June 4th, 2008
07:15 AM ET
12 years ago

Preston: Top Clinton supporters ready to help Obama

The big question now: Will Clinton offer her full support to Obama?

The big question now: Will Clinton offer her full support to Obama?

NEW YORK (CNN) – Over the next several days, one of the main questions will be how much help Hillary Clinton will offer Barack Obama in his effort to win back the White House, which has been under Republican control ever since her husband Bill Clinton left office in January 2001.

Two top Clinton supporters told me Tuesday evening they are ready to get behind Obama once the New York senator officially acknowledges that her Senate colleague has won the nomination.

James Carville said he is ready to open up his wallet to help Obama build a political warchest to take on John McCain in November.

“As soon as she gets out I am going to write him a check,” Carville said.

Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe said earlier in the day – prior to CNN projecting that Obama clinched the nomination – that he too would help out the Illinois senator.

“If he is the nominee, listen, I will help,” McAuliffe said. “I have helped Democrats now for 30 years, and I will continue to do so.”

Carville and McAuliffe both predicted that the two Democratic rivals would join together to help unify the party, but Carville noted that there needs to be a healing process as the party prepares for the general election.

“I think the easiest Democrat to win over is Senator Clinton,” Carville said. “She will be as helpful as she can be.”

But Carville also said that the burden to bring the party together needs to be a joint effort, noting that feelings from this competitive primary are “still kind of raw.”

“She is going to do her part, and he is going to have to do his part to,” Carville said.

Carville is a CNN contributor.

McAuliffe predicted that Clinton and Obama “are going to work very close together,” adding that “They both need each other.”

soundoff (197 Responses)
  1. Anyone but Hillary

    If Hillary is the VP, the democrats will lose. The Clintons are the dirtiest, lying, and cheating politicians around. Everyone has forgotten all the sleazy politics from the '90s. With that kind of memory, Bush will be compared to George Washington in a few years.

    Keep the Clintons out of the White House. They have already stained the Oval Office.

    June 3, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  2. dld

    there are many more Clinton supporters who will not vote for Obama and who will cross party lines in the November election not that the super delegates have objected to the popular vote. I, for one will not cross party lines, I will not vote in November. I have defended and worked for the party for over 30 years. However, the "invention" of super delegates for the purpose of overriding the popular vote has confirmed what I have told others not to believe – our vote as ordinary citizens – does not count!

    June 3, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  3. 45 white male in PA

    ...be careful Obama...i don't trust these two

    June 3, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  4. Josh

    If there is any hope for the Dems there has to be some kind of party unity. Obama and Clinton on the ticket together? Its not likely but would make for an interesting election nonetheless

    June 3, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  5. voter

    Michelle needs a do-over. Spend a little of the war chest on dresses that don't look like a middle aged go-go girl. Your husband is running for President of the United States, for heaven's sake!

    June 3, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  6. deb

    what no hillary bashing? actual talk, actual thought about how we can unite and win. Did you konw Bill is the only 2 term democrat since FDR. Maybe we should all work together now. no more debtlecans ever.

    June 3, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  7. Griff

    Another Hypochrit.... Climb over each other.... Loser..... Loser!!!
    I Predict.... Your a Loser..Ant's when their nest is invaded. Do the same... They carry-out their Corp's, salvage the dead.... The Democrat's are wasted....

    June 3, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  8. Dancindukes

    Hillary – please bow out *** NOW*** if you want to be viable in the future at all.

    June 3, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  9. Debby

    Boy Obama's speech sounds like Hillary's I wonder where he gets his ideas from. hahaha

    June 3, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  10. Florida not for Barack Obama - Ever

    a new movement has begun – Respect Hillary Clinton and our President ! Obama is not our President

    June 3, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  11. Michelle

    Are any of you talking heads choking on your own word vomit yet? Wow Senator Clinton is one tough customer and I believe you have all underestimated her and her tremendous supporters! She has more strength and tenacity than Obama could ever dream of, the party has turned on her and now they will get what they deserve, and 18 million of us will help turn this supposed democracy on it's disloyal head! Fight on Hillary and take it to Denver for you and your loyal supporters!

    June 3, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  12. Florida not for Barack Obama - Ever

    and vote against Trinity Church and Michele Obama who his now proud of this great nation!

    June 3, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  13. Edgardo

    The voice of the people is more important than the delegates! HILLARY won the popular vote, the voice of the people! On to Denver, let's fight to the end!!!!!! Never Surrender!

    June 3, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  14. Craig A Texas Democrat

    As a educated African American i am proud of this day in Our history. I am glad people are pulling together to face the republicans in the fall. I wish Hillary would have made a better speech and recognized this important history making day considering all the African American who supported her and her Husband. We loved this country before this country loved us and we will still love it even though many of you in these blogs still does not. God Bless America and congrats to the Democratic Presidential Nominee Barrack Obama.

    June 3, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  15. JAZZ

    They don't get it. The DNC made it personal with their interpreting certified votes using their divine powers to give Obama delegates while at the same time taking away 4 delegates from Hillary. The "Stop Obama Movement" is organizing. It will be personal in November. ARRRRRRGH! Losing the White House again because
    someone is reading the minds of voters.

    June 3, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  16. Bridget

    It made me happy to see Hillary stand strong tonight. She still needs to take her case to the Convention and I am sure she will have millions of supporters backing her. Many of her delegates were hijacked and handed to Obama on a silver platter. I am certain that many Democrats will leave the party if she is left out in the cold.

    June 3, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  17. wiser

    For this Democrat no Hillary, no money, no vote. We will not fall in line!

    June 3, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  18. NO-BAMA


    June 3, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  19. Swigg

    If he's so ready to support Senator Obama, then why did he introduce Senator Clinton as the next president of the United States? Senator Clinton is now trying to strong-arm her way onto the ticket... then what? Will something ""unexpectedly"" happen to Senator Obama, which the Clinton campaign has continually hinted at, that will cause Senator Clinton to become the next president.

    I'm sorry. The behavior and the tactics of Senator Clinton and her campaign have been outrageous, and they are all totally disingenous at best. Based on the speech she gave tonight, the ambiguous messages by her and her campaign managers, and the arguments that they continue to make privately, I am highly skeptical and harbor serious concerns regarding their sincerity and support of Senator Obama.

    June 3, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  20. maureen

    not this one.
    I'll vote Green Party.

    June 3, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  21. Kenneth

    Obama doesn't need her. He can beat McCain just like he beat Hillary "I got this primary locked up" Clinton. He will pick up the Democratic states, plus an added bonus for him is that Bob Barr running as a Libertarian will draw votes from McCain. All he has to do is campaign against the GOP economy, the GOP war in Iraq, the price of gas, the housing problems, etc. etc. etc.

    June 3, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  22. Ike

    Now that it's over, I hope CNN could have the courage and apologize to Sen. Clinton for the unfair way its commenators treated her. If this doesn't happen, McCain will be my man come November. It's just that simple.

    June 3, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  23. Chris


    Barack Obama will never, ever get my vote. If Hillary is VP I will consider. Without her, I vote McCain in 08 and Clinton in 2012.

    Go McCain!

    June 3, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  24. Stan(NC)

    Please don't help Obama win!

    This isn't about Senator Clinton... this is about America.

    Look at the proven war hero who LOVES America compared to the side-stepping, silver-tongued devil who deceives innocent people to get what he wants.

    Please put COUNTRY above Party!

    Don't let Obama lead US astray. For our children's sake.

    June 3, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  25. Allan

    Obama loses last 12 contests and DNC nominates Him. I dive up my DNC m......s..p. First time will Republican. DARK day for our country today.

    June 3, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
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