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. Lisa

    Why is it that Obama numbers are continuing to drop in the polls? Is it because his supporters are finally realizing that they belong to a cult?

    July 9, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. shannon

    After what his campaign and followers did to her...can you blame her supporters for not helping Obama?

    July 9, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. Joe B.

    So Lynn Forester de Rothschild thinks Obama is an elitist? Are you serious? Anyone take a peek at her family history and her? This is so typical of the whining and plain stupidity by many of hilary's supporters.

    Here's the thing. Obama really doesn't need the financial support of people like Lynn Forester de Rothschild. He will raise plenty without them. Also, why should Obama pay off Hilary's debt? A majority , if not all, of what she owes was spent after she could not win. She just kept spending money she didn't have on a race she couldn't win. She made the choice now it is time to live with the consequences.

    July 9, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. J.L.

    To put it bluntly, some of these Hillary supporters are simply stupid if for some reason they believe that McCain policies are going to align closer to that of Hillary's more than Obama's will. And if they're so irrational as to voting for McCain simply because Hillary didn't get the nomination... buh-bye, don't let the door hit your butt on the way out.

    And if McCain win, please no buyer's remorse when he stacks the Supreme court with more Alitos, Scalias, and Roberts. Or when he keeps us in Iraq for the next 100 years... you reap what you sow.

    July 9, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. b Jiggy

    I'm an Obama supporter, but i'll help her get out the 22 MILLION dollar debt she created for HERSELF. If she was such a great candidate how did she get 22 MILLION dollars in debt? Say what u like about rev wright, rezko or whatever but it's clear who ran the better campaign, hence who's better fit to run the country.


    July 9, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. Jamal kansas

    it is a lot of people that are still bitter that there canidate did not win i understand completly but only time will heal those democratic wounds this is the exact reason hillary should have left the campaign trail when she ran out of money know her supporters find it harder to come over to Obama's squad because she choose to stay in the race even though it was over in march

    July 9, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. Mike, Syracuse NY

    proud army and navy mom

    "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."

    Gee, you diagnosed your own problem. you just are trying to feel better about yourself by all the negative comments you make. I guess it's cheaper than the therapy you obviously need.

    July 9, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. Jimmy P - Chicago

    Come'on over moderate Dems, help save our country from far leftist tyranny!

    July 9, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. arc, Lugano CH

    There are millions of people in the world who are suffering everyday; millions who would give everything and anything to live the life of a spoiled, bitter Hillary Supporter in the United States of America.

    July 9, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. Kate

    De Rothschild says Obama is an elitist .. this is a millionaire woman married to a BRITISH SIR!!! .. people have gone insane!!!!!

    July 9, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. Robert in Toronto,ON

    I DESPISE any attempt to blackmail Obama to have to bend over backwards for any one of these "Hillraisers". I would love to say some things about them but CNN wouldn't be able to post my real comments. Instead, I'll just say that each and everyone of them deserve NOTHING from Obama. And he should stop asking any of those dirtbags for support. If they want to vote for John McCain – let them. If they want to stay home – let them. If they want to come here to Canada where I can kick their butts – let them. Absolute disgusting behaviour from so-called adults.

    July 9, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. MD for Obama

    TO Lucieann:

    I agree with you. I wouldn't want my donation to Obama to go towards Hillary's debt because if the shoe was on the other foot these people would be SCREAMING about their money going to Obama. They talk about Obama supporters being nasty but some of the most vile comments I have read and heard have been from Hillary supporters.
    Obama and his wife each sent money to her campaign to help pay this debt and folks are still mad!

    With that said, if each of the 18 million Hillary supporters sent her a couple of dollars each, she could pay her debt.

    July 9, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  13. Peter E

    As much as I hesitate to agree with some democrats I have to give this one to Hillary supporters: they owe Obama NOTHING! In fact, if anything Obama owes Hillary a great deal. His entire primary campaign was a series of negative attacks on Hillary and encouraging the hatefest (demonstrated by the current messages you see above) by his own supporters.
    Without Hillary there to attack he'd have nothing! He'd have gotten nowhere!

    July 9, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  14. Not This Time

    Some grillionaire socialite calling Obama "elitist"

    that's rich

    July 9, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. Nikki, Florida

    So, he's willing to help with her debt (that she created) but her supporters aren't willing to help him? Huh...guess we know who plays fair, don't we?

    July 9, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. b Jiggy

    and all this talk about hillary's 18 million voters. obama had the same amount. Only difference is alot of her votes came from republicans. I know a group of people here in Indiana who are repubs who voted for her. Most were my neighbors!!!


    July 9, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. WLB

    This is only a true sign of racism, the decision not to back Obama has nothing to do with HRC's loss. It's that she was beat by bi-racial candidate. For all you non supporters each one us real supporters will bring in ten, as in the primary do the math.

    July 9, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. Peter E

    And there the Obama voters go again: their primary upset is not about Hillary voters not voting for Obama, but whether Obama gets more money. Money, money, money! They want Obama to buy this election. They want to make sure their voters get more weight than anyone else by enhancing that vote with money.
    And you know what he's using that money for? Is it to spread his message of hope? To present his stance on issues? Of course not! If the primaries were any indication he'll use 90% of that money on an negative personal ad blitz against his opponent. That's what he did to Hillary, that's what he is doing to McCain.
    That's what your money does: outshout opponents instead of facing them on the merit of your candidate's record and stance. It's corrupt and cowardly!

    July 9, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  19. Cincy Nurse

    NO Hillary VP, then no vote by Me! That simple...

    July 9, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  20. PUMA


    July 9, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  21. Jamie from San Francisco

    You Clinton-supporters, cough up the cash to bail her out! How can you call yourselves supporters? You didn't do it then and you're not doing it now.

    Those of you going over to McCain, read how he handled his first marriage to Carol. I didn't want Bill in the White House after his infidelity nor do I want McCain in there for his. What's up with these wives putting up with their philandering husbands? Oh, right, Cindy was the co-philanderer...

    July 9, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  22. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    I'm still waiting for the former Hillary supporters who are now backing McCain to explain which of these issues he champions/mirrors better than Obama.

    Stem Cell
    I'll wait while you come up with half of the arguments (I'll give the tie to McCain). Okay, I'm still waiting. Tell you what, I'll get the rest of my work done, pick my kids up from camp, get dinner started, get the kids a bath, wash a load of clothes, and then get back.

    OR, you can just admit that you're being emotional about this.

    OR, you can admit you're a Republican in disguise.

    If the last one, I can totally accept you voting for McCain.
    If emotional, I trust that you handle your finances, where to live, which outfit to where, etc. better than on an emotional whim. In which case, I would think that any rational adult will realize that to make an emotional decision vs. a reasoned decision does not bode well for their own self-interest and long term future, in which case, they'll come back to the correct side of the equation.

    July 9, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  23. Allen Friedman--- Henderson, Nevada

    What is the purpose of not working with Obama by the Clinton donors to defeat McCain in the general election? If Obama loses, we all lose. Some times you win and some times you lose but let's not be stupid also!

    July 9, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  24. Viet Veteran DC

    It's amazing, her supporters are confused, maybe they should get together,I beleive 13 Million of them and each donate $5.00,that would pay the 23 Million Dollar Clinton debt. However, I guess thats to easy, they would rather cry and complain, good riddance.

    July 9, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  25. TerryDo

    Hillary supporters will never vote for Obama.

    True Hillary financial supporters should never finance Obama because he will never win the General Election anyway.

    Those Obama supporters who keep referring to us Hillary supporters as Republicans in disguise, are in denial we are ex-democrats and will forever be Independents.

    And one more thing, Obama did not win the nomination, it was given to him by the DNC, and the super delegates.

    Obama won nothing thus Hillary did not lose, the nomination was stolen from her.

    This is not a rejection of Hillary's policies nor her solutions nor her request for us to come out in support of Obama. We would if Obama had won the nomination legitimately, but he did not and so we can not honor Hillary's request.

    And as a Puma member, we honor and respect H.R. Clinton and we will fight for her to get her roll call at the Denver Convention.

    July 9, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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