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. Mark Webb

    Wonderful!!
    This is just great!!
    Obama 08/12

    July 28, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. Ken

    I think it is time for Obama to announce to the American people that he wants Hillary Clinton on the ticket as his VEEP. He must realize that if he truly wants to beat McCain in November, he will need Hillary Clinton on the ticket.

    She would be the best all around candidate for the job, plus the fact that if he does put Hillary Clinton on the ticket, the Democrat party could possibly see them holding the White House for 12 years.

    Obama/Clinton 2008

    July 28, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. Nova from NV

    This is America. Anybody can vote for any candidate. Since the democratic party does not value my vote, why does it matter if I will vote for McCain? Just a threat of opening up the coast for more oil drilling has brought the gas price down despite the nay sayers from the Obama campaign. All the Obama campaign can do is say this or that does not work but when it does, what do they say?

    July 28, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. Jerry D

    As predicted, Billary will put in a half hearted effort. They want Obama to lose so she can run in 2012. They will do the minimum necessary to look like good dems.

    July 28, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. John

    Where's Bill? I thought they would both pitch in and help the Dems win in November?!? I guess they are busy trying to come up with the 20 million or so they owe. Maybe Obama hasnt paid as fast as they thought he would. Politiacl graft has its place and its in the democratic party.

    July 28, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. wake up people

    WHO CARES?
    I hope she stays gone

    July 28, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. Terry in New York

    Just as it was getting nice not having to hear how wonderful she is...
    I'm eating lunch right now but I guess I'm done now after coming across this article.
    Yuck .... where ever she's been leave her alone we don't need her to hear or see her. Especially during luch........ha

    July 28, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. George Loria

    She's just licking her wounds, no yet fully accepting he lose... I do not like her at all but she treated unfailrly by the media

    July 28, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. JR in NY

    Hey – she's back being the United States Senator from New York. That's her job! That's what the United States of America is paying her to do.....she is doing it, and doing it well. Please let the Senator from Illinois run his own campaign. And please let our Senator represent us. If she can help Senator Obama, fine. But it should not come at the expense of the job she's been elected to perform.

    July 28, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    I am waiting patiently. If she hand her husband don't work as hard as they can for Sen. Obama, we will not forget. She is after all going to need the African American vote and the female vote for whatever future political aspirations that she has. I happen to be both and she is going to be in for a rude awakening if she is perceived as not doing all she can to get him elected.

    July 28, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. Sharon

    CNN - give it a rest. Senator Clinton is doing just fine and she will join the campaign at the right time. I wish you folks would do your job; i.e., report instead of trying to make up news stories - irrelevant ones at that. OK? Let's move on!

    July 28, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. vote anyway

    Hillary Suporters:

    Just write her name in when you go to vote.

    We have that option and it would be funny if she won.

    July 28, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. Wisest one of All

    She went for a road trip on her broomstick.

    July 28, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. ProudToBeDemocrat

    Enough about Clintons already, I am glad she stayed away I did not miss anything about her I am sure there are a lot who feel the same way.

    July 28, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. Erick FL

    I miss Hilary... People need to stop bashing her. She's a fighter but at the end of it all, she is a Democrat. She could of run as an independent if she wanted & possibly had a chance of winning but she still is standing by her word of doing everything she can to make our next president a Democrat. I praise her for that. I always will personally prefer Hilary over Barack but there is too much at stake to vote for McCain. Voting for McCain out of spite will not solve our problems. Barack/Democrat is what this country needs right now.

    July 28, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. ClintonDems4Cynthia08

    PUMAS uniting behind Cynthia McKinney. Abandon the Democrats as they have become as corrupt as the Republicans. Cynthia 08

    July 28, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. Georgina

    Who cares about the Clintons. Grrrrrr

    July 28, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. JoseyJ

    CNN can't go very long without racheting up some propaganda against the Clintons.
    If Hillary were to campaign for Obama every day from now until Nov. – it wouldn't be enough to satisfy Obamedia.
    There will be articles about her "sincerity" in campaigning for Obama – and on and on. Whatever it takes for the media to continue to brainwash the public on the Clintons.

    NO Hussein!
    NObama!

    Dems for McCain!

    July 28, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. Brooke

    I wish Hillary had stayed in the race to the Convention. If we were to add the full totals from MI and FL she would have won the majority of the votes, albeit a small majority. If the Dems ran their primaries like the GOP, winner tak all, she would have won. Granted, these are only "if"s, but if she had won I would have voted for her over McCain in a heartbeat. Now, it's a choice between McCain and a demagouge who's followers believe he can walk on water and do no wrong. The choice is obvious, McCain.

    July 28, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. uncle shawn

    it will be nice having senator hillary stump for obama. people were actually getting worried. too much,of course, is at stake

    July 28, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. BGIV in NC

    Hillary contolled? Please. If she has proven anything, is that she will not be controlled. Any suggestion otherwise is an insult to her and her supporters.

    July 28, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. Sally on Cape Cod

    Hillary SHOULD be the Candidate, period!

    July 28, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. ben

    I would like to add one more thing. All you women voters who say you will vote for McCain because your candidate lost in the primaries is one good reason why women have such a hard time in politics. They{not all) vote either out of spite or because a woman scorned is a dangerous thing.
    what happened to party loyalty? If you voted for her just because she is a woman, then you are not a democrat who believes in the philosiphy of the democratic party, but a silly spiteful person who should stay out of politics altogether

    July 28, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. gapeach

    I saw the angry clinton's supporters video. These people need to get a gripe a face reality. I am tired of hearing clinton supporters saying they will vote for McCain, just go ahead and do it. It wont change who the democratic nomonie is going to be.

    July 28, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. karen-phoenix

    PUMA's are as nuts as the republican party!!! They are completely out of touch with all the American people!!

    July 28, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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