July 28th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton to embark on 'extensive' travel for Obama

Obama and Clinton made a public display of unity last month.
Obama and Clinton made a public display of unity last month.

(CNN) - It was just over one month ago Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama made a much-hyped public display of unity at a New Hampshire campaign stop. But more than 30 days later, the New York Democrat has rarely been seen at Obama's side, and she's only attended a handful of events on his behalf.

The reason for her ostensible absence from the campaign trail? She has an important day job, said her former campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe.

"Since that meeting in Unity, New Hampshire, the Senate has been in session," McAuliffe told MSNBC Monday. “I've tried to get her to travel and do a couple of events. And she hasn't been able to do those yet."

Related: Clinton turns attention back to Senate

Still in an election year where many Democrats feel so much is at stake, Clinton's relatively minimal public campaign role to date has been noticeable. It also comes amid continued resistance from many of her former supporters towards Obama's candidacy. Despite choreographed and carefully produced pictures of the two former rivals standing side by side last month, many of Clinton's top donors have yet to sign checks over to Obama, and some have even openly said they may not vote for him.

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released earlier this month, Clinton supporters who say they plan to vote for presumptive Republican nominee Sen. John McCain are down from a month ago, but those who say they plan to vote for Obama are also down, and a growing number say they may not vote at all.

Watch: CNN's Mark Preston talks with angry Clinton supporters

But McAuliffe, one of Clinton's most aggressive supporters during the prolonged Democratic primary race, said the New York Democrat has been working vigorously for Obama behind the scenes, and is about to assume a more public role in the campaign.

"I don't like to relay conversations between Senator Obama and Senator Clinton - I know they have an extensive travel schedule for her," he said. "The requests have been piling up. Hillary Clinton has done more in her position of anybody that has come in second before. She's been working. She's been making calls. As soon as she gets done with her senate deals, she's going to hit the campaign trail."

Meanwhile, an Obama source tells CNN's Gloria Borger Clinton will hit the trail for Obama in three or four battleground states next month.

"She will do anything she can to help Barack Obama become the next president," he added.

soundoff (326 Responses)
  1. Obama Supporter from FL

    Please don't everyone turn this into a "Whine for Hillary Clinton" session. Really, she's a lovely and incredibly intelligent lady, but she lost, so MOVE ON.

    July 28, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  2. PUMA-PAC - Hussein

    No no no! PUMA knows that Hillary doesn't REALLY mean that.. why.. we can't believe what she says.. we need to tell HER what SHE thinks! She's being controlled against her will!! She's helping Barry because.. she's.. she's.. being mind controlled!

    July 28, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. Moses, Ca.

    Thanks Sen. Clinton...know can we wrap this thing up.

    July 28, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. TEXAN

    Thank you Hillary ! I am so glad that you will work hard to help elect Obama our nest President. THANK YOU !

    July 28, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. JA Cook

    There are plenty of reasons that Hillary backers should switch to Obama rather than McCain. For instance:

    A review of the Senate Armed Services Committee hearings as listed on the committee Web site for the past two years reveals that McCain’s committee has held six hearings that included the word “Afghanistan” in the title or Central Command — which overseas U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

    McCain MISSED THEM ALL.

    Last week he told Katie Couric, "The consequences of failure and defeat of the United States of America in the first major conflict since 9/11 would have had devastating impacts throughout the region and the world.

    Has McCain forgotten about Afghanistan completely? Does he know we have US troops fighting in his forgotten war, which is actually the first major conflict since 9/11 and is still in need of "victory".

    McCain has redefined "surge" to cover the entire Iraqi war but it has left us short of the troops needed to "finish the job" that was started and practically abandoned in Afghanistan as he and George Bush decided to go after Iraq for falsified reasons. They completely abandoned the pursuit of Al Qaeda – until they followed the US to Iraq.

    July 28, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. Larry H

    Is anyone surprised that she's being a sore loser? I'm not.

    July 28, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. Republican for Obama

    To get a job and pay off her debt, hopefully...

    July 28, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. McCain Lies!

    Well she did promise to do it, didn't she? Although her puma/pac babes are still in denial even though they don't realize that she poorly managed her campaign and its finances (can't blame that on Barack) and that would have been indicative of how she ran the country.

    July 28, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. trust

    DEMOCRATS 2008

    I'm already planning his election party November 8th. There are road trips to DC that are being planned as well.

    Go Obama!!!!!

    July 28, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. RSR

    The only reason Clinton is kissing up to Obama is to possibly gain the VP slot. She needs to wise up, breakaway from this loser and run as an Independant.

    July 28, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. Deb, Oklahoma

    Keep up the good work Hillary, I would distance myself from him too!

    July 28, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. Texas trail puppy!

    Kudos to Sen.Clinton BTW what happened to President Clinton i thought he was eager to campaign for Obama.
    Dems Unite/ No Puma Pussies.

    July 28, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. Kelby from Houston, TX

    Dear Hillary,
    When you lost the primary this year, I had no idea what kind of backlash that you would create. I have never seen such a collection of bitter fruits that have set themselves against Obama despite the politcal change that they so deeply desire. I have never seen this kindo of division in the Democratic party. The future of this nation is more imortant than your politcal career. Having said that, I beg you, I implore you to COME OUT COME OUT WHERE EVER YOU ARE! HIT THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL AND HIT IT HARD. Your job right now is the advancement of the The Democratic National Party. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON'T BE PETTY!

    July 28, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. Jim

    Write in Hillary Clinton on November 4, 2008.

    July 28, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. dennis from chicago

    clinton stay away from o bama he is going to lose BIG he is too radical...too liberal....too egotistical and too inexperienced to lead this great country..... mc cain / clinton no shame///

    July 28, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. Phil, FL

    She and Bill with both be campaigning for the same policies and issues as they did before. The same that Obama has.

    This is good.

    July 28, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. DLF

    Hillary, the traitor to all those who voted for her!

    McCain for President!!!

    July 28, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. DC Steve

    So what...big deal...I think Obama's doing a great job on his own. Let Hill and Bill just chill.

    July 28, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. MAMMA MIA

    I don't trust her, I think she has something up her "pant suit" sleeve for the conviention.

    July 28, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. Kyle, MI ... former Democrat, now Independent

    Obama Supporter from FL,

    Well you just started it with your remarks and I am not sure if I would call it whining as there are real people have some very valid concerns about Obama. I for one have been convinced not to vote for McCain but have not been convinced to vote for Obama ever since Hillary left the race. I have always said and will continue to say that the two of them together would be an amazing team.

    Kyle, MI

    July 28, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    As a New Yorker, I appreciate any opportunity to have her out of the state. Since she has all that experience with the White House travel office, maybe she should arrange Obama's travel. I suggest a month in Nepal.

    July 28, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. Canadian black man for Obama.

    Thank God for her honesty, she will help Obama but I don't think it will be significant. Obama has pulled away on his own doing work he does best , to let the America people know him.

    The America people have said repeatedly that they trust Obama than anyone else in the race ealier in April. So, what he have to do is to build upon that trust.

    He will sure do more than he promise because as a first blk man in power he will go beyond to show that to the people who will elect him into the white house.

    Hillary should do what she can for him, and all the democrats as well.

    July 28, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  23. William, from Cali!

    This "partnership" is so "fake-ish and phony"; it defies belief!

    July 28, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  24. Lisa

    Hillary for President or Vice President you make the decision!

    July 28, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  25. Lee

    Okay, time for an onslaught of comments by republicans posing as Clinton democrats. – Rush Limpbaugh, Karl Rove tactics of lying and deception – It's one of the few things, other than fear, ignorance and racial hate, that the disgraced repouvlican party has left.

    July 28, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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