July 9th, 2008
02:05 PM ET
6 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. Tired of W, OH

    California Voter = Paid republican blogger

    July 9, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. Susan

    Obama needs to pick Hillary for veep so he can win. The two have millions of supporters.

    Obama/Hillary 08

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

    cnn please stop with the madness......if hillary people dont want obama now then its a deeper issue then being a democrat...please understand he will never pull 100 percent of hillary people so plese stop trying to make this an issue

    July 9, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Hillary bloggers need to realize that almost none of the original hateful blogs toward Mrs. Clilnton originated from Obama supporters. Now, there is a lot of back and forth from a vocal minority on both sides. But, it originated from outside the Democratic party. The logic and thinking was totally inconsistent with how almost all Democrats conduct themselves.

    Ask yourself this. Who really benefits from the bickering?

    I have yet to meet a potential Obama voter who hates Hillary, but the same cannot be said about potential Clinton voters.

    July 9, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. Not fooled by distractions

    You know, at this point, Hill's people can do whatever they want – contribute, don't contribute – those folks are too high maintenance, like spoiled kids. Get over it already.

    July 9, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Citizens For America First

    WE ARE TOTALLY FOR VOTING FOR MCBUSH.

    WE ARE DOING SO GREAT, WHY CHANGE? WE

    CAN SQUABBLE AMONG OUR SELVES & BE BLESSED

    WITH THE WISDOM OF A GERIATRIC BUSH FOR THE NEXT

    4 YEARS & BY THEN ALL OF US WILL GET IT, & WE MEAN GET IT.

    WE CAN EXCHANGE DOLLARS FOR PESOS WITHOUT

    WORRYING ABOUT THE EXCHANGE RATE. IT WILL BE 1/1.

    July 9, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. Totul91

    CNN is now very consistent on smearing Obama team. Their commentator, except Cafferty, repeatedly bashing Obama with imaginary negatine or minor news. Even last night Campbell Brown started bashing Obama's daughter. I am disconnecting CNN forever.

    July 9, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. California Gold

    Clinton supporters consistently sound like spoiled sports. It's politics folks. Help Mrs. Clinton repay her debtors which include paying herself and in the same breath refuse to vote for Obama because he isn't what you think he should be or want him to be. Frankly he doesn't have the ugly baggage of Hillary Clinton. Thankfully he doesn't have the Hillary Robo-Nod and Smirk. Blech.

    July 9, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. David from Ohio

    As an Obama supporter, I'm very tired of hearing the made up reasons from Hillary fanatics who won't support Obama this fall. First, Obama is different than other politicians. He's not part of the Democratic establishment, which backed Clinton, nor does he have the baggage of his Republican opponent, who plods from one tired idea to another. Second, enough with Reverend Wright. Obama disavowed him long ago and frankly, would have difficulty being a racist, if he were so inclined, given his mixed parentage. Wright is an excuse, not a valid reason to not support Obama. Keep in mind that if Hillary's fanatics keep Obama from being elected this fall because of their actions, we'll return the favor in four years.

    July 9, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  10. Mike

    I'd get behind Obama but unfortunately I don't SPEAK SPANISH!

    July 9, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  11. randy

    Please democrats unite i cant those who keep saying the will vote macain over obama it is plain stupid.come together.

    July 9, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  12. barackobama4prez

    Clinton donors are as hesitant as Obama donors are. I will not offer a dime to HRC or WJC until they campaign in earnest (for months) for BHO.

    July 9, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. One

    California Voter...YOU'D NEVER LIKE OR VOTE FOR OBAMA REGARDLESS. PLS DO NOT GIVE US THOSE EXCUSES!!!!!!!!

    July 9, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. KJ, CA

    I don't understand the mentality that things that Barack Obama should help retire Hillary Clinton's debt. Did Barack get Hillary into debt? No. If Barack responsible for the bad decisions that Hillary and her campaign made that cost that additional money? No. Barack Obama has encouraged his donors to help out but it is their choice and not Barack's responsibility to do anymore than he already has done.

    July 9, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. California Gold

    R.I.F. Excellent points: no ticket about the 60 years old lady who was ticketed and given a Court appearance date for her "Bush=McCain" hand written sign. She was great. She didn't understand why the Republicans would object to a sign of the Republican President and Republican Presidential Nominee. Why would a Republican have a problem with Presidential candidates? Would they ticket her for a sign that said "Reagan-McCain"? Yea, the McCain henchmen were out there weeding out those 60 year old Librarian Trouble Makers.

    July 9, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Alisa--GA

    Why in the world she he pay the debt for the loser? If they want to go to MCCain, please let them go. He still has alot of support. As a woman, I think it is sad these women are doing nothing but nagging the Obama campaign and the media feels the need to pacify it. I am so over the whining.

    She knew her campaign was in debt and the supporters encourage it with no regard for cost or any outstanding debts. My solution is let her whiny- behind supporters pay the debt and the real adults can move on the general election with their contributions. If they LOVE her that much, they will do it. So put up or shut up!!!!

    July 9, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  17. Anita from Arizona

    Apparently Lynn Forester de Rothschild thinks the presidential election is more like a popularity contest. Isn't that what got Bush a second term? EDUCATE yourself on the issues and the plans the candidates have to solve them. The "I JUST DON'T LIKE HIM" excuse is totally and completely LAME. McCain said it himself regarding picking his VP. "YOU DON'T HAVE TO LIKE THEM, BUT.....". Keep your money Lynn Forester de Rothschild, I'll donate what I can to help Obama. Thanks anyways.

    July 9, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. rachel

    Hey where is the ticker about Obama's fundraisers who sent nasty emails somethat cant even be printed when he asked them to help out with Hillary's debt? I don't blame Hillary's donor's after those nasty emails from the obama donors(and no not the "public" but the big money donors.

    July 9, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. Kris Hussain from AZ

    piece of the ticker article:

    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.

    My take:

    They are going to have open their minds.

    July 9, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  20. Natalie

    I guess we will be just as hesitant to retire her "long goodbye" debt.

    July 9, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Who cares about Clinton supporters, let them vote for who they want to. Forget about Hillary as VP , John Edwards might be back on the short list for VP

    July 9, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  22. Aubrey

    Plain and simple question: to you Hillary supporters who are now saying you'll vote for McCain, why did you even want Hill to win in the first place? She and Obama are both democratic senators and have much more in common with each other than McCain does. Seems to me the primaries were just beauty contests for the Hillraisers, who would rather throw their votes at the people who have all but destroyed this country's good name, than throw their support behind the candidate who has more of their core values at heart (and I mean political values, not ones that come with being an "elitist").

    July 9, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  23. KMAN

    Poor sports and cry babies were always looked down on when I was a kid ... is it somehow more acceptable now for them to whine as adults! Keep your money you malcontents ... there are plenty of us small donors to make up the difference!

    July 9, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  24. randy

    PLEASE EVERY.BODY SHOULD COME TOGETHER.

    July 9, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  25. Phil

    De Rothschild of all people calling someone an elitist. What a joke.

    July 9, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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