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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are set to appear together next week in Washington – side-by-side – for the first time since the long and sometimes nasty primary battle came to an end. It's an important moment, since some Democrats are still bitter about the way it ended.
The two will meet to try to get some of Clinton's top contributors to support Obama. Some of Clinton's supporters say that fund-raisers have complained because they don't think their concerns were being heard during meetings with the Obama camp. The donors apparently want to make sure Obama knows he needs to help Clinton pay down her campaign debt – estimated at more than $20 million – if he wants their support.
Other Clinton backers steamed that Obama hired ousted Clinton campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle to be the chief of staff for his eventual vice presidential nominee.
And, more tensions boiled up yesterday at an Obama rally when former Clinton supporter and Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm mentioned Clinton's name, and drew loud boos from the crowd. Obama shut that down and made very clear to the 20,000 people at the rally that Senator Clinton deserves respect.
Aides say Obama and Clinton have not met or spoken since that private meeting in Washington a couple weeks back, but the campaigns are reportedly cooperating as Obama gears up for the general election. One Clinton fundraiser suggests there's no rift and it will just take some time to heal from the primary.
Here’s my question to you: What do Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama need to do in their first joint appearance to unite the party?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Donna from Colorado Springs writes:
I think that Obama and Clinton need to back off for a while and let things cool off. The sore losers that belong to Clinton need to get over their anger and logically look at the alternative. Is it really worth having another 4 or 8 years of Bush by voting for McCain?
Susan from Pennsylvania writes:
If Obama’s campaign wants Hillary's people on board, they need to get over themselves and not be vindictive. Nobody put up with more abuse from all sides than Hillary. She got a lot of votes. Votes that Obama needs. So respect her for the fight, for doing what she did for women of all ages and welcome her people with open arms. He's going to need the help.
Dan from Phoenix writes:
Hillary got in debt without help. She should now pay her own bills and Obama should not contribute anything. In regard to her own ego, she has helped destroy the party, and Obama should just ignore her.
Emma from San Jose, California writes:
Focus extensively on the negative effects of Bush and McCain's policies. Also, Hillary should encourage her supporters to refrain from voting for McCain.
Erica from Texas writes:
Hi Jack, I think the best way for them to show unity is to come out with Bill, Chelsea, Michelle and the kids all holding hands. Then Senator Obama should give Hillary a kiss on the cheek and a hug! She needs one!
Unite. The Democrats unite. Surely you jest! Remember this, "I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat".
I think at their first joint appearance they should give each other the "fist bump". But, let's hope Hillary actually aims for Obama's fist.
Clinton should apologize for badmouthing Barack during the primaries. I know that it will never happen but I had to watch Rudy Giuliani say "Even Clinton thinks Obama is naive and inexperienced" I hope she can dig her way out of this.
They could urge the super delegates to nominate Biden or Edwards, with Webb as VP. This ticket would win upwards from 40 states in November, rather than lose to McCain, which will happen as things stand now.
That would unite the party AND cause a complete shakeup of the DNC!!!
Considering the damage she inflicted on him during the primaries, I don't think much can be done. She was being truthful in during the Kitchen Sink War in berating him at every turn. A great deal of her supporters will never back Obama, so their joint appearance won't change too many opinions
When they make a joint appearance they should come armed with all of John McCain's policies and positions on all the issues. This should include both positions he has taken on many of these issues.
There isn't anyone, with a modicum of intelligence, that will consider voting McCain unless they are raking in enormous profits from the war and/or their corporate interests.
Then they should highlight McCain's voting record including going against giving veterans a decent bill of rights after serving one hitch just to bully them into re-enlisting. The women's issues he voted against should shed some light on many of Hillary's supporters not to mention his insistance upon appointing extreme right wing justices.
The only problem is to do all this properly they will need at least a half day at the podium.
Jack first Hillary must somehow get a personality change. Currently she just somehow always brings whatever she talks about back to her and her accomplishments. To unite the party she needs to not be allowed to use the words: I, me and my 18 million voters. If she can get on the Obama bandwagon and start talking about all Americans then this party can unite (I hope).
A big hug would be sweet and helpful.
Pay each Registered Democrat 50k before November. That should do it.
The media and advertisers are making a mint, why not the voters?
Jack,I don;t think it makes ENY DIFFERENCEif Hillary joins Obama
or not think he will beat McMush 3 To 1 without HER..
Based on Barack Obamas last few appearances where they booed Hillary, that tells me there isnt much Hillary can do to bring in her supporters and try and unite the democratic party. If I was Obama at this point I would not depend on the Clintons for much of anything.
I think the democratic party is uniting more and more every day, you can look at the most recent polling and see that. If Obama and Clinton continue to remind America of the complete incompetance of our current President everything else should just fall in line.
The onus is on Senator Clinton to bring her most rabid fans back to reality. She must get it through their thick skulls that a vote for McCain would set the women's movement back 40 years. She must also reinforce the fact that her positions and Obama's positions are nearly identical. We're not voting for the American Idol in November. Lives depend on this vote.
I think if Hillary took a giant step backwards in the Democratic limelight, the party would unite around Barack Obama. That seems to be happening anyway since the nominee was decided.
Clinton and Obama can unite the party by running on the SAME
Hillary as the VP.
NOTHING ELSE would please the majority of voters - and the Dems would have the election in the bag!
By the time any of that oil would come into the system, we will probably have found clean energy alternatives and not want it, or we will be so far down the road of climate change we'll be dealing with the consequences and even George Bush won't be using fossil fuels.
Here's what they should NOT do: dap, bump, hug, kiss, dance, sing, or bowl.
If Obama helps her retire her debt she'll help him. For help pay off $20 million dollars she ought to show him a lot of love.
After talking some time off and watching the Rookie sqirm, I think that if he asked her to be his running mate to unite the party, she just might tell him to take a hike and do one of three things, wait until 2012, start her own campaign, or accept the job as John McCain's running mate. If Hillary ran with McCain, they would take it over......all in the name of unifying the country. Expect the unexpected.
She could officially get out of the race and give her delegates to him. That would be a symbolic change.
It's simple Jack, she should join the Republican party.
I think Hillary could do less and get out of dodge. She sucks all the attention away from Barack which is not appropriate.
They can come up with ideas that will be appealing to women.
The party will unite and I hope it will unite better than "The Corporate States of America", err United States of America.
I don't think it is Sen. Clintons and Obamas to unite. It was the DNC and the super delegates who fractured the party. If they had waited till after the people had a chance to vote, with no biases put out to sway the vote, we would not be a fractured party to day, In my opinion. So that is why I'm voting against the Democrat party and not Sen. Obama. If we the people can have our wishes over turned by the supreme court or super delegates then our votes are in vain. As one American I'm tired of the way both parties have became. Maybe it will open the eyes of our people to no longer vote for party but for issues. My feeling is the war trumps the economy and I prefere a military experienced candidate with knowledge to use the best military minds to end this War.
Both Clinton and Obama are Senators in a congress that does nothing; she can start writing bills that Obama wants passed under his administration and start passing them even if it means President Bush signs them in to law. If he speaks of them on the camping trail the American people will know the truth. These two have been trying to become the Democratic nominee for president not representing their states it time one of them does their elect job and get this nation back on track.
I don't know Jack,
Hillary's supporters are so miserably bitter that they would rather have abortion become illegal and be in Iraq endlessly rather then see Hillary's rival for the nomination become President.
Hillary's supporters may have to explain to their granddaughters someday why a President McCain took away a woman's right to choose- all because they let their bitterness mess up their minds.
Well Jack, Hillary helping to campaign for Obama might help. On the other hand, the numbers are all moving in Obama's direction like they normally would after a contested primary – while the Clinton supporters backing or threatening to back McCain may be very vocal, there aren't very many of them.
At the same time, there are a ton of independents that like Obama, but aren't interested in having Hillary Clinton hang around or maybe get a spot in an Obama Administration. At this point, Obama needs to move on – he can't spend all his time kissing up to disgruntled Clinton supporters, and he doesn't need to.
Jack,the best way is for her to endorse the Obama/Biden ticket!
Leaving Bill home might help!
remember Will Rogers famous aphroism. "I don't belong to an organized political party. I'm a Democrat." It isn't up to Senators Obama and Clinton. They have to set the example of comraderie and solidarity, but it's us ordinary frontline citizens that have to decide to do what's right for the country instead of sulking in our tents.
Senator Clinton needs to show some geniune respect.
What do Hillary and Barack need to do?? Why, just stand there and not be McBush.
Obama needs to announce that Hillary will be his running mate!!
I don't believe Obama or Clinton need to do anything to unite the party. The party will unite itself now that the primary race is over and sour grapes have warned off. Obama will choose Webb, Richardson, or James Jones as his running mate. Webb sews up Virginia, Jones sews up Missouri and Richardson would take New Mexico out of McCain's column (making it a 10 point swing state). If McCain were to lose any one of Fla., Penn, Ohio or Mich. it becomes impossible for him to get enough electoral votes to win. The chance of him sweeping all four of those swing states is next to impossible. “It’s the math stupid!” Something Hillary couldn’t ever figure out until it hit her over the head.
Jack – Obama should go back and be a Senator and learn that job before he becomes President. Maybe in 8 years. He was a Senator for 1 year before he started running for the Presidency. Qualifications: experience – need not apply. Would a company hire a CEO with 1 year experience. Of course not.
They BOTH need to tell their supporters that the primary is over and that it was never acceptable for Democrats to exchange in such mutual disrespect and vitriol.
Having said that, while it is understandable for Clinton supporters to still be raw and hurt because they lost, it is disgusting and verging on unforgivable for Obama supporters to continue being so spiteful and petty.
There is only one thing worse than bad losers and that is bad winners.
Why should he pay off her debt?!?!? She blew her own money on a campaign that couldn't be won! The Clintons are obscenly rich...Let them pay it off themselves rather than blackmail Obama...
Why should Senator Clinton want to unite the party, after the way the DNC, the RBC and the media vis George Soros treated her run for the presidency; I don't think she should raise a finger to help them.
Since all of Obama supporters keep claiming they do not need Hillary Clinton, good I say, then let him unite the party on their own.
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Sure they can unite the party. It already shows in the bump in polls in FL, OH & PA. It takes time to get over a loss. The policy differences between Hillary and Barack are minimal compared to McBush.
Hillary will be a very powerful voice for healthcare reform in the Senate and other issues she has championed. Now that Teddy is getting older, we need her now, more than ever.
To all those Hillary supporters, take your time, but in the end, the choice is clear progress or 4 more years.
Hillary and Barack need to take a trip to Mars and back and upon return discuss what a great experience they had together.
The women who wanted Hillary want her as 2nd best which would be V. P. and she needs to go out and start campainging for Obama and not be so bitter and Bill needs to apologize to Obama for his stupid remarks. He sounded like Bush when he opens his mouth and stupid comes out.
Jack why are you asking the same question that was asked at the beginning of this month. Hasn't it been answered in enough ways for even slow people to understand?
hey jack. ive got an idea... they could hold hand with howard dean, nancy pelosi, and harry reid, and sing a rousing chorus of Kumbayah. that seems to be the dems answer for everything from foreign policy and national security to environmental issues and the economy.
To get the party united in Florida I think Barack Obama,Hillary Clinton and other big name supporters of the Democratic Party move into Florida and throw their support to "ALL" the state Democratic Candidates. If they shows that the local candidates is as important to move our county forward, then local Democrats might unite.
Would a "terrorist fist bump" be inappropriate?
Obama's supporters can start uniting the party by not booing the mere mention of Hillary's name. Until they start showing her the respect she deserves, her supporters will continue to resent them and their candidate.
Create a win-win situation. Become a team. Play as a team. She has reached so many Americans, more than any other VP candidate that Obama may consider. Hillary will help Obama regardless whether he picks her up as VP. But that goes not give any real momentum for Hillary or her supporters to go out of the way and help Obama.
Nuwan from Houston, TX
Simple really. Democrats just need to think, "Do I want Bush for another 4 years?" Uniting will be easy that way.
I don't know what they should do, but I do know they can't, unless she is the veeep. I am one that will not vote for him if she is not the VP candidate.
Simple really. Democrats just need to think, “Do I want Bush for another 4 years?” Uniting will be easy that way.
*Sorry, forgot to include where I was from.*
Jack, remember that big wet kiss Al Gore gave Tipper way back when? ……………
No question – they need to keep the love flowing. It's about the principles, not the individuals.
it would help to have hillary supporters' votes,but,barack should not pay her campaign bills,that she accumulated while attacking him,and harming his image with negative and expensive television ads.barack will get all the support he needs from us independents,who vote for issues,not candidates.
I think Obama should promise to work with the DNC to make the candidate selection process open to all Democrats, not rich, young men who can spend two hours at a caucus.
In their first joint appearance, Obama should present a 20 million dollar cheque to Clinton - kinda like the oversized ones given to lottory winners. That will do the trick.
jack, i have NO idea. hillary's so-called supporters seem adamant about betraying her and her democratic party.
They need to stick to the issues that they have been talking about for a long time and let McCain continue to open his mouth and insert both feet. Time will heal a lot of the wounds but not all of them because some people love letting other people live in their head rent free as it gives them the excuse to blame others for their own lack of ability to accept things that they can't change.
They can unite the party by Obama picking Hillary for the vice president position. The two can pull their supporters together and win more states......and beat McCain. It's as simple as abc.
Barack should say to Hillary, if your supporters vote for me in November (she has to do all that work), then I will pay off your campaign's debt. Easy as that!
They need to do a "terrorist fist jab". That will get the right-wingers shouting their nonsense again, and remind all Democrats who the real enemy is.
Me: I hear a lot about "uniting the party". I am also nauseously aware of Obama's platform of change, including changing Washington politics. Wouldn't "uniting the party" oppose his platform of change?
Coworker: Shhh! Don't talk too loud you might let the secret out.
He could start by publicly apologizing for all the personal attacks his supporters hurled at her.
They should come out together,meet at the 50 and shake – as any classy coaches do. The final whistle blew and now is time to prepare for the General election. It would certainly help if Obama asked Hillary on stage to be his VP. With this gesture McCain will have to put the rocking chair on the porch in Arizona.
He's leading the party now. It's his job to unify it, not hers.
Jack I know you'd love to see more of Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail, but in my opinion Obama would do best by keping her busy passing out those adorable little lapel pins somewhere.
clinton can leave the country.obama will do just fine.the only people still bringing up hillary's "unfair ouster",is rush limbaughnuts.
People keep saying they want Senator Obama and Senator Clinton to run as a joint ticket. However, I am cynical and I wonder if that is what people want to happen or if they are using as a "smoke screen" as a reason to say why they won't vote for him. If it really happened how many folks would seriously go in and vote for the joint ticket? I'll believe it when I see it.
Show true unity in both camps so the people know that they are on the same line or same page.
It would unite the party if Obama announces that if he is elected as POTUS, Clinton will be the Secretary of State. Just think about it, if she is VP Clinton be a mere shadow just as Cheney. But if she the Secretary of State she will be in the lime light like Rice is.
It's simple, really. Hillary has to make it clear that she lost and the best candidate won; admit that in the heat of the campaign she (and her husband) made comments about Obama that they don't believe to be true; and do a very, very credible job of convincing her supporters – especially white women – that she is sincere in endorsing Obama and be adamant that they vote for him.
Of course the price for this will be Hillary swallowing her enormous pride and Obama swallowing her enormous debt. – no easy feat.
Clinton needs to take herself out of the race fully. Not as VP, not as the candidate in waiting. She needs to make it clear that the choice is between McCain and Obama, and that anyone who supported her views needs to support Obama if the election is anything more than a popularity contest.
They could join forces and ask CNN pundits to stop 'asking' these polarizing 'questions' that are really nothing more than insults.
Carol, You make no sense to me. You are a Hillary supporter but you want to back McCain. Last, I Checked Hillary didn't have any military experience either.
I will unite with Obama, too, if he will give me enough money.
I don't know Jack, Hillary drove the wedge in there so deep. As you can see from your blogs, a lot of her supporters on the blogs HATE Obama and are saying they are voting for McCain. The Republicans are using her video clips when she was bashing Obama as well. It's going to be pretty hard to unite the party. There are specific things she did to drive that wedge the way she did, starting from her negative politics and adds to firing up Michigan and Florida and making it seem like Obama was the reason the votes where not going to count. And that's just for starters. I don't know Jack. I hope they can unite them some how.
If Obama wants to reunite the party he'll have to seriously consider putting Hillary as his V.P.. Now we'll see if the Obama supporters would have a fit. Either way, it should be interesting!! Get your popcorn ready Jack!!
Maybe the media could do its part and stop perpetuating the divide in order to avoid reporting the real news and hard facts. You do realize that some of this discord is media created and driven just for ratings, don't you? Isn't this the same mentality sold to the public by the corporate media that numbed and dumbed down everyone – including the complicit so-called investigative reporters and journalists – prior to our invasion of IRAQ?! Hopefully most of America has grown up, evolved and developed its own independent mindset, but there will always be that part of me that has its doubts.
Only a Hillary and Obama Ticket will appease both sides. I believe Obama will win regardless, but the margin of a win would be much greater with her on the ticket and I am an Obama supporter. I think it would be in the best interest of the COUNTRY at this point. Personal feelings aside, four more years of this Republican ludicrousness has got to stop.
Barack, Hillary, partisans, get over it! As McCain has said, “I hate War”. But he knows it well and how to win at all costs. After eight years of GWB, the air is charged with a stench that only the fresh winds of Change can allay. Let’s unite and free America of this GOP scourge forever.
Get Hillary Clinton supporters to stop talking about Hillary Clinton! I dont care how great she is, she was matmatically defeated as early as April. Yet her pundits still talk up her billiant campain, 18 million votes, winning big states, white working class supporters, and demand a VP slot. And you know you will see some of her die-hard supporters protesting at the convention. It's hard for a wound to heal when her supporters keep picking the scab.
Sounds like Clinton and Obama do not need to do anything, but the crazy people in this USA need to get over their angry on both sides.
Obama supporters have made everyone sick of hearing what a god he is and sick and tired of bashing Hillary.
The media needs to report the news instead of making up all this crap and analyzing every word someone says.
Of course if we got rid of the blogs and e-mails, people could get back to work doing a job and that includes CONGRESS.
In order for Sens. Obama and Clinton to get the party completely united one would have to ask for a miracle. I am sure most people realize the Democratic party, being the most diverse party anywhere, that unity of thought is nearly impossible. They can, however, make it easier for Democrats to vote Democratic by showing thier own unity of direction. I think this is really what voters are looking for, some sign of stability and hope for America. Thank you Hillary for a groundbreaking campaign, and hopefully the two of you will unite in some form to bring all America together again.
Senator Clinton should start doing guest posts on all of the blogs out there from people that claim to be former supporters of hers that are now backing McCain. She needs to reject the notion that somehow the election was stolen from her and that Obama beat her fair and square. She needs to make sure her supporters realize the alternative.
I'd like to hear something concrete about what Hillary's political future will be. I think this will set a lot of people at ease.
. . .also I have an inexplicable desire to see them hug.
Simple, It’s the issues Stupid! Tired of Iraq, Want a Sane Supreme court , A good economy and a Washington that is owned by the people and not the lobbyist…….. Vote Democrat in 08.
Neither Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton can unite the party, but the people of the Democratic party can. Regardless of which candidate they backed, Democrats support the same values, vision and goals. This is stronger than any one person or any one president.
When Democrats realize this, common sense will unite the party. It will be stronger than it ever has been.
ONLY by sticking to the issues!
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Polls have shown that many people will not vote for Obama if he brings Hillary on the ticket. But since Obama needs Hillary's supporters, Hillary needs to publically refuse being VP. Then Hillary's supporters will be happy that Obama offered the VP spot and independents aren't scared away from Obama's ticket.
They won't unite the party because millions won't vote for Obama regardless of what Hillary is forced to say.
With so many Obama supporters loudly booing Clinton at his rally's, it does not help to mend the fence and bring her supporters over to him. It only keeps them mad and disappointed.
It's up to Obama to bring the party together. Hillary has done her part. But for the millions of people who voted forher, Obama has to explain why he should get our vote. Saying change doesn't cut it, especially when he has so little executive experience (read NONE).
Bush ran as an outsider with relatively experience. Look where that got us!
Show clips of McCain flip flopping all over the place, mostly unnoticed, during the Democratic primaries, starting with the things he is now for that he has voted against in the past 7 years.
There would not be a reason to try to unite the party if Senator Clinton had not of tried to convince people that she has suffered publicly for being a female.
The only way to unite the Democratic party is to have a joint ticket. As a Clinton supporter , I seriously doubt I would vote for Obama in November simply because he is so far left and can't be trusted with national security. If Clinton was selected as VP, I would reconsider a Obama/Clinton ticket.
After listening to McCain flopping around if that doesn't bring americans together supporting Obama then they deserve another four years of Bush.
Clinton and Obama do not have to unite the party Jack. Just the fact that John Mccain is Obama's opponent is enough. We've been hoodwinked and bamboozled by George Bush for almost eight years now, and MCcain is in lock-step with George Bush. This race is not rocket science, but the media has to make it appear as if it's going to be close. We've been stupid in the past as the world said we were when we re-elected George Bush for a second term. And as the saying goes; three times you're out.
I agree with Mark from Ok City.
A fist bump would and a hugs would end a Great msg . Hillary is like Barack's older sister, I think she has a genuine love and respect for Obama. And if she's anything like my sister, no one better messed with her younger brother or they will feel her fury.
p.s. VP is too small of a roll Hillary. She needs to be in Charge of Something in his Administration. I'd feel comfortable with Hillary in charge of Homeland Security or FEMA, Im sure we would'nt repeat Katrina or 9/11.
Have another debate to make her feel better since she claimed that "he won't debate me" after we had seen about 20.
Let's get real – Hillary doesn't want to unite the voters behind Obama (where has she been lately). All she wants is for McCain to get elected so she can say, "see I told you I'm more electable" and then run in 2012 without having to run against the sitting president. She doesn't know how to bend to the will of the people – it's all about Hillary. I just hope Obama wins regardless and that she never gets elected to another office.
I say if Clinton supporters dont feel they're being heard they should go to cnn.com/caffertyfile and post comments in your blog. After all the drama Hillary caused during the nomination process, its best she stay behind the scenes a while and allow wounds to heal. There is still time for her to do some good. Just not now.
The best first step to uniting the party would be to have Hillary release her pledged and super delegates, so that they can support Obama. Then she needs other major supporters like Ferraro and Bill to publicly endorse Obama...once that happens, then every so slowly the party will UNITE
It is no brainer...make her the VP.
A united Democratic party is an interesting but unrealistic concept. The best I might expect is for a temporary truce that lasts long enough to win the election in November. If Hillary can be persuaded to campaign for Barack without rancor, keep Bill quiet and not demand that the money we donate to him be used to pay her debt she might be of some use, otherwise she needs to return to the Senate and watch.
Jack, Senator Obama is the elected DNC candidate for President of United States of America, Senator Clinton came second and the ball is now in court to play on the front lines to elect the chosen leader to office. It's just that simple. Anything less will cause more words to be wasted away from the real issues facing not only America but the world.
Remember that show Celebrity Deathmatch?
"Let's get it on!"
Simple – Shake hands with Obama and then declare she will go from state to state to rally the voters to help him get into the White House and actually do it.
She also has to get off her "high horse" and walk proudly beside Obama.
Its funny the bloggers accuse her of damaging the party. That makes no sense.
First of all, her supporters have been there since the beginning. We are not the ones that abandoned her, Obama's supporters did. It appears to me that they are the ones that are responsible for damaging the party.
I also see some want Clinton to apologize? How about this. Why don't Obama's supporters apologize for months of badgering her supporters have had to contend with. So far, his supporters are his own worst enemy when it comes to the general election.
Jack, first she should apologize, and then tell all of her supporters that the process was fair given the circumstances that MI, FL violated the rules, give him a fist bump, and then a big hug, then go to work stumping for him on the trail.
They need to come together. I think this would mark disaster for Obama! By the way, Obama is receiving no bounce from Clinton retiring her campaign. Once this race is focused on Issues, Obama will look like his party's symbol, and McCain will win. I guarantee it! Remember 2004?
Smile and wave, Jack. Smile and wave.
Do not hold your breath she took her marbles and is running down the street. It is clear she is angry at the defectors. " She's making a list and checking it twice ect". Clearly her followers would support Obama if she were more supportive of him . I just want to say thanks Hillary for giving us Bush's third term.
As someone who has donated to Seantor Obama's campaign, let me make somethng perfectly clear. While I am not a large donor, I did not donate money to be diverted to pay off Hillary Clinton's campaign debt. If she had withdrawn earlier when it was obvious she was going to lose she would not have incurred as large a debt.
It's difficult to trust Hillary and her 'suspended' campaign, her management is still intact and as unethical as ever, so, rather than everyone tiptoeing around the Clinton's (sigh, over it already), perhaps Hillary should, for once, show some respect and regard and get her entitled rear in gear and start campaigning for Barack. Didn't she say she would do so? Thus, prior to a joint showing, she needs to save face & back her words up with actions.
I keep hearing people(Senators and Representives) from Folorida and California saying that they do not want drilling off their coasts, because it will hurt tourism. Well someone needs to let them know that if the fuel prices stay high and keep going up people will not be coming to their States to visit and all the money they are counting on from tourism is going to dry up. Wake up coastal states the piggy bank is going dry and soon.
chest bump – it works every time.
I think they know exactly what they have to do; mention McCain and remind the party that there are a bunch of Supreme Court positions at stake. Hillary supporters already know what a disaster another four years of right wing extremism will do to damage this country. All they have to do is be reminded.
Hillary needs to take some more hard-earned time off, and come back in July ready to campaign full-throttle for Obama. Once she's refreshed and can show the same enthusiasm her supporters were accustomed to seeing in the primary, those supporters will feed off her energy and embrace her message of unity. She's a great public servant, and I'm 100% sure she hasn't lost the ability to inspire her ardent followers.
Barack Obama needs to Acknowledge(he has) Hillary Clinton's Historical Campaign and all that she has done for Women! She on the other hand, must steadfastly and authentically Support Barack Obama as the Democratic Candidate! Campaigning Together in the Swing States also will Solidify The Democratic Party.
The reason our party is divided is due to the unethical tactics of Hillary, Bill and folks like Ickes & Flournoy. They never had intentions of uniting our party, their intentions were selfish and continue to be. Otherwise, why the 'suspension' of the campaign? A joint showing would hardly heal what Hillary has done. Her herds of 'Hillary or Bust' are mindless sheep, not voting for our ideals, & continuing their threats of stepping over to the other side. I say let them all go, take their whining ways with them. NO JOINT SHOW! Hillary needs to apologize profusely before Barack should grace her with his presence.
If Sen. John Mccain was a rapper his name would be MC Flip Flop. It's amazing how he changes his political positions based on what the polls say in order to gain ground with liberal and democratic voters. I know there's a sucker born every minute but I wonder how many will be voting for Mc Flip Flop.
They need to stick to the issues, not mention the primaries at all or their personal accomplishments. And then Obama needs to announce her as his VP choice. This will unify the party. Anything else will only cause more division between their individual supporters and also increase the racial and gender divides.
Party unity is going to and should take a backseat to Country Unity. Obama should continue to invite Clinton and her supporters to be a part of his administration and then make Chuck Hagel his vice president candidate. It is going to take every American rolling up his/her sleeves to fix our problems. If Clinton and her supporters think this is about them, they need to grow up!
The DNC wants party unity after they threw Hillary under the bus???? Too precious!!
Neither Hillary nor Bill need to apologize for anyhting, it was a primary and Obama was her opponent. He was not her brother, he and his campaign did plenty of attacking too.
Does Obama want her supporters to vote for him? Well, then let Mr. Unity put his mouth where his mouth is and ask her to be his VP.
No Hillary on the ticket, then no Obama in November!!!!
That is easy Jack. To unite the party all we would have to do is to get rid of both Clinton and Obama. We would replace them with a ticket of two old, semi-intelligent white guys that can recite the following lines "Vote for us because we are not Bush!!!". Are you and Anderson Cooper available??? No one would be completely happy or bitter. Problem solved !!!
The true test of Clinton-Obama unity will come when Obama announces his choice for vice-president. If Obama chooses someone besides Hillary, her positive or negative reaction will play a key role in her legitimacy as a party unifier and backer of Obama. Stay tuned.
Appear at campaign rallies together. However it is clear she will not be his running mate in the fall and all the Hillitary supporters need to get over their hurt feelings and join the Obama team.
Hilary Clinton needs to do more to endorse Obama’s perceived weaknesses. She can start with how strong his campaign was.
For all the talk about “experience” and “strategy”, both political and economical, by Clinton and McCain, they sure got beat by Obama’s own campaign.
If he can run a political campaign this well, and McCain is this inept at running a campaign, that does speak to how well he can run other campaigns — a military or economic campaign, for example. It’s all management and delegation; strategy and tactics.
Cliton would do well to praise that, and it would help unite the party.
Kamloops, British Columbia
Respect our intelligence and stop trying to push this "rookie" senator down our throats! We will continue fighting for the REAL Candidate: Hillary Clinton! Hope to God she does nothing to get him elected after the mistreatment and the cheating she has received from her own Party!
Amarissa from Florida
Actually, according to Obama's own PR, he's the great unifier, the awesome uniter. By his own words you have to wonder why he thinks he even needs Senator Clinton's help – after all the things he's accomplished on his own (name 3?) shouldn't he just be able to snap his fingers and !poof! everybody's on his side. Yeah! He's that good!
Hillary Clinton needs to go on the campaign trail and explain to Democrats how she "now doesn't believe" all those things she said about Obama during the primaries. She needs to be convincing when she stubs for Obama or the party doesn't have a chance. Also not just Hillary, but Bill Clinton has a lot of fences to mend as well. If they don't suceed, then it may be that if Obama looses the Clintons will be part of the reason for creating this party split due to their negative campaigning.
It will also be up to Obama to keep hammer his message of how he will bring about the changes he is planning. It will also be up to the media to cover him in a way that when he does talk policy that they cover it for those who are Tv sound bite followers of the election. I have watched CSPAN and seen some of Obama's speaches in which he has covered isuues in detail, but those speaches on the networks and cable only highlighted snipes at John McCain. I;m sure it maybe the same for John Mc Cain. The media newspper, TV, and Internet needs to be more responsible and less sensation about this election. Our country's future is at stake; and unfortunately some people are looking to you all to give us a look at these candidates, instead of investigating the issues theirselves.
Barack and Hillary should stir the cravings for a spectacular counterfit miracle-changing Washington! This rhetorical manipulation should be received with jubilant enthusiasm by those in their fairy-tale stage.
They need to state that both group of supporters in their zeal and determination to secure the nomination went too far in their criticisms. They could say...even if it were not entirley true, that during their private meeting with Diane feinstein's home, that they each offerred and accepted each others apoligies for the excesses that occurred. They could then ask their supporters to follow their personal leads...for the good of the party...and the good of the country.
Hillary should do nothing. Obama needs her (and her 18 million votes, by the way) more than she needs him. Win he loses the general election and crawls back to shady Chicago, she will still be a two-term Senator, former first lady, first-class lawyer and history-making stateswoman.
Jack – It should be pretty easy to unite against McCain due to the sharp contrast on their positions.
Hopefully he won't ask her to be his VP as I not sure your heart could endure that!
I think if they can agree on some key issues, things may turn around for Obama and the Democratic Party's favor. After the damages she caused during the primaries season, she is ought to do more to heal the wound she and her campaign caused for both the Obama Campaign and the Democratic Party as well. If she can bring her supporters along with her to back Senator Obama, that would be nice too. I think the Democrats have a better chance to win this election, but they need to come together and support their Candidate; everyone did a good job so far on backing Senator Obama except most of Hillary supporters and she needs to send her message to them before the Republican use her past negative adds against the Obama Campaign and therefore win the election.
They have to both show up.
They can unite the Democrats by focusing on the issues and the difference between Democrats and Republicans. Middle class tax cuts as opposed to Bush wealthy tax cuts. Bringing troops out of Iraq vs. Keeping troops in Iraq, Fairer trade vs. Free trade. Re-building U.S. partnerships in the World vs. U.S. Going It Alone strategy. Using tough diplomacy without preconditions with U.S. enemies vs. Making enemies meet pre-conditions first before the U.S. talks with enemies. The choice will be yours.
Not to belabor the point, but it's called a "POUND" not a fist bump. Why is that people have such a hard time with the name? Does it imply something that I've missed? It's a POUND. Okay? There's a handshake, a high-five, and a POUND.
Now, to the Clinton donors. Let me get this straight:: these Clinton donors are insisting that Obama defray Clinton's debt (of approx. $20M) before the donors will donate to the Obama campaign? Is there a reason these donors don't donate money to pay off the debt directly? I guess I'm missing a lot lately.
Thanks, Jack. You're the best!
Hillary could just stay gone. She's been out of the picture for a couple weeks now. Anybody miss her?
Obama can announce that Hillary is his VP choice! If not, then he can plan to going back to his role as a Senator in the Fall.
Free Cake! Everyone loves cake.
Nothing, the fact is that most reasoning supporters of Ms. Clinton have already decided to back Mr. Obama, the unreasoning will never give him a chance, they will continue to cling to the mistaken notion that the DNC had it out for Ms. Clinton (I thought it was the other way for most of the primary selection cycle), and that the Obama campaign played the race card or that she won the popular vote and that Michigan and Florida were fair votes and should have stood the way they were. What she should do is to activily campaign for him and EXPLAIN she was mistaken in the remarks she made about AMr. McCain being a better choice than Mr. Obama so that the DNC can have some ammunition to fire back at the RNC since she loaded them up with ammunition in the first place. It is not likely that she will do what is really needed, i.e. admit defeat to a better candidate and fully support that candidate, but it can be wished for.
It's only been 11 days since Clinton left the race. I know how devastating it must be to let go for the Clinton supporters. Time heals all wounds. If the Clinton supporters love America like I think they do, they will not let us have four more years of gloom and doom. I believe that given a few months, all will be forgotten. Too much is at stake!
I think Obama has pandered enough to Hillary supporters. He should continue to campaign and leave these people alone. Some of these people will come back and some wouldn't. As I have always said these are people who registered Democrat during the primaries and now going home to their base. They wouldn't vote Democrat anyways unless it is Hillary that's running.
As for Clinton, she should show up, urge her supporters to back Obama, and then announce she is leaving the country permanently and taking Bill with her.
Obama should volunteer to help them pack and drive them to the airport.
smile, hold their hands in the air and their noses on their faces
I do not agree that Senator Obama should pay down Sentor Clinton's debt, it's her debt and it's called fiscal responsiblity.
Prevent Hillary from having a microphone. That would be a good start.
She should be more vocal about how her views are aligned with Barack's views, and that a vote for John McCain is a vote against her. It would help IMMENSELY if she and Bill campaign for him in WV, PA, OH, and FL.
hold their noses.....and smile
Hillary and Barack only need to have their "get together" on the "Situation Room" portion on CNN.
CNN will make it a love fest.
Obama should pick Clinton as his running mate.
Obama – stay his course, with honesty and straight talk. He also must to come up with the details for his plans to reverse what is left of our once great country aftyer Bush’s destructive reign. Clinton needs to throw her entire spirit into supporting Obama – she has to believe it herself. That is the only way she might be able to convince her supporters to support Obama. And she needs to point out that supporting Obama’s platform is essentially supporting her own. There is no way any rational person can have supported Clinton and then vote for McSame out of spite.
Jack, it's simple what they have to do. Clinton has to put on her biggest smile ever to convince Obama to pick her a VP, and Obama has to act like he's sympathetic to the Clinton (whom many have little to no respect for) to kiss up to a bunch of sore Hillary fanatics.
First we need to find Hillary.
Actually he should run....fast.
They need to play nice and smile while they share their toys in the sand box! Really, the primaries are over, so get over it and on with the business at hand.
Pomona, New York
Jack, to answer your question, they would probably have to get married to each other, but their current spouses might object to unity at THAT cost.
TALK ABOUT LOWER GAS PRICES. The people that want change are the people that hate paying their whole pay check on just filling up their car. And why do they need a car? They need a car to get to work. So, the money they are making isn't enough for food, health care, and natural disasters; like in my home state of Iowa. People will be going broke out of their minds from this.
As a die hard Hillary supporter just like million others, we know we have to get over our differences in order for Obama to get to the White House (Yes, it'll still be called the White House), we must unite. Hence, Hillary and Obama will pull their resources together to ensure victory in November. They have everything to win and nothing to lose by uniting.
Or, maybe just a fist bump.
Hillary and Barack need to smile, smile, smile when they get together in Washington. They need to wave to the crowd and do the "whispering in the ear" thing that they did at so many of the debates. Their actions need to suggest that she is well rested, all is well between the two of them, and that she's VERY excited about Barack Obama becoming our new president.
Combine ideas to benefit Americans! I am a 25 year old female Hill voter. Obama needs me! He should take his ideas, work with HC & combine their ideas. For example, healthcare & education to start. Make me proud Obama! BROCK MY WORLD!
Simple. Obama needs to suspend his own campaign so that the person who has already proven they can win the General Election can
actually become the Democratic nominee at the convention.
Jack, Clinton and Obama need to do nothing less than dance a waltz dressed as Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire to unite the party.
hillary knows nothing about unity! a woman who has repeatedly said she would do anything to be president-she has no intentions on uniting the party. barack should watch her because she can't be trusted! I wouldn't be surprised if she is working in the backgrounds to to help mccain. by the way Jack I love you-you tell it like it is-maybe you should replace tim russert.
I think the best way for them to show unity is to come out with Bill, Chelsea, Michelle and the kids all holding hands! Then Senator Obama should give Hillary a kiss on the cheek and hug! She needs one!
Obama and Clinton must announce Hillary's new position within the Obama "group" whether it be vice-presidential nominee or another key position, these two groups must be able to meld their interests, mend fences, and concentrate on the struggle ahead.
They can’t! Disillusioned Democrats like me and Independents have already moved to the only wise choice left.
Vote for John McCain 08! :)
The party is united, Jack. Those alleged Clinton voters that will vote for McCain weren't Democrats nor Independents in the 1st place. They were and are Limaugh micheif-makers who jumped on to the Hillary "I am woman" wagon for fun and for the most part were always going to vote Republican. Obama is smart enough to know that and while not openly going to say so because of the few Hillary "true-believers" that will take a few weeks to ome home.
Simple Jack... the way Democrats have always united their party:
by promising to dole out the most Gubmint Goodies.
I believe Obama needs to disect and acquire the essence Clinton. Obama just doesn't have to influence the Clinton supporters, but also maintain their support throughout the general election.
It's really not that complicated... Obama and Clinton supporters need to get along and work together if we're ever going to show a level of unity which is vital in order to beat McCain.
Palm Springs, Ca
Jack, if Hillary Clinton's 18 million supporters are so upset and so much in love with her, why don't they give her $2.00 each, that would be $36 million dollars enough to pay off her campaign debt. When I donate to Barack my money is not to be used to pay Hillary's debt. As to what Obama and Clinton could do to heal the pary, stay away from each other.
Barack and Hillary should remind their supporters that Barack is going to need everyone's vote come November in order to keep McCain out of the White House. If Hillary's supporters think backing McCain rather than Obama is the right thing to do, they're not true democrats; they're cultists. Hillary needs to remind her supporters of what their party stands for and that Obama is the nominee. If they're true to their party, they will vote for Obama.
She could start by shredding some of the negative talking points she gave the Republicans to use against Sen. Obama in the Primary and now the General Election.
She insisted that Obama was not ready for prime time to the near detrtiment of the Democratic Party unity during this election cycle. So, she has a big job in front of her. She has to make us believe it that he is the "One".
Dance ! Barack and Hillary should dance. Maybe a waltz?
I'm not sure that some Clinton supporters will ever be satisfied . . . Obama has been respectful and thoughtful in his public comments about Mrs. Clinton. He gave her time and space to concede the race and did not quibble about her unseemly and defiant speech the night (HIS night) he obtained the requisite number of delegates to clinch the nomination. Yet now the demands continue from the Clinton people. Obama is being told that needs to pay for the privilege of defeating her by suggesting that his donors contribute to Clinton (even when he needs their donations to take on McCain). This seems a bit much to me when Mrs. Clinton did not actually donate to her own campaign, but merely lent money. She needs to pony up before asking for help from the man who had to spend a lot to overcome her challenge.
Unite! The Democrats unite! Surely u jest! Remember this, "I belong to no organized party. I am a democrat".
Since he's beating Methuselah in the three big states, as of today, he really doesn't need her. And he should keep Bob Johnson far away as well. Some money men you just don't need!
The only thing that would unite the democratic party is for Obama to announce that Hillary will be the VP.
Until that is done, Obama will not win the democratic election in November. He claims to have a party for change, well, he is a politican and is not any different from other Washington politicians and that will be seen as the months go by.
All they need to do is tell voters about everything they have in common and remind them that our country can't afford John McSame in a post-Bush world... it is simply too dangerous to have more of the same.
Obama needs to announce he's adopting Hillary's plan for universal healthcare .. and that she will be in charge of its implementation. And he'd darn well better pick a running mate acceptable to Hillary's supporters or he's going to have a very tough time in November.
It's really not that complicated... Obama and Clinton supporters need to get along and work together if we're ever going to show a level of unity which is vital in order to beat McCain. The United States of America can'not afford another president like Bush, McCain says he's different but yet Bush stands there right by his side.
Palm Springs, Ca
They need to truly show that they can work together to unite the party, maybe a grand display with both families included, imagine Chelsea holdings hands with the Obama girls, Bill and Michelle hand in hand along with Barack and Hillary...what a sight for Democractic eyes...families that campain together win together...anything less and we're doomed.
Why not nominate a Republican as V.P,? While not uniting the party it would certainly make the presidential race even more interesting.
how can she unite anything with barack after she said the things she said about him being inexperienced and naive? I believe she was the one being naive with her husband doing what he was doing right under her nose-TALK ABOUT BEING NAIVE
Give us the "dream ticket' ... that should satisfy both sides. They are getting along just fine, they both were running a campaign and ran it the way campaigns are run. It is the public (and media) that has put way too much into it. I think it would help if we just all grew up and acted like civil adults.
The media thinks Obama is great because he supposedly transcends race and politics. I don't understand why there are still divisions in the U.S., much less the Democratic Party.
It's simple, Jack. Barack needs to invite Hillary to be his Vice President. Put some juice back into the campaign (it's gotten kind of boring since Hillary left) and move on to the White House. How can they lose as a team. Seems pretty simple to me and a lot of other folks who miss Hillary's enthusiasm.
He should announce Hillary as his Vice-President
Actually, looks like we have the OBAMA supporters to thank for Bush's 3rd term...
It's amazing to me how obama supporters complain and complain about the "bitter Hillary supporters..." when even after she has stepped aside and ENDORSED Obama, at the mere mention of her name, Obama followers continue to disrespect her and boo her. Even Obama had to say something against that at the last rally (which I do appreciate). It is so ironic that Obama talks about change and unity, yet his followers behave in the most vile manner, a very DIVISIVE tactic. This is hardly a way to bring Clinton's supporters to come around and back their candidate.
They need to have all three of them their, Bill, Hillary, and Barack, and they all smile and tell the black people the Clinton's aren't racist and your stupid if you think it
I think Clinton blew her opportunity to unite the party by not recognizing her defeat sooner, by staying in an unwinnable contest and by not acknowledging Obama's victory in her initial speech the night Obama won enough delegates. It was all her and nothing but her up until her concession speech on that infamous Saturday in Washington, and that in itself was a production centered around only her. Now in the aftermath of her failed nomination her words will sound superficial and hollow when it was obvious by her previous refusal or lack of realization on her part to concede defeat immediately upon Obama reaching enough delegates.
I think they should do bump knuckles, kiss, cuddle and shout, 'Yes, We Can!' while holding hands.
Aggrieved democrats will then get the message.
It's simple actually. TALK ABOUT REAL ISSUES. We don't care who is going to be the next VP, or how much respect her or she deserves. Tell me how you plan on dealing with this economy? What are your plans on foreign policy, how are you gonna help get rid of the reliance on Oil? The War, how are you going to stop the war. REAL ISSUES.
The only thing that Obama and Hillary can do to attain unity is to do the following: KUMBAYA MY LORD KUMBAYA, KUMBAYA ,KUMBAYA.
It seems the Obama supporters don't think they need the Hillary supporters to win. That's how I felt after the booing incident the other day. If Obama's supporters keep up that kind of behavior, it won't be McCain that beats Obama in the fall. It will be the fault of his own supporters. That's no way to treat people you want to bring to your side.
Hillary can first begin to recognize that Barak is the presumptive nominee. Some of her supporters need to understand it is NOT his responsibility to pay off her debts. She (and Bill) made the decision to stay in the race. Their sense of entitlement galls me! I've got some debt, anybody want to pay mine??
I do understand that many Clinton supporters say they will not vote for Obama, however is there any recent polling data that reveals how little Obama supporters really care ? I'm not sure how much of her help is really needed. We're in a mess and dramatically new approach is needed.
I'm not sure that Barack needs to do anything but continue to fight and stand up for the policies that his party can support. Clinton simply needs to do what she said she would and unite behind him and take those policies to the American people. Afterall, there isn't a daylight's difference between Barack and HRC's policies.
hillary say too many negative thing about barack ,give mcsain thing to say about him ,,he should stay far from her evil that.party unity the thing she said she need to apologize to him in public for all her coment about him ,and then move on to move to part to take back the white house .
When Clinton and her supporters come come to the realization that they need to make Hillary Clinton accountable for her own debt and failings then we can move on.
It's all up to Obama and his choice for VP. And the evidence is starting to look like he won't be making the right decision.
Pick Hillary and win, or pick someone else and sweat it out. A no brainer.
1) Apologise for all the negative things she accused Barack of.
2) Point out to her supporters that it is either Barack or they can vote for John McBush who will make them poorer and who will kill their children and grandkids when he initiates the draft to fight wars in Iran and Syria.
3) Pay her own debts; you spent your money smearing Sen Obama, why should he then pay for it?
4) You broke it, you fix it; The Democratic Party is divided because of Hillary, SHE should work with Obama to mend it.
5) State that she does not want the VP slot.
She doesn't need to do anything. It's up to him. Wasn't he going to be the big unifier?
May the fur fly in a million directions!
I think that all of the Hillary supporters who won't vote for Obama just because Hillary didn't win is very sad. It will be their faults when we are stuck in the same republican mess that we are in now.
It will be thier fault when the Supreme Court becomes a mess, and they will be the ones complaining the whole time.
They need to come together to unify the party with a sincere effort that will remind the voters what Senator Obama stands for. Also, Senator Clinton needs to appeal to her supportors to vote for Senator Obama, and remind them how important it is to get him elected. "Change"
They should hand out Obama/Clinton '08 bumperstickers. True unity can be achieved only with a joint ticket. It will pave the road for both Obama and Clinton to make history. Together they can restore America's prosperity and place in the world. I expect nothing less from these two great Americans.
I think Hillary Clinton needs to say what a groundbreaking achievement it will be to have Obama in the White House and how it will open a door of opportunity to all who have historically been denied. An Obama victory in 2008 will make it easier for a woman to run and be elected in 2012, 2016, and beyond.
When they appear together, they need to tell their supporters to quit acting like spoiled children and start working together to achieve their common goal. If the independant and undecided voters out there sense a lack of unity in the party, then they will just figure that the Democrats couldn't organize a Sunday picnic, which is what this election should be for them.
They both should expose McCain and Bush for pushing in the direction the wind is blowing rather then pushing for what American's stand for. Why back the guys with the money want MORE oil leases, they already have thousand of leases that they are not yet exploring.
They both should expose McCain on poor policies on jobs, energy plans, international leadership, and honest strait talk.
I sincerely hope Obama wil consider Hillary for V.P. if he wants to unite the Democrats. I voted for Hillary in the primary, and would vote for (her) again if I could in the election with her as V.P. Too many years of bashing the Clintons....it's time to stop and realize she has more political sense than all the men she ran against and her votes prove we were listening. Question is, is Obama and the DNC listening? Linda in Florida
Hillary needs to make clear what she wants. She and Barack need to agree on her role and then let bygones be bygones.
There could be an easier solution. Hillary can ask all 18 million supporters/voters, she claims as her base, to send her $1 each. This will take care of her election debt.
Barack and Hillary should speak as one against McCain and show genuine respect for one another with smiles. The election can be won by the democrats, despite all the naysayers, because we have the issues on our side.
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