July 28th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
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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. Democrat4Ever

    After reading a few comments posted throughout the Political Ticker, I thought I should express a few things.

    First, Barack Obama has done a fantastic job running for the presidency. He has gone above and beyond what his supporter really expected him too. He has courage, motivation, intellegence, and intitiative, all important qualities for a president.

    Second, those who plan to vote for McCain over Obama simply because Hilary is not the presumed Democratic Presidential Nominee weren't probably Democrats to begin with. Studies have shown that people do tend to cross party lines during presidential elections...just like those Republicans now supporting Obama.

    Thirdly, his tour of Europe goes to show that Barack Obama will make a great president, one that we need after eight years under the Bush Administration.

    July 28, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. daysi rivera

    I prefer to stay home because IT IS GOING TO BE FREEZING OUTSIDE BY NOVEMBER 5TH and I do not trust in the capacities of any of these candidates.

    July 28, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. East Coast Bum

    Maybe we are a nation of whiners. Atleast the PUMA people are. Way to go DEM's and screw up another election because we can't overcome our petty differenances(sp)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 28, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. Kris from AZ

    Jeff Obama administration will work hard for the american poeple. Dont be sad. Be glad :)~

    July 28, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Irma in North Carolina

    Well go ahead and vote for Mccain get us 4 more years of Bush. Are all of you so thick headed you cannot understand it. Or is that you are all a bunch of racits out there who are voting for Mccain.

    July 28, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. A 100% PUMA

    I will not vote for Obo!

    July 28, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. denise Carrara

    I believe that if Obama does not pick Hillary as a running mate, his race for the presidency is too close for comfort. I would hope Obama will make a "good judgement" call and go for a sure win rather than try and run on his egotistical stardom. He may be up by 6 now, but he has been there before. Last week was only up by 3.
    I was in Italy last week and Europe likes him a lot but their news papers indicate that he is still vague on policies and are vary leery of him.

    July 28, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Marie Canada

    All the hype is just the media trying to manufacture a story to fill in space. 24 hour news stations have to create their own stories to justify their existence.

    The fact is ordinary sensible voters would have to have a death wish to support John McCain and his failed policies and war mongering. By the time November comes Obama by 40% unless fear can overwhelm common sense.

    July 28, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. Necie in OKC

    Hillary a busy lady. No big deal here. Let her do her Senate job and be available for Sen Obama when her schedule allows.

    To those WHO WILL NEVER VOTE FOR OBAMA NO MATTER WHAT – I say: SO! You are a minority and he will win in spite of you.
    So there!

    July 28, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. vjh

    PUMA-PAC – Hussein July 28th, 2008 12:19 pm ET

    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!

    Ahh, sounds like your trying to control her "we need to tell HER what SHE thinks! " You're a fraud

    July 28, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. John Gillett

    As a long-time democrat and Clinton supporter, I find Obama's arrogance and inexperience both despicable and frightening.

    I applaud Hillary and Bill for keeping their distance.

    July 28, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. sensible Cape Coral l

    I'm glad Hillary is back in the Senate. Ted Kennedy is not going to live forever. We need her there. As far as Barack is concerned all you PUMA people should think of the Supreme Court. Hillary wold have made a wonderful President but she never had a chance of winning the GE. THINK!

    July 28, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. Steven Pentecost

    Hopefully Hillary is doing her best to rid the Senate of its Paralysis!! Begin by changing no-leadership Moron Reid who is trying to tie Shrub as the weakest of the weak. America is really suffering when these types of ZEROES is the best we can do. I pray O can bring some honesty and integrity back to the scene as we have not seen any lately

    July 28, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. Mike, Corpus Christi, Tx.

    If voters vote for McCain just because clinton didn't get the nominee position, then they will get what they deserve. More of the Bush scenario. I am an Independent, but I have have had 8 years of republican BS and a failed government due to Bush and his cronies. Those democrats who vote republican just because clinton is not in the running will be the down-fall of whats left of America! For those of you who say Obama is too young and inexperienced to hold the position of President of the U.S., need to think about where this country is now, that have "experienced: and "older" politicians. I prefer a change for the better and I honestly believe Obama can do it! Give the man a break. Elect him as President and this country will prosper again.

    July 28, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. Susan

    Shee will be out there. At least she, unlike PUMA realizes that to let the Republicans win will be a travesty for America!

    July 28, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. CJ

    If Obama wins the election, for the love of God I hope he does. Obama should nominate Hillary to be on the supreme court or ask her to be in his administration. I don't always agree with her politics but let us not forget the shape of our country when Hillary and Bill left the White House. Say what you want about the both of them. You can't argue the fact that Hillary has revolutioned the advancement of women in this country for the good, and Bill helped save the Democratic Party. Seems pretty ridicoulous looking back that Bill Clinton was impeached for a personal matter, and this clown and his gang have broken every kind of law in the name of executive privelage and a democratically controlled congress doesn't have the intestinal fortitude to place impeachment hearings.

    July 28, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. Peter of Oregon

    I believe she's sincere in her support of Barack Obama. She's doing a very smart thing by spending some time back in the Senate in the footsteps of Ted Kennedy after he lost his Presidential bid.

    Barack Obama's been doing very well standing on his own, and so the talk from the media about him needing her in order to win the Presidency has been squashed. Her enthusiastically campaigning for him however will be a definite positive.

    We can't afford to elect John Keating 5 McCain. He doesn't have the right temperment or judgement for the job.

    CNN's been reiterating about how some of Clinton's supporters haven't given financially to Obama's campaign. I would like to see more discussion around Clinton's supporters chipping in to pay off her debt, especially the PUMA "so called supporters." Or maybe they weren't so much for Hillary as they were either against Obama or for the Republicans.

    July 28, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. Pgh Jack

    Without Hillary, I'm forced to vote this election (like the last two elections) for:

    Candidate #1 who is a maybe.
    Candidate #2 who you feel is just a fake.

    I will vote for McCain, You know where he is coming from and
    do's not have to put on a false front to get elected.

    July 28, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Thank you Hillary !!! I'm glad I contributed to help with your debt. Bet That JEFF posted above has never contributed to ANYTHING for Hillary. I guess you couldn't expect a Republican who is trying to disguise themselves to do so.... How could ANYBODY who supported Sen Clinton support John McCain ???? The political messages aren't even from the same world. Kind of scarry to think who has the right to vote in this country...huh ????

    July 28, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    First of all, Obama has been abroad for the last week in Europe and the Middle East. Secondly, this is Obama's campaign and not Clinton's. Has Obama campaigned anywhere in the last week other than abroad? And he's the candidate. Thirdly, he has yet to choose a Vice Presidential pick, which has put everybody in the party on the sidelines. No politician likes to be the cuckhold having gone out there and pushed for Obama and then have him choose someone else. Clinton owes nothing to Obama since he was the challenger in the nomination process. It also appears Obama has been leading towards choosing a man for VP, which would be a disaster. Fourthly, Obama's campaign has been either unwilling or inable to pay off a modest portion of Clinton's debt. Several outspoken Obama investors who were adamant in not doing so they should have been cut off from further investing and given the cold shoulder. Clinton helped Tsongas in this way when two Tsongas investors decided to not Tsongas retire some debt. Clinbton returned their money and cut them off to access. They caved.

    July 28, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  21. Justin in CA

    If you supported Clinton but will vote for McCain, that just shows how shallow you are and how to you this election was never about the issues or what is best for the country, It was just all about you. You are all moral losers anyway so you might as well vote for a loser.

    July 28, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. Tony Smith

    I'm really baffled as to why clinton supporters want to vote for McCain. Obama and Hilary's polices are very similar. I guessed they are not voting based on policies. It's very unfortunate.

    July 28, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Obama pick Hillary for the VP position or PUMA PERIOD

    July 28, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. Leecee Dallas

    I wished I could really understand why any of you would vote for John McCain... IF YOU DECIDE to vote for McCain, don't COMPLAIN..... Not one word!!!

    Obama 08.

    July 28, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. brian mpls

    If you are a Hillary supporter and you're going to vote for McCain or not vote because of bitterness, then you're an idiot. Try to see the big picture, people. This country can ill afford four more years like the last eight, or 100 more years in Iraq.

    July 28, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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