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. Bentley

    Obama was selected... not elected. I wish Bill and Hillary would stay as far away from that fool. He'll never be president because millions are voting for McCain.

    Country first, party is on the back burner along with the issues.


    June 29, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. Clinton Dem Voting McCain

    I wonder how much money Obama is going to offer Bill. Think it will be as much as he paid the super delegates?

    June 29, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. akc66

    Oh Brother!
    Some of these comments....

    BLUNT: Any former President from the same party as the current nominee is RELEVANT, especially one who was elected and RE-ELECTED.

    MARY: That was his WIFE taking the heat for 18 months. I would hope my husband would be just as defensive of me, even at his own expense.

    xddy4u: Uhhh, Obama was only consistently ahead of McCain in polls when Hillary dropped out of the race. Give your candidate a little more credit in determining who he needs in his campaign and who he doesn't.

    Sarah: If you'd like to get specific on how Bill and Hillary would blatantly betray the trust of the Democratic Party and ruin their legacy and political careers by sabatoging it's nominee, I am all ears, my friend.

    Marcus: HRC ran up debt because there were 18 million people on the Campaign trail begging her to stay in the game. The Obamas want and need the help of her prominent Donors to help win this thing, and their commitment to him is largely contigent upon that.

    Now we all know these two families will likely never be the best of friends, but they have a common cause and much work to do, so if you all just let them do it....

    June 29, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. Obama Supporter

    OBAMA is going to be the next Presidents and probably the BEST President in the History of America. If he can fix what the MORON Bush defaulted to then he can fix anything. Lets see! OBAMA needs a 8 year turn continuous. He is going to be the BEST we ever had!!

    OBAMA 08 all the way through 2016!!!

    June 29, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. Obama / Clinton 2008

    I really hope we can work this out!

    I am an Obama supporter who has nothing but respect for Hillary.

    I think a joint ticket would be unstoppable. If we can put aside our problems, we might be able to stop Bush's next war against Iran.

    Obama / Clinton 08!

    June 29, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  6. h.face

    GOBAMA 🙂

    June 29, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. Jimbo from Florida

    Everyone, lets come together and fix the democratic mistakes. Bill and Obama need to communicate to seal the victory in the election.
    Obama '08 and '12 and Clinton '16 and '20.

    June 29, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. al

    there will be no unity



    all you antiamerican SCUM...

    June 29, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. DM, Arlington TX for Barack Obama 08

    Duty and Honor, the Democratic Party Unite for Victory 08..

    Yes We Can.... former President Bill Clinton is a team player.....

    We shall have the family togather again....

    June 29, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. Florida - RFO

    There's plenty of work for President Clinton and Chelsea in support of the Barack Obama.

    Obama for America!

    June 29, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. Nowhere Man

    Please, Bill, just stay under your rock for the rest of the election.

    June 29, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. Rowny J Vidot

    Time to heal past wounds

    June 29, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  13. Shannon

    Bill, please ask Senator Obama why he thought the way to win was to label anyone who disagreed with him a racist. Ask him if it was ok to treat HIllary Clinton in such a hate filled sexist manner, ask him if he really believes that you are a racist. Ask him why he voted three times for a gas tax holiday in IL, but now calls it a gimmick. Ask him why he voted for the Cheney Energy Bill that gave big oil tax breaks, but now that he wants attention, says we need to tax the profits he helped them make. Ask him why now that he's the nominee it's ok to flip flop on all of the important issues that got him nominated like FISA. One of his ardent supporters in a previous post said it's ok that he says one thing and does another, that it's what all politicians do. Ask him Bill, why if he's the candidate of change, if it's not politics as usual, why that is ok!

    June 29, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. Casey in CA.

    I think the unity in the Democratic party is going to blow everyone away this year. Let's finally get things done for healthcare, alternative energy, education and the environment.

    Yes, we can.

    June 29, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. NickNas

    you know really I don't care. Clinton is done as far as I am concerned and that is from once STAUNCH Clinton supporter. All Bill wants now is some kind of power or claim of access so he can use it to make deals and enrich himself further.

    June 29, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. Brinkley

    Aw, isn't that touching?

    Now we can be treated to the "change" candidate waving and smiling with this repulsive dinosaur, just as he did with the repulsive Mrs. Dinosaur last week.

    What "change"? As Hitchens once wrote, these folks represent "two cozily fused buttocks of the same giant derriere."

    June 29, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. rachel

    Bill was busy he will do it when he is good and ready. I hope people are sincere, and I hope Obama will not attack bill's adminstration anymore since he has like half of his adminstration working for him. I am a hillary supporter will probably vote for barack, but he has to give me something to go on besides he's a democrat. Also bill and Hillary wrote out checks to Obama too on Friday, a day after the obama's wrote them checks. You know how it is when a new baby comes into the family have to make sure the older kid knows you still love them too. We still love you Hill and Bill.

    June 29, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. Jack

    WHY should Bill Clinton "Unite" with obama – and his supporters???
    Seems like Bill Clinton was a very fair guy – and did more for the AA community than any other President. Boy – how quick they shot him down – called Bill a Racist!!!!! Where was obama to defend Bill??? – SO....what exactly does he "owe" obama – let Jackson & Sharpton UNITE the party!

    June 29, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  19. rachel

    Have to add people need to let get hashed out and I really wish the civil rights leaders would comeout and say they should have said something about the sexism in the campaign like they did about the racisim. I also think apologies need to be made for Hillary beign called a monster by someone in Obama's camp

    June 29, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. DWPforHILL

    It's sad to see Obama supporters saying he doesn't need Bill Clinton, because that means they're contradicting him. After all, Obama just said he needed Bill's help not only in winning, but in governing, in his speech in Unity, NH.


    June 29, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  21. Dems for Hillary

    We need to win the election. Bill helps. Making Hillary VP should seal the deal!

    June 29, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. kevin

    Obamanites better wake up he needs the Clintons to win the election. Once people realize what his tax policy is the election is over capital gains tax from 12% to 28% goodnight Obama !!! Without Bill and the clinton supporters Hillary 2012!!

    McCain will win!

    Wake up smell the coffee

    June 29, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. Joe Doe

    As it stands Bill Clinton was the most successful President in modern history. His economic stats are unmatched.

    Obama doesn't appear to have strong legislation planned, so he is going to need all the help he can get.

    Obama has a weak medical overhaul and an even weaker energy overhaul, yet those are the two bills dragging most American's and businesses down.

    It's time to get practical. Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and terrorism are all BS issues compared to the energy and medical crisis in America.

    You can't keep wasting your money and expect everything to just work out.

    Race and foreign relations just aren't that important in contrast to the failing economy. We are not in a racial upheaval or on the bring of world war. It's economics we must focus on.. Obama isn't showing a lot of ideas in those fields.

    It's will be up to the people to push him in the direction we need and not simply wait for him to wave his hand and fix the nation.

    June 29, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  24. Marc PDX

    So the official pouting period comes to a close... (thanks to a $22.5M honorarium to the Clintons from the Obama campaign)... so nice that they found a way to put their differences behind them.

    June 29, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  25. Bridget

    Why can I see here just pro-Obama comments???GRRR

    Go Bill! You are right. I'm still very angry too.
    Hillary 2012!!!Vote McCain!

    June 29, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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