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. Frank

    Pay my debt Obama and I'll do what ever you want. How lame are these rich Democrats. You can bet you will never see these elitists wait in any government healthcare lines. Wake up to these marxist Democrats or else you're gonna be in for a world of hurt!

    July 9, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. Joe Reg

    By the time the convention rolls over, they will get over it.

    It is just a matter of time.

    Obama 08 & 12.

    July 9, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. DJ, LA, CA

    Oh how we go yet again with all this Hillary drama. De Rothschild is an idiot and must be getting paid from the RNC and Big Oil. How absurb to say those comments. Obama and Clinton have almost the exact same policy views. This is about politics not a popularity contest.

    Yes this amounts to blackmail or sabatoge...there should be no such thing as a "joint ticket". You either win or you lose, so get over it sore losers.

    July 9, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Robert P. in Indianapolis

    Everyone has the right to make their own decision about who they will support with their time, money, and vote. All three of mine will continue to go to Senator Obama.

    July 9, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. Listen Up...

    This won't ever just go away! I remember when HRC said her lovely campaign tactics would not divide the party and make it difficult for her supporters to cross that divide. Still have yet to see this. She has not busted her hump enough yet to make me a believer either. HRC/BILL did their best to make their supporters doubt and hate Obama. Now it's a much harder sell for them to go back and say we were just trying to win and didn't mean all of it.

    I knew this was going to happen!

    NO to HRC for VP! I totally resent Obama having to help her relieve her ridiculous debt. She should have stopped running a long time ago. AND more people would probably vote against her on the ticket than for her, so Obama should do as he likes and picks whoever he likes.

    July 9, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. The Truth

    To PUMA people:

    I know you want to support McSame so that when he defeats Obama, your Hillary can run in 2012. But you haven't thought it through.

    If Obama loses this election for any reason at all (And he won't) HILLARY AND BILL WOULD BE BLAMED FOR IT! She will not be nominated by the DNC agan! Her goal to be President, or even regaining her Senate seat would be lost.

    Why, you ask, would her Senate seat also be up for grabs? Because everything that the Clintons achieved in their political career was made possible by a large part, by the undying loyaly of AFRICAN AMERICANS (You know, the people that Bill peed off?).
    They will make sure that she NEVER wins again in New York where their vote was what put her over the top.

    Obama will win this election INSPITE OF THE PUMA ZEALOTS.

    July 9, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. Lisa

    I was going to donate to Obama campaign until he said $30 was not a lot of money and that's all I have to give.

    July 9, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. Mike, Iowa

    Hate, War, and Ignorance... I see our values are alive and well in our country. God bless America...

    July 9, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. PCB

    To the people saying things like: "Still for Hill" and "rise Hillary rise" and "Hillary supporters for Mccain"

    Let me just think about this.

    You are so 'loyal' to your chosen candidate (Hillary Clinton) that you are doing the exact opposite of what she stands for? and even what she has said? Hillary has said she supports Obama for President. Hillary and Obama's platforms are about 95% identical.

    The only reason I can possibily come up with for a Hillary supporter not voting for Obama is racism. Even if you blame the media for being Pro-Obama (which it wasn't) or blame the media for being Sexist (which is possible) how are either of those Obama's fault? He sure doesn't control the media, if he did do you think you would have even heard the name 'Wright'?

    Obama got more delegates than Hillary (the ONLY measure of victory) also he got more votes than Hillary. He won more States than Hillary and won by larger margins than Hillary. There is no reasonable way that the election was 'stolen' from Hillary. Especially since she started with a huge lead in money and superdelegates.

    So please Hillary supports who now support Mccain explain your logic here.

    July 9, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. The Lady

    Obama supporters hesitant to donate money for Hillary to pay off her debt.

    July 9, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. Val, Atlanta, Ga

    Let me be clear, If Sen Obama loses in November because of all of the Haters that supported Sen Clinton then she should not even waste her time and money running for office in 2012 she would not get any of his supporters votes, keep in mind what goes around all ways come back around, so its up to you don't theaten his supporters about voting for McCain, DO IT and just sit back and see and in 2012 we as Sen Obama supporters will give you something to be angry about. She will never make it.

    Obama all the way

    July 9, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Cheryl

    So let me get this straight. He fund raises for her to retire her campaign debt, but her so-called heavy hitters are not going to support him.


    July 9, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. jfs Memhis, Tn

    I am going to guess that most of Hillary's supporters are alittle tight for cash........single moms, smaller income earners, etc. Obviously , that is why Hlllary is SO FAR IN DEBT. Obama supporters did not PLAN on getting contribution's from the Clinton side EVER. Even though it makes little sense that Sen. Clinton continued on with the primary BROKE, and ...where did she think the money would come from to pay her obligations ???? We must help as Democrats. One thing to keep in mind...we cannot cripple Obama's money flow to pay for frivilous campaign managment. WE MUST WIN IN NOV. Here's what I have done( If anyone cares) ..I donate $100 to Obama and $100 to Clinton ever two weeks until the Convention. I will then increase my Donations to Obama to $200 a week until the national election. How many Hillary Supporters can match that ????

    July 9, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. M.S. Indiana

    Don't they have to work of Hillary's debt first ???
    if so many people are really for HRC why don't you guys pay her off ???
    PUMA people step up to the plate and stop lying

    July 9, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. Brandon Hillary PUMA for Mc Cain-Pa

    Not a dime of my money obama !! Not a vote

    justsaynodeal and puma will only get stronger if you diss Hillary even further by not selecting her as I suspect you have the guts to do....
    You really have no idea where your party sits do you....Just keep reading those polls Ill be reading the returns when Mc Cain beats you because of a small number of crossover democrats.....


    July 9, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. Jay

    Dont do it..Dont give that Flip Flopper money. PUMA!

    July 9, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. Johnny Mac is bad cheese gone worse

    And Hillary's supporters have the inmitigated gall to threaten a vote for McCain: Someone who agrees with her on 5% of the issues; and deny a vote or financial backing for someone who agrees with her on 95% of the issues. Who's cult-like and drinking the Kool-Aid? Doesn't take half a brain or much logic to figure that one out. But then again, look who voted Bush into office two terms in a row. The dumbing down of America brought to you by the Bush/Clinton
    Dy(nasty) and network/cable news stations.

    July 9, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. Go home Hillary!!

    She & her family are shameless. I can't believe people can't see this. They're two faced crooks & I might add rich crooks. Gee I wonder how they got all that money? Now they want more. Get a life Hillary & go back to NY.

    July 9, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. Kevin -- Harrisburg, PA

    As a former Clinton supporter, I'll make a contribution to Senator Obama's campaign but not until after the convention. It's silly season right now and I don't want to waste my money to support the advertising revenues of cable television. Hopefully, the campaign and the behavior or the candidate will get to be more serious following the nomination.

    On the Clinton debt, for all of the national exposure the Obama campaign received following the intense primaries, the $12 million needed to pay off her vendors is a bargain. Obama is enjoying an advantageous position and it is in large part due to the race he had to run against Clinton. He has had to develop the ground organization to run a 50 state campaign, is able to co-opt the significant infrastructure of her campaign, and has access to her contributors. If the Obama staff and supporters can get over themselves, they may realize that, in a real sense, they owe a debt to Clinton.

    The real question, though, is whether the Obama people are ready yet for grown-up politics.

    July 9, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. Rob

    Now "PUMA for BARR" doesn't want McCain! Is this a splinter group from the splinter group... and why are the PUMA posts sounding more and more desperate, like a choir singing into a rising storm. How people could cherish spite over common sense enough to endanger their own (supposed) cause of women's rights befuddles me!

    July 9, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. Chris

    Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian you said a mouth full and I'm with you on that comment you made!!

    To the HRC supporters stop being played by the media and the GOP!!! HRC lost and that is that, she was out smarted and she ran a bad campaign. I mean you don't see R/G running around crying about how he lost cause he put all his money in one state? We all remember how he was going to win the GOP and be the next President. He and HRC were just part of bad campaign and it wasn't ment to be so, get over it!!! JEEZ!!!!

    July 9, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. Ed for HRC

    READ MY LIPS: I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR AN ARROGANT AMATEUR! NEVER! I will abstain this election & campaign for HILLARY in 2012!
    HILLARY was denied of this nomination, the DNC betrayed her because she is a woman!

    OBAMA wants the nomination, he should work hard to win the Presidency, without our help, yes, the 18 Million of us!

    To all the Obamacans: You want this, work hard for it! Do not rely on the 18 Million of us!

    July 9, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. JB

    To PUMA and similar orgs-

    What is funny about all of this. . . . you are nailing the coffin lid shut for Hillary. Here is why:

    -She already has extremely high negatives (47% last I checked)
    -Most of you claim that the reason you are acting the way you are is because of Obama supporters
    -You have established that a candidate can be held responsible for their supporters actions.

    With that said, how are your actions going to effect Hillary? Add the negatives to her already high negatives, and she WILL NEVER hold an elected office ever again. NY is already sick of her.

    The only thing she can hope for is an appointed position (that's right, she will have to beg Obama!!!!!)

    Me personally, I hold her responsible for not verbally whipping her supporters into shape. And all you have done during this election is established that feminists are nothing more than genderists. YOUR SLOGAN SHOULD BE SPECIAL TREATMENT FOR WOMEN!!

    Way to throw your movement back 2 decades!!!!

    July 9, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. Caroline

    Republicans who supported Mitt Romney or Huckabee are behind McCain 100%. Now, if Hillary's supporters do not want to support Obama, they're not thinking right. Vote for McCain will be a huge mistake.

    July 9, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. Griff

    Love a theif. The Guy that stole her delegates in florida...

    July 9, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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