August 5th, 2008
05:07 PM ET
10 years ago

Hillary Clinton to campaign for Obama

Sen. Clinton will campaign for her former rival in two states this month, according to the Obama campaign.

Sen. Clinton will campaign for her former rival in two states this month, according to the Obama campaign.

(CNN) –
Hillary Clinton will campaign for Barack Obama on two dates in August, the Obama campaign announced Tuesday.

She will hold rallies and voter registration drives in the swing states of Nevada and Florida on August 8 and 21, respectively. Obama won’t attend Friday’s event since he is taking a planned vacation with his family - and it’s not yet clear whether he’ll be at the latter date, which falls just days before the Democratic convention in Denver.

The last time Obama and Clinton were seen together was at a New York fundraiser on July 10, when she told donors, “I’m going to do everything I can and everything I’m asked to make sure he takes the oath of office on January 20th, 2009.”

That fundraiser was one of three the pair have held since Clinton suspended her campaign in early June, and just their second public appearance together.

Obama has said on several occasions that he hopes for both Bill and Hillary Clinton’s help campaigning to win in November.

“I am proud to call [Hillary] my friend, and I know that I desperately need her and Bill Clinton involved in this campaign,” Obama said in New York.

soundoff (284 Responses)
  1. Peggy - TX

    In response to anothers earlier question: what do PUMA stand for?

    I think the Puma’s are a combination of young disenfranchises feminist and elderly Dems with Racist leanings, which explains why they seem so disconnected and lacking in any substantive criticism of Obama. Any thing that they say about how badly they were treated by the Obama campaign is drowned out by how badly the Hillary Campaign ran against Obama.

    August 5, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  2. Realist

    If Hillary does not throw Barack more than scraps in this campaign, and the GOP somehow takes this in November, HRC may undermine any chance she has at the White House.

    August 5, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. Audrey

    Wow, can't you people understand it was just an election and not personal. Obama needs Hillary on the campaign trail to help against the GOP attack machine. Forget the hate people, unite and get behind the man. Hillary must do this, don't forget she also need his campaign to help retire her debt!

    People unite and put away the hate. There are bigger things out there to express these very strong emotions. Support them both. I hope Obama gives Hillary an important position in his Administration when he wins – not the VP, because that would not be a fit but Attorney General or Secretary of State etc – the lady deserves it..

    August 5, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. GB

    Of course all the young people and African Americans are on here being hateful. If he does not choose Hillary as VP, he will not win period.

    August 5, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Maybe this will convince those that claim to be Clinton supporters to vote for Obama come the fall no matter who is the VP. If they don't, they how much are they really Clinton supporters? I think that they could be Republicans hoping to confuse people.

    August 5, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. Paula M.

    I understand why Hillary is going to campaign for Barack. It is her political future at stake. If he loses, people will blame Hillary for all her negative compaigning to add fuel to McBush's fire. Then, Hillary will not win in 2012 because the majority of democrats will be angry at her and will not give her another chance at becoming president. If Hillary shows real enthusiasm for Barack, people my forgive her a little for her negative campaign. If Bill does not show real positive feelings for Barack, his political standing in the democratic community will not be high. He will lose many opportunities in the rest of the world, because of Barack's popularity there.

    August 5, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. Justin Athens OH

    It is hilarious and ridiculous how SALTY HRC supporters are.. If she had won the primary, I'd be voting for her in a heartbeat in November.
    Barack Obama 2008 – 2016

    August 5, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. tpw

    Barack and Michelle Obama have always been courteous and respectful to the Clintons on a personal level, and vice versa. Both families are good people and I doubt many could dispute this with credible evidence. But you have to play to win, which Barack did. but Shoot you can't blame him for winning the majority of votes! I hope the Clinton's will help out more in the future because they are powerful allies. As democrats we have to support our candidate. To do otherwise would be wrong.

    August 5, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. Bic from CT

    I think Hillary should tell Barack that he better make her his VP or he will not have to worry about November. I do not think he can do it without her as VP. The news is starting to tell the truth about him and the tide is turning againest him. If he is smart he would do something real soon. He knows he needs her to win Florida. Just look what happen to the polls in the last couple weeks. Obama you need a vacation and you better use it to tell your wife that Hillary is your only chance to win. Your wife will have to except it if she wants to live in the white house next year.

    August 5, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. Harvey in Va

    Its a sad sad day for the DNC and for Hillary Clinton to stand below Obama when she was railroaded as the party nominee.
    McCain 08


    August 5, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Lacy

    Hopefully PUMA will begin to listen to and respect the wishes of the condidate they purport to love...

    August 5, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. Linda from Prescott AZ

    Good Job Hillary, its time to bring home the votes for Obama. In reality you must undo some of the damage you inflicted during your campaign.

    August 5, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. realmccoy

    They look great together........If you all start Loving it will be just fine.

    August 5, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. mary

    come on people do we really want another four years of the last eight years? I sure hope not. if so we will be the number one third world country. We need to strongly support Obama to win this election and HIGHLY commend Hillary for her support and willingness to go out and campaign not only for him but for the american people.

    August 5, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. J.S.

    From the internet "A Friend who is Serving in Afghanistan"-"So really he (Obama) was just here to make a showing for the Americans back home that he is their candidaate for President" This registered Democrat hopes Hillary's name is tossed out at the DNC convention as the nominee for President...

    August 5, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |

    To all of those who CONTINUE to be disrespectful... Remember this, he can NOT win without her and our votes, period... So, at this point, he is losing.

    We are starting to hate you all.

    August 5, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Here comes the frosting on the cake.......Thank You Senator Clinton!!

    August 5, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. marianna

    Obama – not even a president yet, but already taking vacations during the busy election season when he should be campaigning, as if he wouldn't care.

    Arrogance, that's all it is.

    Clinton/Clark '08

    or it's McCain/Romney

    August 5, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. Ex-Republican for Obama

    If Obama loses. I can guarantee Clinton will never have a chance. What comes around, goes around.

    Obama '08 or Republicans for ever!

    August 5, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Marilyn

    She's wasting her time. There is nothing she can do to make me vote for Obama.

    August 5, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. Beca

    Viva PUMA PACs, CNN how come you always have me in MODERATION????

    August 5, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. Bill

    Mr. Obama is doing everything he can to stay as far away from Hillary as he can.............................................HILLARY SUPPORTER FOR MCCAIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. Jeff, South Bend, IN

    Love you Hillary: You are completely off your rocker. Hillary started that whole trashing, negative, divisive turn of the primary campaign and was the standard-bearer for tearing Obama down. And now you act like she was just the poor defenseless little woman being victimized by the bullies. Give me a break.

    August 5, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. Frank

    Yes, a sign of desperation. Obama wanted nothing to do with the Clintons now he will sell his soul to them. You know Hillary won't do it for free.

    August 5, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  25. lou


    August 5, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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