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. Archer

    They will fight. There will be a lot of yelling and bad words. Hillary will rush in and yell at them and they will look sheepish and sit in a corner. The while they are in the corner, Bill will pinch Barack and Barack will yell. Hillary will put them in separate corners. She won't let them come out until they promise to start acting like grownups, especially Bill. When she says that ,Barack will make a face at Bill. Bill will try to hit Barack and will get in more trouble. Barack will make another face.

    June 29, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  2. Frank

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

    June 29, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  3. Jennie L

    I don't understand why people are so bent over about Bill Clinton not publically coming out to say something...this isn't about him it's about Hillary Clinton...he had his 15 minutes now its time for hers.....

    June 29, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  4. Frank

    Why is it that Bill Clinton is resembling W.C. Fields more and more. I guess it's all the woman and booze. What a loser. I have zero respect for him, for Obama and for the Democrat party who will taqke more money out of my paycheck. Just say 'NO'!

    June 29, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  5. Mireille

    Thank you William Clinton, but I knew that soon or later the Clintons will join the winning side and campaign for Obama, not because they particularly like it but because they have a reputation and political career to protect.

    Obama is the worse nightmare for the Clintons, it's hard to believe that Bill is going to 'help' Obama with an open heart. Please president Clinton don't spoil it like you did with Hillary's campaign, don't say things Obama did not say.

    Yes We can
    Mirielle for Obama,
    London England

    June 29, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. OH

    Each coin has at least two sides. When Bill campaigned for his wife, he it for the Democratic ticket.

    He'll do it again for Senator Obama because at the end of the day, it is one party and their views are similar.

    June 29, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. kent

    Hey Texans for Obama whatever you are smoking .. can I have some please !!!

    June 29, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. carrie obama

    why dont we just move on to beating the crap out of macwar?
    no time for distractions.
    the clintons have lost every positive emotion coming from me
    i could care less abt this
    Obama for ever

    June 29, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  9. Heather

    Mc Idiot? Which is the party of hate again, I forgot.

    June 29, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  10. carrie obama

    bitter clintons!

    June 29, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  11. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Joint Ticket,

    Your comment reminded me, that there was something I have been meaning to Post. (no, noooo, noooooo bashing)

    I have heard in one way or another, about how wonderful everything was when Bill was President. I don't doubt that, but what I fail to understand is this.

    When Bill was elected President the first go around, he was also "inexperienced" But he inherited a much better America, than the one Barack is running for today, there is absolutely no comparison of the America of those long gone days, and the MESS that Barack has facing him today!

    There WAS NO IRAQ WAR; there WAS NO MILLIONS OF FORECLUSURES; there WAS NO DROWNING ECONOMY; there WAS THE HEALTH CARE ISSUE, but HEALTH CARE WAS NOT RESOLVED, it is still there, NAFTA WAS SIGNED AND SEALED, and that folks is why, AMERICA HAS LOST MILLIONS OF JOBS. Please remember I am NOT BASHING I am just telling it as it is! whoever is voted in to the White House will have a completely different AMERICA TO DEAL WITH, and frankly, I don't envy him.

    So folks you can see why I wanted to post this comment.

    I REALLY HOPE THAT BARACK WINS, but you folks have got to be prepared, to give him just a little time to do all the things you are asking of him!


    June 29, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  12. Mesfin for Obama

    she wast his golden time.

    June 29, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  13. Heather

    I do think this is amusing really. McCain was attacked by the left because they said all he knows is military; being from a military family.

    Suddenly, military experience is a reason to not elect someone as President? This attack is coming from the party whose 2004 Nominee saluted and said he was reporting for duty?

    Truly amusing!

    June 29, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  14. Kirk in upstate New York

    They need to clean up their reputation if Chelsea is ever going to be elected President!

    Maybe Obama can have Bill sell cigars at the Dem convention.

    June 29, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  15. Belle2

    After the way Obama and his fans treated the Clintons, they should leave him alone and let him win or lose on his own.

    June 29, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  16. Dan (Redmond, WA)

    One more time Bill!!! We love you and you can help us out a ton!

    Obama '08!!!

    June 29, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  17. ms. l.a.s.

    why wont CNN post my comments? WHY WONT THEY POST ANY PRO-CLINTON COMMENTS? They are so in the tank for Obama it's not even funny. Obama is going to lose – he can't win over any of the Hillary supporters

    see you all in DENVER!


    June 29, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  18. Hen

    "Off we go"?
    McAuliffe should be gone asap.
    He's a snake. Did Hillary no good.

    June 29, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  19. FayeinCT

    Hillary knows she has to play nice right now. Bill does not owe the DNC or Obama anything. Bill can do what he wants.
    Obama needs Hillary and Hillary needs Obama. It sucks but it is true.
    The DNC needs a HUGE overhaul.


    June 29, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  20. THE TRUTH shalt set YOU Free!!!!!

    Dee Dee ............Question- Where is Terry Mc Aulliffe going to fit in this election ? Obama has a laid back campaign not always in the cups like in Senator Hiillary's where he drank with Mika and Joe on Morning Joe?
    He seems more out of control than President Clinton. Had he not introduced Senator Hillary as the next President after Senator Barack Obama had enough to declare the nomination. He might need some Ritalin to fit into this campaign. Senator Barack needs Chelsa more than Terry..............YOU are SOOOO RIGHT .........BILL should ter Watch TERRy!!

    June 29, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  21. kelly

    What on earth does this washed up has- been bring to the table? Reminders of his decayed so-called leadership, fooling around with anyone with standards low enough to consort with him, and a harpy wife who cannot face the fact that the Clintons are sooooo OVER. Barack is really tainting his image by running with them. I know the intent is to try to pull in some of the Hillary feminists, but the bottom line is, that is a high price to pay. They can't vote for her in the election anyway, so get over it and move on.

    June 29, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  22. jenn 33870 FL

    Obama and Clinton would make a Great Dream Team! Super Ticket! A force to reckon' with!

    June 29, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  23. J Stone

    Why on Earth does Obama need to "sit down" with Clinton?? Give me a break! He beat both the Clintons with everything including the kitchen sink thrown at him. Now Obama is even offering to get them out of debt due to incompetant mismanagement on Hillarys part – Bill is still ungrateful.

    Lets face it, the Clintons heve never helped the Democrat party – only themselves. Wherever they go the bring bad luck to the Dem party.

    June 29, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  24. Ed

    I'm still not quite sure why people follow the fools like the Grahams. To each his own I suppose. Religion to them has become a business. Perhaps they should have taken the money that they scammed from their "believers" to buy that nice house in NC and spend iit on people who really need it. McCain gave them a visit strictly for the evangelical vote. They even "diised" him by no endorsement.. He has no clue just how obvious he is with his political BS is. McCain for president, I sure hope not !!

    June 29, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  25. Jimenez

    President Clinton doesn't need to help Obama. I hope he wont. Another friend just confirmed what is happening with alot of democrats. Both her parents and herself are not voting this year. They refuse to vote for Obama. Shame Obama now trying to get Bill Clinton to help him after he accused both Clintons of being racists. Don't do it President Clinton.


    June 29, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
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