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. Obamacan

    She has no choice. He can win even without her support I guess.

    July 28, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. TESAP; SAVANNAH, GA

    Ohhhh, I thought Hiliary went to h............................

    July 28, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. Willam from Texas

    No Clinton, no vote from me for Obama.

    I urge every Clinton backer to write her name in as prez if he doesn't pick her as VP.

    July 28, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. Canuck

    It still baffles me that "Democrats" would refuse to vote because Hillary didn't cut it. Would you really honestly rather have McOld, or Bush the Sequel, in the White House? Are you willing to screw up your country that badly just because you're still miffed? If so, GROW UP. You have a responsibility as a free American citizen to vote. Think of how many people die every day (Zimbabwe, for example?) because they are not able to voice their opinion without government repression. When you refuse to vote, you are scorning the millions of Americans in your history who fought for your right to vote. So your ideal candidate wasn't chosen. BIG DEAL. Suck it up, go to the polls, and vote for someone who won't grease the slide of the downward spiral the nation is in right now.

    July 28, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. Chris

    uh..it's about time!!

    July 28, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. chris

    Why should Hillary support Obama for president? His supporters, most of whom cannot name a single achievement of his in the Senate, has not donated to Hillary's campaign to get her debt lower. He's unqualified for the job and has no concrete plan.

    McCain '08/Hillary '12

    July 28, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. davidblaine

    I will never vote Obama...unless she is on the ticket. NEVER!

    July 28, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. Remy

    Hillary is a democrat and not a republican. She will help Obama elected to replace Bush &co. Americans will get their pride back all over the world.

    July 28, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. Ritter197

    Hilllary had PLENTY of time when she ran for her own nomination. Her Senate job was quite neglected then!

    July 28, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. Tom Swift, Shopton USA

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    Hillary is holding back while she & her Pumas plot to steal the nomination at the convention.

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    July 28, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. American

    CNN Please stop calling the "people" who now say they will vote for McCain, Hillary supporters. This is an insult to Hillary and her TRUE supporters. Call them what they are........Judas's, traitors, sore losers,
    bigots, whiners, cry babies, idiots and Repugs in sheeps clothing.

    True Hillary supporters would respect Her policies and wishes which are much more inline with Obama. Hillary is AGAINST the war, she is for a womans right to choose and for health care. McCain oppses her on these issues and so much more.

    So all of you "so called Dems"...leave your party cards on the table and dont let the door hit you on your way out because America does not want you or your whining. You are Lame and so is McLame.

    July 28, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. eric from canada

    HILLARY CLINTON AND HER SUPPORTER WILL SUPPORT BARACK OBAMA IF YOU REALY LIKE YOUR COUNTRY DO THE RIGHT THING. CHANGE YOU DESERVE MACCAIN TO OLD TO BE PRESIDENT OLD IDEAS COME ON AMERICAN..............

    July 28, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. Alex NYC

    I don't hear much from Mitt or Mike either... because they're done. duh.

    July 28, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. jeff

    Obama's using her to get votes but I'm not voting for him no matter what!!! I'd rather vote for McCain even though the Obama camp says he's too old to be president. Look at Obama, already turning gray and he's only campaigning!! ha, ha

    July 28, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. ROBERT

    THE TWO COMMENTS ABOVE ARE WHAT SCARES ME TO DEATH. ALL YOU GET FROM MOST OF THE OBAMA SUPPORTERS IS STATEMENTS LIKE THESE, WHICH SOUNDS LIKE THINGS CHILDREN WOULD SAY AND DO. THIS IS A SITUATION THAT NEEDS ADULT MINDED PEOPLE TO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES FOR OUR COUNTRY.

    I AM WRITING IN HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT.

    July 28, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. Jeremy

    CNN should really check out Rasmussen polls for a couple of states. Barack Obama's polling advantage is sinking.

    California – down 18 points
    New Hampshire – down 7 points
    Minnesota – down 13 points
    Colorado – down 7 points
    Maine – down 14 points
    Washington – down 10 points

    Why can't Obama keep his numbers up?

    July 28, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. California Gold

    The thought of these two immensely popular and professional Americans campaigning ought to frighten John McCain to no end. And with good reason. He can't hold a candle to either individual. Together they are a power house. Sooooo another week of McCain pointing fingers and having hissie-fit after hissie-fit in the media. He looks even older and sillier with his melt downs and press pity parties.

    July 28, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  18. unity

    BE CAREFUL HERE – Most of the PUMA posts aren't really that. They are from Republicans posing as PUMAs – doing whatever they can to stir the pot to work against anything that is not Republican. Don't fall for it!

    Glad to see Hillary and Obama out working hard for our country. Our healthcare system, economy, and just about everything else is on its last step of its last leg!

    July 28, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. no fan of hillary

    This sounds like it just fell out of the bull's but.
    She is a sore loser, don't like her-never will.
    DON'T THINK HE NEEDS HER, Let her pay her own debt.

    some people find it hard to give credit where it's due.

    July 28, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. Bill from ALabama

    Hillary Clinton is still very much a part of this race ,and it will become more apparent at the DNC. Hillary still has the hearts of millions of supporters,clammering to see her back in the race. The Primary was stolen for her by the Super-Delegates,against the popular vote. We,the people,have not rolled over this time,because too much is at stake! We intend to be heard,because we know that Hillary Rodham Clinton is still the more electable and more experienced candidate. PUMA's are "Sailing with Hillary to Victory"!>>>>>Hillary is a good Democrat,but we are not giving up on her>>>>why? >>>>>she's the one that can get the job done!!! No one else can come close to doing what needs doing!!!! But most importantly,she didn't give up on us!!!

    July 28, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. Lancelot

    Dude Let HER BE GONE!!! Don't want to hear about her, don't want to see her, she is Sooooooo Fake......

    July 28, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. R

    Well for the interest of both, it's best if she doesn't run an extensive presence. I will support Hillary 100%, but each time she's with him, the Obama supporters think she wants attention.

    Hillary has a job, she should do her duties as Senator of New York. Sure he can help him, but why should she constantly do so?

    July 28, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. Get a Life

    jeff....you sound so stupid. McCain is the one who looks grey and he's been grey all his life. get a life

    July 28, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. WANDA

    I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR HILLIARY.

    July 28, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. Michael

    Besides shrill, dogmatic feminists, who the hell cares where she has gone?

    July 28, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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