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. Go Obama

    It's one big happy family!

    June 29, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  2. Beverly, Kalamazoo, MI

    Obama stay away from the lying and deceit that is the Clintons! You don't need them nor do you owe them anything! Remember all the hateful things they said about you during the campain....Please tell them to go back to NY.

    June 29, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  3. Franky

    Uh-Oh!!! Bill is back!!! Alrigth Dems, let's do this......

    June 29, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |


    June 29, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  5. Petey

    Obama is a socialist. mark my word – McCain wins in November.

    June 29, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  6. Kat, Huntington, West Virginia

    obama better be asking for a meeting with bill if he wants a chance of winning this election. you all better wake up and beg for the support of the clinton's without it, McCain in 08!! So, stop the name calling and childish behavior, obama needs hillary and bill and we all know it. Hillary for VP or I vote for just about anyone other than Obama!

    June 29, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  7. alice1970

    I hope the Clinton's stay as far away from this Obama guy as possible. Between his lobbyist ethanol ties (including Tom Daschle sitting on the boards of three ethanol companies) his backers in Exelon, his criminal ties to Tony Rezko and his meeting of Nadhmi Auchi, I think anyone who goes near this guy is in for some trouble.
    Hillary or McCain – honesty, integrity and experience.

    June 29, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  8. Mark NH

    Bill, don't do it! Stay as far away from Obama as you can. He is poison to our democracy! Please do not campaign for him. He is a liar, unpatriotic and a manipulator!

    June 29, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  9. Westexacan

    Bill was a great president, good economy, no major wars, was respected by other countries. He could negotiate. His best role will to kinda stay in the background but clobber the Republicans when they come out with their attack dogs. I would love to see Bill Clinton and George W. Bush debate.

    June 29, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  10. Theresa

    The comments here that are disparaging Bill and Hillary Clinton are similar to hundreds I have read in Washington Post and other sources. They are either misinformed by the biased news media or the writer imagines what one of the Clintons has done or will do and then disparages the "culprit" for the imagined offense. In spite of the fact that Obama was highly unappreciative of President Clinton's accomplishments during his two administrations and lumped his presidency with Bush in calling for change, President Clinton has already said he will do everything he can to help elect Obama and he and Hillary have each donated $2,500 (the limit allowed) to Obama's campaign, just as Obama gave $2,500 to pay off Hillary's campaign debts. She has made it clear she is not looking for any repayment for the millions she loaned the campaign. Katie Couric was entirely correct in her comment about how extremely biased the news coverage of Hillary Clinton was against her.

    June 29, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  11. ck

    My bet is that Bill is being warned about his behavior... Hillary will be chosen as the VP and they need to cut a deal with Bill about his behavior during the coming months before the election.

    Yeah... the democrats picked a real "dream team" What a joke!!

    June 29, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  12. Selma

    I struggle to survive on social security. Robbing Peter to pay Paul I manage small cash donations to Mr. Obama. I believe in his message. The Clintons are very wealthy. He makes more money on one speech then people like me will ever see. Their campaign debt is their responsibility not mine or others like me, My donations are meant for the Obama campaign not the Clinton debt.

    June 29, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. D.R.

    That is wonderful!
    If he helps Obama half as much as he helped Hillary we shall see President McCain take office in January '09.

    Wake up America, do you honestly believe that after such a heavily contested battle for the democratic nomination, they are united? Hillary wants her debt paid off and Obama needs all those 18 million votes that she accumulated.

    Let us not forget that Hillary won the popular vote and all the big states but is not the nominee, is that democracy? We used the same argument to say that Gore won the popular vote and should have been President, yet we 'Flip Flop' and do not apply the same to Hillary's Popular Vote dominance.

    She should run as an independent since I cannot take anymore of this old Washington politics of 'FLIP FLOPPING' that Sen. Obama has now mastered.

    McCain '08 for Hillary '12

    June 29, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  14. Greg FL.

    Harvey, are you that delusional? The Clintons treated Obama like dirt at every turn and he played a whole lot nicer then they did. It amazes me when one of you "Clinton Supporters" cry about bad treatment. Did you forget the kitchen sink strategy? Your candidate lost fair and square. Now get over it and quit crying about it.

    GT/FL Obama doesn't have to make nice to anyone. He won she lost. If Hillary ever wants a future in the party. She and Bill have to make nice, not the other way around.

    June 29, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  15. DUH

    Hey Randy...having trouble putting a sentence together?? Typical Dem, uneducated and probably looking for more government handouts! If the Dems get in how high are taxes going to go, we already can't afford to live. I for one don't want anymore of my money going to the feds. Haven't they screwed up enough finances??? Tax breaks are for everyone just like tax increases are.

    June 29, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  16. Toot

    Listen to you Obama supporters..you are still hating on the Clintons even when your nominee is the one who wants them in!!
    You are the people that divide the parties.

    June 29, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  17. kilobeast

    To: GT/Florida:

    Just can't keep the hatred to yourself huh? Evidently, you now speak for the nation and can feel proud to tell my community with gusto about who has helped our people the most since Abe Lincoln? Do you really expect to see the face of any Clinton on U.S. currency? Ask that alligator to move out of your rut in the swamp so that you can lie back down and go to sleep.

    June 29, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  18. Lisa

    Bill does not need to be Obama's friend. Don't forget Bill what Obama did to your wife!!! He brushed her off like she didn't mean anything.

    June 29, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  19. William Courtland Waterford, ON

    The parties...

    How many people are shut out of business with the administrated leadership for not holding membership with a political party? Why just this one former president, and why does another side need to informally disclude this one.


    I live on a sphere, does it not make more sense to list my address as polar x-y co-ordinates.

    If a mean center of every property was taken, my address, along with everyone elses would always be a uniform 21 mostly numeric characters.

    June 29, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  20. Independent Voter

    Looks like Greedy Tot Obama doesn't know much about economics either, although he is too arrogant to admit such a thing. This week he's been telling his adoring public about ways he will spend the money now spent in Iraq on domestic needs.

    He doesn't seem to understand that the money spent in Iraq is BORROWED FROM CHINA. If we're not borrowing for Iraq, we will be paying it back, NOT spending more on domestic programs. Unless, of course, he is a) lying to make points, a distinct possibility; or b) plans to continue spending like there's no tomorrow, something I could believe as easily as a. Maybe Bill can take this fool aside and fill him in. Or Hillary can handle it, or he can hire Hillary's team to help him out. He better do something, though, because he's looking really DUMB!

    June 29, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  21. kay for obama

    is time for obama and bill to talk becuse we need him and is going to help us in november i believe to winner the white house

    June 29, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  22. Lynn in NM

    WOW!!! Obama is talking to Bill, who effectively lost the campaign for his wife. Are you trying to lose the general election Mr. Obama? Remember, half the US does not like Mr. Clinton, or Hillary for that matter. Do you really want the electorate to be mobilized in McCain's favor?

    June 29, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  23. cleareyes

    Bill Clinton shines his legacy forever in the world. He is a truly American hero in the modern society. The fools can say whatever they want to destroy his reputation, but the history will tell the truth!

    June 29, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  24. Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter

    Chelsea Clinton won't give BO the time of day! She's back at her job and wouldn't be caught dead anywhere near him. She's the only Clinton who has that luxury.

    And what Carville does regarding Richardson is totally irrelevant. Terry McAuliffe is a close friend of the Clintons, and he'll do what he's asked to do. But none of this will make Obama a better president, and I, one of oh-so-many, will vote for McCain, and if Obama wins, I hope he screws it up royally!! I can wait 4 more years. The DNC picked him and made it happen. I don't reward jackals with my vote. And I don't reward sexists and racists either. So McCain 08 it is. Here's hoping if it's BO, he is the biggest Democrat loser in 100+ years.

    June 29, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  25. I used to be a Democrat

    Bill Clinton was the "Second Worst President Ever."

    But despite that I really feel sorry for the way Obama and his Obamanazi followers treated Hillary and the Clintons. It was/is down right sexism.

    I hope Bill Clinton stays away from Senator Hussein. His legacy will not be improved.

    June 29, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
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