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. Patrick

    McCain has shown more respect than Obama ever has to the CLintons!!!

    MCCAIN 08!!!!!!

    June 24, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  2. Habibi

    NOW he has nice things to say about the CLintons just because he needs their help!?!??! The AUDACITY of him!!!

    I hope all 18 million voters of Hillary decide to sit this election out...Then we will truly see if he can win.

    June 24, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. An Independent Hillary

    I hope they all work together to end Republican rule! Kudos to Obama and the Clintons for coming together. As much as I wish Obama was NOT the demo, McCain is a totally unacceptable option.

    June 24, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  4. Rose

    To All of Those Who Think HRC is Done: Ever hear of a write in? It's not over till it's over.

    June 24, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  5. bo

    of course you're going to need them. you're a lameduck candidate and will be a lameduck president.

    June 24, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  6. Beverly, NYC

    That's right Barack, keep friends close & enemies closer.

    June 24, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |

    The ONLY way he could win is if he puts Senator Clinton on the ticket...

    otherwise at least half of her supporters will NOT vote for him... HE HAS NO EXPERIENCE!!!

    June 24, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  8. Comedy Central

    I am reading that Obama is ahead by double digits. Obviously he does not need the Clintons or anyone else. Let him do this on his own. Bill and Hillary do not dumb yourselves down by helping this clown. He is just patronizing both of you. You certainly won't get a fist bump from the Mrs.

    June 24, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  9. Mark Webb

    So, Hillary will not be VP, but head of Department of Health.
    Good compromise!
    And God bless you all!

    June 24, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  10. Wolf

    Obama is still unelectable in November. Clinton would have beat McCain and I hope she only does what she absolutely has to do, nothing more, nothing less. This is the same creep who so wickedly used the race card against her and Bill. That was personal and not on the issues. Obama is a looser and would do anything to win. ClintonDemocrats will not support Obama because simply put, he is bad for America. Vote for America.......Vote for McCain!

    This is from RealClearPolitics.com........CNN – you are at it again 🙂

    RCP Average 06/15 – 06/23 - 48.3 40.8 Obama +7.5

    June 24, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  11. Concerned Citizen of America 08

    Texas Trail Dog, I highly doubt you are a Hillary supporter, merely a operation chaos tool. As I said to you on another thread, BIG BOLD FONT only magnifies your ignorance. CNN, I thought you screened these posts for offensive inappropriate content?

    June 24, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  12. slax

    well since you already stole all of hillary's policies and ideas...

    June 24, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  13. Rose

    So now Obama is going to suck up to the Clinton's. He needs her and I am betting her heart won't be in her support of him. As for Bill, I think Obama better think twice about asking for his support. Bill Clinton just may say something stupid again and maybe it would be by accident or maybe not.

    June 24, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  14. sharon

    OBAMA DOES NOT NEED THE CLINTONS> Nobody needs them. I wish they would go away forever. EVERYBODY stop living in the past.

    June 24, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  15. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA




    June 24, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  16. pakuna

    He needs to give up his citizenship to Kenya!!!! He needs the Clintons?
    He degraded, disrespected a past President and tried to trample the Clintons. Now he needs them! Well your regime should have thought about that from the get-go. The total disrespect he has shown for the People of the United States and the United States repulses me.

    June 24, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. Ellen

    Iam a Hillary supporter who can never be for Obama. I believe Obama will destroy our country. I don't think MCain is much better but I believe his motives are good for America.

    June 24, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  18. Southern gal

    Obama DEFINITELY IS going to need the Clintons....
    If Obama wants to rake in the votes - mine included - he will need
    Hillary on the ticket with him as VP.

    Nothing will unite the Democrats faster and easier than THAT,

    June 24, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  19. Optimistic in NJ

    I actually think you'd be better off without the Clinton's. The Republican's have only just began to run all of her negative quotes against you. The Clinton's have become toxic and make me weary and cause me to worry. My suggestion to you is watch your back!

    June 24, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  20. Fernande Picard

    Heheheh, Obama needs her heheheeh MORE THAN HE IS WILLING TO ADMIT.
    It's called "arrogance"!
    P/s. He will dig himself in ...all by himself.
    Fernande Picard

    Viva McCain *he is not offering anything to Hillary so...it will be McCain for me! we will survive 4 more years.

    June 24, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  21. Tina

    One of the things that scare me most is listening the media saying how Mrs. Obama hates Senator Clinton. I have heard that many times and never heard Mrs. Obama or Mr. Obama, saying anything about it.

    I can expect anything negative from the Replublicans but as I see how the Democrats allow this attack their own constituents, I wont vote for them.

    June 24, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  22. TexasLady

    The only way that the Dems can come together is if the hate stops. But I can't see any of the obamabots willing to look beyond their pointy little noses and belive that another candidate could have any use.

    Down with the obamanation!!!

    June 24, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  23. Jen, CA

    What a crock! We know Obama needs everybody and everything - because by himself he is nothing! So why didn't he tell us that up front?

    Still voting for McCain, no matter what. McCain is realistic, experienced, wise, a genuine American hero, in Congress since 1981, courageous, REAL, not a figment of the imagination.

    June 24, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  24. jimmy

    It's about politics. Do what it takes to win. If you feel you need the Clintons, ask for them, after all they too are Americans.

    On the campaign finance issue, everyone walks around complaining that the system is broken; well if you wish to reform the system, this is the way to do it.

    June 24, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  25. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA






    June 24, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
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