Stepping up political game, Hillary Clinton agrees to help in midterms
August 18th, 2014
05:19 PM ET
6 years 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. Rusty Krus

    Keep fighting for us Madam President!

    August 18, 2014 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  2. rick

    Um.. Well.. Um.. I.. Can I sell my book there?? Um.. I.. um.. Dont remember.. Um.. I.. Um..

    August 18, 2014 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. it must be said

    Excellent. The more she talks, the more she puts her foot in her mouth, the lower she goes in the polls. She may excite the looney left base but she turns off the sane voters and the whack job Progressives hate her.

    August 18, 2014 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. just asking

    why isn't the campaigner in chief out hugging all the democrats running for re-election??? i mean he is so, so popular and things are going so, so great, why isn't he out there wrapping those arms around his lackeys, i mean buddies, and giving them the nice big obama re-election killing bama hug?

    August 18, 2014 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. Ol' Yeller

    it must be said

    Excellent (she's not bad... better than anything the republicants have to run... that is for sure).
    The more she talks, the more she puts her foot in her mouth, the lower she goes in the polls (Uh, okay.... not sure what you mean by this, she is absolutely killing any of her klown kar righty wannabes.... but whatever you say) .
    She may excite the looney left base but she turns off the sane voters (I hate to interupt again, but if she turns off sane voters, then the left wouldn't be excited by her. You are not making a lot of sense here. Is there a 'sane' voter on the right? Name one!... heh, heh... gotchya, you can't.)
    and the whack job Progressives hate her (I'm progressive and I don't hate her, but I'm not a 'whack job'... I think you project a little... actually I think you project a whole lot.... like 100% or so.)


    August 18, 2014 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  6. Redme

    Hilly we know you cant even drive a car dear or even afford one ? We know your soooo broke . But its time to take the trash to the road it stinks .

    August 18, 2014 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. Name

    i know this Will be a sour grape to swallow for 16 years to see a succession of dem holding office, so repubs chew on this. this only shows how awful your trickle sideways to China policies are. well back to sleep.

    August 18, 2014 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  8. Sock Monkey

    Hillary Clinton – because everyone likes a war mongering, neo-con, Wall St. lackey disguised as a Democrat.

    August 18, 2014 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  9. Obviously Sniffin and Gurgling Ozass in Tampa

    The backing of the Clinton/Corzine political machine means big bucks for Dem candidates... Who cares if the money came from the billions "lost" by the State Dept or embezzled through MF Global, lack if integrity has never been a problem for politicians. Throw in some Univision exec money and prepare to rename the US Northern Mexico.

    August 18, 2014 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  10. 2_indy1600

    Thanks for successfully negotiating that Status of Forces agreement for us in Iraq, "madam president."

    August 18, 2014 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    More trying to buy elections. That's all the Dems do.........they do what they accuse the GOP of doing.........which makes them total hypocrites.

    August 18, 2014 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    As usual, the regular list of bottom-feeders on the Right continue with their alternative reality. Its interesting that none of them can speak about the leadership qualities of their own candidates, presumably because you can't comment on something that does not exist, yet play a game of make-believe abut how Hillary is supposedly wounded beyond repair. Please show, oh so-smart ones, how this can be so, or are you still waiting for the results from Ohio to come in to elect Romney?

    August 18, 2014 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  13. worst president ever, liar of year 2013

    Funny i see cnn is playing censor anyone that doesnt see the world through cnn liberal goggles

    August 18, 2014 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  14. Tampa Tim

    It must be sad – The more she talks, the more GOBaggers learn that they will not see the White House for two more terms. Sad to be brain dead, knowing that your RWNJ lies are not working.

    August 18, 2014 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  15. Tampa Tim

    I wonder if the war crimes in chief will campaign for brain dead republicans.

    August 18, 2014 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid the repub/tea bag majority.

    Re: Parry's indictment and folks he was right to pressure Lehmberg to resign based on her actions when she was booked for a DUI:

    Parry says he believes in "second chances." Guess that only applies to him; when it comes to his political opponents, not so much. No, for them, he's OK with messing with them any way he can – even if it breaks the law.

    August 18, 2014 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  17. Al-NY,NY

    just asking
    why isn't the campaigner in chief out hugging all the democrats running for re-election??? i mean he is so, so popular and things are going so, so great, why isn't he out there wrapping those arms around his lackeys, i mean buddies, and giveing them the nice big obama re-election killing bama hug?

    the same way Duh Duh Duh-bya did. Obama is not popular in every district (democrat or republican) so he has to use his influence where it counts most. I see Flip Flopney is not everywhere either. i mean buddies, and giveing them the nice big Flopney elitist "me first, screw you" mantra

    August 18, 2014 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  18. Randy, San Francisco

    Just think all the positive things President Hillary Clinton can accomplish with Democrats in control of the House and Senate.

    August 18, 2014 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |

    Really can't wait to see Thad Cochran,Kevin McCarthy,Thom Tillis,Sheldon Adelson,Rupert Mourdoch,Karl Rove,Lindsey Graham,John McCain,Susan Collins,Hayley Barbour,Grover Norquist and the GOP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea potty's throats EXACTLY like they stuffed Romney down. Straight no chaser. Hillary will drink to that!

    August 19, 2014 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  20. srf

    Maybe President Obama is trying to rid of our biggest road block to progress a do nothing Republican control house.

    August 19, 2014 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  21. Marie MD

    @it must be said/just asking, you must be talking about paulie the hamburger/immigration runner or the Canadian who thinks hat having double citizenship makes him able to run for president of the US (he was born on Canadian soil) or any of the teaklans who want to keep women in the kitchen, gays from marrying, seniors from having a better life in their golden years, veterans being able to come back home to jobs and better healthcare for their wounds, etc, etc.

    August 19, 2014 06:29 am at 6:29 am |

    And how about that Hillary, nowhere to be found with all of her experience and claims of vast abilitities as a world class negotiator, but, alas, no campaign cash to be had in Ferguson

    August 19, 2014 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  23. Dean

    Candidates will happily take the money that she raises, but they won't want her at their events. She's as toxic as Obama.

    August 19, 2014 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  24. Yes to Hope and Change - Hillary 2016

    Book sales down, campaigning up.

    Let's see that photo op with Barry again. Can you feel the love?

    I feel sorry for her. She might have been a contender, but then there's Libya, White Water, Travel Gate, Monica, Bill, lack of memory and not taking responsibility for her actions.

    Too much baggage.

    Who else can Dem-tards put up front?

    August 19, 2014 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  25. Gurgyl

    --whether you believe or not, Pres. Obama has lot of clout. None of GOP presidents have this much. True. You may disagree sheer on color. Yes, ACA is a Law. Needed in nation.

    August 19, 2014 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
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