June 30th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Bill Clinton, Obama speak

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton and Barack Obama talked by phone Monday morning, representatives of both sides said, as the Democrats sought to quash rumors that Clinton holds a grudge against the man who knocked his wife out of contention for the party's presidential nomination.

Obama called Clinton and they spoke for about 20 minutes Monday morning, the Obama campaign told CNN.

Clinton wants to campaign "with and for" Obama after the hard-fought primary campaign between Obama and Hillary Clinton, Clinton spokesman Matt McKenna said. Clinton "renewed his offer to do whatever he can to ensure Sen. Obama is our next president."

Watch: Obama, Clintons: Hard feelings?

Obama "had a terrific conversation with President Clinton and is honored to have his support in this campaign," Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said.

The chairman of Sen. Hillary Clinton's unsuccessful presidential bid, Terry McAuliffe, said Sunday the former president was angered by media reports suggesting he did not plan to actively support Obama in the general election.

"He was angry that these ridiculous stories were out here, and these supposed close friends of the president - none of the close friends ever got called," McAuliffe said, referring to anonymous sources quoted in some stories. "What happens, a lot of time, is people like to pretend they're close so they can tell the reporters that they're close, but, you know, they're just talking."

McAuliffe said he spoke to Bill Clinton on Sunday morning. The former president recently returned from a trip to Europe.

Obama and Hillary Clinton appeared together Friday in Unity, New Hampshire, where the former first lady said of her ex-rival, "we may have started on different paths ... (but) today our hearts are set on the same destination for America ... to elect Barack Obama as the next president of the United States."

The two had met the night before at a gathering of Clinton's biggest political donors, at which Clinton delivered the maximum legal donations to Obama's campaign from herself and her husband and Obama and his wife, Michelle, donated the maximum to Clinton's campaign - which remains mired in debt.

But some analysts read bitterness into the fact that Bill Clinton did not appear at either event and had made no personal comments supporting Obama since his wife conceded the nomination. Instead, the former president released a statement through a spokesman saying he "is obviously committed to doing whatever he can and is asked to do" for Obama.

McAuliffe said Bill Clinton merely was waiting in order to avoid taking the public's focus off of Obama and Hillary Clinton's joint appearances.

"Any time that Bill Clinton and Barack Obama speak, it's going to be big news," McAuliffe said. "They wanted this out of the way first. Now that that's over, they will speak. And I'll bet you they speak within the next 24 hours, 48 at the most."

He also joked at rumors that the ex-president remains angry at Obama from the Democratic campaign.

"This man doesn't stay mad," he said. "He can get mad for 24 hours. It's his Irish ancestry."

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soundoff (451 Responses)
  1. VW

    Unbelievable, President Bill.
    You should not stand with those who has hijacked this party, who played race card on you. You should do something to save this un-democratic party...

    June 30, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. JOYCE

    come on people of both sides. this is great for the better good of all of us. if they can get on why can't we

    June 30, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. Pam

    How much longer until everyone can stop tiptoeing around the Clintons?

    June 30, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. m.

    "' June 30th, 2008 3:51 pm ET

    Of course Former President Clinton is playing nice with Obama, he has to, thats the way the DNC works…be loyal or we will cast you out!
    My message to the Clintons, do what you have to do but don't get too close too these people. I really think the DNC forced Obama on us Democrats and I hope he crashes and burns in November.
    The media and the DNC needs to look into allegations of drug use and homosexual acts as alleged by Larry Sinclair and find out if any of these stories are true. DON'T BURY STORIES FOR THE SAKE OF THE PARTY….LET THE TRUTH BE TOLD!!!!!!
    P.S. To latinos everywhere….VOTE McCAIN!!!!!!!

    I am hispanic and I think this is the most ignorant comment, I really think Latinos are smarter to agree with you. Shame of you

    June 30, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. Bond_Dallas

    I used to like Bill, but Obama must maintain his distance. This is an impeached president, and he seems to have a certain aura of untrustworth. I used to love the Clintons, but now, I don't think they are a plus. On the same token though, I would rather have them on my side than against me. Only thing is I can't be sure when they are really for me. They could easily back-stub.

    June 30, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Bill from ALabama

    Hillary still has her delegates! If Obama has much more in the closet,he could still loose the bid for the Nomination,and a new fire could be reignited in Hillary's bid for the presidency. Until the Dem. National Convention says Obama is the Nominee,he is still just the presumptive Nominee,and delegates and super-delegates can still change their mind. It's not likely ,but it could still happen theoretically.

    June 30, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. Michelle

    I am a former Reagan supporter, and Bill Clinton won me over while office in the 90's! I think he is one of the best Democratic President ever and so he can teach Obama everything he needs to know.
    Love and Peace

    June 30, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. Alroy, St. Louis, MO

    Bill Clinton has shown he is no longer able to control his outbursts and emotions. He is history.

    With him giving B. Hussein Obama recommendations and suggestions, is a good sign that the GOP will win the White House again. Obama is not qualified to be President.

    June 30, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. EMJ

    There is nothing more immature, blind, going against your own beliefs than these strange-o's claiming they are ex-Clinton supporters for McCain. Jezz, get real how about it. Try thinking about your country's future and not just your immature behavior just because your candidate lost. Even Hillary Clinton said any of her supporters planning to vote for McCain because she lost are dumb as a stump.

    NO Country For Old Men!!!! Just say NO to McCain/Liberman

    June 30, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. rw in ct

    I don't get it, during the primaries Bill was a detriment to his wife's campaign...now he is a must for Obama. Sorry, Obama, CNN and other media, and Brazile, Clyburn...you can't have it both ways, guys.

    June 30, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. Alice

    Welcome aboard, Bill!

    June 30, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. Carol

    The Clintons never cease to amaze me with their arrogance and gall.

    This is Obama's candidacy – not Hill's not Bill's.

    They have both deliberately dragged their feet about meeting with him just to stay in the news and inflate their egos even more.

    I am so glad she didn't win. Both Clintons are disgusting egomaniacs. I wish they would both just fall off the face of the earth.

    June 30, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. dave

    July 15 everyone wear something Blue to show that we are proud of what Hillary accomplished in the run for prsidency and even if you do not support Hillary to show that a women could do anything she wants to do.

    June 30, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Venus


    Welcome Bill Clinton! We need you and Hillary!

    Time for us to step it up on the dirty GOP!

    Go ahead Bill... don't hold back or bite your tongue!

    Go go em'!

    June 30, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. michelle


    June 30, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. The Real Issues

    The Real Issue Mr. President Clinton is that people remember what was said during the campaign. You are forgiven because it was a campaign, however people do not or will not forget. With this in mind, everyone will look forward to you helping Senator Obama win the presidency. We also look forward to you doing more than you did for V.P. Al Gore and Senator John Kerry. Your actions will always speak more than words...........

    June 30, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. Vig

    Politics sometimes can just turn your stomach. As far as I'm concerned Obama did not "earn" his nomination. Rather, Hillary's nomination was hijacked early on by the constant undermining of her with spin on Obama and dish on Hillary. My vote -a print-in on the November ballot for Hillary – the legitimate candidate, not the media-controlled and promoted candidate. There is a 3rd choice. Just say no to the status quo.

    June 30, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. Chipster

    It's hysterical the way so many people are projecting all sorts of anger and discord between these people. The most bizarre comments are the ones about poor Bill Clinton not having a place in an Obama administration. OMG! Does it really look as if Bill Clinton is looking for a job? The man makes 6 figures giving speeches and runs a hugely successful foundation! Some people really need to check at the door and see if they left reality there. What a hoot!

    June 30, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  19. Nadine

    We're wearing red, white, and blue. Representing men and women who serve our country. This is not about Hillary!

    June 30, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |


    June 30, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. Tyler in Raleigh

    The best thing he can do is go back to the cave he has been in for the last 3 weeks. It has been refreshing not to see his wagging finger telling me I should be ashamed when he is the lying, thieving, corrupt politician.

    Lets hope we can put the Clintons behind us and be a better America for it.

    June 30, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. Bishop

    Now it a triple threat – Obama and the Clintons. Or why not have a five person tag team including Chelsea Clinton and Michelle Obama. Frm. Pres. Clinton – west coast; Chelsea – Midwest; Sen Clinton – east coast; Michelle – down south; Floater – Sen. Obama....YEAAAAHHHHH BOOOOOYYYYYY!!!

    June 30, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Bill is doing what he unfortunately has to do to please the democratic party . I think Obama will make a horrible President he and his wife are not suited to the Job God Help Americia.. Patricia Foy San Diego

    June 30, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  24. rachel

    I still don't know about this If he promises them a postion I hope he doesn't pull an okie doke and say sike if he wins. I bet obama might even ask chelesa to stomp a few times. I just wish Obama would debate mccain we have heard enough speeches.

    June 30, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  25. Enlightened Voter

    Sorry, but I lost all respect for Bill and his dear wife. They lied, were divisive, played every card in the book and it helped her loose, that and the fact that she ran a very poor campaign.

    June 30, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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