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. Eugene

    President Bill Clinton will do whatever he can to election a Democrat, because he is a Democrat and not because he likes Obama or thinks Obama is qualified. Read some of these comments and if these Clinton haters are Obama supporters he has a sorry bunch and I doubt that he can win in November.

    June 29, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  2. Bill in CT

    Who cares. BC sold his soul to the Republicans his first term. He is not a real Democrat. Obama does not need this guy carrying his water. He is better off just with HC or alone. Every time average Americans see BC they will think of how he sullied the Presidency with a 21 year old Intern, and then ruined Hillary's campaign!!!

    June 29, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |

    To people who makes more than $250,000 per year,

    Please make sure you vote for McSame this fall. McSame will make sure of that you continue to rake in money while so many Americans will suffer from his legacy economic policy. I'm sure you rich people all get united behind McSame to preserve wealth you already have. I don't blame it to you people at all. However, one thing that I want to remind you is that you are on the wrong side in God's eye.

    People will not be fooled this time around. Especially, those Evangelicals who really care about God's message, will not vote for one will destroy world peace.

    June 29, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  4. Ben

    Who cares.

    As Bill Clinton would say, "It depends on what the meaning of the phrase 'irrelevant ex-President' is."

    June 29, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  5. Maggie

    Bill Clinton should tell Obama to go to hell. After Obama and his people criticized him and more or less called him a racist, why would they want his help to get him elected. I hope Obama realizes that because he was unfairly selected and not elected as the nominee, that he will not have that same priviledge in the November presidential race. When he loses that race, I hope that will teach the DNC and superdelegates a lesson that they should have not selected the weaker candidate but taken the decision of the voters who had voted for Clinton as she had the most votes.

    I would like to know what has happened to fair democracy. This democratic race reminds me of the Zimbabwe elections where democracy was flushed down the toilet and the voters did not count. Obama was forced onto the democrat supporters and I hope McCain is the winner just to teach them a lesson.

    June 29, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  6. Ben

    Bill Clinton once said, "During the primary, you get to fall in love. For the general, you have to fall in line."

    I look forward to watching Bill take his own advice.

    June 29, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  7. Doris,Memphis,TN

    This is good if the Clintons are sincere!
    Barack did not damage their image they did.
    Hillary must wait until 2016. She will only
    be 68.

    June 29, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  8. Oh Yeah, Well...

    Bill needs to get his act together. He needed the support of African-Americans, they voted for him, and then he threw them under the bus.

    June 29, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  9. Darcy - Arkansas

    I was so disappointed to see the way Bill Richardson was treated by the Clinton camp when he came out for "Obama. I NEED to see Bill Clinton to openly embrace Bill Richardson before I can really believe democrat unity is more important than personal loyalities to the Clintons.

    June 29, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  10. Mom who loves OBAMA

    Yeah Bill! Glad to have you come aboard! Voted for you twice, and would love to vote for you again! A vote for OBAMA is a vote for Bill Clinton!

    OBAMA '08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 29, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  11. RevRayGreen

    tell Bill Clinton to go and INHALE !!!!!!!!!

    June 29, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  12. The US abolishes century old clinton dynasty

    ok, if Obama means CHANGE then why now this bringing these wealthiest, racists, monopolist, monarchist, elitist people????

    sorry if Obama is now back to the same old same old that is no change

    my vote will go to McCain...

    she (the hilarious one) said it clealry it is her or Mcbush,

    so hey, if Obama means no change, then i will vote mcbush....

    he can not and should not bring them along, that is old status quo, NO change

    the clintons are looking out for themselves, WE ALL KNOW that BILLARY will run on 2012 and then their princess chelsea for whom momy and dady paved the road so she can benefit from wealth will run in 2015,
    so Obama, learn for once... they dont care, they are Wealthy, racist, adn elitists, these three clowns even so they are a joke and make you laught they have more money than you could ever dream.. they are opportunist..they are the Clintons..and CNN loves t hem..

    June 29, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  13. Syed

    Sen.Barak Obama and Sen. Hillary united for party unity in Unity,NH. Now President Bill Clinton will meet with Sen.Barak Obama in next 48 hours . We can smell of win this Nov.4 . I will personally request Sen.Barak to consider Sen. Hillary as his running mate(VP) and win the elction in Nov 4 for our people,nation,party and abroad. It is time for Sen.Barak and Hillary to forget the past wound and move forward and unite together for our people,nation and party. Our country desperate needs Democrats to win this Nov.4 election. Thanks

    June 29, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  14. Realistic

    When Bill endorses Barry, that will drive the 200 man-hating lesbians and bitter old ninnies who constitute the PUMAs out of their minds! It is a curiousity to see so many PMS-ing women carry so much hatred for so long - get a life!

    June 29, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  15. Cynthia

    We all knew that it was going to happen – it was only just a matter of time. The Clintons did not get as far as they have gotten by not being politically smart. They are going to do everything they can to get Senator Obama elected because they know that everyone is watching and watching closely.

    June 29, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  16. deroy

    clinton cannot come to grips with the fact that he is no longer an important man. this is now the third election since he left office.

    plus he gave away his reputation for $100 million is speech fees and bribes for his library.

    now he has to live with that record.

    June 29, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  17. semp

    Oooo ... goose bumps ... Will there be pizza and fat chicks?

    June 29, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  18. J.C.

    If Bill Clinton were to be secretary of state, I wonder how much more defense technologies he will transfer to foreigners.

    June 29, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  19. fred17

    who cares about bill

    June 29, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  20. ben

    I liked bill as a President. I must say though: I hope obama is watching his back.

    June 29, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  21. brainsplus

    I getting a good feeling about the prospects of another Democratic Presidency soon. The time is long overdue ... thanks a trillion

    June 29, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |


    June 29, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    I hope Bill never helps the thief who stole from his wife and called her names ... and let others be sexist. Unity is a sham. Obama is a hypocrite and a jinx for Democrats. Arrest Obama for his Rezko house bribe before end of July

    June 29, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  24. Margaret

    President Clinton needs to get over the fact that Hillary lost the nomination and stop claiming that Senator Obama used the race card or that he disrespected Senator Clinton. It was President Clinton that made many mistatements and lost his temper. Now is the time to show that he is a great statesman and not a sore loser and help save this country from 4 more years of Bush policies.

    June 29, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  25. Lisa

    Hillary should have won the nomination.

    June 29, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
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