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. Independent Voter

    I'm not voting for Mr. Snake Oil. I will either vote the rest of the ticket and leave President blank or vote for McCain.

    June 24, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  2. independent

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

    June 24, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  3. georgie

    too bad obama had nothing nice to say about the former president untill he realized he needed him to win! Thats just one more thing to dislike about obama!

    June 24, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  4. Gary Chandler in Canada

    On June 2nd I posted in the Anderson Cooper BLOG that Hillary would take the Health portfolio. Today, Obama practically said that will be her role. On Friday it will be the head line news!?

    June 24, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  5. Lisa

    Finally the truth comes out!! That's what we've been trying to tell Obama supporters for the last 16 months.

    June 24, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  6. Candy West Virginia

    You don't need the Clinton supporters Obama, by November they will need your brilliant presidency desperately.

    June 24, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  7. DM, Arlington TX

    Poison , Poison, Poison p p p poison beware of the Clinton, don't put Senator Clinton incharge of the campaign funds.....

    June 24, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  8. Rave

    Mr.Obama, you know..you dont need Hillary.... Maybe Bill is a reasonable guy, but dont trust Hillary. No to Hillary and her supporters that claim to vote for McCain.
    OBAMA (2008 -16)

    June 24, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  9. 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.

    June 24, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  10. Steve B, NewYork. NY

    YEEEEESSS .... 12 Point Obama lead over McCain in the new LA Times Bloomberg Poll !

    Wolf Blitzer and Co..

    We told you , once you stop polling with Hillary Clinton in the mix, we see that Obama handily beats McCain.

    Hopefully MSNBC and CNN's obsession with the Clintons will begin to subside !

    On to the General Election where history will be made !

    Those who stood in the way of history always regret and apologise for it later.. when it matters no more.

    Barack Obama will be the next POTUS !

    June 24, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  11. saga for Obama

    we need unity.. to fix the mess left by Bush. Hill will be the head of Health Care in Obamas Administration, then everyone could afford health care. when Obama is president the ENRON advising Mc Cain will be running for the hill lowering the gas prices so we could afford to drive to the Dr., we need unity...so the billions of dollars we save from leaving Iraq can go to Daycare...so our kids are safe while we go to the doctor

    June 24, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  12. Naomi,KY

    They made potholes for you and difficult for you along the way.

    I am happy Obama never made ill of Clintons but they made ill of him on the campaign trail. How sad!

    June 24, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  13. Vivienne

    I am going to be watching closely this year to see if the democratic party is going to unify and fight the Republicans. So far the Republicans are running around acting like victims. Democrats better wake up and see that all the problems that we are currently facing is because Republicans do not know how to lead. This country is in a mess.

    WAKE UP!

    June 24, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  14. Lisa

    Now little Obama needs help from the Clintons. His supporters should feel like idiots right about now. Ooh I forgot his supporters are under the age of 12.

    June 24, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  15. Kim.MA

    Hillary need to know we don't need her. She is an arrogant lady who listens to no one.

    Obama can do without them, loosers. I have no respect of Bill Clinton no more!

    June 24, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  16. FactCheck

    Wow, you people sure are dense. Obama said he needed the Clintons not that he needs their supporters. If you want to vote for McCain to spew your venom go right ahead. After all, that's pretty most of you seem to have going for you.

    June 24, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  17. TaraLynn

    The Clintons should not lift a finger to help Obama. I will never vote for Obama.

    McCain '08
    Hillary '12

    June 24, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  18. Really.

    That was Bill is his hayday. Not Hillary.

    Don't confuse them.

    June 24, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  19. John, AZ

    McCain: Obama is going to need all the help he can get...

    June 24, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  20. atxgrrl

    You obots need us, yet you threaten us. Hmmm...sounds like the epitome of an abusive relationship. Ain't gonna happen. PUMA!

    June 24, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  21. Makes me sick

    The way Obama and the Clintons are now so lovey dovey makes me ill. I will never change my position on Obama and I will not vote for him ever. I will change the channel every time his face comes on the TV and for sure when I see him and Clinton campaigning together, yuk, yuk and more yuk. I admire Hillary, but I sure wish she would not endorse him – but I guess if she wants to keep her job at all – she has to.

    June 24, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  22. malabar

    i am not a democrat. i have only voted in one presidential election– for Bill Clinton in 1996. I did not vote for Gore or Bush. I did not vote for Kerry either. I did vote for Hillary in this past primary. I believe the Clintons have what it takes to lead the world into a better future. I do not dislike Obama or McCain for that matter. God Bless the man that does win, however I personally believe the most qualified candidate and best hope for the future is now out of the race.

    June 24, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  23. diziz31

    Spoken like a true Christian.. Love your enemies

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

    I do believe, in the interest of party unity, that he does need the Clintons. As a staunch Obama supporter, I have seen the bitterness of BOTH sides. There is a very good chance that this primary won't be noted for its historic precident (which it should), but how petty and partisan supporters on both side were. WE have an opportunity (and responsiblity) like never before to shape politics in America and the World for the better. BOTH campaigns ran tough and hard. BOTH campaigns made mistakes that were exploited by the other. Bill Clinton said if you can't take the heat, you should get out of the kitchen. If Senator Clinton had won using Fl and Mi votes that (sorry) shouldn't have counted, many people (like myself) would be crying foul. BUT the stakes are so high (war, economy, supreme court, etc) that we'd just have to suck it up. I do understand that Clinton supporters are upset. That is natural. All I can say is that you made an excellent choice and I sincerely doubt that this is the end of her legacy. She will be fine. AND she proved that she is probably even more effective without her husband (the most effective modern day democrat) than with him. That truly speaks to her talent. Now I hope that as we (as Obama and Hillary supporters, not democrats and republicans) can work together and stop sniping at each other. This is not the way forward.

    June 24, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  25. Sebastian

    This is a very gracious offering to the Clinton family. Nice to see your leadership in pulling the party together.

    Senator, you are a good Christian Man.

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