June 29th, 2008
04:36 PM ET
13 years ago

McAuliffe: Bill Clinton and Obama to talk within 48 hours

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(CNN) - Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe assured CNN’s Candy Crowley that former President Bill Clinton and presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama will be discussing Clinton’s role in the campaign within the next two days.

“I believe that in the next 24 to 48 hours they will talk and off we will go,” McAuliffe stated on Sunday’s Late Edition.

Clinton has remained behind the scenes so far during the general election. He was not present at the Democratic event in Unity, New Hampshire on Friday and has only released a one-sentence statement saying that he will do whatever he can to help the Illinois senator win the election.

Many analysts have said that Clinton’s not-so-subtle absence from the campaign is because he is angry and bitter about his wife losing the nomination.

McAuliffe defended the former president, saying that he has been taking time to let his wife finish up her campaign and secure her relationship with Obama.

“She was the candidate, she got 18 million votes, she’s the political leader of the Clinton family now,” McAuliffe said.

Obama asked to talk to President Clinton on Friday and Hillary Clinton told him, “Absolutely,” according to McAuliffe.

Now that President Clinton is back from a five-nation tour during which he attended Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday party, McAuliffe predicts that they will be speaking shortly—but stressed that the attention should be on Hillary Clinton and Obama coming together.

soundoff (424 Responses)
  1. JIM...TX

    Just what we need now...Bill AND Terry trying to twist Obama's arm in some manner to get HRC on the ticket an maybe Bill a cabinet spot. They just don't give up. If they weren't so into themselves they all would have supported Obama as soon as he had the numbers. Instead they held back trying to figure a way in the back door. They really need to get a life back in HOPE!!!

    June 29, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  2. Stealing is not winning

    Well... Obama raped Hillary and trashed the Clinton presidency.

    Takes a LOT of arrogance to expect and demand their support.

    But it is so clear that Obama has NO mandate.... that even the Clintons must throw in their support to save this shoe-in election for the democrats.

    The republicans are hated... but Obama is such a weak candidate that even McCain could win this year.

    That is what you get when you steal the nomination from the best qualified candidate the party has ever had.

    June 29, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  3. Alf

    Comparing Bill Clinton to Obama reminds me of King Saul and David the giant slayer! 1 Sam 18:7-9

    June 29, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  4. richard

    Didn't Bill say once tell Obama that if he can't stand the heat to get out of the kitchen. Maybe someone needs to tell Bill to leave the cook alone.

    June 29, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  5. Tracy

    Sounds good and let's hope Bill and Barack’s partnership will serve the Democrat party well and they'll work together in earnest. And with Hillary’s added strength we’ll win back the Whitehouse. Bill Clinton may not have been the very best president ever but he was absolutely supreme compared to that dopey Bush. Notice how Bush is trying to "talk" to rouge nations now??? SHOCKING! and simultaneously attempting to get serious with Iran? Two things that Obama said he should have done years ago instead of going into Iraq. Obama 2008 & 2012 and Hillary Clinton 2016!!!

    June 29, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  6. Charles Douglas Lemay

    Bill Clinton is in a box.

    Everybody with three brain cells knows that he is the reason
    that Al Gore did not win in 2000.

    Now, he's in that same fix again, and he just can't stand it!

    June 29, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  7. Grover W.

    Whatever it takes to bring about regime change in Washington. I would suggest that if Obama selects Hillary as his running mate, he may want to hire a food taster as well 🙂

    June 29, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  8. kelly WI

    The dem congress authorized 400 million for Iran operations.
    Read CNN article. Seymour Hersch.
    Obama would be a failed one term prez just like Carter. People will be mad about being taxed out of sight.

    June 29, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  9. Dan, TX

    I"m glad the supreme court has protected our rights to buy guns. IF the US invades Iran, it is our duty as US citizens to take back our government by any means necessary.

    June 29, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  10. Chris

    Come on, Bill, get over the fact that you're probably not going to be in the White House again and get behind Barack Obama.

    June 29, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  11. Alex in MA

    Trying to Sleep with the Snakes? A couple Black Mambas?

    Not a good idea brother!

    June 29, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  12. JC

    Woohoo!!! Whether you like it or not, the Clinton's have a huge following and always will. They are experienced, intelligent, professional politicians that have always loved the United States, whom we can not do without!

    June 29, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  13. Michelle

    IMO No one could blame
    Hillary or Bill if they only half-heartedly campaign. After all, Obama
    lied and called them racists. And they both know Obama doesn't cut it.

    Obama is very much like Bush–arrogant, lying, inept, and charming.
    Obama and Bush share the same mantra of "hope and unity."
    As you see, those slogans are just ear candy and a way to get votes.

    Obama = Bush 3 (even worse than Bush)

    Some of you might be surprised to know that Obama helped the corrupt slumlords in Chicago more than he helped the poor tenants.

    Read all about it at noquarter.com. In addition to getting news at CNN, noquarter is an excellent source of candidate/election news.

    June 29, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  14. Alston

    It takes a simple yes or no to endorse your party's candidate.

    NOT bull from the Clintons.

    Seems like Bills tripping over his huge ego!

    June 29, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  15. fair

    Obama should stop sucking up to Clintons. Obama get either Clinton’s support, I am staying home this election.

    June 29, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  16. Arnaldo Chissano

    Well, I'm not american and I don't live in the States, but I support Obama and Clinton together...

    I support the Democrats and I believe they both can lead America to a great nation.

    Go for B. Obama

    June 29, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  17. lance9591

    Bill and Obama must to unite to kick that SOB Bush and his corrupted regime out ASAP.

    June 29, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  18. Pat Va

    Keep your friends close; keep your enemies closer...I don't have a particularly good feeling about this. Too contrived, coming from Bill's side.

    June 29, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  19. Frank

    So Hillary lost, so what. Why would we want a sore ,child like ,loser like Billy boy on Barcks team? He didn't do much for Hillary. Lrt him have his pitty party and when he gets done with that he can lie some more.

    June 29, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  20. Paul

    My support for Obama is wavering a little. If he gets too cosy with Clintons, then I'm not sure if I trust him either. Oh well, there's always John McCain.

    June 29, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  21. Lavallette, NJ

    I am scared of Barack Hssein Obama.

    Idont care who he taks to, I am gonna be a McCainOcrat this fall!

    June 29, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  22. Helen, NY

    Those 58 old white ladies, have a life. You know nothing about Barack. Normally white ladies get attracted to black males. However this candidate has no hacground and no experience. Sorry. I am independent but I will vote for John McCain together with my friends here in New York. Barack does not deserve to be our commander-in-chief. He knows nothing about the important issues.

    June 29, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  23. Anonymous


    June 29, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  24. KE

    “You asked me at the wrong time,” a man said to a woman.
    “So when is the right time then,” a woman asked.
    “Well… you know…the right time, you figure it out…” he said.
    “Well… I can’t see any other time…” she replied.

    A coalition of women and the other disfranchised American can make deference if enough of them agree that the situation is bad enough, I mean BAD ENOUGH. If we don’t fight now, we always will be a fool.

    We don’t like oppression from the Democratic Party especially.

    McCain 2008

    June 29, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  25. M T in OK


    June 29, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
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