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Inside look at Obama team approach to helping Clinton pay off some primary debt. Clinton, Obama, unite on Thursday, Friday.

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WASHINGTON—I’ve learned some more details about the Obama team approach to help Clinton pay off some of her primary debt.

Hat tip to ABC, AP and CNN for their scoops on the Tuesday conference call presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) held with members of his National Finance Committee, where he asked his best fund-raisers to help Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) retire primary debt. (Not the $12 million loan she gave her campaign to keep her bid alive)

Now for more.

*National Finance Chair Penny Pritzker led the call; it started at about 5:15 central and lasted some 30 minutes. Obama was on between five and ten minutes.

*While Clinton owes vendors some $10 million, the Obama money people were not asked to raise any certain amount.

*There is the thought that even if Obama was to make an e-mail appeal to his small donors for Clinton--his band of low-dollar netroots loyalists would not be willing to make donations for a campaign in the past when Obama needs money for the November contest and he is not taking pubic funds.

The Obama call was part of a series of money-and-unity related event this week where Obama and Clinton wash each others hands. On Thursday, Obama and Clinton appear together before Clinton’s top donors—at the Mayflower Hotel here. The idea is for Clinton big bundlers to get the unity “ask” from Obama himself. While this is a fund-raising event, no one is being asked to write to a check for Obama in order to get in the door. On Friday Obama and Clinton appear together in Unity, N.H., a town where they both got 107 votes in the January primary.

Invited to the Thursday gathering: Clinton “Hillraisers” from across the country who raised $100,000 or more plus Washington area bundlers with a lower threshold; the thresh-hold for them to get to the Mayflower is raising $25,000.

*The Obama call had to come before the Thursday Obama/Clinton mixer in order to convey this message: “We’ll see how supportive the Clinton money people are of Obama. As a bid toward unity, we want to make clear we are willing to help Clinton—but we’ve got a ton of money to raise for Obama. But for the good of the unity cause, we will help her put some money together.”

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She has eighteen million voters she likes to remind us about Ms. Sweet. With two dollars apiece frome each of these individuals that equal $36 million dollars Ms. Clinton can't get two dollars apiece to retire her campaign debt from her previous supporters? Women toss more money away on stockings, makeup and getting their hair done.

As Sherlock Holmes would say, "Watson, I think something is not quite right here."

Ms. Sweet, Senator Hillary Clinton cannot keep bothering Democratic Presidential Nominee with HER ISSUES! This man cannot run a decent campaign against the Republicans without Senator Clinton's name popping up. I am not being dismissive, but enough is enough already.

Why in the heck would I put forth money to retire her debt while she and her husband has earned over 100 million dollars in less than ten years, and I have not come anywhere near half a million dollars? HELL, they are going to get it back on speaking engagements and book deals. Some of you might get angry, but they or Mrs. Clinton are NOT BROKE!

Douglas I so agree with you,but I don't think she can legally pay it off her self.I think she has till sept for the loan ,but if I read right she can use some of the money from her senate campaign fund to pay off the vendors.Could be wrong but I did read that on a blog somewhere.What I don't like are the leaks from the Clinton campaign about this and trying to blackmail the Obama campaign into doing what they want ,like they did to Pelosi.Seems to me senator Obama was asking for them to give money to the dnc,which supports all democrats not just Senator Obama.Sorry but I see Senator Clinton waiting with her delagates to spring if she gets the chance and using them to her advantage.

I agree, let her 18 million voters contribute to her huge debt! I still don't like her and I will only contribute to help Obama win in November, NOT to help the nasty hillary pay off her debts!

You are right Douglas. Where is PUMA? Where is Hillaryis44? Where are all those supposedly really, really, I mean REALLY pissed off supporters who are so much into Hillary that if she didn't win the nomination, they would defect? Where they or are they nothing more than Republican shills? Something is not right when you have a supposedly diehard base making all this fuss about her not winning the election yet they can't make the effort to donate a few bucks?

They supposedly got almost the same amount of votes, no? They were mostly from Democrats and Independents, no? He outspent her even though she began with over $100Million from big donors. He raised a large chunk through small donations. But where is her 18M strong base? They can't scrap a few bucks to help her but spend countless internet hours chiding the democrats for not giving the primary race to Hillary? It just doesn't pass the smell test. It feels like a lot of those so called Hillary supporters are nothing more than Republicans trying to pass for Hillary supporters but not willing to play a long when it comes to doling out the bucks.

HILLARY IS GOING TO DO HER PART, AND BARACK OBAMA WILL DO THE
SAME FOR HER!
THE DEMOCRATS ARE STRONG, FIERCE, TOGETHER, AND MOST OF ALL THEY
WANT TO WIN!
HILLARY AND OUR FUTURE PRESIDENT HAD A GREAT DAY TODAY!
JOING THE WINNING TEAM, AMERICA, WE NEED EVERYONE ON THE TEAM!

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