June 29th, 2008
04:36 PM ET
12 years ago

McAuliffe: Bill Clinton and Obama to talk within 48 hours

Bill Clinton and Barack Obama will talk soon, according to Terry McAuliffe.

Bill Clinton and Barack Obama will talk soon, according to Terry McAuliffe.

(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. ANGIE

    i dont think its wise for bill clinton to be helping obama just look what bill did to obama in the primaries but then again his wife needs to pay her debt so be nice bill play fair and dont push obama to make hillary vp thats obamas choice just as if hillary were the nomoniee it would be her choice as well for vp and for the love of god bill THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK

    June 29, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  2. enomisa

    Bill should give Obama hell for the rotten dirty way that Obama treated Hillary in the primary- and for the way Obama encouraged his filthy, foul-mouthed vulgar supporters to trash and disrespect the party's OTHER candidate.

    This can not become the future of democratic primaries.

    We must stop and end this travesty of justice this time.

    Otherwise all future democratic candidates will threaten, cheat and hate and lie their way to the nomination- and play the race card

    June 29, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. bk

    Yes the Clintons are being forced to do this and if I were them when I went in to pull that lever in Novemeber, it would be for McCain. Obama played the race card from the beginning he turned down a revote for Fl and MI. Check out how Obama won in Chicago. Eliminating his opponents because some people printed instead of writing. Its called voter suppression. I would never vote for this fraud.
    What happened to " I will debate John McCain any place any time?" Obama is scared to debate him, thats why he keeps hiding. Obama would rather read his speeches and let all of his cult listen to him in rally's. Shock! You can't ask questions at rally's. So your cult won't know how stupid you are.

    June 29, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Why did Obama needs the Clintons after he campaigned that he wants to turn the page on the them. He knows he cannot win without them. The Democrats like to nominate the left wing of the party and this the reason why they will continue to loose to the Republican party. Gore, kerry are examples.

    I was a former Democrat who voted for Clinton during the primary. I am now an independence with no party affiliation. If Obama chooses Clinton as his Vice President, I would consider voting for him. On the hand, if Obama chooses somebody else, I will stay home in November.

    June 29, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  5. Phantom of the Oprah

    Bill and Hill have to pretend to like Obama and his dirty tactics.

    As a voter of my conscience- i do not have to pretend.

    Celebrities, Oprah, Caroline, the DNC and the media do NOT get to select the nominee- not this year, not EVER.

    A vote for Obama is to approve the disrespect and the ugly nasty campaign he waged to destroy and eliminate Hillary from the competition.

    No to the injustice.

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

    Don't forget that, sadly, each of the Clinton's may possibly have more interest in themselves than they have in either the country's or the Democratic party's welfare.

    I think Bill has clearly demonstrated this, and Hill has come in a close second place...

    I guess we'll see, huh?

    June 29, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  7. Jean

    Obama just as well be walking though a couple rattle snakes, Go home Clinton's

    June 29, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  8. justobserve

    Why don't we all let Bill rest a bit longer?

    June 29, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  9. McCain has Michelle to re-play

    Take your time Bill.

    We hope you NEVER endorse this rotten dirty excuse for a democratic nominee.

    He cheated and stole the nomination. And he did it by savaging your wife and trashing your presidency.

    McCain, are you listening. Plenty of hateful Obama rants to re-play to remind her supporters that you are an alternative to the disrespect shown the Clintons by their own party.

    June 29, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  10. Richardson for V.P

    I hate conspiracy theories, but something just doesn't feel right about this unity thing with the clintons. These are the same people who ran the smear campaign from hell against obama, Terry, hilly, and billy sank to levels below scum, but couldn't pull it off. Now you got Bill angry at barack for alledgedly turning him into a racist when he's the one who made all the racist statements against obama and hillary demanding money she wouldn't have needed if she would have used her god given common sense and dropped out of the race after she lost 11 in a row. I just don't know folks. I knew they were planning to sabotage the general by staying in the primary after they knew they couldn't win, but now, I can't follow what there doing. My conspiracy theory had hillary either being the v.p. and having obama hurt, or having her ask to be v.p like she did, knowing he wouldn't choose her which would enrage her supporters making it impossible for him to win them over. Now it looks as if hillarys supporters are coming aboard, as well as hillary looking like a close alley in unity N.H..Lets just say this, I know there still planning something because there ambision is unearthly and there the biggest egomanics that ever lived, just wait and see

    June 29, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  11. Sam

    Bill and Barack talking doesn't imply anything. A lot of bloggers here think these talks are to get Bill back in the game. Bill wasn't the only reason Hillary lost, but not being able to keep his mouth shut certainly didn't help her. Bill was a great president in his first term. Not so good in his second. Now he's a loose cannon with a much higher opinion of himself than those around him have. If Barack has any sense, he'll keep Bill at arm's length. Hillary and Barack can do great things together, as long as Bill doesn't get in the middle of things. Let's hope they can figure out how to keep Bill occupied and busy doing something that won't cause problems (that'll be real tough).

    June 29, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  12. Dusacre

    Big deal!

    June 29, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  13. William, from Cali!

    More, "fake" unity postering; from the DemocRATS........................(Just Pandering) don't mean "did-a-lee-squat"..................................

    June 29, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  14. Say no

    Hillary was the candidate. Bill should not HAVE to endorse the liar Obama.

    Obama trashed and bashed Hillary. Obama lied and played the race card and stole the nomination.

    Unity is a nice dream.

    But Obama destroyed the party and even Bill should not help him to re-unite it.

    June 29, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  15. felix

    obama-clinton 08

    June 29, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  16. MidwestIowa

    Obama can't shake Hillary. And now comes the two-for-one Clinton deal. Who DOESN'T believe she'll be VP? One heartbeat away from leader of the free world , and besides, as VP she IS in the White House. And so is Bill. Gotta hand it to the Clintons – YES, They WILL! is right!

    June 29, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  17. John

    No matter what happens........I voted for Hillary and I will vote for McCain in November. Hillary For President 2012

    June 29, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  18. Duop Wuol, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    This is productive, honest, and vital move for the Democratic Party.

    June 29, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  19. get real

    A house divided.

    Isn't that the irony- the great Obama promised he was a uniter.

    Instead he inspired a hateful, vulgar, filthy bunch of supporters who trashed and bashed and demeaned not only the other democratic candidate- but also all her 18 Million supporters.

    Who booes and heckles another democrat? Who mocks and jeers another democrat? Who calls other democrats poor, ignorant, inbred, redneck morons?

    The new democrats for Obama do.

    Don't be stupid now. Vote against the divisive racist, Obama.

    June 29, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  20. Mike Maddox

    Seeing how long it took for him to even communicate with Obama (nearly a month now), I can't help but be cynical of Bill's actual support of Obama.

    June 29, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  21. glenn

    Let's hope Obama puts Hillary on the ticket.
    Bill was a good president and led the country to a level of high respect .The country needs his ability . Hopefully the Obama people will us him to help bring this great country out of the dark place the bushy's have taken it to.Yes Bill made mistakes .they didn't cause us to be led into two wars and many of our precious young men and women to be killer and mimed for life.After all Clinton only lied about SEX big deal /the repulican spent 80 millin dallors to find that out
    Let's move on to the real issues and that is to find out what we need to do to get this wonderful country back into the right direction.After all Bill beat the republican at everything they tired to do to him and won .we still need his intellect. to help out the Obama wite house .
    Obama has A monumental task ahead of him.and this country is going to need all of the best leaders to turn it around.One person will not be able to do it alone .Let's all pray that the good lord puts his touch on Obama .He will need it.We will survive but wii take a few years

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

    Bill Clinton should come out and support John McCain because he knows McCain is the best candidate left standing in this race. Don't worry little obamatons, he won't, he will support the little prince like all the other professional politicians in the democratic party. It would be nice though to see someone stand up and do the right thing.

    June 29, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  23. JIM WHITTAKER, Hemet, CA

    Bill Clinton has always been a spoiled, whiny mama's boy.

    He throws a hissy-fit when he doesn't get his own way.

    Most of us have known this ever since he pushed his way out
    onto the national stage, but only now are others recognizing
    and acknowledging it.

    A sad, pathetic way for somebody who COULD have one of
    the Great Ones to end up.

    But, that's who he is. Always has been, always will be...

    June 29, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  24. KATHY

    For better or worse they can win without Bill. He will sabotage Obama just like he did Hillary. As far as bill is concerned there is only one President Clinton for the history books and that will be him. Bill destroyed Hillary's campaign and i will never forgive him for that. She would have been far more outstanding than Bill and that's what he was afraid of. If Obama makes deals with Bill than he's not the man i thought he was. Frankly I think Bill is getting a little senile. Can't remember the facts, can't get anything right and runs his mouth uncontrollably. Obama's gotten this far, he doesn't need Bill screwing it up. I don't really trust either Clinton, but having to take one, i'd take hill any time.

    June 29, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  25. TonyInKentucky

    Bubba can help and I think he will.

    Bubba can hurt and I think he will.

    I think Bubba does more good than ill for Obama's cause as long as Hillary isn't on the ticket.

    For pure political skill we have two of the best in Bill and Barack, we should use that talent to it's full potential.

    June 29, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
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