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. george

    Hillaries and Pelosis iq are just above the earthquake recently in Oklahoma, this country does not need more of this.

    August 19, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Redme

    A hug fest ? Lets all just sing we are the world . 0r the coca cola song to start the day off ?
    -----------------------------------------------------
    I've tried to respond to your curious post several times now, but it appears that CNN has you under "protective custody".

    August 19, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    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.
    ---------------–

    Yes, indeed ... πŸ™‚

    I've been zapped three times just trying to say "good morning".

    August 19, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Dominican mama 4 Obama says:
    August 19, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am
    Redme

    A hug fest ? Lets all just sing we are the world . 0r the coca cola song to start the day off ?
    β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”
    I’ve tried to respond to your curious post several times now, but it appears that CNN has you under β€œprotective custody”.

    Well you know the old saying...

    God takes care of fools and babies...

    August 19, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. luke, AZ

    Now Hillary Clinton thinks she's Elizabeth Warren. Hillary Clinton is a day late and a dollar short. Elizabeth Warren has been out on the stump all year for people running for office. Hillary Clinton doesn't hold a candle to Elizabeth Warren.

    August 19, 2014 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid the repub/tea bag majority.

    Hilary would be a very effective president – IF there were also Dem majorities in the House and Senate.

    Unlike the repub/tea bags, Dems know how to listen to the opposition party and build consensus (and none of that "Obamacare was rammed down our throats crap; you had a year to read it and debate it and you stalled and stalled and stalled because your #1 priority was to make President Obama a one-term president – and to hell with your duty to serve your nation!).

    Sure, the Murdoch- and Koch brother-funded media will whine and cry and moan and wail about how she's a dictator (simultaneously weak, somehow), when all it's really about is not getting their oligarchy way 100% of the time.

    Bottom line: If you want our country to move forward and our government to get things done (which Dems have shown they can do – with the help of the private sector – look it up), then vote Democratic.

    Vote Democratic on November 4, 2014 and November 8, 2016.

    August 19, 2014 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid the repub/tea bag majority.

    @Lynda/Minnesota: "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.
    -----–

    Yes, indeed ... πŸ™‚ I've been zapped three times just trying to say "good morning".

    -----–
    If find this most frequently happens whenever I mention indisputable facts that put the kabash on whatever controversy CNN is trying to stir.

    BTW, I love reading your posts – and appreciate the affection you show to each other. Lovely ladies, both! πŸ™‚

    August 19, 2014 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. Tampa Tim

    I hear Rand Paul is running on a new right wing diplomacy doctrine, "take a bite and run."

    August 19, 2014 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. Derp

    Difference between big Democratic donors versus Republicans, the Democrats big donors tell you exactly how much their donating, and why, the Republicans big donors, refuse to say how much, and who's giving it, why don't they do as the Democrats? Its always denial, lies, and more lies, making the Koch brothers richer will hell you get richer too, lmao.

    August 19, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. rs

    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?
    ___________________________
    Me? My retirement plan is just fine- up well over 100% after the Bush disaster of '08, thanks for asking. Funny, once again we have a Democrat in office mopping up the GOP's economic mess.

    August 19, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. rs

    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?
    _______________________
    Remind me again. 46% IS higher than 12, right? Because that is the positive rating of the welfare queen republicans of the House.

    August 19, 2014 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Think Again
    -----------------------------------------------------
    If find this most frequently happens whenever I mention indisputable facts that put the kabash on whatever controversy CNN is trying to stir.

    BTW, I love reading your posts – and appreciate the affection you show to each other. Lovely ladies, both!
    -----------------------------------------------------
    Aww thanks Think Again!
    Yes, definitely can't have too many facts roaming around here like sniper bullets shooting down the alternate universe that RWNJ's have created for themselves.

    August 19, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    "If find this most frequently happens whenever I mention indisputable facts that put the kabash on whatever controversy CNN is trying to stir."

    Co-signed. And, hey ... I love reading your posts as well. Thanks so much for your kind words.

    August 19, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  14. rick

    People are sick of both sides of politics. And the throw huge amounts of money around to fix problems that should have not started in first place. If it were not for the greed that took the money supposed to go to stuff it never got to. From politics with pockets open to a VA system thats a joke. And who gets stuck with the bill due? Those that actualy WORK a job that barely pays the bills of their own. No politician I have heard of anywhere on these postings will go into a place where the pockets dont have a million and change handy to support them. A avarage person dont exist to them.. Untill election time. Then they are faded out of memory faster than a lightning bolt. FDR took a train to talk and see avarage people. Now we have one that hasnt driven themselves for years.. The ?royalty? Like a queen of a country. But we got rid of that problem over 200 years ago. There ARE NO ROYALTY in america. And THINKING THAT is delusions of grandure..

    August 19, 2014 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. Hector Slagg

    I hear Hillary is demanding 450,000 dollars per appearance. Who says politics doesn't pay.

    August 19, 2014 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. smith

    @Ladies-Bad comparison. All the witnesses in Bergdah`s case are saying the same thing unlike in Ferguson. Tampa tried this on Friday. You ladies are bit late..lol.

    August 19, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  17. rs

    Hector Slagg

    I hear Hillary is demanding 450,000 dollars per appearance. Who says politics doesn't pay.
    ____________________________
    If she can get it, why not? Isn't it just too bad the GOP doesn't have anyone of that draw? I guess that's why they bend over for the Kochs, eh?

    August 19, 2014 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. Gurgyl

    This nation does not need people like George, JA, Lizzie–not Hillary. All say yes on Hillary16.

    August 19, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  19. Tampa Tim

    Smith – Do you ever read what you post? I am starting a journal of your flip flops.

    August 19, 2014 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  20. Derp

    I know you want to go hector, but your broke, didn't you carry enough bails over the border? Maybe people would pay that much to listen to a Republican, ha ha, man that's funny!

    August 19, 2014 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  21. just asking

    come on lefties, get real please. hillary clinton was the presumptive democratic nominee in 2008 and she lost to a nobody community organizer with no experience because of his skin color. lies and grandiose teleprompter speeches that we now all know were pure bs.

    she hates the press but they will push her candidacy anyways because 90% of them are lefties. the problem is that the far left democrat party is sooo far left, she doesn't fit in anymore and many won't support her. she is a joe liebermann in a pants suit and he was driven from the party.

    if the people in this country vote for her because they think she is anything like bill clinton or just because she is a woman, then this country is royally screwed. After 8 years of barack obama incompetence, the country can't afford another failed novelty act in the white house. I'm sure putin and the rest of the world's bad actors are just licking their chops hoping she gets elected. they have thrived with a feckless obama at the helm and look forward to even better times with hillary clinton in the white house.

    August 19, 2014 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. smith

    @Ladies-Also, a 2009 Army investigation found that Bergdahl went AWOL.

    August 19, 2014 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Anonymous

    smith

    @Ladies-Bad comparison. All the witnesses in Bergdah`s case are saying the same thing unlike in Ferguson. Tampa tried this on Friday. You ladies are bit late..lol.
    -------------------------
    Give it up, smith. Just because the witnesses saw shots fired at a fleeing man and made the false assumption that he was shot in the back, you're trying to make them out to be liars. Give it up. Besides, their reports match the facts far better than the vague version presented by the now relieved of duty chief of police.

    August 19, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  24. Rudy NYC

    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.
    ==================================================
    Never fooled me, either. I've called "smith" out from day one.

    August 19, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    smith

    @Ladies-Bad comparison. All the witnesses in Bergdah`s case are saying the same thing unlike in Ferguson.
    -----------------------------------------------------Is that right smith?
    All the witnesses (sans the po-po, of course) are saying pretty much the same thing in Ferguson as well, as in he got shot several times with his hands up in the air, which is the crux of the problem.
    Well that and the fact that you can add another unarmed young Black brother to the list of those killed by the police.
    I think we got it pretty right.

    August 19, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
1 2 3 4 5