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. Mark Dunkirk NY

    I guess you don't live in upstate NY. The NHL game yesterday may have been a picture post card but the reality is that upstate cities have slipped further under Hillary's watch. and we don't have 1 new job from all the ones she promised in 2000, her first Senate run. She is not the hard working Senator. And anyone who trots her daughter out like a statue and does not allow that daughter to speak to even a 9 year old kid doing an assignment is really screwed up. I hope Obama trounces her in Iowa and sends her and Bubba's campaign in a tailspin.

    January 2, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  2. freefall

    The Hillary haters are letting their hate make them take stands here AGAINST the union.

    The union has won a deal for the writers on Letterman's show. That is what the writers wanted, that is what a union is supposed to do - and Hillary as a Dem is respecting that. Why don't you, those of you here who claim to be pro-union but really are only anti-Hillary?

    Aim your hate at Huckabee. HE is the one crossing picket lines for a show that has not negotiated with the union. C'mon, let us hear the anti-Huckabee lines.



    Can't hear you. . . .

    January 2, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. john williams san diego, ca.

    perfect venue for her royal highness, planted questions that have been rehearsed and lettermans sheeple laughing, but PLEASE leave the cackle at home. .

    January 2, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  4. Bruce Taylor

    I could see her doing stand-up after the campaign is over. And if that doesn't pan out she could always collate the archives from her husband's administration and release them prior to the postponed-to date. We wouldn't want the window of experience to close peremptorily,now would we?
    Of course,now maybe,just maybe,she could gain some experience in President Obama's administration.

    January 2, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. Richard

    It's the Republican (Huckabee) who is crossing the picket line. Letterman's production company, Worldwide Pants, which makes Letterman's show as well as Craig Ferguson's, settled their strike with the writers. It's the big corporate producers like NBC, the ones who are putting on the Republican candidate, who are refusing to settle the strike.

    Nadeem and TD Texas are just typical Republicans, telling lies about Democrats that are truthful about the Republican candidate. But if you get your news from the Bush PR office (aka Fox News) what do you expect?

    And to be fair, I'd expect any candidate from any party to accept an offer to appear on any late night show tonight. With Clinton representing New York, and Letterman taping in NYC, she will be the most popular candidate he could invite, so I'm not surprised that they invited her. But the only picket line that will be crossed tonight on the talk shows will be crossed by a Republican.

    January 2, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. Jean Peppar

    Good for Hillary!

    She will win the nomination. I've supported her for a long time and she's the best candidate running. Economic Reform. Government Reform. Healthcare Reform. Education Reform. Her proposals are the strongest, the most detailed and the most do-able!

    Go Hillary!

    January 2, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  7. jack, ny, ny

    All these comments from Obama supporters shows how clueless they are about what is happening around them. No wonder they are Obama supporters probably don't even have clue about Obama either....lol

    January 2, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  8. Joel

    Jason is exactly correct.

    Union workers = guaranteed job regardless of performance
    Communism = guaranteed job regardless of performance


    So many stories I heard growing up in Michigan about auto workers laziness and ineptness. For example, getting their "quota" (hmm, also from communism I think) for the day, then playing cards the rest of the day or sleeping.

    January 2, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  9. Rob

    Unions are bad for the country. Bless Hillary Clinton for crossing those pickett lines.

    January 2, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  10. Ryan, Los Angeles CA

    Tonight's Letterman should be great!
    Go Hillary! Hillary 08

    January 2, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. jas

    NADEEM – get your facts straight before you comment on any subject – Hillary is not crossing a picket line – Letterman has come to an agreement with his writers, even I living in Canada know that.

    January 2, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  12. K DAVID, NJ

    Who is this nadeem guy, is he Barack Hussein's cousin?? I see him all over the blog world today bashing John Edwards and supporting Barack Hussein Obama.
    Get your facts straight man before spreading rumors for your cousin.

    January 2, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  13. Robert Bell

    "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."

    Actually, although Hillary has gotten a lot of union endorsements, one has to wonder how a former director of WAL MART (6 years!) can hold herself out as "friend of the union man".

    Let me repeat that in case you missed it:

    Hillary Clinton was on the BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF WAL MART FOR SIX YEARS.

    Now you know where her loyalties lie.

    Not that unions can swing elections anymore. I think there are still like 3 people in Indiana who still belong to one or something.

    (As for the writer's strike, this is not a strike about wages and working conditions, but about Intellectual Property Rights. No wonder it has not taken hold with the public's imagination!).


    January 2, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  14. Troy

    It almost impossible to believe the complete lack of coverage of any actual issue in favor of stories about who's ahead in the polls, who's hauling out which celebrity, who's running what add. The election is not about polls or who's ahead. It's about selecting a strong leader capable of repairing the damage that's been done for the past 7+ years. CNN and the media in general should be ashamed of the way this election is being covered. Have we totally lost sight as what's important?

    January 2, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  15. nobody

    Just think, the International Association of Machinist supported Hillary Clinton and Mike Huckabee. The decided to support a Democrat and Republican in the primaries. They must have been drunk at the time!!!! At least Clinton is not crossing a picket line like Huckabee will be. What has happened to the leadership of the Unions!!!!

    January 2, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  16. aware

    Go Hillary!!

    January 2, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  17. Carolina Dood

    As big a joke as Hillary is, who needs writers ???

    It is somewhat possible that she may take the gold in NH, but NO WAY will she be No.1 either Iowa or SC. Edwards will take Iowa, and Obama will take SC. So if Hillary is truely destined to be the nominee, she will have to wait for Super Tuesday to claim that victory.

    I predict Iowa: 1) Edwards, 2) Obama, 3) Hillary
    I predict NH: 1) Hillary, 2) Edwards, 3) Obama
    I predict SC: 1) Obama, 2) Hillary, 3) Edwards

    The Carolina Dood, West Columbia, SC

    January 2, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  18. nadeem

    My apoligies to Hillary, she is not a scab. I was unaware Letterman made a deal with the Union. I still think it is very Hollywood to go on that show on the eve of a caucus. I don't think it will play well in Iowa.

    I still think Obama is the right person to be president, he is more authentic, genuine and in the general election that what matters. Say what you will about Bush, but his likeability got him the White house, same for Clinton 1, Reagan, and Carter.

    In fact i can't remember the last time expereince won over likability.

    January 2, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  19. aware

    Hillary is the only viable candidate!!

    January 2, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  20. demwit

    Meatheads favorite venue, it should be a gas..

    January 2, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  21. Duncan, Richmond, VA

    I think some of you are missing the underlaying issue here. A strike is more powerful when the action is complete and held together. Allowing Letterman to return, even with a deal with the union weakens the strike.

    If I was an out of work writer on strike with the balance of my bank account slowly decreasing, I would be very upset at this deal, and anyone who went on the show, regardless of the fact that a deal was made.

    If it was me, I would publically state that I support the writers and refuse to go on the show.

    January 2, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  22. John

    You have to excuse Nadeem. She doesn't know any better, and wouldn't expect her to know any better. I mean what intelligence can you expect from a union employee?

    January 2, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  23. Gil - California

    Hillary will count down the top ten reasons why she is bad for the country.

    January 2, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  24. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    kathie Ann,
    Yes! I agree with you! Hillary should go! She should go...........FAR FAR AWAY!

    January 2, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  25. demwit

    Letterman today, the GONG show tomorrow..

    January 2, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
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