June 10th, 2008
02:05 PM ET
11 years ago

Cafferty: Should Obama help Clinton pay off her debt?

 Sen. Hillary Clinton lent $11.4 million of her own money to her campaign.

Sen. Hillary Clinton lent $11.4 million of her own money to her campaign.

Hillary Clinton is out of the race for president, but she's not out of the red. Far from it.

In fact, it's believed Clinton has the largest presidential campaign debt in history. Recent filings show Senator Clinton loaned her campaign $11.4 million of her own money, and she also owes vendors about $9.5 million. That's at least $20 million.

Other wealthier candidates, like Mitt Romney, have loaned themselves more money... but they don't always plan on getting it back. Clinton also has to deal with both the personal loan and the unpaid bills. One campaign finance lawyer tells the New York Times that Clinton's debt is "unprecedented." Other candidates who have lost have owed less than half the amount she owes to businesses.

So what exactly are Clinton's options?

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