Obama has trouble reaching Clinton for congratulatory call
NEW YORK - Barack Obama had trouble reaching Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night to offer congratulations on her South Dakota win and renew his offer to meet with her now that the Democratic voting contests are over.
Obama won Tuesday’s primary in Montana and earned enough delegates to clinch the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.
The two campaigns offered differing versions of the attempts to connect. Linda Douglass, a senior adviser for the Obama campaign, said Obama left Clinton two voicemails and that she returned the call a little over an hour after the first voicemail.
The Clinton campaign said that in the initial call, the two candidates spoke briefly but lost the connection.
Obama communications director Robert Gibbs said that when the candidates did speak, Obama gave his congratulations on South Dakota and told Clinton he would like to “sit down when it makes sense for you.”
The Clinton campaign blamed the telephone woes on the less-than desirable technical conditions in the Baruch College building where the New York senator held her primary night celebration.
Due to firewalls built into the school’s communications system, there was no cellular telephone service and Internet access was spotty at best, conditions that also caused technical headaches for many of the hundreds of media on hand for the event.
-Photo credit: Reuters/Brendan McDermid (Clinton attends her rally in New York)