January 2nd, 2008
04:51 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton to lead off Letterman

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican Mike Huckabee won't be the only presidential candidate on late night television Wednesday.

Democrat Hillary Clinton is set to make a surprise appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman, the New York senator's campaign confirms.

According to the campaign, Clinton has taped a couple lines for the top of the show - Letterman's first since the beginning of the writer's strike two months ago.

- CNN's Candy Crowley and Sasha Johnson

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. nadeem

    What a scab!

    How can anyone in a Union support Hillary now, she is crossing the picket line to appear on letterman. So much for supporting our fellow union members.

    Just lost the union vote to smooze with her hollywood buddies.

    January 2, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  2. Dissento

    Get your facts straight; no picket line for Letterman. He owns and produces his own show, unlike Leno and NBC. Letterman is very union friendly, which is why his writers are working.

    January 2, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  3. Dave, California

    I guess this is her opportunity to play the sax on a late night show. Isn't she supposed to be supporting the Unions? I find it interesting that she has no problem showing up for something when it could obviously hurt her platform, yet refuses to show up for an Iraqi spending vote when it could clearly help her platfom? When will she truly be invested in supporting the american people, and not her own pockets?

    January 2, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  4. Connie

    Do your homework, nadeem. Letterman and Ferguson are returning with their writers. They struck a deal. So the only scabs are the ones that appear on Leno and Conan O'Brien.

    January 2, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  5. Jesse, Burnsville, MN

    Well, she is a joke, so it makes sense that she would show up on a late-night comedy show.

    January 2, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  6. Paul NY NY

    Actually she wont be crossing a picket line because he made a deal with the writers guild to continue his show. Last time I checked Hillary has the backing of many unions , and for good reason.

    January 2, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  7. Nando, Florida

    She will need it tommorow after Barak mops the floor with her in Iowa!!!!!!!!!

    January 2, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  8. TD, Texas

    I like how Hillary's willing to cross the Writers' strike picket line to get some media exposure. This is what you can expect from another Clinton presidency, workers!

    January 2, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  9. Terry

    Hillary...what an idiot!

    January 2, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  10. Sceptico

    Just curious... Will Hillary's lines be written by Letterman's writers, or by her writers?

    January 2, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  11. pam Eugene OR

    Hillary belongs on a late night comedy. She is really funny!
    ABC 08
    Anyone But Hillary

    January 2, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  12. Duncan, Richmond, VA

    If I was part of the writers union, I would be very upset to see that show back on the air with writers and an agreement with the union. I would equally be upset with anyone who appeared on the show.

    Try telling someone who is not working and not getting paid that Letterman is different.

    January 2, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  13. DJ

    Recheck your facts nadeem. First off, no one can be a scab unless they are working a job that has a union and they refuse membership. Hillary is not a writer working in Hollywood, she is a senator working in Washington.
    Secondly, Letterman has reached an agreement with the union to return to TV. That's why Letterman will get more A list celebs during this strike, because all WGA union members now have the full blessing of the WGA to appear or work for Letterman. Hillary is certainly not a scab. All guests can schedule an appearance free and clear, now that it has been ok'd by the WGA.
    No you certainly can't say that for Huckabee. He is gonna appear on Leno. Leno is definitely a scab (no matter how nobile his intentions are) right along with any other WGA union member that appears on his show.

    January 2, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  14. Dan, Minneapolis, MN

    No Terry, Senator is not the idiot. You only need to look at yourself for resorting to such an inane comment. Your comment did not add to a reasonable discourse and it only reinforced my disaffection with a fringe mentality whether it is Democratic or Republican. It appears you have not learn from tactics prompted by Limbaugh, Coulter, Malkin et al that has dominated the discourse for the last 8 years. I have to concur with Connie and Dissento, do you homework!

    January 2, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  15. Picabo, San Diego, CA

    If we know about it then it isn't a "surprise appearance"

    January 2, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  16. Andy, New York, New York

    Hey, I have lots of time on my hand, so don't take anything personal! Politics can be fun, too!

    January 2, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  17. Fritz Miniutti

    I think it is great for her to go on letterman.

    January 2, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  18. John, Cape May, Nj

    The Democrats are on the verge of making the same mistake the Republicans did in 2000. George Bush was the media's darling. No hard questions about experience or accomplishments. The Republicans had the opportunity to elect John McCain they chose George. The Democrats have the opportunity to elect one the hardest working Senators in the Senate Hillary Clinton, an individual who has fought for 35 years for Democrat values and they are going to vote for a smooth talking lawyer with little acomplihments or experience. Who lied an told his constituents he had no desire in seeking the Presidency but wavered on his promise as soon as the polls told him too.

    January 2, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  19. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    What a bunch of un-informed people! I think is just an excuse to hate Sen. Clinton. Letterman is a very pro-union guy and thankfully he could do the deal independent of CBS. GO HILLARY 08!

    January 2, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  20. Dylan

    You guys are clueless... David Letterman is going back on the air WITH his writers after making an agreement with the Writers Guild of America. NO ONE involved with the show, not Letterman, not Paul Shaffer, not his writers and certainly NOT HILLARY, is crossing any picket lines.

    I'm not even a Hillary supporter, but I think It's hilarious how some people will jump at any chance they get to take some absurd shot at Hillary.

    January 2, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  21. Jason

    Anyone read "Communist Manifesto"? Remember "Workers of the world Unite"? How can anyone say they are American and support unions when they are straight from Marx's book? Unions are anti-capitalistic and UN-AMERICAN!

    January 2, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  22. David

    I think its great that she is going on Letterman. Hillary or for that matter, any Democrat will be better than the Republicans. We are slowly but surely losing the middle class under the Republicans. Our national debt has almost doubled since 2001, we've had more people killed than any time since Vietnam. And get this – every Republican candidate calls for continuing war and keeping the tax breaks put in under Bush. They even want to keep health insurance – like it is – out of reach of the average working American. Hey, I just heard oil hit $100 a barrel today. It was $12 when Bill Clinton left office. Remember the old saying – 'the rich get richer and the poor get...' well you know the rest.

    January 2, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  23. kathie Ann

    go senator–you are the one we want

    January 2, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  24. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    Just shows you who's smarter, and it's Hillary hands down.
    Huckabee and his staff are so dumb that they didn't even know that Leno has come to no agreement with the writers and he will be crossing the writer's picket line. What will be his excuse when he crosses the picket line? Maybe he will try and "Bush" the American People and say, the picketers said is was ok for him to cross the picket line.

    January 2, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  25. TO Dan, Minneapolis

    Hey Dan,

    The reason I think she is an idiot is because this will backfire on her. It's just not a smart move to me. So, yes it is a dumb move, in my opinion. You should take a look at yourself and wonder why you care even care so much about someones elses blog opinion. None of this stuff being written on blogs even matters much. What is truly going to matter is who votes and the final results. Calm down!

    Actually, I will take this advice too beacause no of this stuff is really worth getting upset about. We all should be about helping others.

    January 2, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
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