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. Sue/PA

    PUMA ...................the "P" stands for pathetic.............get a grip and move on

    July 28, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. Down with Obama

    She will win the nomination at the convention. Obama is a loser and the SD's are finally taking note of it. FDR, PUMA

    The DNC had better put Hillary's name in Nomination at the convention!!! She has more regular delegates and the DNC forced the SD's to go with Obama!!

    Hey by the way Donna Brazile.....have you left the Democratic Party yet. You stated that if the SD's decide the nomination you would quit the democratic Party!!!!! We are waiting.

    July 28, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. Obama 08

    Please stop tracking Hillary's every move. She is a woman of her word. She said that she plans to work for Obama's election. Give her a chance to prove it. There is plenty of time left.

    I still think Hillary is the best choice for VP. That means a lot coming from me because 3 months ago I couldn't stand her. She has conducted herself very well since the end of the primaries. I would vote for her next time if Obama loses and she decides to run again.

    July 28, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. empty vessel

    Funny how the people in the Hillary camp who hammered Opuka during the campaign, now are discussing party unity, What a joke.

    Hillary was a far, far, far superior candidate than this empty suit, but the media with their "funny feeling up their legs" annointed him and where is his big lead that he should have over this horrible Republican candidate.

    Dems, you picked the wrong one and you have the media to blame for not reporting, but distorting.

    The Senate is in session?, someone needs to tell Opuka, as while he was busy IGNORING and LYING about the troops and speaking in nothing but platitudes (what else is new?), he wasn't doing his "you know, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh JOB".

    While holding my nose – McCain/Condi Rice 2008

    July 28, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. AMIGO

    Hey HRC supporters, as the old saying goes – – " Don't cut off your nose, in order to spite your face !" But I think, most of this is coming from 'covert' Repugnants, trying to poison a Democratic victory in Nov.
    McBush was elected to the United States Senate in 1986, after serving two terms in the U.S. House. – – that will make it about 25 years, (a-quarter-century) working in Washington !! – – in which case, WHAT – THE – HELL – HAS – McCAIN – BEEN – DOING – WITH – ALL – THAT – "EXPERIENCE", ALL THESE YEARS IN THE SENATE, WITH THE SAME OLD PROBLEMS STILL AROUND ?????????

    Do you really want another four to eight years of Free-Market I-N-S-A-N-I-T-Y TO DESTROY THIS COUNTRY ????????

    July 28, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. Annoy the Media, say NO to Obama

    For those of you are convinced that Obama will win. Remember that Obama will never choose Hillary for VP. So no matter what Hillary says or does to support Obama, many dissapointed die hard Hillary for VP supporters will either not vote in November or actually vote for McCain.

    July 28, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. Yvette

    If Obama does not make Mrs Clinton his running mate,then alot of Democrats will not vote at all.
    I for one will not vote.

    July 28, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. smokey

    I think ts clear that not everyone is believing the hype about Obama. The polls are reflecting that many of he independents are not near so gullibile and I supect as the weeks go by and the elections draw near, that a majority will recognize that Obama is simply lacking in any depth or detail. He is a great talker though and has inspired so many but he just simply lacks experience.

    Personally, despite the detractors, Hillary would have been far the wiser choice but Dems seem to havea habit of shooting themselve in the foot. HC for 2012.

    July 28, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. Eddie, FL

    It is no suprise, Obama campaign continues to court a hillary clinton presence, her voice carries weight and voting power. Maybe Obama voters should accept the fact that the "Clinton Vote" matters. And maybe if the Obama Voters did some research beyond news/media stories, they would see the incredible and intellectual minds behind the clintons. Make No Mistake, an Obama Adminsitration NEEDS the Clintons..

    July 28, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. Peggy Robson

    Really, why should she not do her job to boost him. This media really has made a mess, everyone BUT Obama gets beat up in print every day and now they say where is Hillary. I will never vote for Obama...NEVER

    July 28, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Canadian4Obama

    The Democrats will come together, McCain is starting to wobble like jelly & soon enough his true shacky self will be seen. Its the Year for the Democrats & I say VIVA Obama

    July 28, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. Lisa

    Hillary do not lose it was stolen from her just like Bush stole the election in 2000. Obama got his lawyers to refuse a revote in Florida and Michigan. Just like the Supreme Court refused to count Florida votes in 2000.

    How am I suppose to forgive Obama for refusing a revote in Florida when I haven't even forgiven the Supreme court for what they did for Bush?

    July 28, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. neil, tampa, florida

    I still think it will reflect shabbily on her if she doesn't make a concerted effort to help Obama win the White House. So far her efforts strike me as being only lukewarm at best and I used to be a HUGE Clinton fan. Sad commentary of a sore loser I guess. We will see. Maybe she will come out strong for Obama yet. I hope so for the sake of the country. Show a little selflessness, Hillary. Please!

    July 28, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. j williamson

    She's off for just a bit of peace and quiet – relatively speaking. Which she has well-earned, by thw way. (It seems that a lot of those folks who couldn't wait to see her go away are now wondering where she is.)

    July 28, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. Samilton

    How can you be a Democrat and become a traitor a vote for the Republican Party and all they stand for?

    As for Senator Clinton, she is out of the race so it's just not that important anymore. I really doesn't surprise me.

    Senator Obama will do well with or without her.

    July 28, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. SOME GUY

    Back to the egg chamber with the other xenomorphs?

    July 28, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. BlameBarack

    Well PUMAS-If you really think she has been brain washed that easily then doesn't that go to show you probably should not have supported her in the first place?

    July 28, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    See? She is backing him! And all those Obama supporters saying horrible things about the lady. She IS a team player. She is a dedicated Democrat. You should all be ashamed of yourselves for doubting her and spreading hateful gossip about her.

    July 28, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  19. Kevin

    Since everyone feels she lost, she's doing what any other 2nd place candidate would do, she's returning to her every-day life. Now, the media needs to leave her alone, and let Obama do what he has to in order to try to win her supporters. That job is now in his grubby little paws.

    NObama 08

    July 28, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  20. Democrat No More/San Diego

    Unfortunately, there is nothing Hillary can do to change my mind about Obama. Obama can change my mind about him by demonstrating substance over style and by signing Hillary up for the number (2) seat. (Period).

    July 28, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. Dr. J

    The president of the PUMA's seemed obsessed with this whole election. He even said he would not listen to Hillary. He said Obama did not do anything to Hillary, but then turned around and said Obama is the front for the Dem. Party. Madness! The saddest part is they are now sounding like Republicans. PUMAs stop the maddness.

    July 28, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  22. Andy in NYC

    I understand that Senator Clinton has no choice but to campaign for him, but as one of Hillary's strongest supporters, I must say it is terribly painful to watch her do so. Why is it that the one who should be leading this country be forced to stand in the shadow of what is essentially nothing more than an eloquent speaker?

    Hillary '12

    July 28, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  23. Deborah from North Carolina

    Hillary and Bill are both such POOR LOSERS! Of course they want Obama to lose - they will do only the bare absolute minimum - and then only if there is something in it for them. Shame shame shame. If the GOP wins this year we can all BLAME IT ON HILLARY!

    July 28, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  24. VG

    Leave Senator Clinton alone. She has done so much for him. His standing in the polls (marginal lead over McCain) is his own fault. Stop trying blame Clinton for everything, it is tiresome. If Obama wants to be president, he better start learning how to stand on his own two feet, and show some character. I am not going to vote for someone who continues to play the blame game. This country needs a fighter in the White House. Come on, I'm tired of all this whining, this country needs solutions, not more rhetoric.

    July 28, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  25. PUMA-PAC - Hussein

    Watch as I perform the PUMA trick!

    Gather around unhappy Democrats and keep your eyes on my pocket watch... yes yes... goooooodddd... now listen to me.... very carefully..

    you will vote republican

    you will vote republican

    you will vote republican

    Good job, now... you are a PUMA. Muhahahaha!

    July 28, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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