FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Bill Clinton wants to help his wife pay off her campaign debt.
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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?
John in Santa Fe, New Mexico writes:
I'm a Democrat, but deride the idea that Pres. Clinton is our high water mark as a party. Still, the man has a world of experience and anecdotes, and I'm certain that he would be good company. I would rather have a good-natured argument with someone I respect, but disagree with, than trade platitudes with an ideological clone. Sign me up.
Jack in Des Moines, Iowa writes:
These kinds of raffles were everywhere back in 2008 as a way to raise cash for campaigns: dinner with the Clintons, beers with the Obamas, Metamucil with the McCains. You name it, they offered it.
Sure. I'd love to spend a day with the guy largely responsible for near-record low unemployment rates, a national surplus, and low crime rates. Ahhhhh, remember those days?
$5 for a chance to have Bill be my wingman? Where's my wallet?
Deb in Texas writes:
Jack, I'm perplexed and a little embarrassed for him at the same time. Personally it almost seems like he's prostituting himself to pay off her debts. I guess I just expected a little more professionalism and class from a former president.
Becky in Las Vegas writes:
If I had that kind of discretionary (pun intended) funds, I'd enter. However, I wouldn't visit him in New York. I'd rather have him come to my house. I have trees that need pruning, weeding to be done and perhaps a little painting.
Mike in New Orleans writes:
Yes, Jack, I would love to win an evening with Bill Clinton. I rarely get a chance to wear my blue dress.
Brian in New Jersey writes:
Five dollars and a dream can get you a day with the former leader of the Free World. Only in America!