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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  1. Stella

    Why don't some of you folks stop using excuses and code phrases like "he's inexperienced," "he's weak," "he's not qualified." Just come out and say it – "He's black." Stop being a bunch of racist cowards with silly, childish excuses. It's getting tired and comical.

    July 9, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. JWR

    There's no reason a fundraiser or an individual should give money to a candidate they don't yet believe in. If Obama convinces these folks on his own merits, he'll get their money, and that's how it should be.

    July 9, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. Peter E

    It is telling what really matters to Obama supporters: Hillary has now completely laid down for him, campaigned for him, told her supporters they should vote for him. And yet all those knee-jerk Hillary haters won't be satisfied until her supporters also buy the election for him! It's all about money, and making some people's voice count more than others through their money. It may be small money, but it's still about outbuying and outshouting the opponent instead of facing him on his policies and record!

    July 9, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. Freida, NYC

    I don't blame them! Like me, these are two loyal and devoted Hillary supporters who are not easily sold into that whole Obama mania. Good for them!!!!

    Now Obamabots, trash me and bash me like you all know how to do best. I want Hillary in White House period.

    July 9, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. Peter E

    Um... where did all those Obama supporter comments about Hillary supporters 'shut up, go home, we don't need you' go? Oh, but you need their money?

    July 9, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. Amarissa

    Obama supporters want money from Hillary supporters? Why didn't he take government funds for his campaign? Why should they help him, his supporters are going overboard criticizing Hillary's debt! The only thing they do in all blogs is show disrespect for everyone with their dirty words and vulgar comments!
    I am not giving a penny for Obama's campaign and his mafia group!

    July 9, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. RB

    Lynn Forester whatever her name is, is a slime ball. She's trying to buy influence. Guess what "chick" – we don't need you!! Keeo your money OR you bail out HRC with it. The problem is that if you did that, you wouldn't have the money to try and buy influence with Obama. Your gig is up. Go away. We don't need you or your money. Frankly, I don't like you and I think you're just another rich fool trying to buy influence by playing on the emotions of others. Does it even register with you that the McCains blew $800K in one month for a shopping spree? And, you call Obama an elitist?? I guess he is an elitist if it means rising above slime like you!

    July 9, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. HiFi


    July 9, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. gary


    July 9, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. mollygonz

    This article is crunk. How about the fact that Obama's supporters are reluctant to help Clinton with her wasted expenditure debt. We know where that money's going...part of it to pay off Mark Penn and we feel po'd about that as well. This article is laughable. Clinton supporters are ridiculous. She is so over and done. Get over it!!

    July 9, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. usa

    good ,why dont they pay off her debt?she's not getting one penny from me!!

    July 9, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. From California

    To John and Obama supporters,

    How dare you said that Clinton supporters who won't show respect for Obama are children. Why should we support a guy that doesn't have a plan to get us out of this bad economy, the war, healthcare all he does is just speeches with no plans, now who is a child???

    Hillary didn't lost the primary as Obama didn't win the election, he was selected by the DNC leaders and both didn't have the magic number to lock in the nomination, so the party leaders push the superdelegates to bakc Obama, how democratic is that?

    She is more qualified thatn he is and had plans to get America forward, but of'couse they didn't want her to be our nominee because they know she was more stronger candidate than he was...

    Please also know this, Hillary's campaign is on the red, yes we all know that, but the reason that happend is because we all wanted her to stay in the race, we all wanted the opportunity to have the chance to cast our vote in this historical primary, she put in her own money and has mention doesn't want back, only the money to pay the vendors.

    Would Obama had done that for you? hmmm nope...

    So Obama supporters, get off the cross cause they need the wood...

    July 9, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. Jeff

    I'm a Hillary supporter...I'm sending my money to and voting for McCain......and I'm not alone...it is safer for this country at this point in our history.....

    All you Obama lovers better look into your candidate so you don't look stupid when the swiftboats start their patrols....After all....you really don't think that Haliburton, Boeing, Northrup, Colt Arms and thousands of other military vendors around the world are going to allow anyone to win the Presidency and threaten their little money making war in the Mid East do you? Get real.....

    July 9, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. Pol

    If Obama is not electable, then Clinton is not trustable. She is still here, she is waiting for... She SUSPended, not ended her campaign, that means SUSPiciously ended. She needs money, preferably yours.
    The snake never gives up. The woman in pant suits is again on your computers. Be alert!

    July 9, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. Kaci

    ENOUGH WITH THE REV. WRIGHT STUFF. You people really get me with how limited you are falling for a couple of soundbites. Until you tell me you YOURSELF sat in that church for 20 years – you have no idea what was said and done in the church. Quit demonizing this faith community simply because you don't like what ONE MAN, said on ONE CLIP. How about I come to your church and demonize your pastor for what he or she is saying because I don't agree with it? Come up, be grown up voters, not silly whiners.

    July 9, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. Pennsylvania Mary

    Good! She was robbed anyway

    July 9, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. Boo

    You know it is just possible that maybe some of Hillary's supporters just simple do not want to back someone with so little experience and that they really know nothing about. By the way, I vote Republican so as an impartial opinion, Hillary Clinton was treated a lot worse than Barrack Obama during the compaign. I don't think either of them treated each other that bad but I do think the media and some others attacked HIllary Clinton constantly.

    July 9, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  18. Peter E

    Yes CNN! I want to hear more about Hillary! All news should be about Hillary! If I see even one news piece without Hillary in it I'd never watch CNN again! (yes, I'm being sarcastic... but I have to write it out because apparently some people don't get it)

    July 9, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  19. Tom

    Smart people, those Clinton donors. No sense throwing bad money after good. Looks like the great uniter is having a little issue with himself.

    July 9, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  20. Barbara

    Do we need a history lesson here? Hilliary was able to walk into a Senate nomination in a state she never lived in, has campaigned on all of her experience being married to a President but did not have the integrity to say go slow before going to war (there were no WMD's on Bill's watch), and had all the advantages to win the primaries but still lost.

    If it hadn't been for Monica, Hillary would be just the wife of an ex-President.

    July 9, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  21. susie

    Obama has divided this country in to pieces. He is such a flip-flopper.

    July 9, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  22. KE

    Some people don’t have a clue, but that doesn’t make them a lesser person. If some men have problem with women they can’t help it. Just like understanding is a gift, if you didn’t get it, you can’t show it.

    Funny how some folks think PUMA movement is a Republican operation. Some folks just cannot predict. PUMA is refraction of the Democratic Party. They originated from the party. Perhaps the party leaders may not able to see the rainbow in the sky (because their eyes are clouded) but children do. They are a real hope for America. That’s just my opinion.

    While grown ups are doing silly hide and seek game in the media exposure (noting is sacred anymore), real children are enjoying the rainbow in the sky.

    Go PUMA!

    July 9, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. Tom

    Bulldog: Stop listening to the news and use your head. If 18 million people voted for Hillary, there's more than just a few males in that group. Heck, I'd bet there's even 30 or 40 young people and at least 10 african americans! As for who was nastier in the primaries, well, lets just let that gun smoke for awhile, o.k.?? There's too many quotes that show who the real trigger puller was (he just had someone else put their hand on the trigger but it was him doing the squeezing).

    July 9, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  24. Tom

    Foreign Observer: Michelle Obama is not blonde!

    July 9, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  25. Lee

    Well, how about showing some love for your country?

    July 9, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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