July 9th, 2008
02:05 PM ET
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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. Bob

    All you at CNN do is flame controversy. You are die hard Hillary supporters yourself and can't stand Obama. Why not admit it. You are still lobbying for Hillary as VP. By the way was this post sponsored by Lanny Davis?

    July 9, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Delegate from California

    I am a hillary supporter, volunteer and a Pledge Delegate for her and I feel the same way, Obama has not been able to show me a plan how he is going to take care of the economy, healthcare, Iraq, Gay Marriage, he just talks but no plans, anything.

    Obama, please show us Hillary supporters why should we help you raise maoney and give you our vote?

    Thank you.

    Pledge Delegate for Hillary Clinton from California

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

    Cant buy me love? That was a good song wasnt it? I am voting for HC because she is the best choice! She has the brains, the knowhow and the political _alls to get the job done. Obama

    July 9, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. Rob

    Her doners didn't give her money–thats why she's in all that debt. So , why would anyone they'll invest in Obama–never going to happen.
    But that being said–he shouldn't bail her out either..Its a two way street.If I give money to Obama its for him, not to pay back Hillary.She took a gamble and it didn't work out in her favor.Plus they have millions–please give me a break..I'd rather see extra money go to the people in this country that are suffereing–Hillary isn't .

    July 9, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. KMAN


    You are obviously poorly informed!! The the fact is ... much of the World is excited and looking forward to the US having an intelligent President for a change!

    July 9, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. John

    You Clinton supporters who won't show respect for Obama are children. She lost even after she attempted time and again to smear Obama's name. Why would he adopt her policies? She lost! The policies are not anything to brag about. The woman had decades of experience in Washington getting her behind handed to her. I hate to tell you folks, she has always had an inferior platform.

    Also, did anyone tell her to keep running in the primary after she was in debt and then lend $10 million to her own sinking ship? Would you bail out an individual who utilized that type of misguided judgement? The fact that you would vote for McBush out of spite simply demonstrates the lack of character some of you have and it shows your inability to control your emotions. So, you are going to support a candidate who believes in everything a woman should despise. Unreal.

    July 9, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. Cynthia

    Don't her supporters realize that the same road that goes north goes south. They expect him to help retire her campaign debt but does not want to support his general election campaign. They really amaze me with their thinking.

    July 9, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. Phil of Colorado

    Voters today are more likely to exercise independent judgment than simply yank a party lever. I think that's good for America.

    July 9, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. End Game

    His practicing Black liberation Theology for 20 years is enough for me to know where his core values are. Not for me and many Clinton supporters. I am sure many of his western state votes were Republicans who are playing to the game book and now will vote for Mc Cain along with at least 30% of the 18 million who actually voted for Clinton. DNC hand picked a lesser experience candidate.
    Sorry, not qualified to lead.

    July 9, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. Winthorp

    Wow, this is once again, sad. I can only pray that the Hilary fans stop throwing their temper tantrums in November...

    July 9, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian

    What I find quite mystifying is this. Why does CNN continue to comment on, and take polls on Hillary's supporters willing to cross over to Barack!

    It is obvious, that a number of Hillary's supporters would never have voted for Barack, for more than one obvious reason. So these voters are a non-issue.

    It is also glaringly obvious, to a any rational thinking person, that a number of her avid supporters, are using THEIR VOTES AS BARGAINING CHIPS in an EFFORT TO GET HER ELECTED VP.

    CNN please, why don't you just wait until AFTER BARACK ANNOUNCES HIS CHOICE OF VP. then your polls may be a bit more meaningful, and even then, the threats are still likely to continue, but TRUE DEMOCRATS WHEN FACED WITH THE BALLOTS ON ELECTION DAY WILL FOR THE GREATER PART VOTE FOR BARACK.

    July 9, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    So, let me get this straight...if Obama supporters such as myself don't fork over some money to help pay off Hillary's poorly managed campaign, which she used to attack Barack constantly, then Hillary's supporters are going to not vote or go to McCain?! What kind of blackmail nonsense is this? Barack has done all that should be expected of him to ask his supporters to donate which I know that I have personally done. At this point, she is not getting another cent out of me!!!

    July 9, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    It is beautiful to read the enthusiasm of both candidates' supporters.

    But do you think y'all can focus on keeping McCain and the other Republicans from winning anything (presidency, senatorship, congressperson, governorship) first?

    You can carry on the in-fighting later...after Barack is in the White House and Democrats in control of Congress and the State Capitols.

    Focus, folks, focus. The three "e"'s.
    Bush = egotistical.
    Republicans = enemy.
    Conservatives = evil.

    July 9, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. Mike Maddox

    In all honesty, I still don't see how Obama has treated Hillary so badly that they can legitimately and reasonably refuse to support him.

    July 9, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. zach

    I think that the Hillraisers are entitled not to help. They are punishing the Obama campaign because they can't strike out at the media with any force, for the way their candidate was treated. However I do not think that it's fair that the Obama fundraisers should help HRC if they are not willing to help. Turn about is fair play and many will campaign against the Hill raisers the next time HRC runs for any office state or Federal, many are quietly watching. The primary was not about Obama or Clinton it was supposed to be a referendum on the RNC, which has put this country on the brink of ruin. I can almost understand why the Democrats LOSE most Presidential elections. We don't do the right things when were supposed to.

    Hillraisers were watching you,

    Democractic President'08

    July 9, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. PUMAs = Operation Chaos, Pt 2

    Clinton truly dug herself a huge financial hole by running her campaign as she did. If her donors are tapped out, so be it. It's a shame they chose to donate to a ship that had been obviously sinking for months before the primaries ended.

    If Clinton's supporters refuse to support Obama – they should look veeerrry hard at the alternative. McCain goes against every shred of a policy Clinton supported. Vote for issues not with a bruised ego.

    July 9, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. T GUY


    July 9, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. An American

    That's cool 'cause I am not supporting paying off Hillary's debt she owes Mark Penn. Where did all these Kool-aid drinking Limbaughs' come from? Looking forward to the day Mr. Oxycotin has a heart attack.

    July 9, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. Molly

    Sorry Hillary – YOU are qualified to lead our country
    Obama is NOT .
    I will NOT unite, support, donate – or VOTE for obama – he is NOT qualified to lead our country – and he is a FRAUD!

    July 9, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. NC_Voter_For_Obama

    These so called "HillRaisers" are trying to put all these demands on Obama in order to gain their support, but keep in mind,Obama raised a ton of money WITHOUT Hillary supporters and will conatinue to do so.

    Face it, Hillary lost and mismanaged her campaign into millions of dollars of debt. Who's fault is that?
    With that kind of debt, it seems like she needs Obama more than he needs her at the moment.

    BTW..I am getting sick and tired of Hillary supporters who say they won't support Obama. If you want to cut off your nose to spite your face and vote for McCain, then go ahead. Enough already.

    July 9, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. FactCheck

    Considering that her supporters couldn't even help clean up her debt, why in the world would Obama want their help? Go ahead and vote for McCain, I hope you'll enjoy cleaning toilets for the Chinese after they completely take over the US economy.

    July 9, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. PresidentObama

    Obama, you don't need these billionaires they are just trying to buy their interest and they knew that Hillary was all about doing them favors! Not you, you are "real" people powered. Tell these people to take a hike!

    July 9, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. Mike, Iowa

    Aw the right to vote is such a wonderful thing isnt it... Well it was until people started to vote based on petty personal diffrences that have nothing to do with the issues at hand and that truely effect us all as a country. The only real diffrence between hillary and obama is that shes a white woman and hes a black man. So for those who are bashing Obama and the media for being sexist or racist seems to me like you anti obama pro hillary people are worse then the media themselves they just report whats going on you people are the cause of whats going on. To vote for McCain just becuase hillary did not win means you are throwing away everything you supported and that she herself supports. GOOD JOB!

    July 9, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. what ever

    all you clinton supports if you want her so bad start paying her $20 million debt have fun all you are a bunch of cry babies remember when you take a child to the store and they want something and they dont get picture it

    July 9, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  25. DD, New York

    I have a question: Since Obama is the "presumptive" nominee....let's say in the event a something really wild, unforeseen, strange thing happens and Obama does not win the nomination ( however remote that possibility may be), would Hillary then get the nomination? (McCain is a presumptive nominee, too, so could the same happen to him?) Should I be praying to St. Jude, The Patron Saint of Hopeless Cases????

    July 9, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
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