August 13th, 2007
02:06 PM ET
3 years ago

'Magic' Johnson to host Clinton bash

'Magic' Johnson will host a fundraiser for Clinton next month.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson is set to throw a fundraising bash for White House hopeful Hillary Clinton September 14, six days after TV host Oprah Winfrey plans a similarly star-studded event for the New York Democrat's chief rival, Barack Obama.

The Clinton campaign tells CNN the event, also to be attended by musician Quincy Jones and music producer Berry Gordy, will be held at Johnson's home.

The competing fundraisers highlight both candidates' courtship of prominent African-Americans as they battle for their party's nomination.

In a statement, Johnson said Clinton "has the experience and knowledge to help lead our country," according to the Associated Press.

Last May, Oprah told Larry King she chose to support the Illinois senator because she knows him “personally” and knows “what he stands for.”

"I think that what he stands for, what he has proven that he can stand for, what he has shown, was worth me going out on a limb for. And I haven't done it in the past because I haven't felt that anybody — I didn't know anybody well enough to be able to say, I believe in this person," Oprah said.

In the same interview, Oprah said her endorsement of Obama does not suggest she is against Clinton.

"I think I've said this before, and it's true. Because I am for Barack does not mean I am against Hillary or anybody else. So the fact that I would endorse Barack Obama and the fact that I would support Barack Obama, I have not one negative thing to say about Hillary Clinton,” she said.

– CNN's Alexander Mooney and Lauren Kornreich

soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Jennifer Thomas, Springfield, VA

    I think its great that Magic is backing Hillary. Where is Rev. Jackson right now. He is backing Obama now for one reason. He use to back Hillary before but he picked Obama for obvious reasons. Obama has no experience. Talking about copying something someone says. Atleast Hillary has her own voice.

    August 13, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. pl, at the UN, for a while.

    I am not American, therefore I cannot vote.

    What is pathetic also, Matthew Law, is that for a country with interests and obligations all over the globe, the logic of choosing should depend on kingmakers (no pun intended) and from vacuous opinions rather than core facts.

    August 13, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Caren

    Magic Johnson is not obligated to support Obama just because he is bi-racial (not black). Obama passed over two qualified Black candidates for mayor here in Chicago to support Daley after he said he would remain neutral. Why? Because Daley's brother signed on to his campaign and so it was a political move. Obama is not a purist he's a hypocrite and a regular politician. Get over it PEOPLE, he is not different than any other politician. Magic Johnson has a long relationship with the Clintons. Bill Clinton worked with him in some of his inner-city programs and so did Hillary. That means more than supporting somebody just cause they the flavor of the season. Right on Magic...Right On

    August 13, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. Steady, San Franciso, CA

    Have you seen "Sicko"? I'm dissappointed in Magic. Obama clearly has the right agenda for the American people and Mrs. Clinton does not. The only argument in favor of Clinton these days is that she is "experienced" and that Obama isn't as much as she. But Obama is the better candidate when one speaks about positive change for the people of this country. Besides, Mrs. Clinton does not have a backbone.

    August 13, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. S. Des Moines, IA

    People - Get over it! Hillary Clinton is going to be our next President. :) She is the BEST choice out there. Even Karl Rove said she'd win (whether he likes it or not). My educated guess is he has a little more political experience then you people!! Oprah can't even say anything bad about Hillary –

    August 13, 2007 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    You have no right to judge Magic. This is free Country like you said. Magic is higher class than any African American. He is a real gentleman, I think it is a great thing to support Hillary, because Hillary is the best candidate among 16 candidates. Magic is doing beautiful thing, he will prove to people he is doing right thing
    for Hillary and America.

    August 13, 2007 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. Clinton G Scruggs

    Magic this is a great step. Can't the people see what's going to happen here. We the Democratic Party have formed a Political Dream Team. It doesn't matter who serves first.Hillary & Obama for the next 16 years what a run. You know its going to take that long for this country to again witness the good times we had under the 1st black president Mr. Bill Clinton. Hillary and Obama will make a difference. Let's make this happen !!!!

    August 13, 2007 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. destardi, Chicago, IL

    For the 100th time...Do just a little research; Hillary Clinton's and Obama's voting records are IDENTICAL. There is NO DIFFERENCE between their political stance; Obama follows like a lemming, after he sees how the experienced insiders vote.

    Hillary, has years of experience in the day to day business of getting things done.

    HILLARY '08!

    August 13, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Clearly Osama Bin Laden is a better choice. Why does CNN tilt the story? Osama 2008!

    August 13, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. Siler Marriott, Atlanta Georgia

    The last thing we need to do is bash any democrat or their supporters. As an African America female executive–I am for Hilary because I beleive she is the best qualified and is ready to lead today at this moment, as does Magic.

    Let's be bigger then this and keep our eyes on the prize - being in the White House in January 2009. All this negativity is just what the other side wants. We have the best group of democratic candidates then we have had in a long time.

    Don't hate the player hate the game. We are winning but your team still has a chance and any democrat would be a million times better than Giuliani, Romney, Thoompson, McCain and so on.

    Stay focused on winning the White House not bashing Hillary or Oprah, Barack on anyone else,

    Love your passion and comitment to the process.

    Hilary Supporter in Atlanta

    August 13, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. Dave Rochester NY

    OK can we please stop this useless non productive infighting. There is more one way to skin a Cat people. Just becasue you don't Like something that Hilary or Obama stands for or against doesn't mean they are not fit for The job . No one is 100 % right all the time( thats George W thinking). This is a time for Grown up talking not children Act like It. By the way If I hear Flip Flop one more time Im going to scream . I hope a President can and Does Flip Flop . The facts today are not always the facts next week, Month , year or decade.

    August 13, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. katwac oakland calif

    So Oprah, what does Barack, your "good friend" stand for them since you keep saying you know what he stands for

    August 13, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. katwac Oakland Calif

    Hold Up folks. Stop assuming that you know what all black people or african americans want. We do not all follow the big named folks at Magic and Oprah's function. Get a life and get your facts straight before you start speaking for me OK

    August 13, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. Glenn Doty, Columbia SC

    There has to be some rational discussion of RELEVANCE here. Oprah is the wealthiest woman in the world who has been one of the biggest power-brokers in the entertainment world and has been extremely influential in the opinions of tens of millions of women nationwide on national and international issues for decades... Johnson played basketball over a decade ago, and has done little that has been noted by the news and is largely forgotten... Yet somehow CNN posts this crap news story implying the support of an old ex-ball player to be as important as a billionare power-broker entertainment mogul.
    I don't care who you support, if you don't see this for the pathetic pro-Hillary propaganda that it is you are far too dumb to determine who should and should not lead the free world.

    August 13, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. Chip Celina OH

    This quote by destardi, after making the point that there is "NO DIFFERENCE" between Obama and Clinton in their voting records, seems odd:

    "Hillary, has years of experience in the day to day business of getting things done."

    Most Americans are fed-up with the government for years of the day-to-day business NOT getting done.

    In this instance, it looks like she was beaten to the punch.

    Chip

    August 13, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. Brian, Columbia, SC

    Magic Johnson never said that he would not endorse a political candidate. Oprah did say that. She's a hypocrit. She can't even give a convincing reason for why she support Obama: "I know him personally." Sure you do O! You and Obama have lunch everyday along with Gayle. Come on, right??!!??

    I'm a Democrat, and African American, and a long time fan of Oprah Winfrey. However, I hate a liar. If she didn't want to support Al Gore or John Kerry in their presidential elections, she should not support Obama. I cannot argue with my white friends who argue that it's only beceause he's black. Race doesn't matter. The most qualified person for the job should become president. Hands down that Hillary Clinton.

    Shame on you, Oprah. Putting race before principles.

    August 13, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. J.B. Oak Lawn IL

    Hillary Clinton has stregth and experience in:

    1. voting for George Bush's war in Iraq.

    2. reinventing her image every few months.

    3. spinning away sex scandals

    4. acquiring donations for a legal defense fund

    5. Moving to a state she has never lived in to get a seat in the Senate, creatively using taxpayer money for her travels

    Yep, Senator Obama certainly does not have the experience she has. Glad we got the record straight on that.

    August 13, 2007 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. bkrane Pittsburgh PA

    he shoots......he scores!!!!!

    August 13, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. Dave Rochester NY

    Hillary Clinton has stregth and experience in:

    1. voting for George Bush's war in Iraq. ( HAD NO CHOICE BE HONEST WE WERE ALL TRICKED AND RAILROADED )

    2. reinventing her image every few months. ( I HOPE MY LEADER IS SMART AND CALCLATING THE LAST ^ YRS ARE WHAT WE GET WHEN THEY ARE NOT)

    3. spinning away sex scandals (NOT WORTH A COMMENT WHAT ARE YOU A (R)

    4. acquiring donations for a legal defense fund ( GIVE ME A BREAK WHAT WOULD YOU JUST ROLL OVER )

    5. Moving to a state she has never lived in to get a seat in the Senate, creatively using taxpayer money for her travels ( I LIVE IN NY AND IM PROUD TO HAVE HER AND HER HUSBAND )

    Yep, Senator Obama certainly does not have the experience she has. Glad we got the record straight on that. _ Im not a Clinton backer I just wish you people would start talking about the issue PLEASE

    Posted By J.B. Oak Lawn IL : August 13, 2007 4:42 pm

    August 13, 2007 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. Ryan, Boston, Massachusetts

    I am amazed at some of the postings I have read. I can summize that most of these postings are from uneducated people lacking higher education degrees or who no nothing about political science and how politics and elections work. Here's a lesson for many of you. Bottom line, candidates need a LOT of money to run a successful campaign...it's called a "war chest", so when someone offers their support to a candidate and offers to host a fundraiser to do just that, RAISE MONEY, and it follows the rules of campaign finance reform, a candidate should partake in such a fundrasier. Hillary didn't ask Magic Johnson to host an event for her, he is hosting the event for her. Get it? She would be a fool to decline a legitimate fundraiser. Get a clue and get educated people.

    HILLARY 2008!!!!

    August 13, 2007 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  21. Uma, mpls, MN

    Support from "Magic" Johnson; a black man with brain is very valuable than Oprah who is very racist. It’s my big mouth, Oprah is not only racist also sucks all the money from poor blacks of the USA and donates that money in African country. In every black’s house people will have cable to watch her show but she doesn’t care about them, shame on her! What ever people will say, Hillary is shining star and Obama is a fake cookie. Obama is just like a Chinese food for American 15 yrs ago, even though its high fat and adulterated they like it because its new.

    August 13, 2007 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  22. Tori Nashville, TN

    i am so tired of people saying oprah is rejudice because she is supporting barack. the two of them just happen to be black. and he happens to be the best candidate. after all these years oprah has certainly proved that she is not prejudice. if she were. we would know by now. and as for the two parties. its seems like a joke to me. my question is who will be at magic and hillary's party because everybody that matters have already rsvp to oprah and baracks party. lol! nobody can compete with oprah.

    August 13, 2007 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  23. Sancho Libre, Denali, Alaska

    to everyone of you who uses the term "Flip Flopper":
    i commend you on:

    1)never having reevaluated anything in your entire life
    2)loving the classic sandal style so much as to endorse this term that unconsciously markets said footwear
    3) deciding that the REPUBLICAN given words (flip-flopper) will govern your DEMOCRATIC PARTY views.

    stop being gnomes of ignorance.

    August 13, 2007 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  24. Nicole, Baton Rouge, LA

    The comments on this blog are ridiculous. It shows what a CHAUVINISTIC country that we live in. Get off the BUSH-CLINTON-BUSH-CLINTON issue and realize that Hillary Clinton is not just a Clinton but HILLARY. She is a Senator by her on means. She is not connected to her husband at the hip. She did not even change her name when she married Bill Clinton until he ran for Governor the second time in order to help HIS campaign. Not hers. She has had a plethora of accomplishments that were built on her own name, not Bill's. If you would like to stop being ignorant and actually learn about someone before you vote blindly then go read about their life...not just Obama's or Edwards.

    The fact that there is so much division amongst our own party is ridiculous and that we are comparing a strong democrat to a Republican president is sick. Go look at Obama's voting record. Who is more pro-public schools – Hillary Clinton – Obama supports vouchers and Charter schools. Who is more anti-gun – Hillary Clinton – Obama supports gun ownership. Obama – he support military expansion. Hillary, she's actually not that big of a supporter, except in supporting the troops. Get off the Iraq War. Half this country supported the stupid war. Did you apologize when you supported it? I think every person in this country that supported the Iraq War and has since realized that it was a mistake, should go find the parents, wife, sibling of a deceased soldier and go apologize for your support of the war. Me, I can be as self-righteous as Obama because I never supported it. Do you really want to go do that? Every single day for the rest of your life. Because really, by you supporting it..you are the one that pushed your congress man or woman to vote for it. Because remember, that after all, they do represent their constituents. So, why don't you start apologizing everyday? Because that's what all of you want your candidates to do.

    August 13, 2007 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  25. Luther R.

    The all time 'flip flop' champ is the cretin currently sitting in the White Hou$e.
    Are republicans really that simple minded/brainwashed that they always have to demonize someone trying to bring change???????
    Fascism is alive,and well in Bu$h's party of spin,and doublespeak......

    August 13, 2007 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
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