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May 13th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Would you enter a lottery where Bill Clinton is first prize?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Bill Clinton wants to help his wife pay off her campaign debt.

So much so that the former president is raffling himself off in an e-mail to millions of Hillary Clinton supporters.

Here's what the e-mail says:

"How would you like the chance to come up to New York and spend a day with me? Hillary's campaign still has a few vestiges of debt that I know she would like to see paid in full. Will you reach out today to help Hillary this one last time?"

This is the second time in the last few months that Bill Clinton has raffled his time to help his wife. As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton is not allowed to raise money herself to pay off her campaign debt.

The target audience here is not the typical big-time Democratic donors... Hillary relied on them during the campaign and most have already given the maximum allowed.

Rather, Clinton is appealing to smaller donors - you can give as little as $5 online and you've bought a chance to spend the day with President Clinton.

Hillary Clinton still owes a small boatload of money from her failed presidential bid... records show her campaign is close to $770,000 in debt. Much of it is owed to Mark Penn, Clinton's chief political strategist and pollster.

This doesn't include the $13 million personal loan that Hillary Clinton made to her campaign. She'll likely never see that money again.

Here’s my question to you: Would you enter a lottery where Bill Clinton is first prize?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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Filed under: Bill Clinton
May 13th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Do you plan to join the political rebellion this year?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

November is shaping up to be a blood-bath for incumbents.

House Minority Leader John Boehner describes it as a "political rebellion" that's brewing in America. Boehner says the public is awake, involved and irritated at the arrogance of Washington... he says the message is "politicians beware."

And he's right... so far, we've seen incumbents from both parties lose in primaries - including 18-year Utah Republican Senator Robert Bennett and 28-year Democratic congressman Alan Mollohan of West Virginia.

And there are signs that they are only the first to drop... in Pennsylvania, Senator Arlen Specter may soon be on his way to the unemployment line. His primary challenger - congressman Joe Sestak - is surging in the polls and appears to have the momentum headed into next week's election.

Another Democrat, Senator Blanche Lincoln, seems to be on shaky ground in Arkansas' upcoming primary... polls suggest she may not win in the first round of voting and be forced to enter a run-off with her Democratic challenger.

Republicans have been predicting they'll make big gains in November... but that's not necessarily a safe bet. You see, the people are sick of pretty much all the politicians in Washington... Republicans and Democrats.

Take it from someone who's been there... former Idaho Democratic Congressman Larry LaRocca says the 2010 elections will be worse than 1994 for incumbents - that's the year he lost his seat in the big Republican sweep of Congress.

LaRocca believes the atmosphere is even more toxic now... but that this time, the anger is evenly divided between the two major parties. As it should be. One is as bad as the other.

Here’s my question to you: Do you plan to join the political rebellion this year?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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Filed under: Elections