Obama has asked his donors to help pay Hillary’s debt:
Sen. Barack Obama has asked top contributors to help his former rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Hillary Clinton, retire her debt, an Obama campaign source said Tuesday.
Obama did not direct members of his National Finance Committee to contribute to Clinton’s campaign, the source said, but asked them to do so if they were so inclined.
Clinton suspended her campaign and endorsed Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination this month.
She has amassed a campaign debt of about $22 million, but about $12 million of that is money the New York senator loaned to the campaign herself.
Candy Crowley on CNN stated that Hillary is going to eat her own loans, but just wants help retiring the other ten million outstanding. While it is normal for candidates to help pay down the debt of those they have defeated (Crowley mentioned Hillary helping Tom Vilsack’s debt when he left the race), I am unaware of a campaign helping to pay down this much debt.
As a side note, I wonder if this will engender any good will for Obama from former Clinton supporters, and it will be interesting to see how the Clinton bloggers react. Not only is helping her pay down her campaign debt a gesture of good will, but it is important to remember where that debt is from. The debt, if you think about it, is from the last few months of the campaign when Clinton went with the kitchen sink strategy. Obama is now subsidizing the “White People Won’t Vote For Him” Appalachian tour, the 3 am ad, and the rest of the bile they chucked his way over the last two months when it was clear Clinton could not win. If Clinton supporters can not recognize this gracious gesture from Obama, they are hopeless.
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I guess we have our answer. Hopeless.