Obama-Clinton Tension Runs High in Denver

Neither side is feeling the love as convention kicks off
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2008 10:48 AM CDT
Obama-Clinton Tension Runs High in Denver
Clinton campaigns for Obama Friday, Aug. 8, 2008, in Henderson, Nev.    (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Months after Hillary Clinton announced her support for Barack Obama, tensions between the two camps have flared again, Politico reports, and behind-the-scenes sniping in Denver is intense. Bill Clinton is unhappy with his speech assignment—Wednesday night's theme, securing America's future, leaves him little room to revisit the successes of his own presidency—while Obama aides say Clinton associates still act like the former first couple has leverage.

Clinton backers are behaving like “Japanese soldiers in the South Pacific still fighting after the war is over,” said one Obama aide. A Clinton associate said Obama “has not demonstrated that he accepts the Clinton wing of the party.” Some 30% of Clinton supporters still don’t back Obama over McCain, a recent poll notes. But relations should warm as Clinton supporters “blow the roof off” the convention, suggests a Clinton friend. (More Barack Obama stories.)

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