Stepping up political game, Hillary Clinton agrees to help in midterms
August 18th, 2014
05:19 PM ET
3 months ago

Stepping up political game, Hillary Clinton agrees to help in midterms

Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton has been able to exist slightly above politics for the last six years.

That will soon be coming to an end.

Clinton, the former secretary of state and frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, has committed to play a sizable role in fundraising for the party ahead of the 2014 elections, according to sources and aides for different campaign groups.

In addition to campaigning for specific candidates, aides to Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic Governors Association confirmed to CNN that Clinton will headline fundraisers for each respective group in 2014.

Clinton is also slated to headline one of the most anticipated events of the year in Democratic politics in Iowa: Sen. Tom Harkin's Iowa Steak Fry on September 14.

Sen. Harkin’s team announced Monday that Clinton – along with her husband former President Bill Clinton – will headline the fundraiser in the first-in-the-nation caucus state. The steak fry regularly draws big-name, national politicians and is seen as a required stop for any Democrat seeking the presidency.

Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill also told CNN that the former secretary of state will do more in Iowa than just attend the steak fry.

"She’s looking forward to campaigning for her Democratic friends and colleagues and to helping the effort to move America forward, including a stop to see her old friend and colleague Senator Harkin to help raise money for important races in Iowa," Merrill said in a statement.

In addition, a DCCC source tells CNN that Clinton will fundraiser for the congressional campaign committee, including a women's event in San Francisco with Leader Nancy Pelosi.

"We’re thrilled and grateful that she is lending her support to our shared goal of electing a Democratic House of Representatives that will put a stop to the endless cycle of dysfunction and shutdowns from this Republican Congress," Chairman Steve Israel said in a statement.

Since leaving the State Department in 2013, Clinton has largely tried to stay out of politics. Other than campaigning for candidates with whom she has a personal relationship – including Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and her daughters mother-in-law – Clinton hasn't done any political fundraising.

But as likelihood of Clinton running for president in 2016 rises, political committees and groups have stepped started to ask Clinton for help in the 2014 midterms.

In April, while at an American Jewish Committee forum, Israel spoke with Clinton about what she is willing to do around the midterms.

According to Israel, Clinton said, " I want to help," to which Israel said, "Not the minute, but the second you are ready to help, you let me know."

Democrats have an uphill climb to taking back the House, and recent polling show the fight to keep Democratic control of the Senate will be close.

In an interview with CNN, Israel said he saw Clinton as able to go into a number of different states, but especially Illinois, California, New York, Florida, Pennsylvania and Arkansas.

"Her appeal is so broad. She excites our base. There are few people stronger than she is with swing voters," Israel said, listing Clinton attributes as a fundraiser and endorser.

Key races to watch in 2014

It was widely assumed that Clinton would campaign for Democrats in 2014. The cadre of groups organizing around her possible 2016 bid – particularly Ready for Hillary – have tried to help midterm Democrats, and Priorities USA – a super PAC supporting her 2016 run – has told donors to focus on the midterms for now.

In July, Clinton told a Southern California public radio station that she is "committed" to helping midterms Democrats.

"I strongly am committed to doing what I can to keep the Senate in Democratic hands," she said.


Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Democrats • Fundraising • Hillary Clinton • Iowa
soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Never fooled me, either. I've called "smith" out from day one."

    Yeah. His hypocrisy is posted for all to read and decide for themselves accordingly. When called out, his wiggles are par for the course.

    August 19, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. rs

    just asking

    come on lefties, get real please. hillary clinton was the presumptive democratic nominee in 2008 and she lost to a nobody community organizer with no experience because of his skin color. lies and grandiose teleprompter speeches that we now all know were pure bs.
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    See JS- this is why what you say has zero credibility. You've latched on to "community organizer" (like you know what one is, right?), instead of what people who voted for the President of the United States latched onto: 1. legal scholar; 2. self-made;3 middle class origins; 4. Constitutional Law scholar; 5. editor of the highest rated Law Review in the nation; 6. Lawyer; 7. University professor; 8. Senator. Get it now? Displaying your selective fact acceptance and delusional ideology simply means you're not playing in the league of others here who deal in facts, and certainly not with the President. You are merely a tool of a foreign-owned news agency that wishes to tear down our nation.

    August 19, 2014 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. Tampa Tim

    smith
    @Ladies-Also, a 2009 Army investigation found that Bergdahl went AWOL.
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    The 2009 investigation is "classified." Any possibility you are incorrect again?

    August 19, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. rs

    smith

    @Ladies-Also, a 2009 Army investigation found that Bergdahl went AWOL.
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    And they also haven't charged him with that to date.

    August 19, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Thanks Anonymous and Tampa Tim...

    August 19, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    just asking says:
    August 19, 2014 11:12 am at 11:12 am
    come on lefties, get real please. hillary clinton was the presumptive democratic nominee in 2008 and she lost to a nobody community organizer with no experience because of his skin color. lies and grandiose teleprompter speeches that we now all know were pure bs.

    she hates the press but they will push her candidacy anyways because 90% of them are lefties. the problem is that the far left democrat party is sooo far left, she doesn’t fit in anymore and many won’t support her. she is a joe liebermann in a pants suit and he was driven from the party.

    if the people in this country vote for her because they think she is anything like bill clinton or just because she is a woman, then this country is royally screwed. After 8 years of barack obama incompetence, the country can’t afford another failed novelty act in the white house. I’m sure putin and the rest of the world’s bad actors are just licking their chops hoping she gets elected. they have thrived with a feckless obama at the helm and look forward to even better times with hillary clinton in the white house.

    Just face it. You've never gotten over that Harvard/Columbia Community Organizer with the permanent tan winning the WH fair and square twice. You're hilarious. You're obviously nothing but PWT but continue to put down a Harvard Law Professor daily. What's your occupation? Coal Mining or collecting welfare and living off Snap?

    You can say the nastiest things you want about him but he's POTUS. And he will be until January 2017. And guess what? No matter how hard you try. You'll never be 1/4 the person or man that he is. So keep spewing lies and hatred. While the rest of us live our lives hate free.

    August 19, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Lynda/Minnesota

    Dominican mama 4 Obama
    Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Smith never fooled me......
    -–––
    You're a smart cookie my sister.

    Absolutely.
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    Never fooled me, either. I've called "smith" out from day one.
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    Oh please... you've been caught so many times, Rudy, I've lost count. And then you double down and try to spin your way out and wind up talking yourself in circles. Seriously... you've got no ammo to "call out" anyone.

    August 19, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. smith

    @Rudy-Oh geez, you`ve tried several times and gone as far as lying about my comments. smh

    August 19, 2014 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. cal

    GOP have nothing to offer the American people but more fear and hate. They are the do nothing party.
    Hilary will win in a landslide and help democratic candidates. GOP are midgets compared to Hilary.
    GOP war on the American people continues.

    August 19, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. Tampa Tim

    Fair – There you go again, making stuff up. You are the one who is shooting blanks. However, on the cute and clever scale from one to ten, you are a solid 3.

    August 19, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. smith

    @Tampa-The Pentagon released that report about the 2009 investigation.
    @rs-They have said more than likely he will get an NJP there will be no charge or court martial.

    August 19, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. bcrunner

    The Republicans know they have no chance against Hillary! They are scared of her and are trying to bring her down early in the game. They think it's their only chance.... Which is probably a good stratergy on their part. Do you recall early on the Obama team concentrated on Romney even though he did not have the nomination yet. The Obama team knew. The Republicans are not even waiting for Hillary to declare formally and they are after her already... They know...

    August 19, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Sniffit

    "Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Lynda/Minnesota

    Dominican mama 4 Obama
    Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Smith never fooled me......
    -–––
    You're a smart cookie my sister.

    Absolutely.
    ==================================================
    Never fooled me, either. I've called "smith" out from day one.
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    Oh please... you've been caught so many times, Rudy, I've lost count. And then you double down and try to spin your way out and wind up talking yourself in circles. Seriously... you've got no ammo to "call out" anyone."
    ===

    #NOBODY'SFOOLED

    Don't know how many times I have to tell you people...

    August 19, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    WUP to just sprayin':
    You can say the nastiest things you want about him but he's POTUS. And he will be until January 2017. And guess what? No matter how hard you try. You'll never be 1/4 the person or man that he is. So keep spewing lies and hatred. While the rest of us live our lives hate free.
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    And the truth wil set you free!!!
    Co-signed.

    August 19, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. Tom l

    Oooooohhh, smith. You've been "called out". That's gotta sting from a group that mocked someone for saying his comments weren't posted and then, in the very same ticker story, complain about their comments not being posted. Too funny. I'd swear that if a bunch of 7th graders read their posts they would think their classmates wrote them with the tone and bullying nature of them. It's pretty darn funny. But you've been called out smith. They were on to you since day 1 (whatever that means).

    August 19, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Never fooled me, either. I've called "smith" out from day one.
    ----
    Oh please... you've been caught so many times, Rudy, I've lost count. And then you double down and try to spin your way out and wind up talking yourself in circles. Seriously... you've got no ammo to "call out" anyone.
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    Not quite so. You're like "smith". You'll call someone a liar for a typo. You'll call someone a liar when their facts do not match your fantasy reality world. Let's see if the moderators will post this or not. They have a habit of cutting you slack whenever you debunk your nonsense.

    August 19, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  17. Sniffit

    "I think we got it pretty right."

    Indeed.

    #NOBODY'SFOOLED

    August 19, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    the country can’t afford another failed novelty act in the white house.
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    He-he.
    Well, there you go lying to yourself again.
    He may have been a novelty to SOME the FIRST time he was elected.
    But EVERYBODY knew what they were getting when he was RE-ELECTED for a SECOND term, and re-elected he was. ...Overwhelmingly so over the pasty lip-flopper your team patched together.

    August 19, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. Derp

    Did someone poo poo in your corn flakes this morning JA? If we continued on the George w path, where exactly do you think we would have been in another year, two? You think that alakazoo, hocus pocus, whammo, its suddenly all better, like we just weren't patient enough huh? Your a gem, and should seek help immediately! Oh yeah, a guy who made his millions by bankrupting other companies is just what we needed, how does buying a company, leverage it to the Max, steal the workers retirement funds transfer into being a good president. How exactly would that skill help our country? He should be in prison right next to Christie. Look at your joke of a line up, oys literally a criminal line up, now that's hilarious!

    August 19, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    "..... if the people in this country vote for her because they think she is anything like bill clinton or just because she is a woman, then this country is royally screwed. ..... "
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    If the people vote against her because they think that Republicans actually want to serve the best interests of the majority of Americans, instead of serving their imperial capitalist masters, then this country will complete its' final descent into a plutocracry.

    August 19, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Never fooled me, either. I've called "smith" out from day one.
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    Oh please... you've been caught so many times, Rudy, I've lost count. And then you double down and try to spin your way out and wind up talking yourself in circles. Seriously... you've got no ammo to "call out" anyone
    -----------------------------------------------------
    ROFLMAO!!
    You two crack me up!

    August 19, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  22. Tone

    Three things if you vote Republican you are either stupid, racist or you are getting a whole lot of money out of this deal.

    August 19, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "You'll never be 1/4 the person or man that he is"

    No kidding. Even using Teatroll math, Obama is half white, so that's 50% of a person, and half black, which means %50% x 3/5 of a person in the Teatroll mind, so that's another 30%. So basically, Teatrolls think Obama is just 80% of a person. That would mean, even if we accept Teatroll world view, just sayin' would have to be 20% of a person to be even 1/4 of the person Obama is, but sadly he isn't. He's a parrot squawkin whatever words he's taught by Faux and Breitbart and the Daily Caller and Red State and the rest of the RWNJ agitprop machine.

    August 19, 2014 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. CALIFORNIA

    Hillary is EXACTLY what is wrong with politicians today. She's part of the 1% and we most certainly do NOT need another Bush or Clinton in the White House. After all do we really want Slick Willy raping all the interns?

    August 19, 2014 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    luke, AZ

    Now Hillary Clinton thinks she's Elizabeth Warren. Hillary Clinton is a day late and a dollar short. Elizabeth Warren has been out on the stump all year for people running for office. Hillary Clinton doesn't hold a candle to Elizabeth Warren.
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    The next thing you know, smith is going to start seeing posts like these as proof of his "democratic party split" conspiracy.

    August 19, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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