July 10th, 2008
07:22 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama almost forgets Clinton

At a joint Wednesday fundraiser, Clinton nearly slipped Obama’s mind.

At a joint Wednesday fundraiser, Clinton nearly slipped Obama’s mind.

NEW YORK (CNN) – It was announced last week that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton would attend a series of fundraisers in New York together, one to help pay down her campaign debt and the rest to help raise money for his White House bid.

But a busy day in the Senate delayed Obama in Washington, forcing him to combine two events into one where he was supposed to ask donors to help Clinton as well as contribute to his campaign.

Wednesday night, he praised Clinton as “extraordinary” and “tough” - but nearly forgot about her need for funds.

After wrapping up his speech to donors Wednesday evening with an emphatic, “We will change the world!”, Obama left the stage to loud music, only to re-appear minutes later to complete his duties.

“Hold on a second guys, I was getting all carried away. I’ve got one more thing that is important to do,” Obama said to a laughing audience. “Senator Clinton still has some debt. And I could have had some debt if I hadn’t won so I know the drill.”

He then asked donors to contribute to Clinton on the pledge cards under their seats, calling it “part of the process of making sure that we are unified moving forward.”

“That is very important to us, and obviously Senator Clinton would be grateful as well,” he added.

Clinton ended her campaign more than $20 million in debt. More than half of that is her own money, which she lent her campaign during the primaries but is not looking to recoup.

soundoff (597 Responses)
  1. DB

    I respect Obama's sincere generosity and desire to unite with Hillary supporters; howerver, since he is not using public financing and is facing the GOP machine, he needs to spend his precious time to campaign and raise his own money NOT payoff Hillary's debt. Let Hillary's supporters (and any of Obama's who choose to) pay off her debt – the 18 million! Then they can get on board to get a democrat in the Whitehouse instead of very stupidly staying home or voting Republican. Now that would really be supporting Hillary's policies since she would be far more effective with a DEM in the Whitehouse than McCain.

    July 10, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. Who Needs Whom?

    I watched the evening news and was amazed at the mischief Obama's donors did yesterday – contact the NY Times to declare they were not giving one cent to help Hillary retire her debt. That's their right, of course; nobody's forcing them to help. But they ought to listen to Obama, who knows he can't win the White House without the Clinton bloc of 18 million voters. Indeed, Obama's the one who needs the help of Clinton's supporters, not the other way around. A financial debt can be retired any old time, with or without Obama donors. But Obama can't beat McCain without the help of Clinton supporters. Lest he lose the White House in November, it would behoove Obama to remind his raucous supporters to check their arrogance at the door before entering this debate.

    July 10, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. @HusseinIsAmerican2

    I would forget Clinton too. she was manipulative, rascist, called Obama as being 'elitist', and mismanaged her campaign finances.

    let Hillary's 18 million PUMA (PEOPLE UNDER MENTAL ANGUISH) supporters pay her ill managed campaign debts.

    July 10, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. Reed

    He forgot her funds and for good reason. It isn't his responsibility. Most of that $20 million was spent attacking Obama after it was mathematically impossible for her to win! Good riddance Hillary

    July 10, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  5. Alanna

    Clinton can get her own little self out of debt.

    July 10, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. jolo


    July 10, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. 4:19 Got a Minute

    Hey now Hill supporters, dont get mad at this. Hes simply forgot. Hes human like hill and bill.

    July 10, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. Rodney

    Cue the Obama haters!!!

    July 10, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. Florida for OBAMA!

    Where’s Bill been? Why aren’t the leagues of Hillary supporters joining together under Obama?

    Reason: Hillary's a bully and used to getting her way. She so severely painted Obama in a negative light, so severely divided the party in attempts to get the nomination that its nearly impossible to achieve unity. Thanks Hillary, we as a country need 4 more years of bush and because of your ego we just might get it!

    July 10, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. 4:19 Got a Minute

    yea i popped the comment cherry

    July 10, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. Dawn

    Actually, I thnk it is pathetic that he must help her pay off her debt!
    Obviously that was the deal for her support! Hillary would not help USA via Obama unless he helped pay her debt! WHAT ABOUT AMERICAS DEBTS? Debts to our Troops, the unemployed and homeless? etc... I worry it wont matter. If USA/Israel hits Iran, we will either have Bush remain in office under marshall law or McCain.

    We need Obama in office to hold Bush accountable for his many treason acts to America!

    July 10, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. NotFallingInLine.org

    Between this story and yesterday morning's NYT story (the one that got James Carville so vexed that he called the morons at the Obama campaign "stupid" and "amateurs" on AC 360 last night for leaking it to the media), it sure looks like someone really wants to push the "Tension Remains between the Obama and the Clinton People" angle!

    Well, no need to push.


    NFIL Democrat

    July 10, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. Timber

    of course he forgot her, he is so self absorbed! I never saw a more selfish out of touch politician. He did not forget to make himself a fake presidential seal, try to move the convention to a stadium, attempt to get the Germans to let him speak at the Brandonberg gate, the list goes on and on. He is a pompous fool and if we have another inexperienced pompous fool leading this country after 8 years of the last one, our country will be a third world country by the time he is finished with it.

    July 10, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. Only Hillary

    I can't support BO.

    I'm still hoping the delegates WAKE UP and vote for Hillary at the convention in August.

    She's clearly the most qualified and experienced candidate – BO is underwhleming, his poll numbers are heading down.

    Hillary won the popular vote and if MI/FL are seated in full (as voted – uncommitted remain uncommitted) – she would WIN the pledged delegate vote too.

    July 10, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. Rave

    Why is this news??? Everyone should forget Hillary and move on..
    Her supporters are still wining and groaning... ha ha ha
    OBAMA (2008 -16)

    July 10, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. JAson Cwik

    Hillar has only herself to blame for running up the Debt in her bid for the white house. She is the quintessential politician. The Clinton Era is over. THANK GOD!! see ya Bill. Keeps yer pants on.

    July 10, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    oh boyyyyyyyyyyy, I'm sure Clintons cool with it, but know we are going to have to deal with a bunch of crying and crazy conspiracy theories from those wacky PUMAs

    July 10, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. Larry Nelson

    I think it's really admirable that Obama is making any effort at all to help Clinton with her debt. Convincing people to donate to a former candidate is a tough sell, even to Hillary supporters.

    July 10, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. David V

    I can't stand Obama even more.

    I'm definitely voting for McCain.

    Obama has done nothing to heal the wounds and serious rift between the Clinton-Obama supporters. He needs to do more. And, he needs to do it now. 25% of the Democratic electorate still has not sided with him, but he still doesn't think it's a problem. It will get too late too soon for him.

    July 10, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. Rachel

    Hey, all you alleged Pumas.... Have you already maxed out on your campaign donations to Hillary? I didn't think so.

    July 10, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  21. Andrea

    Why is this news? I'm sure it was unintentional. When McCain says and does anything wrong its not covered!!!! Please stop feeding into this drama, it's old and tired.

    July 10, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. Ed

    Remember... To Barack, this race is all about him. Today he flips tomorrow he flops.

    July 10, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. Tanya Kujath

    As a former Clinton supporter I have forgotten,too. I suppose that his mind is set on being elected President. I suppose that he will have to help with some of her debt if he wants to win the votes of some of supporters that can't seem to get in touch with reality and realize she LOST. It was pretty obvious she was not going to win in those last primaries. Why should he have to pay off her delusional actions, ofcourse he may need her to run as VP.?

    July 10, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. Alex

    Thats funny..

    July 10, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  25. J

    Funny how the rich never have to pay for their mistakes.

    July 10, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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