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. Mark Kahle

    The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square- You apparently have no clue and believe everything you PARTIALLY READ....

    Its time to do some research your comments are not even close to the truth!!..

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08! 12!
    CLINTON 16! 20!

    September 19, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  2. TheTruthHurts

    I'm proud of her. She's doing the right thing and there will be a reward for her.

    September 19, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  3. Pepou

    Thank you Hillary, You are the only woman with qualifications, Palin pales in comparison ! She is no Hillary, in fact Palin makes me ashamed of being a woman,

    September 19, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  4. Joe

    Hillary Clinton = SECRETARY OF STATE!!!!

    September 19, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  5. susie

    Hillary is a turncoat. I use to really admire her, not anymore.

    September 19, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  6. Tom

    Go Hillary...what a great idea!!! A true Democrat... Obama/Biden '08!!!

    September 19, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  7. Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    It is about time! I want Hillary to step up her efforts and become as aggressive as she was during the primary season.

    September 19, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  8. Julie

    I believe Hillary is above petty politics and is a true democrat at heart.

    Once again she shows grace and dignity, and I join her in her hope that in 2008, we eighteen million strong voters will similarly work to elect the democratic ticket. Let's join in unity, not subvert from frustration.

    Obama/Biden '08
    Hillpac joined tonight.

    September 19, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  9. Anne

    Hilliary in 2012!!! Don't give up your last chance to be the first woman President of the USA. He stole your nomination and now he needs you. This guy will do anything to get elected. He stabbed you once and he will do it again.

    September 19, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  10. Chris in Va.

    Nightingale....Take your lame arsed Repug propaganda on down the road. Even John McShame forced himself to tell the truth and say Obama was not referring to Paliar in his comments. You are addressing Democratic women capable of independent thought and know when they are listening to a load of BS. Take your crap to Repugs who need idiots like Rush Limbaugh and you to tell them how to think.

    September 19, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  11. Meka

    TEAM PLAYER. . .




    September 19, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  12. ard77

    I find it interesting and hypocritical that the conservative right is backing John McCain after his cameo appearance in the movie, ”Wedding Crashers” which was criticized by movie critics for repeated excessive nudity. McCain made no apologies for it and actually joked about it on Jay Leno stating, “"In Washington, I work with boobs every day.”

    How is it that the conservative right has turned their heads from this and pretend it never happened? They point out McCain’s values and morals and this diabolical appearance is in direct opposition to Christian values. I bet if Obama had appeared in such a raunchy movie, the conservative right would criticize him for amoral and indecent behavior. I am a Christian and I am appalled John McCain would appear in such a movie and turn around and run for the office of president.

    Isn’t it interesting how the conservative right pick and choose their values, whenever it suits them best. Thanks for pretending McCain has done nothing wrong, so you can keep a tight grip on your taxes. And by the way; doesn’t it give you an out for voting for that black guy? It’s no wonder the world think we are a bunch of hypocrites because we are. I can’t in good conscience vote for either one of them.

    September 19, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  13. Janine

    I do believe Hillary Clinton will vote with her heart and mind on November 4th. She will vote democrat. Obama's platform is closer to Hillary's platform and nothing John McCain can do will change Hillary's mind on what's right for this country. Diplomacy, Iraq, equal pay for equal work, pro-choice, healthcare. Bill and Hillary have chosen not to attack Palin because that is what Republicans want them to do. McCain's camp have been playing the "sexist, Obama made them do it" game since Palin was announced on to the ticket.

    September 19, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  14. TCE

    How about SECRETARY OF STATE, HILLARY CLINTON! Your mind is very much needed to help sort out our troubled international relationships.

    September 19, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  15. Chris in Va.

    Scott L.....did you have to go to school for that or were you born a moron?

    September 19, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  16. Listen to Our Children

    18 Million + Strong believed in a true lady who stood by her man, then stood by her country and now is standing by her party. That's the true definition of DEDICATION

    Sorry Hillary – you had it all, including what I base my bote on 'EXPERIENCE' and Obama doesn't. Call me a Regan Democrat or a Clinton Believer but it doesn't matter on party, it matters on leadership which you have plenty of besides the TRUE GRIT you displayed in the primaries.

    I'm voting for McCain/Palin because I just can't deal with another 4 yrs of the same INEXPERIENCED leadership as we've had with GW.

    I suggest garnishing GW and DC's wages for life to start paying this country back so our Children can learn someday what real leadership is. Thank you Bill and Hillary for Believing in America!

    September 19, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  17. LJinLACA

    I don't think anything is more belittling to Hillary than the posters that now oppose her efforts to help Obama.

    It smells so republican.

    Hillary's political future is tied to Obama's success.

    Which future for Hillary is brighter? Political clout in an Obama cabinet, or being ignored by the republican regime like the past 8 years?

    Real Dems will come home Nov. 4 for Obama. Hillary will be fine, have 8 years to help fix this country, and will be escorted to the Presidency by a successful guy she helped put into office. How could you have a better 16 year outlook than that at this point? Maybe she joins Obama in 2012?

    The possibilities begin Nov. 4.

    Go Obama/Biden!


    September 19, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  18. JFK

    "Queen Hillary and her sidekick Bill are nothing more than hypocrites.
    For months they bashed Obama, totally tried to ruin him. Now that America spoke, she is kissing his butt. Politics at its best, do what it takes to elect your party, but flip flop your opinion of the canidate to suit party needs. And of course your own in case he loses."

    Mark, you must not understand that this was a campaign. She sees that she lost and knows its best for the party to unite. Plain and simple. The Clintons have thrown full support behind Obama. They have done all they need to and can for Obama. I am sure that Hillary is not gushing with support and love over the situation but give her the respect she deserves. Obviously you had not seen her speech at the convention endorsing him as well as Bills speech. Both were overwhelmingly supportive! This is just your opinion but you might want to compare it to the facts. And yes, I was a HUGE Hillary supporter, so it took me some time to adjust to this outcome of Obama winning. But we are far better off with Obama than McCain.

    September 19, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  19. TJ

    Hillary is putting "Country First!"
    and so am I!

    Bravo, Hillary! You are my inspiration. I have long admired you and I worked very hard for you and I have cried even harder.

    But, there is NO Way, No How, No MC CAIN, NO PALIN!

    That "other one" doesn't even know what she doesn't know.

    I think "Hillary sent me!" is great!!

    September 19, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  20. AM

    It is always hilarious to see Republicans masquerading as disgruntled hillary supporters. You find them in all blogs writing "I was for hillary but I am now for mccain", "I was for hillary but i can't bring myself to support Obama" blah blah blah.

    September 19, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  21. Mario fl

    Let's go gang and all together we will make it. Obama, Biden

    September 19, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  22. Steve California

    To the person who said that Palin has never lied ... recheck your facts. This time, don't ask the McCain campaign but use a different source!!!!

    She has lied, and we all know it. But the time I get the fact to post here, the comment section will be closed. So do you own REAL do-diligence!

    And in case you didn't know it, all politicians lie ... or severely stretch the truth. The problem is that McCain/Palin do it all the time. You can't trust a word they say!

    September 19, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  23. NOSS

    Obama is a CHARLATAN and Hillary knows this from an 'up close and personal' experience with BO.
    Basically , he parroted her responses in debates when possible; played the race card, whined like the little efete adolescent he is; and ran away exhausted at the end of the primary.
    The rest of the women in this campaign throw out snide little derogatory attacks on Palin and McCain instead of providing real verifiable accomplishments of BO and verifiable accounts of his proposals.



    September 19, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  24. jgzeger

    Ask us to help elect Obama? Please Hillary, anything but that!

    September 19, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  25. Gladys

    Scott L, Obama will win the white house. Watch and see the hand of God at work. By the way, Sara is a liar. What about the bride to no way? what about leaving her town in debt as a mayor? what about staying at her own house and having the state reimburse her. No, Scott see how people are losing their jobs and homes. See, how top executives go home with large bonus and even get to take home fat pay checks after they get fired. While people like myself and majority people can't even get a raise at work but get work to death. insurance permium be moved on employees b'cos employers will not pay.

    Pls check the facts and be honest to yourself. Plain-McCain will make the whole country sink. His family is set for life and don't have to worry for nothing. While you have that families can't afford tution for college for their children. Can't even afford the basic needs to go on.

    So pls don't telling me about coffee price increasing to $5, which is already $5.

    September 19, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
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