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. Jackie Ryan


    July 10, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. edex, FLORIDA VOTER


    July 10, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. mendoza

    first of all why should we as obama supporters pay off her debt? when it was clear she was not going to win. she ran her debt up at the end of the primary and now she wants us to pay. her supproters are still not even supporting him all that much as of yet. i just dont think that is fair when it is her fault! now i think she is an amazing women and all she did is to be praised but give me a break people! it feels like a skake down by the clintons!

    July 10, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. Cindy

    "Hillary forgets to thank donors."

    As a long time contributor to candidates I support, I was surprised by a lack of response when I gave an online contribution to Hillary (after she finally conceded). I am an Obama supporter, but wanted to show party unity and help Ms. Clinton with her debt.

    I have not yet received a notification of my donation and it has been a number of weeks. Normally the candidates have an auto-email response or at least send a thank you/confirmation a couple of days later.

    Signed, puzzled

    July 10, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. Cathy

    I love how everyone argues that Obama doesn't have enough "experience" to be President of the United States. Someone please tell me what amount is "enough experience."

    When I look at our country today and the state it's in (war, economy, controversy after controversy after controversy by EXPERIENCED politicians, etc.), it's the "experienced" politicians who have vastly contributed to our country’s instability and negative view of America and American’s throughout the world.

    This is clear evidence that EXPERIENCE IS OVER RATED!!!

    July 10, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. TiredofMcCainsFreeRide

    It is sad commentary when the likes of CNN find a fundraiser more important than Iran. It shows the lack of dignity in the news media and their need to attempt to control the election outcome and horserace. Issues are what should be the focus for both candidates not silly campaign tactics. This is important and not simply fodder for the media to make money. John McCain should be ostricized for his "kill em" comment.John McCain gets a free ride again thanks to this shoddy reporting.

    July 10, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. Linda from Prescott AZ

    I still don't think he should help retire her debt. Generally when a person wins the primary, it is somewhat traditional to help, butg come on...$23 mil....and 11 of it hers. No thanks.

    July 10, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. New Day

    oh stop! he is being attacked by all sides and, on top of things, he has to pay off someone else's debt. But, I'm sure the Reps and psuedo Hillary supporters will have some criticism anyway, being that they never forget anything, ever.

    July 10, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. Alex

    I simply have to say....this is news? HOW!!!!!!! CNN stop being so divisive and instigating.

    July 10, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. Mike

    Obama should have put them in Spanish. He is nuts.

    July 10, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. RJ, CA

    Wow - forgetful and "senile" already, Obama - and only 47?

    July 10, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. NotFallingInLine.org

    Obama blows Hillary Clinton off again, eh?

    Does anyone else remember what Barry Bam Bam was doing on June 7 while Hillary was suspending her campaign and feigning an endorsement for this weasel?

    Remember how, at the very moment she was taking the stage to give her historic speech, he was going off to play golf?

    And remember how, all the while, the media types with their crushes on BO couldn't stop beating the drums about how Hillary had to do everything she could to get this sleazy guy elected?


    July 10, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. Bob

    She should spend her time writing books or giving speeches to pay her debts not taking obama at task to do it for her. Shame on you Hillary Clinton!

    July 10, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. Rick

    This clown is so full of himself of course he "forgot" Clinton. Just the fact that such an empty windbag could be a serious contender for president and that an absolutely clueless Nancy Pelosi is the Speaker of the House is a sad commentary on the Democrat party.

    July 10, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. seah

    Just like saying, Oh by the wa, I do not care, but if you want to help her you can.

    July 10, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. Richard (from Puerto Rico)

    You know what??? the Clinton campaign are playing footsie, because they are owed wages, and are pulling the fire towards their sardines that is all they want. Once they get paid, I don't think White Admiral would catch them on the stretch to the wire. All they want is their money, they don't care about Obama winning the elections. Like deep-throat, once said in the Water-gate investigation, " Follow the money"

    July 10, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  17. Ted from Washington, DC

    brilliant. ahahahaah. I wonder how the clintons will cry now. even the crowd laughed. People This man is running for president. do u really expect him to focus on HRC. like he owes her? omg get over yourselves clintons.

    July 10, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. Sam

    I don't see that "almost" forgetting is a big deal, especially concerning this subject. You'd have to have been living under a rock for the past months to not know about Hillary's debts. It's interesting that everyone is leaning on Obama to help Hillary solve her financial problems. Where are the 18 million HIllary supporters? Where is PUMA? Where are all the bloggers who keep whining about Hillary getting a raw deal? Anyone of those people make any substantial contributions to Hillary's debt? (sound of crickets......)

    Obama shouldn't be asked to solve the corner Hillary got herself into. She's presidential material. She should be able to solve the problem on her own, without his help.

    July 10, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. angie


    July 10, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Read this and then read the article about age Vs. race. then make the argument that McCain is getting forgetful because of age.

    July 10, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  21. Tmah

    If she had won would she be doing this for him at all???? I sort of doubt it. And her supporters would be telling her to move on.

    July 10, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. jason twombley-missouri

    i read the news daily.......LOTS of reading, and this is the first printed words that i ave seen, whereby it is stated that Hilly is NOT seeking to recoup the money that SHE lent her campaign. Why wasn't this published earlier....say before she was forced to quit ? ....just a thought, I still dislike Hillary intensely, due to her greed and negativity, and her crybaby supporters can all go to hell. Barrack will make the White House without her stupid crybaby supporters, all losers.

    July 10, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. Richard (from Puerto Rico)

    There is no unity at all, there is just greed to get those wasted millions back in her purse, thats all. So what's in your wallet?

    July 10, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  24. The Truth

    Why is the media trying to make this story bigger than it actually is?

    The guy forgot, he came back on stage, and did what he was supposed to do. If anything, I think going back on stage would help keep Sen. Clinton's cause in his supporter's minds.

    The guy is running for the Presidency, she is trying to retire her personal debt...which is more important????

    July 10, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  25. Vernon

    She's worth over 100 million dollars.....Let her and Bill pay for it

    July 10, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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