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June 6th, 2008
04:33 PM ET

What Sen. Feinstein told us about the Obama/Clinton meeting

Senators Clinton and Obama at AIPAC on Wednesday. This photo appears in the current issue of TIME magazine (6/6/08).

Senators Clinton and Obama at AIPAC on Wednesday. This photo appears in the current issue of TIME magazine (6/6/08).

Ted Barrett
CNN Congressional Producer

She just spoke to a few reporters in the Capitol, off-camera:

• The meeting took place at 9pm and lasted about an hour.

• It took place in the living room on her home which is near American University in NW Washington.

• Hillary called Feinstein yesterday late afternoon to see if they could use her house.

• “I received them. Put them in the living room in two comfortable chairs facing one another and left,” said Feinstein who endorsed Clinton.

• Feinstein served them water but nothing else.

• No one else was in the room with them. One person from each of the campaigns went to a separate room, a study, in the house. Security waited outside.

• “They talked. I went upstairs and did my work. They called me when it was over. I came down and said ‘good night everybody, I hope you had a good meeting.’ They were laughing and that was it.”

• “They got along very well,” Feinstein said.

• Why do you think they wanted to meet privately, secretly, like this? “They wanted this
opportunity privately. You all know what it’s like. You go out and you have to make a statement and everybody’s critical of it. They just wanted an opportunity to meet together alone. This is a deeply personal time too. You’re sorting out your feelings. Hillary’s going to be giving a big speech tomorrow. Barrack is trying to put things together for a major presidential campaign. There are a lot of decompression, nerve endings, that need to come together. I think the opportunity to sit down, just the two of them, was positive,” she said.

Feinstein said she would not discuss the content of what Clinton and Obama talked about.


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soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. David

    I was pro Hillary –Now McCain all the way 🙂

    June 8, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  2. angie

    im glad they came together i have confident the party will unite and the dems will take back the white house if not and you all chooose to vote for mccain well looks like hillary will be losing all over again and jan 20 will be a very sad day dont be bitter its time its time for the dems to take back the white house stick together dont let hillary lose again!!!!

    June 8, 2008 at 7:49 pm |
  3. Dahlia

    Anyone who votes for McCain because they're angry that Hillary didn't get the nomination (even though every primary was run honestly and fairly – except for Florida and Michigan), should think about what McCain can do to this country:

    Continue the war in Iraq indefinitely
    Start a war with Iran
    Fill more Supreme Court seats with conservatives (who may overturn Roe vs. Wade)

    And that's just for starters. Do you really want this for your country? Are you really going to take your marbles and go home? Is that a responsible way for a citizen of the U.S. to act?

    June 8, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  4. James Dylan

    It's all over. What a beuatiful thing it must have been for them both to finally sit down together alone. No preasure to say politically correct words or what will make themselves appear stronger or weaker. Just the realization of what they have both achieved and how difficult it must have been to compete against each other for so long. What a relief of pent up aggresion. I can almost see the sly smiles of admiration for each other. Only they know what they have been through. Just two human beings discussing what has been and what is to come. It must have truly been a benefit to us all. But, what do I know, I'm just a fool who likes to see the best in people until they prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they are the devils so many here think they are.
    I guess if you got hate in your heart you need to let it out. To bad it couldn't be in the confines of your own home instead spitting it out all over the public. Be glad you haters of either candidate are not well known to the public. I doubt any of you would like yourselves could you see your comments on the nightly news over and over and over again.

    June 8, 2008 at 2:10 am |
  5. LAVON K HUMMEL

    Judi Smith. You are sad and hurt. So you are going to vote for McCain? Grow up. I know others that are sad and hurt, They people who are serving in Iraq, they are people without health care. They are people who can't find work or have lost there jobs. they are the homeless, they are the hungry. We have hope for the first time in many many years. So here is Judi Smith who is anger sad , and hurt because She thinks she has been cheated. As a result she is ready to vote for more of what has ripped this county apart. Cindy you can vote for who ever you want, it's your right, but don't you have a moral vote. if you do just don't vote at all. Voting out of spite just isn't a reason of any KIND.

    June 8, 2008 at 1:41 am |
  6. DJS

    The true matter is that both have 2 dramatically different views on what and how to actually make the required changes necessary in our country. The entire system is broken and it starts with the War we are still fighting, the major economic downturn that has been created by Wall Street greed that was not monitored for years that led to hard core criminals seeing an opportunity to make money in true white collar crime. Republican or Democrat the reality is that McCain has real world experience for us to rely on and Obama was just another senator 12 months ago that nobody had any information about or cared about. Now because of Oprah, he is being praised as the Golden child to lead us to greatness...come on please, he is well educated, speaks well in public and wears a suit well. Have you listened to him actually respond to direct questions?? Seems like he has a tough time getting to an answer. Things are broken in this country and we need somebody to step up and take the proper accountable actions to create a plan to repair the problems and ensure they do get fixed. Otherwise, I am packing my bags and going to NZ or Austraila till the headlines are somthing good for our next generation and not about the current major downturn and where some hack pop star bought coffee.

    June 8, 2008 at 12:13 am |
  7. Nims

    Nostradamus predicted WW111 in 2008-2012. Let Obama take the heat. Iran will use nuclear bombs to start the war. If Obama wins there will be disastor worse than the last 8 years. That will be the CHANGE.

    June 8, 2008 at 12:01 am |
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