[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.”
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.