July 1, 2008

Obama Speaks to Bill Clinton, Asks for Help

The Associated Press


The silence between Barack Obama and Bill Clinton has been broken. In their first conversation since the heated primary, the Democratic White House hopeful on Monday asked the former president to campaign for him .

Bill Clinton was often Obama's harshest Democratic critic, trying to bring down the Illinois senator as his candidacy surpassed former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's. While Hillary Clinton has begun to help Obama by encouraging her supporters and fundraisers to back his campaign, a chill remained between the last Democratic president and the man running to be the next one.

Obama spokesman Bill Burton said Obama welcomes the former president's support.

"He has always believed that Bill Clinton is one of this nation's great leaders and most brilliant minds, and looks forward to seeing him on the campaign trail and receiving his counsel in the months to come," Burton said.

Clinton spokesman Matt McKenna said the former president renewed his offer - expressed in a one-sentence statement last week - to do whatever he can to ensure Obama wins .

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