[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.
Baby, you don't need them–but I know that it is a nice gesture for the both of them to "throw their public support behind you." Understand that you have ALL that it takes to go forward in this election and WIN–hands down, BAM–hands waaaaaaaaaaaay down. We have sooooooooo much faith in you and love you to our heart's content. We will give till our wallets are empty and shout until we have no voice. We will rally support until the oceans cease to rage and thunders ceases to roll. You are our ROCK...BA-ROCK–BARAK. You are a living legacy, BAM!
Why do we have all these republicans posing as Hillary supporters?
Guys it is quite obvious what you are doing. Give it a rest!!! Obama is going to be the next president. No one wants to vote for McBush and your corny names like "independent voter", "Texas Trail Dog" and of all things "A nightengale sings in berkley square."! will not fool anybody.
I AM GLAD ABOUT THIS!!!
WE ARE UNITED ONCE AGAIN.
THE REPUBLICANS WANTED TO DIVIDE US, BUT WE ARE BACK!!!
LETS GO OBAMA!!!!
Dems–do not vote for this arrogant fraud, Obama–wait for Clinton if you really want a democrat. Do you Obama supporters realize this man will say and do anything to be in power? What happened to his "seal"? Someone with some brains told him to chuck it? Cnn is no longer my news station–too biased toward their chosen candidate. Keep Lou Dobbs–the only objective one left.
Lets Go Dems!!! Lets Go America!!!
As a Hillary supporter, I will not vote for Obama.
obama does need the Clinton's but the Clintons certainly don't need him! This country certainly doesn't need him.
No you don't Obama. They'll lose you the election. More lies, misstatements and irresponsibility.
Why so sour? Get over it, otherwise it will eat you up inside. Its all good. America is starting to head in the right direction. Far, far away from the Republicans.
Bill and Hillary for Obama and pigs fly! An Obama for president would be a backward and downward spiral for America.
The Obama drama is turning into sick tragedy drama. You've probably seen the masks. 🙁 and 🙂 Will the real Obama please stand up? No, you will have to do the research. It is all there.
Obama is a discredit to his biracial heritage and to America. 🙁
Vote for an American hero in touch with mainstream America who won't fake it! 🙂
No, I am not a Republican. I am a disgusted Democrat leaning Independent but voting for McCain 08! 🙂
An email from Bill Clinton read publicly by a staff member, is NOT a rousing endorsement for Senator Obama's race for the White House. Bubba, you are one sore loser. I'm disappointed.
However the Democratic Party really needs you in those Appalachian town hall meetings in Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia. But feel to stay on the porch until your spirits are lifted. Don't want your sad face in the crowd just yet.
Makes me sick June 24th, 2008 6:21 pm ET
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.
She doesn't *have* to do anything, any more than you are being "forced" to vote for John McCain. She is employed by the people in her state, not by her party, and although I'm not one of these idiots who come on this board and speak for entire states or "all 18 million of us" or whatever, I don't think she would suffer that much of a backlash from New York voters for not endorsing him.
If it "makes you sick" to see her endorse Obama and be friendly with him, then maybe you should try to figure out where the problem really lies – by taking a look in the mirror.
Don't turn your back on them, Caesar.
What? Speak up? I don't think we heard you. 🙂
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.
I DON'T UNDERSTAND ........mice -y- DID THEY let -U-.OUT .......go BACK IN your HOLE!!!!!!
An email from Bill Clinton read publicly by a staff spokesman, is NOT a rousing endorsement of Senator Obama's race for the White House. Bubba, you are one sore loser. I'm disappointed.
However the Democratic Party really needs you in those Appalachian town hall meetings in Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia. But feel welcome to stay on the porch until your spirits are lifted. Don't want your sad face in the crowd just yet.
He should ask Nancy Reagan, He did say that Ronald Reagan did more for change than Bill Clinton. What about if Hillary has a bad day and you know her claws come out, he also has said that she was disengenuous and thought she was Annie Oaklie. or will he clean off his shoulders of her when she'll be campaigning for him. Or scratch his face with the middle finger. We know Hillary who was the best candidate to be president will do it because she is loyal to the democratic party, she is quite a Lady.
Okay Obama don't say I didn't warn you. The Clinton's are campaigning for themselves-NOT YOU. They want you to pay their debts, promote their agenda and then step aside so HRC can tre-take the nomination. Right now, I am sure they are just like vultures waiting for the American people to disown you so they can say "I told you so."
Hey Barak, If you need the Clintons then America does not need you. We do not need a return to gems like NAFTA, Impeachments and head in the sand foreign policy.
The more you need them the less I need you and will not vote for you.
NO CLINTONS OR BUSH" EVER!!!
Please tell me you're kidding. Bill Clinton was insultingly dismissive of Obama and extremely undiplomatic in his criticisms. Of course Obama is going to defend himself, and of course he's going to go on the attack when Clinton compares him to Jesse Jackson. But now they (Obama and the Clintons) have put their differences behind them, as all primary candidates do when there is a nominee. They're moving on together, as they should. Now if we could just do the same....
HISTORY HAS ALREADY DICTATED THAT ANY EX-PRESIDENT OF THE SAME PARTY IS NEEDED, SO NO ONE HAS NEVER SAID BILL CLINTON WASN'T NEEDED. EVEN JOHN MCCAIN NEEDS GEORGE W. BUSH IN SOME WAY BUT UNFORTUNATELY FOR JOHN MCCAIN BUSH IS NOT A CURE.
I don't get it. How would Obama be any worse than Hillary? Their policies are basically the same – the only real difference I saw during the primary season was that their universal healthcare policy would be *slightly* different. To the Hillary supporters, I understand your disappointment (believe me, I would have been miserable if Obama had lost), but a vote for McCain would only hurt Hillary AND the Democratic party even more. At least if Obama got into office, he would certainly make her his healthcare official, if not his VP...
And to Lisa, who is apparently sickened by Obama's 12-year-old voters: I may be 19, I may be young, but I do know my politics. I have taken numerous political science courses and know many Obama supporters who are just as involved in politics as I am. I know a man (my age, mind you) who served in his Republican town office and interned for it as well. He is an Obama supporter. Somehow, that Senator is doing something for the younger generation (the FUTURE of this country) that Hillary and McCain cannot and will never be able to do.
No Hillary Clinton on the ticket. My friends and I will not vote for McCain. We will write in her name on the ballot.
You Obama people need to get real, he needs Hillary to win the White House. Clinton is for Obama and will encourage many of us who were against him for lack of experience.
Once again, I believe he won because the Dems. want a yes Man, not a Woman with a will. I know McCain is calling him a no Man, I guess we really need to see what Obama is all about.
What is Obama all about? Is it really change? Is change the color of his skin? Is change going to help our gas prices now? Are we going to wait another 4 years?
What is it Obama people?