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. Lakisha Washington of Florida

    Now its time to support OBAMA! Yes, a woman would have been nice but a good fight was faught now it time for grace and unity. Take a Bow Hillary and let's join camps( Democratic Camp).

    June 3, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  2. Chuck

    Stan.. For our children's sake? You mean the children that have died in a war that never should have been sanctioned? You mean the children that have been left behind by no child left behind? You mean the children that can't afford education, health care, or the children growing up in a world hurt by George Bush's denial of Global Warming? Are you talking about UNITED STATES CHILDREN? Their best hope is Obama. Not McSame, the guy who flip flops, practices interesting family values, calls his wife the c word. If you can't see that based on the issues alone, then I finally realize how we had eight years of Bush in the face of the selling of heaping debt to foreign countries. Get your issue checklist out, and make two columns. I think you'll end up in Obama's camp over McCains.

    June 3, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  3. Get Real

    This 48 year old woman is ready for change! Go Obama! Even as an independent, I am excited about Obama! Hillary was a disappointment tonight. I do not want 4 more years of Bush! I am too afraid that McCain is the same. Get real Hillary!

    June 3, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  4. rw in ct

    Skylark, I will get even in Nov. and I will be proud. Stop the scare tactics, they are getting old.

    Let the big wigs learn that they cannot throw a primary to their less prepared candidate because they think they can push a woman around.

    June 3, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  5. simpson

    People need to take responsibility for their own actions. If you choose to vote McCain, it is your choice and not because the MSM or the DNC or some poster made you do it.

    You will have no one to blame but yourself if you do this. You should think about all the boys that will die in Iraq because of your vote. You will be held accountable and you and only you will be guilty.

    June 3, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  6. Jody

    It's time for Obama & his hateful sexist supporters to grovel for forgiveness for all their vile hatred at the feet of Hillary and her supporters.

    Without Hillary & her supporters behind him, Obama will go the way of McGovern in November.

    Let the groveling begin...

    June 3, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  7. tisha

    When I read these comments I am just amazed at the ignorance. I am 32 I never thought I would see the day that a woman and a black man would be so close to being President, history was made in this election people. That is something to be proud of as Americans. When you have a contest somebodys favorite will lose. Barrack had a better campain strategy then Hillary, that mess in Fl and MI was more so the state officals fault then anything else, I don't know why I keep seeing people try to pin this on him. Barrack has been a gentlemen this whole time even in the speeches you could clearly see who was being more gracious. The bottom line is this it isn't about gender or skin color it is about our country .I'm scared I don't know about anyone else but our economy is in shambles, this war needs to end, Think of the future generations Mccain isn't ready to do anything about the issues that most of us our concerned about, so how can anyone who is a HRC supporter say they will vote for him that is crazy. The issues are what matters people that's the bottom line the issues take all personal feelings and put them aside and ask yourself what is best for our country. Cuz I can honestly say a man who wants to stay in Iraq another 100 years don't sound appealing to me in the least.

    June 3, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  8. Chris, Middletown, CT

    First..he wasn't qualified to serve drinks in the White House...now they are going to "write him a check" – politics is interesting....they supported Hillary...when she would lie each and every day....baffling

    June 3, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  9. Chuck

    Charlotte – get your facts straight. Father Pfleger was a visting pastor- from another Church.

    June 3, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  10. Mike from Amherst

    Dear woman from Florida,

    You make it clear that you a woman, and you seem to have seen Hillary as a champion for women and women's issues, which she certainly is.

    However, if you really care about women's issues, at all, then you have two choices. The Democratic nominee, Obama, who most closely supports Hillary's ideas. Or McCain, who is against Roe V. Wade, and will appoint Supreme Court Justices that are against a woman's right to choose.

    Or you could not stand up for anything and just not vote. But if you do, don't complain when we have another 4 years of failure. Without voting, you won't have the right to complain.

    June 3, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  11. word_on_street

    Mrs. Clinton never had the integrity, mettle, or experience to lead America. She acts immature, lies and does not represent the change thne next generation in yearning for ...

    Voters who will switch sides on sit at homes shows their mettle and integrity and still shows the ' Long live the Queen' mentality. They cannot see the future but rather wrap thier intelligence with political narrowmindness.

    Vote for McCain if you want, but ask Hillary to be his VP. You can kill two birds with one stone....

    June 3, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  12. Elena

    I for one will not vote for Obama!

    I will vote for McCain and for the first time in my life campaign for Mcain.

    No way do I want an inexperienced person running the White House!!

    June 3, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  13. Ugot2Bkidding

    What a bunch of hypocrites on this posting! Vote for whom you want too!
    Barack Obama will be the next President of the United States with or without your votes. Sorry.. the game is over bitter Hillary supporters.

    Some are so blinded to the way this women has been orchestrating her campaign. Trying to get where she wants to be..even if it tears the party apart is ridiculous!!

    Is it all about Us or all about her? Her speech proves it is definitely about her! She should have conceded tonight. It would have made it easier to bring her on board as Vice President. With her actions I'm not sure she will be his first choice now.

    Congrats to the Obama campaign!!!

    June 3, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  14. First Time Voter

    I really wish that we could come together as Americans. The results of the campaign are now final, and Barack Obama is the Democratic Nominee, accept it and move on. Hilary Clinton ran an excellent campaign, and Congrats are in order for her, but there is still so much work to be done in order to begin the "Change" that Senator Obama so often speaks of. It really saddens me to know that so many of you are so vindictive that you would actually switch parties and vote Republican, just because Senator Clinton did not win. If this is your attitude now, then you were never true Democrats anyway. Senator Obama followed every rule, ran a clean campaign and won, how can you be upset with that? Floridians, Please, For The Love of God understand that your state broke the rules and you had to suffer the same penalties that any other state would have been held to in the same situation. Who are you to be upset with having half a vote, when they could have stuck to their guns and given you none? Lets put the negative behind us all and move forward.

    June 3, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  15. lostin ohio

    man i can not believe you people hillary is trying to blackmailllllllllllllllllll obama into making her his vp after her speech forget her she is not worth it and all you turn coat dem go ahead weeeeeeeeee willlllllll winnnnnnnn without youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.

    June 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  16. Angela Hunter

    I don't want Hillary in office period. She's the most hateful candidate i have ever seen.

    June 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  17. D Nelson

    If you misguided Clinton supporters truly cared about this country, you would all now support Obama, and not McCain.

    Switching from Clinton to McCain is like a person, in desperate need of shoes. They find two pair of identical shoes – one in black and the other in brown. The ask for the black pair, but receive the brown shoes. So they shoot themselves in the foot just for spite. It is insane, and just shows how uninformed some of these people are.

    Personally, I am deeply saddened by Sen. Clinton's behavior in this primary election. I was a big supporter of hers until she started her lying and hypocrisy back in February. Her consistent personal attacks against Obama had no place in the campaign.

    A write in vote for Hillary or a vote for McCain will not be people putting Country before Party. It will be people putting their bitter feelings before their country.

    Obama is identical to Hillary on the issues and is nearly the same on the plans they have. Obama has more experience as an elected official (nearly 12 years for Obama including his time in state office), and has shown he can manage a better campaign (Clinton hired someone to run her campaign strategy who didn't even understand how the primary election works – he thought all the states were winner take all). Hillary is going to have to do a lot to earn back my trust before I would even accept her as a VP candidate, and she didn't do much of a job of it tonight.

    June 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  18. vern for hillary

    Congratulations to Obama and your fans, you have made history.

    Savor this, because your victories are now over, unless you can convince Hillary's supporters to vote for you.

    We have been pounded beyond belief for at least 6 months and you are going to have to work very hard to get us to join you.

    When you and your brash brigade realize that the table is now turned, you are going to have to finally do some work. we will certainly vote for McCain if we keep getting "dissed".

    good luck,
    vern

    ps: the patriots won the conference but lost the super bowl due in part to arrogance. time to grow up folks.

    June 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  19. Ron

    Supporters of Clinton are willing to help Obama, but Clinton does not sound like she is onboard. Sounds like ransom, blackmail, call it what you want. The media is pushing the so called dream ticket. Let Obama decide for himself he has won the right.

    June 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  20. wood burns

    Don't need the help of those 2 Clinton supporters, particularly McAuliffe. When was the last time he actually helped a candidate win? He was the head of the Democratic party when the Bushies began to ruin America. McAuliffe was useless. Lost seats in both the House and the Senate. I hope he stays far away and aloof, just like he did when the Repubs took power. And now he's helped "The inevitable nominee, Hillary Clinton", into 2nd place. Congratulations.

    June 3, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  21. E-$

    how can u blame obama for the supers when the DNC rules were written by clinton supporters? bottom line, she underestimated him and has paid a heavy price for her arrogance. its not about his wife, or his church, its about his ability to lead....that's was being "presidential" is about. i just find it so funny how people look for the littlest thing to justify why they oppose his candidacy. if you want to make a statement to the DNC, go ahead and throw your vote away like we did in 2000 - just realize our country may not make it through 4 more years of Bush foreign and domestic policies so HRC can try again in 2012.

    June 3, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  22. jan

    I will never vote for obama. I don't care if Hillary is VP . My vote goes to McCain. If will change my party tomorrow. obama forget it. This Hillary backer will not go vote for obama. NEVER..........................

    June 3, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  23. WOMAN THAT BELIEVES HILLARY IS A PARTY SPOILER!

    To be truthful I would rather they went on their own way. Obama has ran a great campaign, they have not what can they really offer they bring confusion and lies with them they do not get along among themselves. I think Obama should continue as he has from the start.

    They can get out there and tell those women to come on board, but if they are not willing that's fine to don't beg them and don't waste too much time with them stay focused on the ones you can reach. There are too many others that will take their places I am one of them the do not belong to the Dems, but I believe in Obama and so do MILLIONS OTHERS JUST LIKE ME, WE GOT YOUR BACK OBAMA EVEN IF THE OTHER SO CALLED BITTER DEM. DON'T AND WE ARE ADDING ON BY THE THOUSANDS DAILY.

    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK OBAMA

    WE DO NOT WANT HILLARY FOR VP!!!!!!!!!!!
    WE DO NOT TRUST HER, WE MIGHT AS WELL GO BACK WHERE WE BELONG IF YOU CHOOSE HER.

    June 3, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  24. GEA

    Wow, nice to see people uniting for the greater good. There is only one God. Also as I know to be true this country was built on freedom , and separation of church and state. Grow up people , you are hurting us all with your ignorance.

    June 3, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  25. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    SHUT HER UP .... she's nuts.... What are her plans now to MOVER FORWARD?

    She as delusional as Bush is and just as dangerous....

    June 3, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
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