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. Eleanor

    I am listening to Senator Obamas speech and he still astounds me
    how he rises above the frey to stay positive!!
    You deserve the nomination sir for what an honorable man you are
    Sorry to say you cant say that about Hillary
    I was very disappointed in her speech and demeanor
    She never even had the grace to congratulate him on the nomination
    I realize she worked hard and it must be painful but how sad she could not congratulate him on the nomination
    Even in the face of defeat she instigates divisivness

    June 3, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  2. Wise Voter from Florida

    As a democratic woman, I know that my voice has been heard. I hope that democratic women and men will unite in making sure there is a democrat as the next President of these great United States.

    The time for bickering, petty squabbling, and false feminism is over.


    June 3, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  3. Inita

    Goodbye democratic party (some democratic party!!!!!!). I've already signed up to help McCain's campaign and have started registering friends and family. Missouri is going RED.

    June 3, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  4. Charles

    Congrats to Obama. Women who support Clinton now is the time to get behind Obama. All Clinto supporters it is now time to get behind Obama. If you are sincere in following what Clinto said and if like her want change away from the Republicans then you must get behind Obama. All of you Clinton supporter who agree with Clinton and say you do not want four more years of Bush policies from McCain then you must vote for Obama. The democratic party is bigger than one person. It is bigger than Clinton or Obama. Democrats must and need to vote for Democrats.

    June 3, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  5. Michael Maddox

    Darryl, if Obama had lost the primary, he would've immediately thrown his entire support behind her. Don't get it twisted.

    June 3, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  6. Dave from NC

    I guess we can tell who the true Dems are and not the turncoats that flee to support Bush Jr. Just because Hillary did not get the nod some of you are running to vote for four more years of Bush's failed policies. But after all it is a free country and you can vote for whoever you want.

    June 3, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  7. Steve in Syracuse

    After all this time I still can't understand why Clinton supporters are so against Obama. You claim to be members of the Democratic Party, the candidates are very similar on their positions and yet you continue to bitterly and angrily denounce him. Do you really want 4-8 more years of Republican dominance in the White House and in this country? You need to look beyond your desire to put a woman in the White House because she is a woman, if that is your reasoning, and look beyond the barbs that were tossed around during this primary season. This is about the big picture. I'm sure this is not the end for Hillary Clinton. Our country is in a rather delicate position in my mind, a crossroads if you will and voting for McCain will lead down one path, while getting behind Obama will lead to another and hopefully better. Grow up please.

    June 3, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  8. A New Republican

    I don't know how or why you would stoop so low as to help a lying cheat! It's time for me and everyone else I can talk to to change jump the line.

    VOTE MCCAIN '08!

    June 3, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  9. Dave SC

    Carville and McCaulife are jokers. They can join Barack bandwagon.
    Who cares. Vote McCain.

    June 3, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  10. Allen Richards

    Any Hillary supporter who says they will vote for McCain was never really a Democrat to begin with. They are just unloyal Republicans who wanted to see the first woman president.

    June 3, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  11. Jered

    Shut up Obama supporters and just celebrate your wins! Hillary has done nothing wrong yet you continue to damage both candidate supporters relationships. We will never turn the tide your way!

    June 3, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  12. Annette

    It's too bad Hillary supporters don't read or research, or they would understand that she didn't win the popular vote. They would also wonder why she didn't fight against the war until she ran for presendent, or that she didn't fight for Michigan and Florida votes until a year later when she needed them, or that she didn't get that summer gas tax break, or has never sponsored a major bill that would help them...she is still a Senator isn't she? Why can't she get anything done while she was gaining all that so-called experience. She has learned well from her husband that uneducated people will believe anything is true if you say it often enough.
    Obama 08!!!! from a typical middle aged white woman who is sick of Hillary manics speaking for me....

    June 3, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  13. rw in ct

    That's fine, that's their job, that is what is required of them. Nothing new with their statements. But, that means absolutely zero to the Hillary supporters. We have a free will and are free agents....I have already sign up my support to McCain.

    The pompous fascist Howard Dean should have stopped the sexism, misogyny against Hillary the moment it started. And I am sorry, I don't like the ageism directed against McCain by the Obama camp. They should have stuck to the issues and not attacked the personal.

    Hillary won SD and too close to call in MT....take it to Denver Hillary.

    June 3, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  14. C Colbert

    Great speech by Hillary tonight...the most Presidential of the night. Why in the world CNN political pundits are acting so surprised is ridiculous...they're so blinded by the idea of Obama, they can't evaluate the campaign fairly....same story as throughout the campaign.

    June 3, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  15. A New Republican


    June 3, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  16. Independant

    Oh, and by the way, if Clinton does throw her support? Bet on the fact he paid for her debts. That's what's in the back room right now. He'll buy her support. It's worth nothing.

    June 3, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  17. Charlotte

    Please Hillary, do not be Obamas VP. He will throw anyone under the bus. You are too good to be second banana to this jerk. People do not want to see past the, yes we can, and fired up and ready to go. I went to highschool and attended many rallies and that is all Obama has going for him. The speakers inspired us and that is all they did. I understand the young people being inspired, a good speech can do that. But, remember they are just words. He resigns from his church because it is the political thing to do. Does that change his thinking? NO His mentors were Rev. Wright and Father Pfleger? Do you just suddenly stop believing what you have heard for 20 years? NO! He is a Judas who will turn on anyone to win. When he resigned from that racist church it was because of the damage their thinking was doing to his campaign. They and he still think that way, do not be fooled.
    For the first time in my adult life I am truely ashamed of my country. How this nobody who is the biggest flake in history can be the nominee is unbelievable. God help us all. Maybe if we all write Hillary on our ballots in November we can stop this maddness

    June 3, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  18. skylark

    Who are these people? Are these Americans? Threats, hate, racism,self involvement , bitterness and self destructiveness.
    Yup. You self important boobs would destroy your country even further than you did by voting for Bush twice. Now you are going to vote for McCain. The country is already bankrupt because of you. We are into debt to China so deep it will take generations to pay back and you are ready to dig the hole even deeper because your lying cheating heroine didn't win? Traitors all. You want another 4 years of poverty and War? Do it then. I hope you choke on your pride. And then explain to your kids why they can't eat or get medical attention or go to college.
    Tell them how you got even in 2008 and how proud you are.

    June 3, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  19. Vig

    I would never help Obama – Clinton had the nomination stolen. This is a national disgrace and the party insiders who conspired to eliminate Clinton will have 4 more years of Republican rule and you know what – you will deserve it.

    June 3, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  20. wayne(mi)

    its time for hillary to get over herself and do the right thing and bow out.

    June 3, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  21. jason twombley-missouri

    WHOA !! Hillary did NOT win the piopular vote unless you use Clinton math..she couts only those results that benefit her and does not count cauceses and whatever Obama share from Michigan and Florida..more of Hillary ineptness, AND downfall.spin, spin, spin...

    June 3, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  22. akamoke

    For those going over to vote for McCain, doesn't that go against what Hillary's platform is, or are you just voting the personality of Hillary Clinton, and now that she is done, you are now bitter and cling on to McCain...like someone said, some repubs are jumping over to Obama so it would be a wash....

    You can take Ms Christian (of 'inadequate Black man' fame) with you, she is a poster child for the unreasonable Hillary supporters who would vote their emotions

    June 3, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  23. Pablo

    This election has made me change from a democrate to an independent. Superdelegates have chose our candidate and have acted undemocratic throughout this election. I will vote for McCain unless the party agrees with 18 million voters who agree with Hillary.

    June 3, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  24. Unbelievable

    ok people – no one stole anything – no party leader took something from someone who earned it. Even if you give Hillary those 4 votes – she still lost. By the rules, written by her own people last summer, those votes did not count, you should be grateful that they counted at all. Stop crying like a hurt toddler, grow up and realize you have a duty to do what is best for your country. Let's change the political face of America. And yes, Hillary will have an important role in it. What that is, we do not know yet, but be certain, she has a strong voice that will be heard, but let's join her voice with Obama's and make this nation great and strong again.

    Obama supporters, Hillary supporters, unite to take this country back to the greatness it deserves.

    June 3, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  25. s.boat

    Hillary And Her Supporters Are Trying To Blackmail Their Way Into Getting Her A V P Spot By Saying They Will Vote For Mac Same! Those Tactics Did Not Work Before And They Wont Work Now! She Will Never Be President! Their Are So Many Women Who Are Better Than Her! She Deserved To Loose!

    June 3, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
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