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. Beltway Insider

    Lies. The truth is Hillary has been where she's belonged all along – in the kitchen.

    July 28, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. Licensed to Vote

    We apologize...

    The notes and memo's are extensive to go through and word changes from time to time. Apparently our sources deciphered a recent memo that suggests a change Obama administration. It seems McCain was scrapped as Secretary of Defense because he questioned Obama's patriotism. We also got word of additional information.. It still seems Obama wants to reach across the lines...

    Vice President: General Wesley Clark
    Department of Energy: Al Gore
    Secretary of Defense: Chuck Hagel
    Secretary of State: Hillary Clinton
    Deputy: Susan Rice
    Attorney General: John Edwards
    Homeland Security: Joe Biden

    Looks Good

    Obama 08

    July 28, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. al

    I would not blame Hillary for being quiet after she quitted her campaign. In my view, during her campaign, she has been hunted down by the republican media in favour of Obama, and betrayed by some of her friends.

    July 28, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. Angela, Cleveland, OH

    She is a US Senator who at this time is not running for office. Perhaps she is doing her work?

    This is not to disparage either of the 2 senators who are running for office. Everyone who runs for office cannot quit their current position to run. Most senator's offices are well set up in advance of a campaign and virtually run for him/her while they are away.

    Most likely she is getting back to a more hands on office. They have made it clear, she is not going to be our candidate.

    July 28, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Beca/PUMA

    Is Hillary responsible for Obama's presidential campaing? Leave her alone!

    July 28, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    America's brain washing continues sponsored by Fox News, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and America's Right Wing Public Radio.
    The majority of American people do not know how to investigate and learn for there own insight. Everything that the media outlets listed above presents to America it must be gospel. If Fox News said Obama was Japanese 55% of the American people would believe it.
    Further, if you ask them how do they know that? They would say I read on the internet or I heard it on Fox News. Those people are so closed minded they refuse to listen to another view point. Fox News wants to demonize Obama as someone evil and out of touch with America and someone who is un-patriotic. So of course; a lot of Americans just follow along with the crowd and say, OK, Dah, Ok.
    Thank God some Americans will at least give this man a fair chance to make his case for the presidency of the United States of America.
    Obama 08/12

    July 28, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. Really?

    jeff – you probably were not going to vote for her anyway – listen to Rush lately???????????? know what you are upto.......

    July 28, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. Amanda

    I was a huge Hillary supporter and I will NEVER vote for Obama or his angry wife!!!! McCain all the way. The Democrats need to learn a lesson from this and it's called "don't disrespect your core" namely women....we never forget! Until you get rid of the leaders of the DNC who robbed Hillary – none of us are coming back either!

    July 28, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. semp

    Away ... far,far away.

    July 28, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Phil From VA

    Jeff.... He is turning gray but atleast he can remember things. What country is where.

    July 28, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. Shane


    July 28, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. webster208

    What is the poor woman to do? When she speaks in public, the Obama camp becomes insecure and want her to be quiet. When she does not attend public events, people start asking for her whereabouts. Her supporters are not voting for Obama, and it is not because of Hillary, but because of Obama.

    July 28, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Jeremy

    The same people that say McCain is to old to be president would call me racist for not voting for Obama. When you liberal freaks get a view that was carefully constructed through a rational process of thought...then continue to post. Otherwise go back to chanting change change change while the rest of us look at the real issues. Racebaiting and Ageism should have NOTHING to do with the election. Hillary supporters that support Obama should be ashamed of themselves after watching how the, mostly liberal, press bashed her into the ground in favor of the "saviour". I'd love to see Obama actually have a debate with McCain. Without the teleprompter and without a speaker in his ear telling him what to say.

    July 28, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Frank

    Obama's constant race-baiting during the primary and FALSELY accusing the Clintons of racism – WHILE he was attending a race-baiting hatemongering church – was a big turnoff.

    Obama's race-baiting detracted from his Empty Suit – and guaranteed this long time Dem family would NEVER vote for Oblahma.

    Obama even told his Billionaire donors that Democrats were "racists" for not supporting him. And at large rallies he "brushed Hillary off" the bottom of his shoe and laughed along with the crowds. Like Trinity members do when so-called "Christian" ministers engage in race-baiting and hatemongering FROM THE PULPIT.

    July 28, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. Obama-Junkie, IL

    Yeah jeff...imagine what McCain is going through if you think Obama is "already turning gray". "The Prince of Darkness" Bob Novak just announced he has a brain tumor at 77 years of age. "The Lion" Ted Kennedy announced he had brain cancer at 75 years of age.

    McCain already has "severe" skin cancer (and God who knows what else) at 71 years of age.

    Three months of tough campaigning is going to add 5 years to McCain!

    July 28, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. Felix

    True Democrats will vote for the Democratic candidate, regardless of who it is. If Hillary supporters vote for John McCain in a misguided attempt to send a message to Obama, they may just get what they deserve–four years of bad leadership and a very conservative Supreme Court. Please realize that this is as much about the direction of the country as it is about personalities.

    July 28, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. georgia

    Don't trust the wink & smile ! They're looking for debt pay off again just as Bill had supporters pay his legal fees (millions) for crimes he was definitely guilty of !!!!

    July 28, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Maria A. Dixon, PhD

    I think what has made the Hillary supporters most angry has been the insulting and demeaning rhetoric coming from the Obama supporters. We are grown ups and we understand winning and losing. But we also understand that in American Politics, YOU DON'T HAVE TO ALWAYS AGREE with your party. In in those times of disagreement, it does not mean your a racist, uneducated, or a whiner, it means you disagree. As an African American woman, I am not moved or inspired by what I consider a lack of true engagement in the issues–but this is my opinion.

    There is a level of arrogance in the belief that because Mr. Obama won, we are honor bound to vote for him. He must campaign for our votes as well. If we like what we hear (more importantly see), then some of us may vote for him. If we don't , then like every other American we are entitled to vote as we please.

    Democracy...was here before Obama and Hillary and will be here long after they are gone.

    July 28, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. Maggie, Charlotte, NC

    It was a total disgrace watching Hillary's supporters in Charlotte recently. They were rude and acted like a bunch of children who hadn't gotten their way. They continue to fit the description that has been given to her followers – older and uneducated. Those same supporters are making the educated voters realize they did the right thing by voting for Obama. Give it up for goodness sake. Go home and get some dignity.

    July 28, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. Clinton/McCain

    Us PUMAS are working hard to ensure that Clinton's name gets put into nomination at the convention. She will be our nominee.

    July 28, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. Hillary supporter

    I was a Hillary supporter during the primaries. But seeing that she lost to Obama fair and square, and although I don't completely agree with every single thing he has said since the primaries, his views are definitely closer to Hillary's than to any other candidate in this race. So I don't want to waste my vote and possibly be responsible for putting this country and my family of five through more suffering by electing someone like Mccain. Therefore, unless something changes with the candidates, I will be voting for Senator Obama.

    July 28, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  22. S. Shay

    It's a huge mistate for Obama to put Hillary on the campaign trail. It will open her up to be rightly criticized by the rethugs, using her statements in advertising. There is no one that can unite folks against her like Hillary Clinton, all she will provide is full for the repug's base. Plus I think she will try to hog the spotlight for herself and say things to purposely hurt Obama. She cannot be trusted.

    I really hope Obama reconsiders this move. He DOES NOT need Hillary Clinton or the few supporters of hers that won't vote Obama even after Hillary gave him her support. They won't vote for a black man period and for Obama to seek a hopeless vote is not smart. I hope MacAuliffe was just spewing political mumbo jumbo and not telling the truth about this.

    July 28, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  23. TommyO

    She should be hiding – she is a US Senator and should be focused on THAT job. It's bad enough that she and Obama and McCain were all out for a long haul while battling, but to have her stay out while McCain and Obama shirk their elected duties is wrong. Did the second place finisher in their races get to take over their senate seats? Did they stop getting pay and benefits? Man, I wish I could get a job like theirs, but alas I am a poor working man, not elite royalty like them.

    July 28, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. Shannon Bowling Green, KY

    As a life-long Democrat, I can say with much certainty that I will NOT be voting for Obama. He's simply not the best man for the job.

    July 28, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. Sheri

    I was and continue to be a Hillary supporter, but my vote is going to Obama. Anyone who supported her and now says they will vote for McCain is going against everything she believes in. I do not think this country can withstand another 4 years of republican rule. We need a democrat in office. I wish it was going to be Hillary, but I will take Obama. I do, however, wish that he would think about what a close primary it was and pick her as his running mate. Since it was almost equally divided between the two of them, this would be a way to serve all of the democratic voters. I think that it would also be an unbeatable ticket.

    July 28, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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