July 9th, 2008
02:05 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton donors hesitant to show love for Obama

Once fierce rivals, Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama stand together in June in Unity, New Hampshire.

Once fierce rivals, Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama stand together in June in Unity, New Hampshire.

(CNN) - Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton team up again Wednesday, but not all Clinton's supporters are jumping on the Obama bandwagon despite her calls for unity.

Two fundraisers are scheduled Wednesday in New York and a third on Thursday, making it five times the two have appeared together since Clinton ended her quest for the Democratic presidential nomination last month.

Two of the events are aimed at raising money for Obama's campaign, and one is to help Clinton retire the debt from her failed run.

The joint appearances have been choreographed carefully to produce pictures of the former rivals standing side by side in an effort to help move beyond the bitterness of the hard-fought Democratic primary.

But for some of Clinton's top supporters, it's going to take more than just encouragement from the former first lady to get them to open their wallets and hearts to Obama.

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soundoff (268 Responses)
  1. Bulldog

    You females (and some males) who are such poor sports over Hillary losing need to take a chill pill. She was much nastier in her campaign than Obama ever was. You can support McCain if you like, but it will also receive the backlash if McCain wins and America suffers. You do not help Hillary's reputation one bit and should be ashamed of yourself for those of you who are genuine HillRaisers. For the rest of you GOP thugs acting like you were ever a Hillary supporter get a life. You are just typical GOP smear and fear jerks. Congratulations.

    July 9, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Whatever

    I say vote for McCain. No one needs to beg them.

    July 9, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. not important

    So why should he pick Hillary as vice president? Obama needs to chose Hillary as vice president?

    July 9, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. Not sleeping at the switch

    UMM If I remember correctly her Donors didn't show HER much love either did they? And they STILL don't.

    July 9, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. Ryuken

    I'm keeping my money to pay for the high cost of gas, unless Obama picks Hillary to be his VP.

    July 9, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. Foreign Observer

    Someone named Lynn Forester de Rothschild calling Barack Obama an "elistist" is just too precious. What's next, Paris Hilton calling Michelle Obama a dumb blonde?

    July 9, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. California Voter

    As a Clinton supporter, I was happy to help her with her campaign debt. I have not "opened my heart or wallet" to Obama for two main reasons: 1) he billed himself as different from other politicians and now we see he is no different than those he criticized and 2) his core values based on his attendance for 20 years at a black liberation church where the pastor preached words or hate and racism, are not my core values. He is a candidate of change alright - he changes everyday who he is and what he stands for!!

    July 9, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. white people for obama

    that's because most of them are NAZIs. I mean she says publicly that something could happen to Obama similar to RFK, she is so ruthless and disgusting. I can't understand why people still support this lady.

    July 9, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  9. Fritz

    I find it humorous that a fundraiser who has raised over $100,000 for a candidate finds someone elitist.

    July 9, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. Any one but Hillary for VP

    This is just another attempt at CNN's endless campaign for Hillary as VP. Obama is winning in the polls, whatever dissaffection he has among Hillary supporters isn't putting the election at risk and is certainly worth the endless grief having Hillary as Vice-President would cause.

    July 9, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. unions are not stupid

    I wish all these adults would just start acting like adults on both sides! I have maxed out my contribution to both of them and most of these people are just cry babies! no I am not talking about the PUMA nuts AKA republicans racist. I am talking about the bra burning Clinton women and the oh so called educated Obama fans that have a real hate inside them for one or the other. Guess what guys Sen Obama and Sen Clinton are very good friends have been for many years and will continue to be! if they are adult enough to move on so should everyone else. I have a 14 year old that acts with more maturity than these people.

    Go Obama 08 Yes We Can(former Clinton Supporter willing to do anything to make sure the republicans lose there power hold on our great country)

    July 9, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Mike, Syracuse NY

    How about if Obama gives Hillary $18 million to retire her debt and in return, she gets 18 million supporters to vote for him? $1/vote, what a deal.

    July 9, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. PUMA for BARR

    Forget McCain, BARR is the only choice. PUMA FOR BARR.

    July 9, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. proud army and navy mom

    some people will never be able to put their prejudices aside. the top reason is that people need to feel better than others. by putting someone down, it somehow lifts them up.

    some others are just too stupid to read, study and stay informed. they let people like Karl Rove and FOx new determine their likes and dislikes, who they should vote for and why. i call them political, retarded illiterates.

    If the Hillary supporters don't want to support the democratic presumptive nominee than we Obama supporters will not help Hillary in her ventures, pure and simple.

    July 9, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. Hillary supporter now for McCain

    NEVER will obama get any of my money!

    Why give money to someone who is weak, inexperienced, unqualified with an ego bigger than his ears?

    And especially with all the hogwash coming from the evil-minded obama supporters!

    July 9, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. NoMcsame

    Her own supporters don't show her any love either so what. The 18 million PUMA people still have not given her the $1.00 that she needs from each one of them. What a joke she and her people are. RUN,RUN RUN with no money.
    Obama with or without PUMA people

    July 9, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz





    July 9, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  18. Bill

    Bitter people clinging to a loser.

    July 9, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    I would love to see the media interview this pair together.

    "You can please some of the people some of the time........but not all of the people all of the time."

    Hillary supporters have a day of reckoning coming. The DNC convention.

    July 9, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. Mike

    Obama supporters are so mean because they wont pay for Hillary's bad judgement. Now some Hillary supporters, I call them idiots, think they are proving something by withholding their money and threatening to vote for McCain. Gotta love a bunch of only childs that love to throw temper tantrums.

    July 9, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. Sonny, CA

    " De Rothschild is one of the so-called "Hillraisers" - supporters who raised at least $100,000 for Clinton. She's yet to fork over any cash for Obama, and she doesn't know if she will.

    "I certainly know there are lots of people who are withholding their money," she said.

    "This is a hard decision for me personally because frankly I don't like him. I feel like he is an elitist. I feel like he has not given me reason to trust him.""

    Odd Comment, from De Rothschild. She's the one with all the money, and yet he's an elitist? How the heck do you define that term today, since apparently a person wealth isn't applied now.

    July 9, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. EDW

    May the negative comments begin....3...2...1

    July 9, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. R.I.F.

    Why is it always all about Clinton's supporters? I guess the $282 million that Obama raised all by himself came from invisable people like myself. Of course some of her people won't come over. All of Dean's people didn't come over to Kerry. All of Huckabees and Bush people haven't come over to McCain. You guys are always trying to continue to fan the flames.

    Why no ticker about the 60 year old lady who was harrased and given a ticket for standing outside of a McCain Town Hall in Denver holding a sign that merely said McCain=Bush? You ran the headscarf Obama story for days and haven't even said a peep about this.

    Also, what about McCain's killing Iranians "joke"? If something like this came out of Obama's mouth you would be runnning it for weeks. This whole "this campaign is a reformandum on Obama" is just an excuse to hammer Obama every day and let McCain do whatever he pleases.

    July 9, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  24. adm

    This whole election process is sad. Why do people only talk about Hilary and her 18 million votes like Obama did not get 18 millions voter. Further, how many votes did Hillary really get? You have to factor in the votes from Rush Limbaugh Operation Chaos and those votes was just so that Obama would not get the nomination. If Hillary had won the nomination, those operation chaos people would have voted for McCain in the general. So the 18 millions votes is a stretch at best.

    The Hillary supporters who are voting for McCain were not really Hillary supporters. So there is another ulterior motive.

    July 9, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. Lucieann

    You neglect to state that Obama supporters aren't exactly thrilled with helping Clinton out with her self-made debt either. As an Obama donor, I will not give over one penny to Mark Penn!!!! True Democrats would not surrender their principles because their candidate was defeated....and certainly not whine about it!!! This has nothing to do at all with Barack Obama...to these misguided cry babies anyone would not be good enough except for Hillary Clinton.......

    July 9, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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