lot more clever than some of their supporters who keep whining about Hillary's loss and threaten to vote for McSame.

    June 24, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  4. The Dove

    True Obama Supporters –

    Remember whenever there is a blogg that speaks to working with the Clinton's, it does NO HARM to TURN THE OTHER CHEEK and be as gracious as our leader.

    The primary battle is over and the winner is clear. There is ZERO need to gloat.

    Continue to bring some of her 17+ million voters into the fold

    June 24, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  5. WML

    do'nt do it clintons. obama does what he needs to do when it is politically expedient. you two are smarter than that.

    if he is so wonderful, he can win the election all by himself.... and he will. he'll outspend mccain and win with money and charisma; a dangerous combination.

    write in hillary in november and send the DNC a real message. this will show that we don't approve of their chosen one and help the country the most.

    June 24, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  6. mcshame

    obama 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 24, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. rachel

    You guys are so full of it. Obama knows he needs them heck he is taking everyone from bill's adminstration. Also is nice to know that he could paint them as racists when he labels his granny a typical white person and nice to know that they want unity and demand that clinton supporters look at issues too bad he didnt tell michelle the same thing before she said she wasnt sure she would vote hillary. You I think that Bill could get over obama beating Hillary, but I think he is really hurt that he and his wife have been tried to be painted as racists from a group of people they have tried so hard to help(african americans).

    June 24, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  8. dems be dopes

    The Clinton s will support Obama


    June 24, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  9. Hate to break it to you

    True, he will need their help just like if it was on the other foot, she would need Obama help. So go get him and stump McCain in the ground. Have to let those republicans know who they are dealing with this time. I think with both Obama and Hillary and hate to say, even Bill help, those no reason why democrats can't win this time around.

    June 24, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  10. Clintons Only, No Substitutes

    Hey TRUTH, Fibonacci code says it will be McCain.

    June 24, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  11. Ron

    When will Hillary put an end to her supporters BITTER remarks and help unite the party.

    June 24, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  12. wiser

    Senator Obama does not deserve the Clintons' support.

    He is an arrogant, light weight, full of empty words!

    Democrats for McCain!

    June 24, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  13. Barack Backer

    Barack can learn a thing or two from the Clintons on how to avoid the dirty republican tricks, but he needs to limit his help from them to that. Accept your help while keeping your distance and stay on the message of CHANGE!!

    I'm not happy with Democrats or Republicans, but I have a feeling that Barack will turn this poor country around and set us in the right direction!

    June 24, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  14. dimitri

    i'm a clinton supporter . I believed she was the best candidate but we lost . (not looking for the olive branch) but i have to say that obama is not an experienced politician since he got the nomination he is doing all the right moves like president Kennedy in 1960. He knows as well asHillary that the Democratic party is split 50-50 and that they have to work together in order for us to capture the white house. I predicted last week that Bill Clinton will endorse Obama before the unity event. I predicted also that hillary will be hiS VP NOT OUT LOVE but as a rational choice. What he is doing is to rehabilitate,as a former community organiser , the clintons and the clinton brand . He knows That America is looking to go to the Clinton years without the personal dramas. just for insight. This morning hillary" i'm not looking to be his vp it is Senator obama's decision. Barack Obama" i need the clintons". Nancy pelosi ,after backstabbing hillary throughout the primary and turning down the dream ticket , praised her today and predicted that she will run again.What is the best way for Hillary to run again in 2016 after obama two terms : being his vice president i know that irrational people who do not know will jump at this but take a deep breath and analyse clearly. Look at the dots and you will see that i'm absolutely right. Sorry cafferty but it will happen . Politics is give and take.

    June 24, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  15. Lisa

    I'm glad Hillary hasn't ran out and campaigned for Barack. He has to win over her supporters on his own. He can't keep expecting Hillary to bail him out. We'll do it this last time Obama to get you back on your feet. Unforuntely you have to win this election on your own.

    June 24, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  16. NO to Clintons,Fresno,CA

    Obama does not need Clintons but they are leading/prowerful Dems (past history)& Obama will not put her on as VP, so he is being respectful as possible to reunite the party, without having to put them in the WH. Clinton could not Help Obama, she has lost creditability, to many lies & to much baggage for the Repubs to use against her, some old & some new, she ran on a self serving agenda. She lost. Obama for Pres 08!

    June 24, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  17. UNITY

    Thank's for coming together people! Unity, forget anything in the past. It is over. Let's come together and UNITE to defeat McCain, McSame, McBush, McNafta and McWar

    June 24, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  18. Obama's Democratic Party

    Barack Obama's supporters represent the very worst of the Democratic Party. They are haters. They don't just hate Republicans, they hate other Democrats (i.e., Hillary's supporters) even more. To vote for Obama is only to reward these people at a time when there is absolutely no need to do so.

    So what if McCain wins the Presidency? The Democratic Party is going to rack up such huge wins in the house and senate (veto-proof majorities) that we will be able to do whatever we want to do anyway. Rather than to have a superfluous and largely irrelevant Democratic President in the Oval Office, it is much more important to send a message to Obama's 'true believers' by sitting out the presidential election.

    Those delusional people believe that they can take their slightly less than 1/2 of the Democratic Party and win an election with it.

    I say to them: Fine. Have it your way. Since you don't believe that you need Hillary Clinton or the 18 million people who supported her, let's put that hypothesis to the test. You'll get no help from me and hopefully not from any of the other more than 1/2 of the Democratic Party member that supported Hillary, either. Good luck in November.

    June 24, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  19. UNITY

    You HILLARY SUPPORTERS better be quite. Hillary is crying about her debt. Better be nice. Obama needs her help and she needs her 20 million dollars. If you Hillary supporters would each one give her a dollar she may have enough!

    June 24, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  20. CAW in MD

    What is wrong with you people? For cryin' out loud, it was a *primary*. Obama and Clinton were competing for Democrats. Now that the *primary* is over, yes, Obama needs all the Democrats, those that supported him and those that supported Hillary (and Edwards and Richardson and Biden and and and...) as well as independents and like-minded Republicans in order to retake the country from the Republicans. This isn't an admission of weakness from Obama, and it certainly has nothing to do with the primary - it's what the supporters of a political party are supposed to do after the primary.

    Get a freakin' life!

    June 24, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  21. rick

    A vote for John Mccain is a vote to say.....HILLARY 2012

    June 24, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  22. seah

    bad idea on Hillarys part to help

    She did give her word though.

    McCain for President.

    In Honor of Hillary!

    June 24, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  23. steve

    The sad thing about a blog is that you don't know if the comments made are sincere or not - if a perosn is truly writing what they beleive or what tthey want others to believe. Many bloggers are simply lobbiest for thie own personal thoughts reather than into real dialogue.

    June 24, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  24. pam Eugene OR

    Barack, I really believe we can do this without bringing in the Clinton's. You can not trust them. I try so hard to stay on message and not be negative, but I voted for you because you are NOT the Clinton's. Hill and Bill are all about Hill and Bill. There is no deeper message. It is all about them and they are no longer relevant. Thank God!

    June 24, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
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