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. Tone

    What ever you can do to change the inaction in washington led by the republitards i welcome we need all of them out even the ones they say are good because the only good republitards are the ones that is voted out of congress even then they are no good.

    August 19, 2014 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  2. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @worst president ever, liar of year 2013
    Funny i see cnn is playing censor anyone that doesnt see the world through cnn liberal goggles

    What? 8 of the first 10 posts were anti Hillary. Can you not read?

    August 19, 2014 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  3. Rusty Krus

    worst president ever, liar of year 2013

    Sorry my friend. Dick Cheney, along with his Texas puppet was the worst President ever. Just Sayin...

    August 19, 2014 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  4. Rusty Krus

    @Lizzie
    Must have been a slow weekend, all those personal attacks.

    Aww Lizzie, you would never wage a personal attack, would you?

    August 19, 2014 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  5. Malory Archer

    worst president ever, liar of year 2013

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

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Right, because only eight of the first ten comments posted on this thread are of the Hillary-negative variety there's CLEARLY a "librul" bias on CNN.

    August 19, 2014 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  6. Yes to Hope and Change - Hillary 2016

    Best friends in Wall Street. Money, more Money, and much more Money.

    Who's interest will Hillary protect, rich Democrats.

    The poor and middle class lose again.

    Vote Hillary 2016, and you'll get 8 mores years of the same thing Barry gave you.

    Don't blame Harry Reed or Nancy Facelift and the rest of the elite Democrats for all your troubles, okay, the sky is never blue and water is never wet.

    Dem-tards in congress have given to you everything you deserve. Nothing!

    August 19, 2014 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  7. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Aww is just spewing crying? Guess what dude. My comments get moderated out too, I couldn't even respond to DM about the big boy dancing yesterday. Cry me a river.

    August 19, 2014 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    "My comments get moderated out too, I couldn't even respond to DM about the big boy dancing yesterday. Cry me a river."

    Silly fools trying to suggest that CNN has a liberal bias ... yes? They've got to be Limbaugh fans. Or something.

    On another note, I noticed in reading yesterday's comments that smith, the ever constant pusher of the both sides do it meme and who himself used the witnesses sporting "facts" against Sgt. Bowe Bergdah as TRUTH is now lecturing @Rudy to NOT use witness statements as truth re: Ferguson.

    August 19, 2014 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  9. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Yes to Hope and Change – Hillary 2016 says:
    August 19, 2014 08:36 am at 8:36 am
    Best friends in Wall Street. Money, more Money, and much more Money.

    Who’s interest will Hillary protect, rich Democrats.

    The poor and middle class lose again.

    Vote Hillary 2016, and you’ll get 8 mores years of the same thing Barry gave you.

    Don’t blame Harry Reed or Nancy Facelift and the rest of the elite Democrats for all your troubles, okay, the sky is never blue and water is never wet.

    Dem-tards in congress have given to you everything you deserve. Nothing!

    Yet it was Bush that took me and so many others from middle class status to poor in mere months. Go spew your lies to everyone that lost everything between 08 & 09. Losing millions of jobs does that ring a bell??

    August 19, 2014 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    As usual, the regular list of bottom-feeders on the Right continue with their alternative reality
    -----------------------------------------------------
    Usual Suspects for short.

    August 19, 2014 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  11. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Smith never fooled me......

    August 19, 2014 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  12. Anonymous

    Yes to Hope and Change – Hillary 2016

    Best friends in Wall Street. Money, more Money, and much more Money.

    Who's interest will Hillary protect, rich Democrats.

    The poor and middle class lose again.

    Vote Hillary 2016, and you'll get 8 mores years of the same thing Barry gave you.

    Don't blame Harry Reed or Nancy Facelift and the rest of the elite Democrats for all your troubles, okay, the sky is never blue and water is never wet.

    Dem-tards in congress have given to you everything you deserve. Nothing!
    ------------------------------
    America, just say no to more the same hyper-partisanship that is being displayed here.

    What have these types of people done for America? I'll tell you. Nothing but destroy. They tell you, I mean yell at you, that government is broken and have done everything within their reach of power to make it so. Their goal is not to create jobs, even their message tells you that you're on your own. They have only one goal, which is to take power and consolidate it so that they will never lose it again.

    Who are "they"? "They" would be the people who seek to turn this country into their own private protectorate.

    August 19, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "My comments get moderated out too, I couldn't even respond to DM about the big boy dancing yesterday. Cry me a river."

    Silly fools trying to suggest that CNN has a liberal bias ... yes? They've got to be Limbaugh fans. Or something.

    On another note, I noticed in reading yesterday's comments that smith, the ever constant pusher of the both sides do it meme and who himself used the witnesses sporting "facts" against Sgt. Bowe Bergdah as TRUTH is now lecturing @Rudy to NOT use witness statements as truth re: Ferguson
    -----------------------------------------------------
    Good morning ladies!
    Tiresome ain't it, all the false accusations day in and day out about the supposed liberal media balh, blah, blah Benghazi Lewinsky whatever.
    Sheesh!
    I wonder how much they get paid to post their crap.
    Wake UP they wouldn't let me note yesterday that my youngest son is tone-deaf and loves to sing, AAAAND has two left feet to boot. Lack of rhythm knows no race or Party affiliation.
    Lynda re: smith...I noticed the same.
    He's turned the corner in the middle of the street smith has.

    August 19, 2014 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  14. Gunderson

    Whazzat?,
    Hillary help in Mid Terms? But why? The Country in such good shape, No? With friends like Liberal's who need enemy's. You can fool some of the people all of the time and you can fool all of the people some of the time but you can't fool all of the people all of the time. So how's your retirement plan coming?

    August 19, 2014 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  15. Randy, San Francisco

    Republican political operatives and Hillary haters should get ready. Your worst nightmares are coming soon. After months of personal attacks and dirty politics, Hillary's poll numbers are holding strong.

    August 19, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  16. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    They're so funny with their librul media garbage. When 90% of the comments on any story regarding The Obama's or Hillary are negative the still scream librul media. Poor RWNJ's. Also anyone ever check out any of those links after the article? That Down Trend is straight Hate Obama. I've clicked on it just to see and all I can say is WOW. Major major lies regarding President Obama. Now would librul media allow that? They're such whining, sore losing crybabies that just can't get over the 08 & 12 elections.

    August 19, 2014 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  17. Tampa Tim

    Gunnysacks – It appears the brain dead have been fooled by Fox and the republican lie machine, because people like you beg for more record job loss, recessions, unnecessary wars, government shutdowns,, credit downgrades, which is all republicans can offer. Damn, man, get a clue.

    August 19, 2014 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  18. Tampa Tim

    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.
    ---–
    Just keep telling yourself that. Are you Karl Rove? Minimum wage posters like the Fox regulars on here live in a reality challenged universe.

    August 19, 2014 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    WUP!
    Also anyone ever check out any of those links after the article? That Down Trend is straight Hate Obama. I've clicked on it just to see and all I can say is WOW
    -----------------------------------------------------
    Naah.
    Refuse to.
    Gotta keep my psyche healthy.
    This thread is more than enough, after all it is not as if I need to go to another site to confirm the lies they like to post or write about on this one.

    August 19, 2014 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  20. Redme

    A hug fest ? Lets all just sing we are the world . 0r the coca cola song to start the day off ?

    August 19, 2014 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Smith never fooled me......
    -----------------------------------------------------
    You're a smart cookie my sister.
    I tend to give people all kinds of chances before I cut them off...
    smith opened the closet doors and jumped into the pool fully clothed!

    August 19, 2014 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  22. Tampa Tim

    Redme
    A hug fest ? Lets all just sing we are the world . 0r the coca cola song to start the day off ?
    ----
    It must really hurt to be a RWNJ.

    August 19, 2014 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  23. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Dominican mama 4 Obama says:
    August 19, 2014 09:46 am at 9:46 am
    WUP!
    Also anyone ever check out any of those links after the article? That Down Trend is straight Hate Obama. I’ve clicked on it just to see and all I can say is WOW
    —————————————————————————————————————————————————————
    Naah.
    Refuse to.
    Gotta keep my psyche healthy.
    This thread is more than enough, after all it is not as if I need to go to another site to confirm the lies they like to post or write about on this one.

    Unfortunately my curiosity got the best of me. And you know what they say about curiosity.... I've never seen so many lies and hateful comments. It was sickening and eye opening. I found out where they get their little nicknames for the POTUS, FLOTUS and Harry Reid...

    I used to give everyone the benefit of the doubt too however being on this site the past few years has really opened my eyes. Also smith is like Fair, almost never passes up a chance to say something negative about the POTUS. I've noticed lately he's tried to pretend he's not one of them but it's too late. I already see him for what he is.

    August 19, 2014 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  24. 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.

    August 19, 2014 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The "mods" are at it again.
    They refuse to let me comment to those that find it objectionable when folks actually have something POSITIVE to share with each other on this thread.
    Keep hate alive huh CNN?
    Yes, yes indeed.
    No money in folks getting along is there?
    At least no money in it for you.

    August 19, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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