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June 26th, 2008
02:20 PM ET

Hillary Clinton's role at the convention?

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Sen. Clinton will introduce some of her top donors to Sen. Obama on Thursday night in Washington, and on Friday the two of them will appear together at a rally in Unity, N.H. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

After a rough and tumble primary season, the Democrats are now hard at work trying to heal the wounds.

The New York Times reports that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are working their way through a stack of complicated issues with the help of one of Washington's top lawyers - sort of like a couple in a troubled marriage going through counseling.

On the table are topics like how to repay Clinton's campaign debt and what her role should be at the Democratic convention. Aides say no one has raised the issues yet of a potential V.P. slot for Hillary, or what to do about Bill Clinton.

When it comes to Clinton's debt – which is estimated at more than $22 million, including $10 million of her own money – Obama has asked his big-dollar fund-raisers to help her out. However, he says he's not going to e-mail his small-dollar donors to pitch in since "their budgets are tighter." Some Clinton backers are disappointed that Obama hasn't made the symbolic move of writing Clinton a check for $2,300, the maximum allowed. Others think Obama hasn't made much of an effort to hire Clinton staffers.

As for the convention, the two sides are negotiating which night Clinton should make a prime-time speech and if her name should be symbolically put into nomination. The talks have been described as complicated, but not hostile.

Meanwhile, Clinton and Obama will have a joint meeting with some of her top donors tonight in Washington and tomorrow the two will appear together at a rally in Unity, New Hampshire.

Here’s my question to you: What should Hillary Clinton's role be at the Democratic convention?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Bruce writes:
She should enthusiastically support Obama. I don't get all this stuff about how Hillary's debt is any of Obama's concern. Did he even encourage her to borrow the money? Did he cosign? Hey, if you borrow the money, it’s your problem. It’s not even Hillary's supporters’ problem. Hillary and Bill need to liquidate some of their assets and pay Hillary's debt.

Dori from Arizona writes:
Hey, Jack! Hillary can have the opening act. She can welcome and greet, get the crowd clapping and stomping their feet. We know she can give a good speech when she sets her mind to it. Then, as the festivities roll on, Sen. Obama can take over. He'll close it with a slam-dunk like the party hasn't seen in eons!

Jan writes:
Her role should be whatever she wants it to be. She’s the one with 18 million of us who still think she should be president, the one with some actual answers and goals to the problems at hand. She’s the fighter and the one who's been there and done that!

Winston from Las Vegas writes:
The role for both Hillary and Bill Clinton at the Democratic Convention should be that of "ushers". The Clintons are bitter; the American public voted and decided that they've had enough of them. They are sore losers and it's time they realize that it's not about them anymore.

Beau from Fredericksburg Virginia writes:
You know, Jack, I think Hillary should be head of security at the convention. Seeing as how she managed to evade the sniper fire in Bosnia, she seems well-qualified.

Willow from Iowa writes:
She should be a wonderful cheerleader. She should rally everyone together to help the Democrats win in November. She shouldn't, however, continue to remind everybody of her 18 million voters. This is Obama's time, not hers.

Greg from Cabot, Arkansas writes:
Maybe she could bake some cookies.

soundoff (187 Responses)
  1. JAB

    Let her speak. After all, she got almost eighteen million votes.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  2. JC from Georgetown, Texas

    Treasurer!!!!!!

    June 26, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  3. Willow, from Iowa

    She should be a wonderful cheerleader. She should rally everyone together to help the Democrats win in November. She shouldn't, however, continue to remind everybody of her 16 million voters. This is Obama's time, not hers.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  4. mitch martin arkansaw

    she should hold an anti-puma pac sign the entire time.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  5. Stacy from Loudoun County, VA

    Jack, I would like to see Hilary Clinton rally all Democrats to vote for Obama. She should be the keynote speaker that introduces Obama as the Democratic Nominee. She can talk about their struggles, and come out and reverse her stance and say, “This man is ready to lead on Day One.” If she’s not willing to do that, then she can pass out towels in the restrooms.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  6. Mark, Nashville

    She shouldn't play any role. Its Sen. Obama time to shine.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  7. Caryn, Washington DC

    It kills me that after everything Hillary and Bill Clinton said and did during the primaries, Obama is still supposed to bend over backwards for them. They're disappointed that he didn't write Hillary a check? Please, I'm disappointed by the way she handled herself during the primaries. Her role at the convention should be that of a ridiculously enthusiastic supporter.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  8. Mark - Asheville, NC

    She will join the parade of prominent Dems who will take their turns at the podium glorifying and worshipping Obama, reciting the usual platitudes that in this case mean nothing: The Next President, etc etc. The exact same was done for McGovern, Mondale, Dukakis and Kerry, with the same results in November. She does not HAVE to do this but she will, along with Gore, and others whose resumes and accomplishments dwarf those of Obama. It will be nauseating – for the first time since 1960, I will not watch it.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  9. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Her role at the convention should be an "attendee." And Hillary's campaign debt; instead of asking Obama to request his big-dollars contributors for assistance my solution is as follows:

    Hillary received 18 million votes. Why doesn't she appeal to those hardcore Hillary's supporters to donate $1.66 to her campaign debt. Debt paid and everyone is happy. Or she could request $2.00 from her 18 million supporters, pay off her campaign debt and donate 6 million to Obama's campaign as a sign of "party unification." Where is the problem?

    June 26, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  10. Joe St Louis, MO

    Jack,

    This ones easy. Sit down and shut up.

    Joe

    St Louis,MO

    June 26, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  11. Kay in WV

    Considering how the DNC treated her, I would think that Obama would be wise to let her have any reasonable request she wants. As the closest opponent in a democratic primary contest in recent memory to not give her as much and more than other 'true contenders' have gotten in the past would be a mistake open to interpretation as misogynist.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  12. Greg ...Cabot AR

    Maybe she could bake some cookies.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  13. Chris Ocean Grove MA

    Maybe she could be an usher.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  14. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    Make a nicey nicey speech, then sit down stay in the background and keep her mouth shut.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  15. Ruthie, GA

    Put one of those red white and blue hats on herr head, a noise maker in her mouth, a flag in her hand and cheer Obama on along with the rest of the of the delegates.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  16. Jon

    I think her role should be to accept Sen. Obama's request to serve as the vice presidential candidate on his ticket. An Obama/Clinton ticket will be an unstoppable force and do wonders to unite the party.
    Obama/Clinton '08!!

    June 26, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  17. Dori in AZ

    Hey, Jack!

    Hillary can have the opening act. She can welcome and greet, get the crowd clapping and stomping their feet. We know she can give a good speech when she sets her mind to it. Then, as the festivities roll on, Sen. Obama can take over. He'll close it with a slam-dunk like the party hasn't seen in eons!

    June 26, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  18. Jim from BC

    She should speak to the delegates for seventeen minutes, not use the "I", Me" or "My" words once, rally them to a fevered pitch in support of Obama, leave the podium with grace and only show up again on stage with Obama and the young boy who sold his bike so he could donate some money to her cause... which is now to support Obama.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  19. Jenny Rome Ga

    Jack,
    Maybe if Obamas people approve it first, she can introduce him at the convention. I think this would be good for unity and proper since both of them shattered/cradked that glass ceiling and we do not need to forget that.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  20. JT in NYC

    Cheerleader.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  21. Emma, San Jose, CA

    How does one speak from the heart for one's opponent when the heart says, "This was my nomination to have."? She will need to be a very convincing actress to maintain her central focus on electing Obama.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  22. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Jack,
    Although I know we are supposed to mend fences, Hillary scares
    me. Why in the world should her name be put up for nomination?
    SHE LOST. Because of the tactics she and Bill used during
    their campaign just do not trust them.
    Hillary can be a compelling speaker, just hope she is sincere
    about supporting Barack and the Democratic Party.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  23. Melanie in Arkansas

    Hey Jack!
    Has Court Jester already been taken??
    p.s.
    I loved your book!

    June 26, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  24. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    Hillary's role should be that of giving a crowd-rousing speech in support of Obama to heal the wounds of the primary campaign. I'm sure it would be difficult for her to do this but I believe she would give an excellent speech.

    On the last night of the convention, she should maybe join the Obamas on stage along with her husband when they drop the balloons!

    June 26, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  25. LINDA LAPLACE, LA

    To help Obama out of some of his stupid and racial remarks. The American people still love Hillary and Bill. However, they always had good foreign relations with many countries. Go Hillary...fire up the Democratic Convention – someone needs to.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  26. JD North Carolina

    Senator Clinton should target McCain. The primary is over, and he is the real opponent now.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  27. Fox in Florida

    Jack,
    Her role should be Director of the Collection Plate. Hillary and her closest supporters could probably make one hell of a dent in her 20 million dollar debt by simply passing around collection plates and allowing financially strapped Americans to pay for the mistakes of her overly confident campaign.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  28. sarah, indiana

    i think she should refuse to be associated with the train wreck the DNC instigated by favoring obama over the much more qualified lady senator. as a matter of fact, my opinion is that she should either
    A) go independent and tell the DNC to rot
    OR
    B) join the mccain ticket. mccain/clinton would be terrific and would
    be a huge step in the direction of bi-partisanship in D.C. she would
    bring a lot to that pairing.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  29. Betty - AL

    Hi Jack

    After what all she said in her campaign, I think her role should be whatever the DNC wants her to do – and with oomph and conviction.

    Did you know the republicans are running her sound bytes as "anti-Obama" ?

    If she wants to stay in the Democratic Party, she will do what's required.

    Otherwise, maybe she can volunteer to be Mcwarmonger's VP.

    Thanks

    June 26, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  30. RACO

    it seems to me that some of your respondents should grow up and realize that clinton is a very viable part of the democratic party and should be given the respect these wet noses never did.

    as polls indicate many of the pro-clinton backers in the primary are adult enough to realize that it is of the utmost importance to bring in a democratic ticket. i, however, have not reached the point where i can come through for obama, but hope that someday soon when your bleeding hearts cool it, i will be able to see my way through for him.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  31. joe

    maybe she could just sit and learn....never to spend millions on a four hundred thousand bucks a year job...great lesson to learn here ..kj london

    June 26, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  32. Paul, Columbia, SC

    Since she survived the sniper fire in Bosnia without a single scratch; how about making her an usher for the Michigan and Florida Delegations?

    June 26, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  33. Mark, Oklahoma City

    I'm sure in a convention hall that large, there will surely be some shirts that need to be ironed and lots of cookies to be baked.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  34. Connie

    Jack, I believe as all dems she will play a role, but I think they should all take a back seat to Senator Obama and his VP, it will be their night. I also think Barack should ask Luke Russert to speak at the convention, I think that would be great. OBAMA 08

    Connie from Indiana

    June 26, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  35. Rosalynd Florida

    I am an Obama supporter but I feel Clinton deserves a right to speak at the convention. She worked hard in the Primary so let us move on in unity. Obama is a people person and a confident man, he will not have a problem helping Clinton with her debt or offering her the microphone at the convention. As for Clinton's staffers, the way they botched her campaign, I would not hire them to serve the coffee.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  36. Shirley-Ohio

    To be honest with you Jack, I don't know. This is a hard question and I don't have a final answer.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  37. Brian - Trinidad

    Without Hillary,nobody pays attention to the Democrats.I'd like to see her NOT be at the convention so we could properly judge how far can Pelosi,Dean,Obama and the rest of the hate-Hillary gang can take the party.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  38. Billy G in Las Vegas

    hopefully it will be to unite the party behind Obama or at least to take a page from the physicians Hippocratic Oath "and never do harm".

    June 26, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  39. Linda in Virginia

    The same role she would have had if she hadn't been a nominee, Jack. She's worth her weight in the dow, don't ya know!

    June 26, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  40. Rayon Roberts, Lehigh Acres ,Fl

    I can't tell you Jack what her role should be at the Democratic Convention,but I know what she shouldn't be and that's a Financial Advisor!
    You would think a person of her intellect might realize if you can't afford campaigning, why then continue campaigning.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  41. Paul

    Hillary's role I am sure will be to Unite the party. She would have to much to lose if she did not. Whatever role she ends up with the VP,
    cabinet post, or now a senior seasoned Senator she will only look to help the party and get a Democrat in the White House.
    Paul
    Texas

    June 26, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  42. Cynthia

    Senator Clinton should do whatever they need and want her to do. I'm sure if Senator Obama had lost the election he would have done everytning asked without hesitation to move things forward for the Democratic Party.

    Wise move not to ask his small donors to help with her debt.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  43. Daniel From Englewood Florida

    Smile and be nice and no "18 million cracks in the ceiling" comments.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  44. Herb -Texas

    After today's Supreme Court decision on the 2nd amendment, and Obama's obvious displeasure with it, he would be making a major mistake in allowing a "symbolic" placing of Clinton's name up for a vote.
    His elitist position on guns could get him un-nominated.
    He should take no risks; his candidacy is fragile enough as it is.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  45. Beau in Fredericksburg Virginia

    You know Jack, I think Hillary should be head of security at the convention. Seeing as how she managed to evade the sniper fire in Bosnia, she seems well qualified.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  46. Bruce

    She should enthusiatically support Obama.

    I don't get all this stuff about how Hillary's debt is any of Obama's concern.
    Did he even encourage her to borrow the money? Did he cosign?

    Hey, if you borrow the money its your problem. Its not even Hillary's supporters problem. Hillary and Bill need to liquidate some of their assets and pay Hillary's debt.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  47. Steve Peach - Indiana

    I think Hillary should have a prominate roll at the Convention without question. She should give the Tuesday night speech on primetime, and maybe even be the host of the entire event. She will play a vital roll after the Convention helping to shore up the base and get everyone on the same page. After the election, I think she should be appointed to a Cabinet post where she can do some real work for this country, not relegated back to the Senate where she could get lost.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  48. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    Hillary at the convention? What a quaint idea!

    June 26, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  49. Dick B

    Every night I believe Hillary and her family should be allowed to roam the aisles passing a hat down each row.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  50. Rodney- Stafford,VA

    Jack you know I'm starting to believe that hillary would make a Great VP and if Obama picks her as VP then we might as well vote now instead of later and get it over with because its already over for Mc(insane)Cain. This election is like a watching a slug traveling up I-95 to the White House

    June 26, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  51. Ed North Carolina

    How about keynote speaker? Talk about party unity.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  52. JT from TN

    To do whatever Obama ask her to do, after all the mudslinging she did and he still beat her she should take a back seat. She's a strong democrat but if it causdes obama to be looked down on she should sit down and shut up.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  53. Tearched Scott CHicago, IL

    I think that she should be supportive. She should be very careful with her words and not speak in long length. We have seen when she does talk for long lengths she says something that does not sit right with alot of people.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  54. Kristen- Philadelphia, PA

    Jack her role is the same as John Edwards, Bill Richardson and all the other candidates who lost the nomination. Obama doesn’t owe Clinton squat and neither do his supporters. If this wasn’t a person with the last name Clinton I would bet money people would not be negotiating convention roles or paying off debts. By the way, why on Gods green earth should Obama write her at $2000 check for her debt when it she occurred it doing everything she could for him to not get the nomination. I have a newsflash….the Clinton Dynasty is finally over; they can all go home now.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  55. Tina (Fort Worth)

    Who cares. I don't listen to the convention anyhow and try to not listen to much of the fray. I have made up my mind long before she jumped in that I would not vote for her.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  56. Rosemary, California

    She should ask those 18 million who voted for her and thought that she would be the best candidate to donate $2.00 each to retire her debt, Because she was reckless in pursuing the nomination knowing that it was not in her favor and poor planning.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  57. Ray, Florida

    That's a tough one Jack, She's way too over qualified to be a valet!
    Maybe she could make a speech or something.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  58. Gwinn Oregon

    Jack I'm so glad you asked that question. This is how I see it.

    If Sen.Clinton has a role at the convention Obama supporters will boo her off the stage then, Sen. Obama will lose her supporters vote. If she is not asked, Sen. Obama will lose votes. He is damned if he does and damned if he does not.

    Gwinn

    June 26, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  59. Rosemary, California

    Her role at the convention should be a speech in laying out for the American public how important this election is. The Democratic party has a lot to lose if they do not gain the White House back. Beyond that, a cheerleader, that way she does not have to give a speech, that really her heart may not be in and look credible.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  60. Mike Raleigh NC

    Jack,
    Hillary should, and will, steal the show, if not the nomination. She is the face, the brains, and the force of the party.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  61. Jay in Texas

    The Democrats should postpone the Democatic National Convention until these office-holders get a grip on the problems facing all Americans. Quarantine Senator Clinton in the U.S. Senate and demand she earn her pay by solving the gasoline, housing and war problems that she and other senators have failed to solve during their terms in the Senate. In case they haven't noticed, this country is facing a total economic collapse. Deal with it !
    Brownwood, Texas

    June 26, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  62. juice-Canyon Lake

    She should be able to make a major speech at the convention but that's about it. He seems to doing very well in the polls without her so if I were him, I wouldn't count on her too much.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  63. Annie, Atlanta

    I used to be a huge Clintons fan, but after her disappointing behavior during the primaries, and the treasure trove of fodder she handed on a silver platter to the other side to use during the general, I'd make her head cookie baker.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  64. Scott, Wichita

    Trophy wife.

    I almost said that with a straight face.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  65. Carl in South Carolina

    Senator Clinton can be a great help to Senator Obama. The real issue is "will she". We desperately need Senator Obama to be elected and get rid of the republican cowboys, put a man in the oval office who cares about America.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  66. Tom in Desoto Texas

    Stand by her man....Obama

    June 26, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  67. Stacy from Farifax, Virginia

    If Obama wants to appeal to the women and older voters that supported Clinton during the primary she should be given a chance to speak at the convention. She could talk about how important it will be to have strong allies in Congress. She should site examples of the successes she has working alongside Republicans for the last eight years. Having strong bi-partisan allies in Congress will be vital for Obama to be successful in making the real changes he promises, and that Americans so desperately want. He has to let her speak. There is no way around it.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  68. Mike, Syracuse NY

    As I understand it, the super delegates can change their minds up until they vote at the convention. If that's true, they should get a chance to vote for Hillary, and her name needs to be placed in nomination. She should also get a chance to speak. To not do so would alienate her supporters. When she speaks, she should heartily endorse the only truly qualified candidate left, McCain.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  69. Marie

    She will support Obama, because she needs money. For two people who talk about helping the poor, they both spent an obsene amount of money. That is a picture of things to come.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  70. Fish, MN

    Jack,
    I think she deserves to be the first speaker, but she should remain sitted for the rest of the time; that day is historic and Obamas shinning moment; I wouldn't suggest the spot light to be hijacked by any loosing candidate. Remamber that it's four years since Obama spoke on this same convention, which makes the moment unforgettable.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  71. Tom from Boston, Mass.

    Hillary should introduce Obama and make it clear that the best candidate one, that he is qualified to lead the country on day one, and she should make absolutely no reference to the people who supported her as that "wound" has to be healed before, not during, the convention.

    And then she should smile – and sit down.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  72. bob, oshawa, canada

    Jack, before she is given a role at the convention she should clean up her campaign debt by asking her many supporters to contribute so that the Democrats don't have to rely solely on Obama's supporters to fund the presidential run and also bail her out. I find it irresponsible that she ran up that debt without too much thought as how to pay it down. If she accomplishes this, then she and Bill can be official door greeters and maybe help blow up some balloons.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  73. Peter TX

    her role is to pay off her debt like us ordinary folks and quit begging others to do it. its the american way sir.

    peter

    June 26, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  74. Ruth Irwin ,Oglesby, IL

    She should stay in the background. Too many of the dirty stinking Republicans hate her and she would be a lightning rod to hurt Sen. O'Bama.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  75. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Hillary has to be given an equal role at the convention or else Obama is toast.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  76. Rodger

    She's there for moral support Jack. She really doesn't fit in with elitists.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  77. Rosalynd Florida

    I am an Obama supporter but I feel Clinton deserves a right to speak at the convention. She worked hard in the Primary so let us move on in unity. Obama is a people person and a confident man, he will not have a problem helping Clinton with her debt or offering her the microphone at the convention. As for Clinton’s staffers, the way they botched her campaign, I would not hire them to serve the coffee.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  78. joan ont.ca

    Hillary Lost ! It is Obama's time to shine and call the shots.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  79. Julie from LA

    They'll put her name in nomination, devote an entire night to saluting her (and, secondarily, other great women in the party), and she'll make a great speech bringing everyone together to support Obama's ticket for the fall.

    Hillary will go on to be Majority Leader or a Supreme Court justice and continue to have an impact.

    And the convention will vote in the REAL Dream ticket (and McCain's worst nightmare)–Barack Obama and General Wesley Clark. It will be fantastic.

    Then, a few days later, the Republican convention will put the nation to sleep.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  80. J. Weidenbach in the E. U.

    It's Obama's show, not Hillary's. She's not as important as she wants to believe she is. She should be a normal endorser at the convention (maybe with a little extra pep) and keep it short. Some people already feel Clinton is blackmailing Obama, an opening act from her will really make it look that way. And she should use herself and her own supporters to pay her own debt.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  81. Toni Boutwell, Myrtle Beach SC

    She should appear very prominately. Depending on how big the Obama landslide looks to be at that time she should give the nominating speech at the very least. Hillary in prime time will help highlight how badly we need this change!

    June 26, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  82. MMN-Milwaukee WI

    Jack:

    Hillary should be the convention door greeter. You know like Wal-Mart. That way she gets to give everyone a "one-on-one" quality time.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  83. Judie

    Jack,
    What I don't understand is why she should have any major role at the convention. She lost the nomination. If she had to speak about her feelings honestly they would not allow her within 100 miles of the convention. But she will probably get up there and give what she feels will be the greatest performance of her life, but the other 18 million voters who voted for Obama will not believe a word she says. From Hillary they will be "JUST WORDS." Who other than Hillary and her supporters cares what her role will be the convention..The convention is to name the party nominee Obama, not placcate the loser Clinton.
    Judie
    St. Augustine, Fl

    June 26, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  84. Deborah from North Port, FL

    Senator Clinton cleaned Obama's clock in the debates and the big primary states. If Obama is as smart as he thinks he is, he will allow the first roll call so Hillary's supporters can have their moment, and he will give Hillary a prime slot in which to speak. Seeing her confidence and competence might help the rest of us forget momentarily what a huge gamble the Democratic party elite is forcing on us with the naive neophyte that is Obama.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  85. Lynn

    Jack – Hillary name should be put in nomination for President. The delegation of Michigan and Florida should be seated at 100% and their votes count 100% and she should have a speaking role in prime time on August 26 – the 88th Anniversary of the 19th Admendment women right to vote. Remember she has 18 million supporters who voted for her, – more votes than anyone else in the history of America in a primary. So that should count.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  86. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    Her role should be to do whatever is asked of her from the DNC, and to do it with enthusiasim, not like her "suspension" speech. If she can overcome her ego for ten or fifteen minutes and be the gracious loser, that would go a long way towards improving her image.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  87. janet in oklahoma

    She should give a Unity speech and then hand the microphone over to Obama.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  88. Jeff in Glen Carbon IL

    He's a better man than I am, and because he really is, he will let her speak. But his speechwriters should write it because she had better say in her first sentence that he is the best person for the job. Otherwise, things could get ugly.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  89. Patricia

    Sen. Clinton gets a "prime time" slot. President Clinton gets a "prime time" slot on a different night. It's all good.
    Patricia
    Palmdale, Ca.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  90. Toni Boutwell, Myrtle Beach SC

    Her position should be very prominate. Depending on how big the Obama lindslide looks to be she should give the nominating speech, she and President Clinton should give at least two speeches to the convention and they should be right next to Barak and the VP.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  91. Jik

    Her job is to support Obama pasionately at the covention or at least act like it. Her role is very small since she isn't the nominee so it isn't about Hillary Clinton. It's about Barack Obama ,well see how it play's out.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  92. Darlene - Philadelphia

    The way she inefficiently ran her campaign, ran into debt and tried to divide the party she shouldn't even be allowed to attend.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  93. D.J.Lauter

    Hillary was defeated in her run for presidency, so if she has to speak at the convention, the speech should be short and sweet and about Obama, not herself.
    Doris
    Ojai, California

    June 26, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  94. B Strong, TN to DC

    Jack, I think that Obama and Hillary should sit down for awhile. We are all tired from that extra long primary season and really don't want to hear from them for awhile. As far as it goes for Hillary, I think the best thing that Obama could do for her is make her his Secretary of State. She has everything to possibly the best one in American History, setting herself up for the presidency when he leaves office.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  95. Kelly, Philadelphia

    Hillary should play a critical role at the convention because of her unprecedented achievements within the Democratic party regardless of how anyone feels about her brand of politics. Although I've been a supporter of Sen. Obama from the beginning, I would have to admit that the convention would have a void if she didn't have a part in it. Perhaps it would be appropriate for her to speak on the first day to promote healing among the party and set the tone. She's a critical part of it's unification.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  96. Bodo in Ann Arbor

    Since Bill Clinton still refuses to endorse Obama, she can't get too enthusiastic. Once again, Bill is the baggage holding her back.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  97. Betty - AL

    He he he he he

    It's obvious she can't stand the heat – so do NOT give her kitchen duty !!!

    (Can't believe I said that – the devil made me do it)

    June 26, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  98. Mark

    You would think her role would be to unify the party, as would be any candidate who lost the nomination. I guess we will all have to wait and see.
    Mark – Cherry Hill, NJ

    June 26, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  99. Liz - Winter Haven, Florida

    In two words, keynote speaker.

    June 26, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  100. Ray Kinserlow

    Hillary Clinton ran a tough race and nearly won the nomination. I believe she has a place at the Democratic convention second only to Barack Obama.

    Ray Kinserlow
    Lubbock, Texas

    June 26, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  101. don in naples, florida

    I have seen enough of hillary. I would rather spend time listening to Obama actually delve into what kind of change he will bring to this country.

    June 26, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  102. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    If her role isn't that of Vice Presidential nominee, then she needn't bother showing up. Without her on the ticket, Obama doesn't stand a chance, no matter how much she or Bill may campaign for him..

    June 26, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  103. Alan, Buxton, Maine

    She should attend as the Senator from New York. If she speaks it should be to urge her former supporters to vote for Obama. She needs to keep Bill locked in his room until the election is over.

    June 26, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  104. Jaye from Williamsburg, VA

    HIllary should just stay in the background. She really should not do anything more for him.

    June 26, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  105. L.M.,Arizona

    She should be one of the key speakers after the vice-president and president.

    June 26, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  106. Mike Nunn - Hot Springs, Ar.

    Obama should yield the floor to her and she should give her acceptance speech.

    June 26, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  107. Kevin in Springfield

    I think her role should be to apologize to the gullible folks in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. It was mathematically obvious before any of these states that she had no way to win. She played the gender card and tried all kinds of tricks spending 22 million dollars and she now expects help from Obama supporters. it's ridiculous.

    June 26, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  108. Donna Dawkins

    To sit down and keep her mouth shut. Oh, was that rude? At best she should show her support for Barack and actually mean it. I am still not totally convinced that Hillary is on the up and up. I believe she is just as biffer as Bill but she has to appear to be in Barack's corner.

    June 26, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  109. SJ in MN

    In 4 words, No way keynote speaker.

    June 26, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  110. Lynn, Jamul (Republican)

    I was rooting for Hillary, but she didn't make it, so now I'm backing Obama – Hillary made financial decisions, I wouldn't expect her to pay Obama's debt, so why should he, even symbolically, pay her's? If she has big donors, let them help her out – the people who have donated to Obama did not donate to pay for Hillary's expectations, anymore than US taxpayers paid taxes to be squandered by Bush.

    June 26, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  111. Brian

    Jack,

    She could always make cookies for the Obama supporters.

    Brian

    June 26, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  112. Caycee, Pearl City Hawaii

    She'll have to rally the troops for Obama!

    June 26, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  113. Michael, Orlando, Florida

    she should be allowed to say this..."any female vote for McCain equals reversal of Rove VS Wade"

    June 26, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  114. Rachael in Princeton, NJ

    Get her out there in from of the people as much as possible. Her supporters need to realize she's behind Obama and that she is still going to play an important role over the next four years.

    June 26, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  115. kathe

    What were other candidates role when they loss? Why such a big deal over Hillary and Bill. They are history and thank goodness. Since Hillary made her hollywood ending, Obama has done fine without either of them period. Why mess up a good thing.

    As saying goes, if it ain't broke don't fix it.

    And if Hillary is going to speak anywhere, I hope they remind her she is no long running and stop with Women movement. We all know the story, it is old by now and her self ego praising is old too.

    GO OBAMA/WEBB

    June 26, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  116. NoBushThirdTerm

    I think Hillary would be great as the person who brings Obama to the stage - I think she's earned that role, having taken the pragmatic step to unite with Obama to campaign and to reclaim a good position in the Democratic party.

    I just wish Bill could kick his inner child's little butt and get over it to join her.

    June 26, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  117. Casey in CA

    I think Hillary would be great as the person who brings Obama to the stage - I think she's earned that role, having taken the pragmatic step to unite with Obama to campaign and to reclaim a good position in the Democratic party.

    I just wish Bill could kick his inner child's little butt and get over it to join her.

    No Bush Third Term!

    June 26, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  118. Bishop

    "Hillary Clinton’s role at the convention?" – Smile and Look Pretty... 🙂

    June 26, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  119. Ken in NC

    Her role should be to show that the entire Democratic party is behind the presumptive nominee. There is not reason her name should be "symbolically" placed on the ticket. I think it is time for people to realize that Senator Obama is the presumptive nominee and there is only one such nominee. Also people should understand too that the VP choice is the choice of that nominee and not a part of a "Blackmail Process". These people are supposed to be adults and yet many Obama and Clinton backers are acting in a most rude manner to each other. Grow up people.

    June 26, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  120. A Kraft Naples, FL

    she and Bill should stay home

    June 26, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  121. Ralph in New York

    Jack, the final choice candidacy for President of either party will only be final at their respective elections. Many would like Hillary to speak and endorse Obama for President. However,there are those who had supported her in the past primaries and whomay want to see her receive the nomination for the candidacy to this office, particularly if they harbor doubts about Obama's abilityh to be elected, Perhaps this is the reason why Bill and Chelsea have not been more active in campaigning for Obama.

    June 26, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  122. P. Pajibo Kingsland, GA

    She could simply become a part of the "Best Poltical Team on television" and cover history in the making.

    June 26, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  123. Ernie Hinds from Maryland

    She should be the person to unite the party and speak about Barack Obama's policies on health care and the economy. She can be very useful for the Obama campaign in seeking the vote of Women. I think that she should also bring up the historical impact of her canidacy and Obama's canidacy and how their campaigns have moved race and gender relations further along by simply running good campaigns. I think that their campaigns are signs that America is changing for the better. It shows that we might someday elect a woman or an African-American to be President, and it's about time.

    June 26, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  124. Doris, Memphis, TN

    Let her speak!
    However, remind her that the primary is over.
    She can no longer say she will be a better President.
    Barack will be an excellent President.

    June 26, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  125. Hope, Birmingham, Alabama

    She should be one of the party's symbolic leaders who speaks and helps out, however, her role should be fairly big because she was the runner up in the primary. She needs to stay in the spotlight to help continue party unity and make sure the convention cements her supporters will vote for Barack Obama. And it can't hurt for her to be there in case she gets the V.P. position.

    June 26, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  126. Mike

    Dear Jack,

    I would have her give a primetime speech on Monday night where she rails against all the bad policies of Bush administration and bashes John McCain's stands on issues while praising the virtues of Barack Obama.

    Mike
    Baltimore, MD

    June 26, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  127. Rick Hendersonville,N.C.

    well Jack thats a good question, I want to help her in any way I can. I feel thats our job is to help our fellow man. But I don't want to be made a fool in the same sentence. If you were to ask this question after the UNITY tour. Then I would (hopefully) be able to get a better fix on her actions. Until then, it's hard to say cause I don't think can fully get over the lost but I will still be there to help with the debt..NOW THATS UNITY !!!

    June 26, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  128. darlina from the Netherlands

    Gwinn from Oregon is right.
    Either way: good and not good. Is she really capable to (or want to) unite? Is she able to not to take over ? I wish Obama the strenght
    and good people around him. Good luck!

    June 26, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  129. Gigi in Alabama

    I think her role should be as an honored statesman (woman). She has done so much to really help women in politics that she should be recognized for it.

    June 26, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  130. Al, Lawrence KS

    Unfortunately, it's a no-win situation. If she doesn't have a big role, then it will be said that Obama is snubbing her. If she does, then it will be said that Obama is bowing down to her, and her heart is not really in it.. Hillary and Bill need to spend the next month or so, proving that they are solidly behind the nominee, and removing any doubt about their authenticity.

    June 26, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  131. Ryan, Tallahassee, Florida

    Vice President

    June 26, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  132. Dave in Saint Louis

    She should be the nominee for President!

    June 26, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  133. Tyson

    I dont think she deserves a role. They continue to try and drive a wedge in between them and Obama. I think for the reason of if he loses they can say I told you so. We are making more of her than she really is, We still need to remember. SHE LOST.

    June 26, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  134. Mike from Oradell, NJ

    Where did these big-dollar donors come from? I thought that he raised all his money from the common people. That was the reason he gave for not taking public financing.

    Isn't there a question in there somewhere that you can ask in your inimitable way?

    June 26, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  135. Bruce St Paul MN

    I don't think it matters if anybody "owes" anything to anyone else. The convention as it now exists is a very long pep rally. Hllary Clinton, even in defeat, still has major political clout, and as she discovered too late, can be very effective when speaking about issues and people. Her farewell speech was very well done and inspriational. If she speaks to the issues she cares about, she can show the country that education, healthcare, the economy and security are not liberal or conservative issues, but issues for everyone that need common-sense solutions. She does not even have to mention the Republicans. Her command of these topics would make the Republicans look like the imposters they are.

    June 26, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  136. Edward from Cleveland, Ohio

    Jack,
    She should speak, and futhermore, so should Bill Clinton. I am amazed at how quickly the Democrats out there have turned on Bill Clinton. I recall in 2000, that many Democrats would've voted for a 3rd Clinton term if allowable by the Constitution. He served 8 years of prosperity and relative peace. (Granted the terrorist attacks that the Bush Administration blamed him for, came during his impeachment proceedings, during a period where he was obviously distracted, thank you GOP!) He should be the Keynote speaker, because like Ronald Reagan has become the modern face of the GOP, Bill Clinton should be for the modern Democratic Party. Let's restore his rightful legacy and dignity.

    June 26, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  137. justobserve

    Hiilary got "18 million votes"? Where arethey now? Just look at her debts and you know most of these 18 million voters have fled her to join Obama a long time ago when she attacked her fellow Democrat and praised McCain. Those 18 millions need only donate two bucks each to her and her debts would be wiped out immediately. Let's be real!

    June 26, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  138. Jerry -Roselle, Illinois

    Don't we need someone to check I. D's at the door?

    June 26, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  139. Jose Card - Independent

    Obama will lose support if he gets too close to the Clintons.
    Didn't he promise us CHANGE?
    Clintons and change do not mix.

    In this election, many voters want the candidate to take change for the better very seriously.

    Please do not disappoint us, Senator Obama!

    Obama/Nunn or Obama/Richardson 2008!

    June 26, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  140. Darren S.

    Praise the Democratic nominee and fight tooth and nail for his winning the fall's critical election, and wiping any notions of letting McCain win then her running again in four years.

    June 26, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  141. justobserve

    Kathie, "As saying goes, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it."
    I agree with you wholeheartedly! Why all the fuss about Hillary? What about all other candidates? Should they parade on the stage? Obama is doing just fine with all the support he got. He doesn't need distraction of people who draw attention to whether or not they are supporting Obama.

    June 26, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  142. Dennis from Phoenix, Arizona

    She should be sticking it to all republican politicians to expose their elitist approaches to governance and further the cause of true democracy in this nation.

    June 26, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  143. Sue, NYC, NY

    Jack:

    No symbolic ballot! Some of her 18 million voters have already shifted to Obama.

    Hillary should be able to introduce Senator Obama as the Democratic nominee with a rousing, unifying speech and then sit with her delegation from the state of New York – who she was elected to represent.

    June 26, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  144. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    Unless she is going to be his vice presidential running mate, I'm not sure she should be prominant at the convention. Her presense would steal some of his thunder and this is his time to shine. introductions and various speechs should be mainly what she is there for. I know that many delegates will be there to see the byplay between the two of them. I just hope that Bill doesn't show up and show his butt!

    June 26, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  145. john marlton, nj

    Her role at the convention is to sell her supporters to Obama by pretending she supports him...and he of course pays off her campaign debt

    June 26, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  146. Don in Florida

    I think she should be given the 2nd most visible slot behind only Obama.

    June 26, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  147. JohnS

    The politically incorrect answer would be to have her distribute coffee and cookies.

    Seriously, a prime time speech would be appropriate.

    June 26, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  148. bob klepak

    Simple, Jack:

    The Vanquished!"

    June 26, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  149. Mike, ABQ, NM

    Hillary should give the keynote address with a theme of party unity.
    In the smoke filled backrooms she can follow through in promoting party unity....but that would be too easy.

    June 26, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  150. Kathy/ GA

    She should not be able to make a speech. Remember the night Obama clinched the number of votes to become the presumptive nominee and she gave her speech? She could be given the task of offering the closing prayer, since by that time he would have been named the nominee and everyone is headed to the parking lot.

    June 26, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  151. Nikki, Ridgefield, WA

    Sitting with her NY delegation where she belongs. And, no, she should not have a 'symbolic' place in the nomination. She lost, pure and simple. I don't trust her, I really think she thinks she can still pull of the nomination at the convention.

    June 26, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  152. Paul Punturieri Moultonboro,New Hampshire

    Jack,
    Hillary should have the role that best supports her party and that includes how to best utilize President Clinton. He really does have a base of supporters albeit not as big as it used to be, that can help the party. He is far more likely to help Obama get elected then President Bush will for John McLain, who I am certain would rather not have that albatross around his neck.

    June 26, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  153. KJ MANGO

    Hilary Clinton's role should be that of the nominee.
    The popular vote should be all we need.

    Collegeville, PA

    June 26, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  154. Lamonte

    She needs to sit herself down. She did not win the nomination. She was mean and very personal throughout the whole campaign. What ever the Obama Campaign gives her, she should be thankful. Go out with class Hillary...not a mean sour loser. This should not be the way you are remembered.

    June 26, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  155. racquel

    When you enter a poilitical race, it is your decision financially to support yourself. When Hillary Clinton decided to enter the race to run for the president of the US and Barack Obama, I am sure they knew the political costs associated.

    Hillary's debt is her rown. Sorry Hilary fans, if this was Barack Obama,would you be caring how he would be dealing with his debt incurred. For months the writing was on the wall. The delegate numbers proved Barack would win. No one forced Hilary to stay in the race.

    June 26, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  156. Shawn Dreffein

    Jack – Hillary should be front and center at the Democratic Convention. After the level of disrepect shown her by the media, the DNC and Obama supporters (as well as Senator Obama himself on occasion), her historic journey must be celebrated. According to the latest polls, 47% of HRC supporters will not support Obama. Senator Obama needs us if he is going to win in November.

    And, she should be nominated to once again commemorate her historical accomplishments.

    June 26, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  157. Jayne

    She could be nominated as an "honorary nominee." Oh, why not, Jack?

    June 26, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  158. Alfred

    Second Fiddle right next to the Piccolo player!

    June 26, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  159. John in Toledo

    It should be delegate....oh, alright...super delegate. But that's it.

    Seriously, it should be whatever Obama's people decide it should be.

    June 26, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  160. Laura

    ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!! She lost. Move on Hillary, move on.

    June 26, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  161. Cecelia

    It scares me that she wants to be "symbolically" put on the Democratic nomination.

    Besides, I dont think that would be appropriate as she she has already been put on the Republican nomination "symbolically."

    June 26, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  162. bob klepak

    Bagel. Oh, "role", not roll.

    June 26, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  163. Bobby Logan

    What should Hillary's role be at the Democratic convention? Let me put it this way: If she in any way dents my car, I ain't tipping her.

    Bobby
    Studio City, CA

    June 26, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  164. Bill Lucas

    Hillary should be seen but not heard

    June 26, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  165. bell

    What should HRC's role be? Duh, she should be the legitimate presidential nominee! If were not for the caucuses, Obama would NOT be the nominee!

    June 26, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  166. Maria

    she should do nothing! get over it.
    it is Obama's turn and she is out of it.

    June 26, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  167. Al in North East, PA

    Since Hillary Clinton got the majority of the popular vote in the Democratic primary, and ran so deep into "election season", she should be heavily considered as a Vice-Presidential candidate. It would indeed be the "Dream Team" that could put Obama over the top in the battle for the Presidency.

    June 26, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  168. marlon

    I think that her role is a very simple and easy one, she should be the one to stand up against all those PUMA folks and everyone else that are so outraged by the fact that she is not that democratic nominee and tell them that they would be foolish to vote for John McCain. By doing that she will earn much respect not only from us fellow obama supporters but the rest of the democratic party as well. It speaks great volumes to me that I have not heard her mention anything about those groups who once supported her and are democrats that dare vote for McCain. Almost makes you think she's happy about it.

    June 26, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  169. Theresa in Virginia

    Jack,

    Hillary's role on Obama's campaign should be to continue to contact "her" 18 million supporters asking them to each contribute $2-$3 to her failed campaign. That would more than wipe out her debt.

    Why is her debt so difficult to wipe out if she had 18 Million votes? which equates to 18 Million people. Has math changed that much?

    Theresa
    Virginia

    June 26, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  170. amadou

    hey!jack,the perfect role for HILLARY should be a CNN contributor .

    June 26, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  171. Don

    Jack – you are my favorite commentator & I watch you every
    day. I esp. like your sense of humor such as the time you
    wanted to make a ham sandwich bet with Blitzer LMAO,

    Hkillary should play a very passive role at the DNC & stay
    out of the way....

    June 26, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  172. Jan

    Her role should be whatever SHE wants it to be, SHES the one with 18 million of us who still think she should be PRESIDENT. The one with some actual answers, and goals to the problems at hand. Shes the fighter and the one who's been there and done that!! BO needs to wake up and realize that he could use HER help,because that's what she would be. Shes a woman and she can bring home the bacon etc.etc .

    June 26, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  173. me-from California

    Whatever Obama wants it to be after all he is the nominee. As far as her campaign debt–as a Obama supporter I would not give her a dime.

    Why should he help her pay off her campaign debt? She spent that money damaging him with comments like he needs to pass the commander in chief threshold, I am qualified, Senator McCain is qualified and you have to ask Senator Obama.

    June 26, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  174. Michael

    Usher!!

    June 26, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  175. Nick Hannula

    She must have a role that is a half a step above the typical role of the second place candidate– make no mistake: Senator Clinton's campaign was extraordinary. Her candidacy's historical nature was trumped only by the greater historical nature of Obama's candidacy. As such, she ought to be given the dignity of a prime speaking spot. As a matter of precedence, she ought to be third behind only Senator Obama and his running mate.

    June 26, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  176. Evelyn- AZ

    Ticket-taker.

    Evelyn – AZ

    June 26, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  177. Erlich

    i think she should be a great speaker to unify the party cause after the primary does a lot of thing to clean up to the voter in florida in michigan
    if that happen the democrat will take over the white house for a good reason
    Hillary Clinton is a very impotant key to the democrat party at the convention she has to prove it to make the formula together we can work properly.

    June 26, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  178. Ron Powell, New Haven, Ct

    Jack, Hillary's role should be limited to, and focused on, the unification of the Democratic Party. If she could be constrained to function within this rather narrow posture, she should be given the opportunity to deliver the keynote address. This would get her on and off the stage in prime time and as early as possible in the proceedings which should be concentrated on promoting Sen. Obama and the Demcratic Platform........

    June 26, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  179. Greg

    Vice-Presidential nominee Jack. Then Vice-President or the next four years.

    June 26, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  180. june lasee

    I think Hillary should give her full meaningful support at the convention in any way the two of them decide. – She and Obama. She could also use the convention to thank her 18 million fervent supporters who ante'd up finally and retired her war chest debt. if these are such incredible Hillary supporters, it is high time to show us the money. Even a couple bucks each would retire her debt and not make her come to Obama for a handout. Why is no one asking this question?

    June 26, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  181. Jeremy Coleman

    I think Hilary should get a primetime speaking spot. And please stop saying there's a split between the Clinton and Obama campaign. Obama is the nominee and Hillary's run for president is over so there is no longer a Clinton campaign. And he should'nt ask his small donors to pay off her debt when some of her former staff are still taking shots at Obama. Why should he rush to hire them when they haven't rushed to support him without gettin paid.

    June 26, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  182. Mike, Spring, TX

    I figure that she'll be sitting at the front door with a tin cup.

    June 26, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  183. Mabel from Virginia

    Hillary's role should be the same as former candidates has been. Her best abilities should be showcased, but she is not the winning candidate and it is not about her.
    Where are those millions of supporters when she needs them? Why aren't they helping to retire her debt? They can't all be maxed out, she wouldn't have those financial woes if they were.

    June 26, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  184. Purnell

    The Clintons keep trying to steal the limelight; they have forgotten that their role now is to be a cheerleader for the candidate! And not be sore losers, it time to grow up!

    June 26, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  185. Jim in Conn.

    Hi Jack,

    She and Bill would make Great Ambassadors To other Countries, or even Supreme Court Judges.

    Jim in Conn.

    June 26, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  186. David from the beach

    STAY AWAY !!!

    June 26, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  187. Terri Nixon

    Coatroom Clerk, she could pay down her debt with the "teeming" tip jar.

    I was a hugh Hillary Clinton fan until she and Bill got desperate and went racial. So, let her eat coats/cakes.

    Tid

    June 26, 2008 at 5:32 pm |