September 19th, 2008
04:38 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton steps up efforts

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton is stepping up her efforts to push her supporters to vote and campaign for Barack Obama.

“As we continue to read the headlines about our troubled economy, the stakes of this election only get higher,” Clinton said in a Friday message. “Today I am asking all of you to hit the phones, hit the road and spread the word that we must elect Barack Obama President and we must send a filibuster-proof majority to Congress.”

Clinton’s political action committee, HillPAC, is launching a new grassroots movement on Saturday morning that will help mobilize volunteers to phone-bank, blog and canvass for Obama and other Democrats in tough congressional races. This effort, called “Hillary Sent Me!” will focus on a different battleground state each week.

“This is a call to action,” Clinton said. “We all have a role. And there is not a moment to lose. Tell them that Hillary sent you.”

Clinton’s speech to the Democratic National Convention at the end of August helped to bridge the gap between the two former rivals, as the former presidential candidate formally asked her delegates to vote for Obama. But John McCain’s campaign has continued to highlight Clinton voters who have endorsed the Republican nominee in a bid to woo disaffected former backers of the New York senator.

Hillary Sent Me! will send supporters to New Hampshire the weekend of September 27 to campaign for Obama and Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat who is fighting for GOP Sen. John Sununu’s Senate seat. The group will mobilize volunteers in Ohio and Pennsylvania in the middle of October.

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  1. Jill

    Thanks Hillary, we love ya! VOTE OBAMA for change and unity!

    September 19, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  2. shadowgovt

    The point is, either Hillary or Obama would have supported the other - perhaps begrudgingly at first - but they would have gotten behind the other no matter who had won the nomination. It's in their best interests. Let's hope OUR best interests are also in their best interests. I'm rooting for Obama but I'll say this much - I want to see real, tangible results in a first term; a serious push for renewable energy, better schools, a more dynamic economy, out of Iraq and a return to being a respected world power, a little tax relief. If not, buh-bye.

    September 19, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. Margo


    September 19, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  4. John Kaleto

    HA! It's pretty obvious by this that Shrillary is more interested in getting other democrats elected than Obama. After all, she can't run against McCain if Obama is in office for at least the next 4 years...

    September 19, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |


    September 19, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. CA chick on the left coast

    This is a painful election for me. I'll vote for Obama as the lesser of two evils, but I'm still mad at how Senator Clinton was robbed of the Florida and Michigan votes until it was a done deal that Obama would be the candidate. Howard Dean can go away, as far as I'm concerned. Obama didn't do himself any favors by insulting Clinton supporters with his VP candidate pick, either.
    If McCain had a brain in his head, and if his VP choice wasn't so terrifying, I'd be tempted. But, no way. It's Obama, grudgingly.

    September 19, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  7. nad

    What is this Fannie May Freddie Mac Obama connections that has help to bring down the housing market. Is it's true that Barack Obama is only second to Dodds in recieving money from them having been only 2 years in the senete,Why? They chose his VP, Why.? Is it true that McCain had a plan 2 years ago that he proposed to stop this financial disaster but was ignored by everyone? ????????? Where are the Bob Woodward's investigating journalists???????????????

    September 19, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  8. Alexander

    You let Obama have Air Force One and he is going to crash it into the first big building he sees.

    September 19, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  9. mike

    people !! vote obama/biden 2008!!!!!

    September 19, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  10. Soldier's Mom

    Sorry Hillary. I've lost all respect for you. It's not about the party! It's about who is most qualified to run our Country. And that is not
    Barack Obama!

    September 19, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  11. Darryl Hogan

    Barack Obama should focus on calling John McCain the republican that he is, the republican party has controlled the government for 7 years and here's what they accomplished .They were asleep at the wheel on 9-11-01, started an illegal war in Iraq based on phony intelligence or a lie, ran the national debt up by 4 trillion dollars, a disaterous response during Katrina and now Ike, the main sreet meltdown, the wall street meltdown, cronyism , politicizing the Justice Department, record gas prices, a 500 billion dollar deficit, and our reputation around the world in the toilet. This is the republican record that John McCain has supported for the last 7 years. O yeah, I almost forgot, "what ever happened to Osama bin Laden".

    September 19, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  12. Mimi

    Hillary, there is something absolutely wonderful in your future. I know it in my heart and soul. Your dedication to country is outstanding and your devoted followers are legion. I am happy to say...and proudly say, I am one of them.

    September 19, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  13. miami hurricane

    Let's see if Obama loses Hillary will be able to run again in 2012. If he wins she'll have to wait til 2016 when she's close to 70 and all but a forgotten Democrat. Besides she hasn't forgotten how the Obama campaign treated her in the primaries. So you tell me why would it be to Hillary's benefit for Obama to win. She's providing lip service to Obama because the last thing she wants to do is to alienate fellow Democrats who she will need in 2012. Notice she hasn't said one word against Palin? If Obama loses on Nov 4 the biggest celebration party will not be at McCain's Headquarters it'll be at the Clintons. Mark my word on this one.

    September 19, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  14. Chris

    Obama – President
    Biden – Vice President
    Hillary – Sec. of State

    ...I'm sold!

    September 19, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  15. Palin for President

    Oh please tell Hillary to shut up. No one cares about her or her pumas. McCain has Palin now, he does need Hillary.

    Palin for President

    September 19, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  16. Independent, white female !

    America, wake up and look at where we have arrived to in the last 8 years and vote to put Obama in the hwite house. We need to be very careful not to repeat history, Bush,Mccain and Palin are clones! To make a change, we must vote Obama !

    September 19, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  17. Michael

    Hillary for Secretary of State!

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 19, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  18. A Woman In California For Obama:

    I saw a movie called "People Will Talk (1959)" starring Cary Grant and Jeanne Craine. In the movie Cary Grant had a mysterious friend who was called "the bat" because he never spoke or left Cary's side. This is the perfect name for Palin's husband "the bat." We must keep this sick woman and "the bat" OUT OF THE WHITEHOUSE and OUT OF OUR LIVES.

    September 19, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  19. Patriot

    The New York Times has published a separate list looking at contributions from "directors, officers, and lobbyists for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac" for the 2008 campaign cycle. That list — using figures from the Federal Election Commission — shows McCain receiving $169,000, while Obama received only $16,000.

    September 19, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  20. Nicole in Ga

    LMAO YAY !!!!! PUMA has been shut down !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 19, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  21. Walmart mom for Obama, Washington State

    You go girl!! I like the Clintons. Bill will drill the gop on the economy. And Hillary is going to go after Mccain on womens issues you watch.. They"ll bring this thing to a close...
    Obama/Biden 08

    September 19, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  22. Hillary 2012

    am strong supporter of you I will never vote for Obama

    He didn’t win the primary he stall from you

    DNC gave the nomination to him because they want to protect group of voters because they think to win the white house they need those votes

    Today he was standing with former Clinton advisers why to show the voters Clinton years are coming back I am not buying that

    Hillary supporter for Mc Cain
    Mc Cain 08
    Hillary 2012

    September 19, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  23. Lisa

    I think the expiration date has expired on the Republicans. Time to toss out the old and bring in the new.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 19, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  24. TS from Canada

    Hey, CNN webmaster, this story is filed under wrong headings. This is nothing to do with "Iowa" and "Mitt."

    September 19, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  25. Mike in Ohio

    This is excellent news, and not at all surprising. I fully expected this kind of support from Hillary. She is a fighter for her causes. She knows Obama/Biden are the candidates who will advance those causes, McCain/Palin will put them in reverse. Thank you, Ms. Clinton!

    I might also add that now you can see those bloggers here who have been impersonating as Hillary supporters. The ones that have tried to use Hillary's name to bash Obama are now putting in negative messages to this. That's ok, we know that they are just republicans, trying to create divisiveness amongst the Democrats. Sorry guys, it is not going to work.

    September 19, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
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