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. matt

    the democratic campaign is a big hit soap opera named "How a black man or Woman can make history" which is completely irrelevant as to what this country needs most people who support either obama or hillary are people who want to see a change in color or gender in the white house, not a change in our country. i for one believe that if the white old men in office arent broken, dont fix them. thats all we need in office and all that has been since the beginning of this country. the founding fathers would be turning in their graves if they only knew. Thats what we need change from "Godlessness" enough of this affirmative action and politically correct and back to what people really know and away from what are minds have been opened to accept.

    June 29, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  2. Arthur


    June 29, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  3. Still for Hill


    Join me when I vote AGAINST the lying, hypocritical, race-baiting Obama in NOV.

    I am pretending to support Obama on the polls- including the exit poll in NOV.

    Take back democracy.

    Take back the democratic party.


    June 29, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. We can pretend too

    JUST say no deal, Bill.

    Obama trashed, bashed, demeaned, mocked, jeered, ridiculed Hillary and all her supporters for his entire primary campaign.

    We will feign unity for Hillary. We love her and support her and admire and respect her.

    We will play the game for now.

    But watch the protest votes in NOV.

    June 29, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  5. AER

    I AM VOTING FOR THE "WRITE PARTY" THIS NOVEMBER and writing in Hillary Rodham Clinton for President. The Clintons need to start their own 3rd Party, not support Obama.

    Like many of Hillary's supporters, I am too poor to send a substantial donation to Hillary, but I still have what counts...ONE VOTE...just like all the McCain conservative millionaires and Obama elitist millionaires.

    I intend to use my one vote and join the "Write Party".

    Hillary in 2008! Let's make real history!

    June 29, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  6. John

    Beware the snake. Bill wants $$$, I will be happy when the convention is over and the presumptive is the candidate, Watch out for slick willie

    June 29, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  7. Maria

    I don't understand what's the rush! Leave Bill alone!

    June 29, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  8. gregg

    love obama,, love mugabe,, let the love roll,, wake up america,, b4 , the anti christ is among you,,, think, super dels,, denver is near,,, hillary ,, stop the madness,, and run indi,,,

    June 29, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  9. dummycrats

    A lot of nerve expecting Bill's support.
    Didn't Obama trash the Clinton years- the best presidency ever.

    Didn't Obama call you and Hillary and ALL your supporters racist?

    Didn't Obama lie about NAFTA- and Hill's position on it?

    Obama destroyed the democratic party with his hateful, vulgar, divisive brand of unity. And his same old politics of hope. And his dirty politics of change.

    June 29, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. Hill is the best

    The Clintons are far better people and much truer democrats than the Obamas.

    Barack divided the party along race, age, income, educational and geographic divisions.

    Michelle said that she would NOT vote for HRC, were Hillary the nominee of the party.

    The Clintons are working to unify- even though they were the ones who were disrespected and trashed and lied about by both Obamas.

    I will make sure McCain remembers to use all of this to defeat Obama.

    June 29, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  11. seaweb

    WHY isn't it about how Barrak and Bill can get together?

    THAT is the ticket that couldn't be beat in November. Bill certainly could do a lot for America right now as the Vice President, and there's nothing in the Constitution that says he couldn't.

    Let the Republicans nominate whatever shape-shifting demon they can dig up.

    June 29, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  12. Richard

    Obama will say: "Get lost, Bill!" lol

    June 29, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  13. Theresa

    As I said before, Barak does not need Bill. All he needs is Bob the Builder.
    He said he needed to fix the economy, then he can just copy the rhyme of Bob the Builder theme: Bob the Builder... Can we fix it...Yes we can!
    That way his supporters won't keep screaming to boot Bill and Hillary.
    I am curious how he will execute all of his so called his genuine plans.

    June 29, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  14. Swanman

    THE CLINTONS, may pretend to support and 'help" Obama but behind the scenes, in every possible subtle way they can get away with it, they will do anything possible to insure Obama loses. Hillary's only chance of ever being President is 2012, and Hillary's only chance of ever being president is if Obama loses in 2008. Don't think they've given up yet, remember Bobby Kennedy, Hillary sure does.

    June 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  15. Puma pac er

    Obama does not have the support of millions of Hillary democrats.

    Who will not unite behind a fraud who lied, cheated and stole the nomination.

    Democracy is more important than party loyalty.

    Free and fair elections are more important than a democratic win this year.

    The future of democracy, fair politics, and voter's rights are on the line.

    No picture is bigger than that of freedom, justice and equality for all. Nothing trumps fair elections.

    NO to Obama.

    June 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  16. Peter E

    I sure hope Bill Clinton will be as 'helpful' in campaigning for Obama as he was for his own wife...

    June 29, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  17. kelly WI

    Hobamma cant pay off her debt. Its agaisnt the rules but then when have dems ever followed the rules. Hillary will have to write a book to recoup her money.
    Bill was a lazy president and didn't do anything but go on vacation and coast on the Bush 1 policies. Didn't attend to National defense.
    Didn't take Bin Laden when offered to him.
    Some people sure like to re-write history. We'll let the historians write the books and not listen to campaing spin.
    McCain 08

    June 29, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  18. betsy

    It's amazing that so many hate Bill Clinton. Except for the stupidity of his actions with Lewinsky (which she was partly to blame for), he was a pretty good president, MUCH much better than Bush. As for the Clinton's destroying the democratic party??? How did they do that? More people voted in these primaries for the democratic party nominees than republicans WITH Hillary Clinton on the ballot. So how did she destroy the democratic party? People who say this are not using their brains, but some emotion based on what??
    The Obama people seem to think that they don't really need the Clintons' support to win. I beg to differ. I think 18million votes is a good reason to have them involved not to mention their expertise can come in handy, especially when you are the newbee that Obama is. They deserve respect not derision.

    June 29, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  19. Peter E

    Oh, so now Bill Clinton is no longer labeled as 'racist' by the Obama campaign? Now that they realized they need the Clintons for the general election?

    June 29, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. Pander

    Loyalty to the party is nothing, compared to loyalty to the principles and ideals for which it stands.

    This year the party imploded with Obama's intra-party hate and race-card playing. This year Obama forced the hand of the DNC and the voters to install him as nominee.

    This year Obama was allowed to steal the nomination.

    We will not give tacid approval to these tactics of dirty politics and divide and conquer by voting for the democrat.

    We will protest the inequity and injustice with our vote.

    We will feign unity- for Hillary- but we will have her back come NOV.

    June 29, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  21. JWR

    Obama is smart to enlist Pres. Clinton; his endorsement and visible support will help quiet voters' fears about Obama's inexperience in an executive role. And he's a great and popular campaigner.

    June 29, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  22. Peter E

    And once again, how about talking about ISSUES instead of who/what endorses whom, and how much they spend, or how do they poll. Endorsements and polls are only for those lazy people who don't want to spend any time thinking about issues and make decision for themselves.

    June 29, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  23. Jewel - NC

    Hopefully it will work out!

    June 29, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  24. Fixed for Obama

    I will vote the ticket if Hill i s on it.

    Not for Obama- but out of respect, admiration of Hillary.

    I will honor her by voting the ticket if she is on it.

    Any other scenario and I honor my principles and Hillary by voting against the lying, cheating, strong-arming, race-baiting, dirty politician of hope, unity and change.

    That is change I can believe in.

    DNC beware of installing nominees. It will backfire on you.

    June 29, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  25. Sylvia Johnsen

    Bill, you are a president. You speeches are not cheap. Make Obama pay, or better: Hold out. Make Hillary hold out. The convention is a debate Obama cannot run from. Obama is such an inferior candidate, I wouldn't rule out buyers remorse in August.

    June 29, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
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