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. Scott L

    Let's see Obama is anti-war (ok how do you deal with israel/iran? we strong armed north korea and voila they are now off the axis of evil) he is anti gun (this constitutional right was just affirmed by the supreme court this past week DOH!) and he wants to raise your taxes 3-4% for what he deems "rich people". News flash...Americans ARE making more than $200 / 250 k per year and won't push the button for someone who will instantly take away their hard earned money. If you do, then please just mail it to me instead.

    What a mistake the Democrats have made....and I even voted for John Kerry in the last election. Kerry didn't come out and say he was gonna raise our taxes. What is Obama smoking? Oh wait, those days are behind him now.

    June 29, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. Mary Lou

    Bill and Terry – do not join forces with this man.... he is not to be trusted.
    No matter how much he wants to push unity down our throats,
    I will never consider him as anything but an illegitimate
    candidate who will never receive my vote.

    June 29, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. Vig

    Bill Clinton knows politics – Obama knows squat. Bill Clinton has a right to be bent out of shape – he knows Hillary's nominating process got hijacked. Can't wait to read that book. It was one big dump job. I don't know why Bill and Hillary Clinton think they have to do anything for Obama – let him get his own votes – he's arrogant enough to think he can. As for the rest of us- restore Hillary's candidacy, even the score – PRINT her name on the November ballot as your choice to occupy the White House and lead the country. Let justice prevail.

    June 29, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. AER

    Any Hillary supporter who is polled on who they intend to vote for in November needs to say "Hillary"!!!! and get her back in the numbers. In November, write in Hillary. I am an Independent and like many Republicans who never had a chance to vote her, I intend to do so in November. I hope the 18 million Democrats who voted for her once, will do it again.

    Bill can go through the motions of a unified Party. All that matters is that vote in November.

    June 29, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. BOLA


    June 29, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. keith

    Good. Let the rivalry end so they can join together. She may not be his running mate, which is fine, but maybe she could be the Health Care Czar, Bill the Middle East Czar and Al Gore the Environmental Czar. If he can get them to promise to be heavily involved in these issues (and not necessarily in the cabinet), then the country will feel comfortable that he can simplify his agenda and concentrate on Iraq, with the help of Jim Webb, as well as begin to reconcile the budget and rebuild a "greener"
    America in the 21st century.

    June 29, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  7. nancy

    Why can't everyone leave bill clinton alone..this was hillary's campaign and up til now it should have been her and obama together..if bill had been with her then everyone would have complained about him being
    there with them.that he was still trying to run things so bill cannot win
    either way.I know he was a very good president and he should be angry
    about the campaign.The Obama tried to say he was playing the race card and there is not a racial bone in his body.He and Hillary have always
    worked for and with blacks.Blacks really cared for the clintons until obama came on the scene.I think Bill is very hurt about the fact that obama putting down his presidency.Obama better hope he is half the ,man bill clinton is .Clinton was a very good president.So leave bill clinton alone ..he has a right to be hurt and angry.He will be just fine.

    June 29, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. Scott L

    Pop quiz...January 19, 2009 Israel launches attacks on Iranian Natanz nuclear facility. Iran responds with conventional warhead missiles directly targeting Isrlaeli cities wiping out tens of thousands.

    Bush is packing up to leave the White House that night.

    You just won the US general election...what do you do...what do you do.

    June 29, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  9. Miranda

    That was a mighty "white" statement...thanks for showing your true self.

    June 29, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. mike obama

    Bill Clinton has a big heart. He will forgive Obama and his campaign for using race card against him. Obama and his campaign has tarnished his legacy to some extent. Obama will go to any extreme to get himself selected for nomination. He is injecting race card in the general election. It will not work in general election because 90% balck votes anyway vote for democrats.
    People came to know Obama at the later stage of the Primaries. If people came to know at the beginning of the Primaries about his bitter comments, ties with Wright, Pfleger,Ayers et el they would have showed him the door then. That is why Hillary started getting number of battleground states which is most needed to win the election, and not the red states which anyway will go in the republican column.

    June 29, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. Let Obama Fall

    that's principles folks....

    June 29, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  12. We're Watching You Bill

    Bill Clinton owes African Americans. It is plain and simple. He would NEVER have become president had it not been for the support of black people. Well now it's time for him to pay up–we've supported him for eight years, so he needs to support Barack–why? Because it is the right thing to do. As a former Democratic president, he needs to support the nominee. Barack Obama is the nominee.

    His reputation, his legacy depends on what he does next. He can salvage his legacy or watch it flow down the toilet, along with George Bush's.

    June 29, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. New York

    go obama and clinton we need you guys help our country to get back on its feet. obama/clinton 08!!!!!!!!!

    June 29, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  14. Votr

    Bill Clinton go ahead and "help" Obama. Neither of the clintons have ever done anything without direct benefit to them and their pocket book. If it happens to benefit the people or the country then so be it but it is never the overriding purpose. Never BUT Never do anything because it is the right thing to do, ONLY when there is something in it for the clintons! Having been a terrible disaster as our President it will be interesting to watch and see how todays socialist "Democratic" candidate with marxist desires partners with yesterday's power grabbing, profiteering, "me first", "do anything you want. But when you get caught-blame someone else" president and spouse.

    June 29, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  15. Karen

    Together we can!

    June 29, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  16. Wait till NOV

    I hope Bill punches the lying hypocritical Obama.

    Obama has run the most shameful campaign in the history of the democratic party.

    He dissed and ridiculed and mocked (Annie Oakley) and dismissed (brushed HRC off his shoulder) Hillary Clinton and all 18 Million of her supporters.

    The DNC fixed this primary for Obama- they appeased the newbies who threatened to stay home, and the African Americans who threatened a black out of the vote.

    In so doing... they destroyed the democratic party. They abondonded integrity, ethics, principles, fair play and fair elections.

    Suffer in NOV for the travesty of justice.

    June 29, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  17. susie

    Vote for McCain, he is the next best thing to Hillary.

    June 29, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. Shirley in CA

    Please remember; Obama does not do drama. Stay on the "reservation". DEMS UNITED FOR CHANGE!!!!

    June 29, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  19. tj

    Bill, plz don't do this
    The way DNC & Obama campaign treated you – threw dirt on your inheritance, made you a racist – unbelievable.
    Where was Obama at that time?
    NoBAMA 08

    June 29, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. Never Obama

    I suspect that Bill will be protesting with his vote in NOV- just like myself and countless other life long democrats that DO NOT like the direction the new democratic party is taking.

    Since when do Democrats trash and bash their own?

    Since when does one democratic candidate call the other candidate a warmongering racist?

    Since when do we reward this treachery with Unity?

    Give him hell Bill.

    June 29, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  21. Julio

    If obama is planning on using Bill Clinton now, he needs to keep him on a very short leash, and make sure he is always accompanied by key campaign officials, so that he does not do any more damage. He is an egomaniac and has very little respect for Obama, a man he feels a certain superiority to. And Obama must make it clear to him that he will be nothing more than a surrogate aand nothing else. It is reported that he will be insisting on Obama to make statements declaring that he (Clinton) is not a racist, or even apologize for statements that were made during the campaign to that effect. By doing so he wants Obama to help rescue his tarnished name in front of the African community who now see him differently. Obama must resist this kind of weakness since no one in his campaign had ever accused Clinton of racism. Bill Clinton himself said things that many thought were borderline racist, he needs to clean up his own act, since he dug his own hole.

    June 29, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |


    June 29, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  23. andrew

    Bill Clinton Rocks! He know that obo will be back for this country. He is a man who has actually done this job..Cnn and you obo fans have really messed us up....When Mc cain wins just remember obo fans: THIS IS YOUR FAULT NOT HILLARY'S! own the problem that yolu have made!!!!!

    June 29, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  24. emc/stl

    Obama should not feel compelled to be nice to the Clintons. The Clintons have the belief that they were suppose to be given the nomination until Mr. Obama laid claim and cemented it. To all those who believe that Clinton is a friend to African American because he has a office in Harlem...lets not forget that he downplayed and called a black man as a potential president a fairy tale. The only fairy tale here is that he still thinks hes more important than he truly his. Look how his help doomed wifes campaign.....Obama take a lesson from Gore distant yourself from Slick Willie.

    June 29, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  25. Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter

    PS: Hillary also wrote a check for the max of $2,300 to BO. You Obama babies will be very lucky if Bill Clinton does anything for BO. He is beloved around the world. He is the only 2-term democratic president since Franklin Roosevelt, he is enormously powerful and he is so much smarter than Greedy Tot that it isn't even funny.

    I imagine he will show up and say he supports the ticket. People treated him so very badly, no one has a right to any more than that. Clinton, the "racist" who put his office in the middle of Harlem and made it a chic place to be. He's done more for American blacks, including Barry, who found that it was more convenient to be be black than white (affirmative action = money) than any president in American history.

    All so he could listen to the real racists in America, BO and company, try to paint him in such an unfavorable light. Well, it didn't work then, and it won't work now. Sure, he'll help Greedy Tot, and watch him screw up for 4 years. Then, if we're luckier than we deserve, Hillary will come back. Meanwhile, I'm tickled pink to vote for McCain.

    June 29, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
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