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. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    He is going to need his wife, Hillary alright!...he is momma's boy. Get a life. America wants men not mice.

    June 24, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. TRUTH

    Charismatic, it is no coincidence that Bill and Barack share the same zodiac sign. Also, more than half the presidents are first born. Barack is a first born child...McCain is not.

    June 24, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. Enlightened Voter

    Obama, I am a staunch supporter and have donated money to your campaign and will continue to do so, BUT YOU DON"T NEED THOSE SNAKES! Those two are poison. She still has those idots thinking that she got shafted regarding the MI and FL votes, never mind that she signed the agreement that no votes should count. She shouldn't have gotten any. But if you feel you must accept their support I will still support you and just suffer in silence.

    June 24, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. Darth Vadik, CA

    If something wrong with you marriage its the gay people...
    If you dont have a job its the brown people...
    if you feel unsafe its the black people...

    The excuses of a frightened little white guy.


    June 24, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  5. A Democrat No More

    Obama needs Clinton supporters. Cuddling up to us now won't help.

    June 24, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  6. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Hillary proved she was a fighter. A real alpha person not a beta glove wearing sand bagger.

    Hillary was the real deal. She won the mid west and the east coast. She beat Obama every which way.

    The only way Obama won was my minority rules that permitted the DNC to hand pick a male over our female candidate. i pledged my support for Hillary and backed it up with cold cash.

    Yes I am for Hillary now and forever, but I am afraid the DNC is making me vote for John McCain. Go there now and register.

    June 24, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  7. We're Behind You

    Forget it Barack, they're selfish.

    June 24, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  8. America

    God bless America, land that I love
    Stand beside her
    And guide her
    Through the night with the light from above
    From the mountains
    To the prairies
    To the oceans
    White with foam
    God bless America
    My home, sweet home
    God bless America
    My home, sweet home

    Obama 08

    June 24, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  9. Clinton Supporter

    Well, I have to give Obama this one. He actually appears to know he needs the Clintons. (I stress "appears".) Given another month, his ego will have grown so gargantuan that he will cease to believe this. And as for "Change," how about all those sanctimonious comments about taking private funds instead of taking the government campaign funds in order to provide a level playing field for ALL candidates? That position, no longer serving his personal interests, changed, didn't it? So much for those "Clintons only care about themselves" attacks. Now you can just substitute Obama where you used to type Clinton!

    The bad old days of 22 million new jobs in 8 years, a ZERO deficit, no Iraq war, balanced budgets. Wasn't that an awful time? Golly, those nasty power hungry Clintons really did so many bad things to us. We certainly don't want a repeat of THAT performance!

    Or do we????

    June 24, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  10. Tina

    Unfortunately for Clinton supporters, this election is not about Hillary. She lost, she's an also ran–get over it.

    Barack may need your hellp, but I don't. If he loses, I hope gas prices double until you come to your senses for voting for McSame.

    June 24, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  11. No Bush/Mccain

    Obama, I am a former Hillary Supporter who supports you and so does all of my friends!

    June 24, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  12. M Johnson

    Don't need 'em. They're all a bunch of pouting cry babies anyway. It's time to turn the page anyway. Clintons and McCain are history. Entertaining but irrelevant.

    June 24, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  13. Joe Reed

    Democrats Unite! Obama is up 12% in a new LA Times/Bloomberg Poll!

    June 24, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  14. yns

    Beware Hillary and Bill! He is just going to try to chew you up and spit you out and throw you under the bus like he has done everyone else!

    June 24, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  15. Anita from Arizona

    Ok, if you think you need Bill in your campaign, but just so you screen his speeches and rehearse his interviews first. You don't want him sticking his foot in his mouth, but this time it'll hurt you not Hillary.

    June 24, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  16. Enlightened Voter

    Darth Vadik, CA – on this, I agree whole heartedly. Your a real man. The funny thing is white men have screwed up this country and yet they blame it on every body else. (BTW I am white)

    June 24, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  17. Travis

    Barak you can win this election hands down without those sleezeballs Clintons....

    They'll do anything to get the money back that they owe..(true slippery snakes)

    Kick them to the curb and tell them thanks but no thanks.

    June 24, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  18. Ardnuas

    Thank you Bill Clinton..... We NEED the Democrats to win, so we can get our country back on the right track.... McCain VOTED with Bush 95% of the time! ( Plus I want Hillary appointed to the Supreme Court)

    June 24, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  19. Alex in MA

    "A Democrat No More"

    Why are you so infatuated with Obama if you are no longer a democrat? I am still amazed how anyone could have supported those snakes. Never ceases to amaze how the wool can be pulled over the eyes of so many for so long! Must be something in the water we drink.

    June 24, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  20. Tony


    ...seriously though, true Billary supporters (no, not you, PUMAs/not-very-sneaky Republicans), just stop being so juvenile and vote for your future, not for what you think happened to your savior.

    June 24, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  21. Bill

    Senator Obama since you won the primary it is up to you to get the voters to vote for you. I am a Clinton supporter. However, I will sit this election out. I agree Senator McCain is President Bush third term. However, I believe your election would be worse for this country than Senator McCain.

    June 24, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  22. Dexter, Houston TX

    Over the years the Democratic message of Unity has gotten lost. Barack will restore that. A sign a good leader is knowing your strenghts and weaknesses. The sign of a great leader is knowing how to use the strengths of the people surrounding you to get the job done. Barack Obama is that man.

    Under his leadership, there will be room at the table for ALL AMERICANS.

    Houston TX

    June 24, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  23. Desiree

    “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.
    That's not what he said about him when he was attacking his character and legacy while running against Sen Clinton. He felt comfortable in attacking a spouse then.

    June 24, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  24. independent

    yes,but,we dont need their bills ,do we?they are rich,and used their money to attack you.

    June 24, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  25. JC

    You really don't need them Barack. We will carry you over with or without them.

    June 24, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
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