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. Linda

    Some people like Hillary, others are uncomfortable that corporations are heavily invested in her campaign. Others find her unethical and calculating and find the Clinton's closerthanthis relationship with the Bushes odd. I just hope David Letterman keeps a close eye on his belongings as Hillary has a history of "borrowing" furniture.

    January 3, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  2. Vincent, Tamaqua, Pa

    Go Hillaryyyyy!

    Hillary 08'!!!!!!!!

    January 3, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  3. AG, Hong Kong

    The Hilary haters cannot have a debate on substance and can only indulge in cheap mudslinging. Wasn't this the case when Bill was in the White House? And look what we have had...one of the best presidencies during the Clinton years – economic growth, peace and excellent US reputation abroad. And, what about the Bush years – Iraq, Katrina, Chenney & Rumsfield, energy policy in Chenny's office, subprime..and the list can go on and on. About time, the right wingers shut up!!

    Go Hilary Go! And, here is to a strong America abroad!

    January 3, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  4. Dan R

    Hillary DID NOT cross a picket line. Letterman's production company made a deal with their writers. Letterman's union writers are back at work and there is no picket line for the Late Show or the Late Late Show.

    Some people will stop at nothing to attack Hillary.

    January 3, 2008 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  5. Jeremy F., Atlanta, GA

    Hillary didn't cross picket line because Letterman has his writers in an arrangement. Leno, however, doesn't & Huckabee crossed picket lines to be on Leno.

    January 3, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  6. Jed in Texas

    Anyone who supports NAFTA,CAFTA N1B1 Visas,or slave labor from Mexico or out sourcing jobs to China for slave and child Labor is a SCAB in my Book.These Folks are the Enemy of the middle class.I cant wait to see some of those scumballs loose their jobs in the near future.The white collar Geeks think they cant be replaced but they havent seen anything yet.

    January 3, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  7. Bobby

    If Hillary is the one for presidency then I think we've got a big problem going here folks, she is two people in one, one of them is the one she wants you to see, and the other would the "real her." Selective personalities, and, she's good at it. I would have thought that "over hormoned Bill" would have taught us something about the Clinton's. . . Hillary? Give me a break. . .

    January 3, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  8. John Smith,IA,DES MOINES


    January 3, 2008 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  9. Christopher Majewski Cincinnati, Ohio

    Obama/Edwards ticket please! I go by the heart and so far, Hilary hasn't even shown me she has one.

    January 3, 2008 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  10. Joshua. Lawrence, Kansas

    I agree with Jason. Union's are totally un-American. In fact, we should get rid of all that unions have worked for over the years.
    Child labor? To say small children can't work in factories is just an unnecessary hindrance on free enterprise.
    8 hour work days? Think of how much more could be accomplished if we could go back to the days of 10-16 hour work days, 6 or 7 days a week.
    Retirement benefits? If only 44% of non-union workers receive retirement benefits (http://uaw.org/publications/jobs_pay/02/no3/jpe05.html), well then I guess thats what the free market wants. If we could just get rid of that 44%, think of how much more money our poor, impoverished CEOs could be making.

    Hillary is NO friend to the working man, but she isn't a scab, either. Vote Edwards (or if you are a hopeless idealist, Kucinich) if you really care about workers and workers' rights.

    January 3, 2008 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  11. yomomma

    My mother always told me to practice what you preach....
    In Hillarys case she says, Wha?!
    In retrospect of her "don't politicies the assasination of Bhutto" quip of political jib jab, Directed at Obama
    Pulllleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez. LOL
    First off. Hey Hillary! It was a political killing!!! 2nd It's POLITCAL! Not just in the middle east(ALL regions INCLUDED there).But here in the U.S.3rd Think of being a hippocrite of words once again in your run for power! Something I would think America is sick of by now!!!!
    I really hope if the christian roots in her so called soul awaken she will explode. Like the nazis in the indiana jones movie!
    Really! Did lucifer himself write her suprise speech about this tragedy????
    Oh. and by the way I was thinking about the christian ways when she turned the other cheek. You know ... When Slick Willy got his willy slick.... Any TRUE Christian Would not be married to or be hanging around a LIFE MATE ORDAINED BY GOD for political reasons would they??? You make me laugh you crazy BEATCH!

    January 3, 2008 03:14 am at 3:14 am |
  12. Steve B- Pennsylvania

    It would be funny to see Dave ask her why she Flip-flops her issues to appease everyone or why her and the other democrats answer any questions from someone like Sean Hannity, Mark Levine, heck even Ann Coulter.

    January 3, 2008 05:04 am at 5:04 am |
  13. Steve

    Well the way I see it, Hillary's team saw this a chance to score points and also not have to write some of the soft pornolitics she seems so good at. Maybe some one more competent at pen on Letterman's crew can help us not see Hillary as the Ice Queen.

    January 3, 2008 05:05 am at 5:05 am |
  14. VFrancis

    Ok – I really do understand where the writers are coming from and I agree that they had to take a stand against corporate. But, I'm also seeing that their stand is causing suffering among many people in an economy that is already stretched to a breaking point. It's fine that they reviewed their savings, food stock, debt amounts, etc. and decided that it was worth the struggle and strife to do what they believed in. But in doing so, they have forced others into financial burdens that may take years to recover from. What about set designers, costume folks, the small businesses that make their living in whatever way from the industry? Is this really fair? Though I believe corporate greed shoulders the majority of blame here, I do call the writers to task as well. Something's got to give here and, if it doesn't, the writers should really not be complaining about anyone that crosses that picket line. They have to recognize the distress they've initiated and balance their needs with those of others.
    It's only fair.

    January 3, 2008 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  15. Diane, NYC, NY

    I think most of you are missing the real point:

    She's so afraid of actually talking to Letterman that she's pre-taping a couple of sentences. So much for her 'strength'.

    January 3, 2008 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  16. Roy

    Lordy lordy l o r d y!!!!!! The only idiots here are the one's who are attacking the canidates. We shouldn't be a hater or judger, just make your decision who your going to vote for and go on with your 2008.

    Nadeem, TD, and the rest of the haters, are you Republicans or supporters of the Obama campaign? You are only making things worse for him. I just saw him on CNN, he couldn't say that he will win Iowa. He said "I WILL DO WELL" What does that mean?

    But again we are listening to the media, we have to make our own decision on what we research and read up on facts not media.


    January 3, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  17. therealist

    So when did Unions start making exceptions for certain types of work? Or did Letterman go outside the Union for his show?? Either way Hillary's concern for herself obviously out weighted everyone else..

    January 3, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  18. james , Dallas Texas

    GO away Hillary in 08 ,

    January 3, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  19. Les

    Majority of the people hate that hates Hillary are republicans. Some of them even change party affiliation so they can vote for Obama in the primary to sink him in during general election. The modus operandi right now of the GOP is to support Obama in the primary, sink him in during general election.


    January 3, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  20. Ryan Indianapolis

    What a treat.....Cant wait to watch a old bag with no personality and is about as fake as Pamela Andersons implants lead off the show. Hillary clinton is who we thought she was.......FRAUD

    January 3, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  21. swank

    Nadeem, you should be up on your facts. Hillary did not cross the line because Letterman owns his own show and his own writers,. IF YOU WANT A REAL CHANGE ,VOTE FOR HILLARY . THE MEN HAVE HAD THEIR TURN. MY HUSBAND AND I ARE VOTING FOR HILLARY

    January 3, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. TN.


    January 3, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. collins

    Have you ever seen Obama's supporters ' comments on his website? full of malicious attack. they are the same kind of people, the supports and the supported. your heart will feel cold

    If you go through the website of Hillary, reading the comments of her supporters, full of encouragement , kind and friendly words. you will feel warm .

    Then which candidates will you suport for the good of the nation?

    obvious , Hillary! of course you would like to be a member of a friendly team.

    Hillary 2008!

    January 3, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  24. collins

    From NBC/NJ’s Aswini Anburajan and NBC’s Mark Hudspeth
    Obama's campaign proudly announced today the endorsement of former South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges who will join his campaign as a national co-chair.

    But the endorsement of Hodges may raise eyebrows among those who support Obama because he strongly decries lobbyists on the stump, frequently saying that he will not let them work in his White House or set the agenda in Washington.

    Hodges is the founder of Hodges Consulting Group, a state-based lobbying firm he started in 2003. The firm is a subsidiary of Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman, L.L.P, a law firm that represents clients in North Carolina and South Carolina.

    January 3, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  25. collins

    Though Obama has also said that he won't take federal PAC and lobbyist money on his campaign, he does take money from state based lobbyists as previously reported by First Read.

    Obama's co-chair in New Hampshire, Jim Demers, is a state based lobbyist for the pharmaceutical and financial services industries amongst others. Michael Bauer, a member of Obama's LGBT steering committee, is a state based lobbyist in Chicago. And in Nevada, Obama's campaign also has three state based lobbyists who play senior advising roles in August last year.

    January 3, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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