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. Aspire

    Isn't Hillary part of Obama's "celestial choir club?"

    I kind of miss her devilish laugh some times 🙂

    July 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. proud army and navy mom

    Attention everyone: do not believe that the mccain supporters are real. They are just two or three paid bloggers.

    They use multiple names including mine but don't believe it. If it not pro democrat coming from me, it's just those filthy lying repugs. They have earned their name.

    July 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. Scott, Charlotte

    Everyone with a brain knows Hillary wants Obama to lose, so she can run again in 2012. She is only about herself and personal glory, and could care less about the Democratic party. I just hope no suckers help her pay off her dept.

    July 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. MinnesotaBluezz

    Glad to see you back Clinton!

    Obama 2008
    HClinton 2016

    July 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian

    PLEASE GOD, PROTECT BARACK AND HIS FAMILY, and please I KNOW THIS IS GOING TO BE A FULL TIME JOB, BUT YOU CAN DO IT, and if you have a little time left over, PLEASE watch over this ELECTION!



    July 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. KJ, GA

    Jeff- you sound silly and immature...what a little boy you are!

    Hillary needs to campaign for Obama and she should do more then anyone in her position that has come in second before, as McAuliffe says. She's done more to damage the democratic party so she needs to. Looks like the ridiculous, bitter PUMA-PAC people will start ranting!

    July 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. michael

    She has plenty of time to campaign for Obama and after the months and months of her grueling campaign schedule, she is probably resting and catching her breath. She also is probably giving him breathing room so that he can establish himself as the candidate, something he did remarkably well on his European tour. You can bet that she will be as gracious as can be when she is once again on the campaign trail.

    July 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. Tyler Presley

    Obama has shown his disdain for Hilary by disrespecting her enough to make it clear that he will NOT choose her for VP unless he is way behind in the polls and is desperate. So Hilary, if she is smart, is rewarding him in kind by saying she is too busy to campaign for him. She should have enough self respect to turn him down for the VP slot if asked at the last minute, let him lose, and run unopposed in 4 years.
    Tyler Presley

    July 28, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  9. Rob A

    Where is Hillary? She is working, she does have a job you know. As far as campaigning, are all the losers in the democratic race required to campaign for Obama? Why are you not asking where John Edwards is? Where is Richardson?

    Why are you even asking the question, CNN?

    July 28, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. The Lorax

    Wow Jeff, don't complain when you get drafted and sent to Iran or worse when you can't find a job or send your kids to school. I really don't understand this viceral reaction against Obama. Do you realize that McCain is against everything that Hillary Clinton stands for? Why would you choose the greater of two evils?

    July 28, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. Elle

    NOBama! This lifelong Democrat is voting for McCain as are many other Dems. No one believes his media fueled & cultivated image anyway..........we are actually smart enough to know what the media is trying to do.............go figure.

    July 28, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. Vern

    Jeff, no one cares who you vote for!!!!!

    July 28, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. M. Murray

    Why do Clinton supporters decide to cut off their nose to spite their face and vote for McCain – pretty incredible and stupid!!!!!!!!! McCain has become the ultimate Harpy, a scolding, bad-tempered loser.

    July 28, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. Juliet

    Jeff,,,,please don't be shy show your racist self..People are so transparent

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

    Yup, an angry Hillary supporter here. I don't settle for seconds, no Hillary no vote. Easy as that.

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

    I'm sick of Hillary supporters, vote for mccain nobody cares!!! in the meantime, get busy raising money for hillary, remember she still has that debt out there. personally i could care less if she campaigns for Obama, i"m just happy he beat her.

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

    You say you are a Hillery supporter, Jeff, (and many others do also) and yet you say you would vote for McCain and not vote for Obama. In doing so you go against everything Hillery stands for and it will do her great harm if McCain wins. With friends like you..Hillery does not need enemies!! Democratic Party 2008!!

    July 28, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. Obama 08: mature, white woman

    Didn't Obama have to establish himself as the leader of the Democratic Party before the Clintons came on board?

    Interesting that CNN wants to renew the rating getting controversy yet doesn't want to fact check the McCain ad they are running as news.

    Free publicity for an inaccurate, smear ad...is that what CNN news outlet has become??

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

    I want Hillary Clinton to be on the VP ticket! Obama & Clinton would be an awesome pair!

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

    why left and right has such righteous supporters? why do you think your side is 100% right? Why do you bash dissent, questioning and oppose our right, of those who do not have their candidate chosen, to evaluate each of the diverse candidates we have now? I want to vote my consciousness – not party lines nor ethnic lines nor gender lines nor racial lines – only according to the lines set up by my views! It's my right as a voter. So those who say I must vote Obama or McCain because they are lesser of the two evils – I say shut up, and leave me alone to my OWN, SACRED DECISION. I have enough of hearing of all those self motivated and only true and correct comments. If you feel like preaching go and create your own church – it's your liberty. My liberty is to not listen to the constant lies, pandering and flipping on both sides – and just voting on the track record, experience, leadership, plans, goals and action taken on their behalf.

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

    Why aren't these people in Washington working on our current economic conditions? Recess anyone??

    July 28, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  22. Sally from Atlanta

    I think it would be very helpful for Hillary Clinton to "let go" of her votes, "end" her campaign instead of "suspending" it, and enable those who were in support of her to do what they will. If they elect the wrong person, we'll all pay; but at least the election won't be hijacked by intimidation and/or lies. I'm not completely convinced that PUMA isn't a synonym for "infiltrating republicans who would not vote for Obama, anyway" (Poor United McCain Antagonists).

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

    We are Clinton loyalists. Loyalty something Obama never showed Clinton when she was being trashed by the media with their sexist comments – never opening his mouth.

    July 28, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  24. cnn post my comments already

    I like all the mccain supporters pretending to be hillary supporters who don't believe their own candidate

    July 28, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  25. Kevin

    Am I the only one that thinks McAulliffe is a goof and was a huge liability to the Clintons? He refused to acknowledge the truth about anything during the primaries. He is the king of SPIN along with that bum Howard Wolfson. Top 5 losers of the primaries...

    1. Mark Penn
    2. Howard Wolfson
    3. Terry McAuliffe
    4. Bill
    5. HRC

    In no specific order.... they all blew it and showed America what they're really about. Blood sucking carnivores

    July 28, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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