Edition number 24 in this Digital Markets Blog presidential campaign 2008 series on what I am calling “User Generated Politics”
Clinton versus Obama million dollar smackdown!
While Obama reached out to Hollywood’s shining stars to fill his presidential campaign coffers, Clinton reached out to her husband, President Bill Clinton, to reach out “User Generated Politics” style to her supporters to match Obama’s financial prowess.
Last evening Barack Obama pocketed more than a million dollars for his presidential campaign, and partied Hollywood style to boot, as I have been reporting and analyzing in “Got $2500? Mingle with Obama, plus Spielberg, Katzenberg and Geffen” and “Barack Obama million dollar star in Hollywood”
Clinton does not wish to be in a fundraising deficit vis a vis Obama and is taking million dollar action as well, Bill Clinton that is.
The competitive fallout from last evening’s star-studded political and financial Hollywood fest for Obama actually extends way beyond the race for star-studded donor dollars.A public feud between the Clinton (both Hillary and Bill) and Obama camps has erupted, following comments made by David Geffen to the New York Times:
Not since the Vietnam War has there been this level of disappointment in the behavior of America throughout the world, and I don’t think that another incredibly polarizing figure, no matter how smart she is and no matter how ambitious she is, and is there anybody more ambitious than Hillary Clinton, can bring the country together.
Obama is inspirational, and he’s not from the Bush royal family or the Clinton royal family. Americans are dying every day in Iraq. And I am tired of hearing James Carville on television.
Neither of the Clintons are taking the Geffen remarks lightly.
I heard presidential candidate Clinton today defend her husband, President Clinton, and her campaign, at the first Democratic presidential candidate forum of campaign 2008, held this afternoon in Nevada, see “Clinton vs. Edwards, not Obama: ‘User Generated Politics’ live from Nevada.”
Responding to moderator George Stephanopoulos asking if Obama should admonish Geffen, Clinton offered “I want to run a positive campaign and I sure don’t want Democrats or supporters of Democrats to be engaging in the politics of personal destruction.”
Clinton also sought a nod from the Forum audience of union representatives, quipping: “I believe Bill Clinton was a good president and I’m very proud of the record of his two terms.”
While Clinton publicly took the high road, her campaign responded with old school political fire:
While Senator Obama was denouncing slash and burn politics yesterday, his campaign’s finance chair was viciously and personally attacking Senator Clinton and her husband. If Senator Obama is indeed sincere about his repeated claims to change the tone of our politics, he should immediately denounce those remarks, remove Mr. Geffen from his campaign and return his money.
While Democrats should engage in a vigorous debate on the issues, there is no place in our party or our politics for the kind of personal insults made by Senator Obama’s principal fundraiser.
The Obama campaign riposted:
We aren’t going to get in the middle of a disagreement between the Clintons and someone who was once one of their biggest supporters. It is ironic that the Clintons had no problem with David Geffen when was raising them $18 million and sleeping at their invitation in the Lincoln bedroom.It is also ironic that Senator Clinton lavished praise on Monday and is fully willing to accept today the support of South Carolina State Sen. Robert Ford, who said if Barack Obama were to win the nomination, he would drag down the rest of the Democratic Party because “he’s black.’”
During the verbal cross-fires, President Bill Clinton embarked on a million dollar Hillary fundraiser of his own, via email.
President Clinton personally addressed supporters in an email campaign aimed at raising one million dollars within a week:
Am I enthusiastic about my wife’s campaign for president? You bet I am, I know her better than anybody on earth, and she’s got the best combination of mind and heart of everybody I’ve ever known.
Look, with Republicans using everything in their arsenal to stop her campaign, Hillary is going to need every one of us to do everything that we can for her (as cited by ABC News).
What does Bill want every one to do for Hillary?
Demonstrate the range and breadth of Hillary's support by raising one million dollars in grassroots donations in a week's times.
In other words, “User Generated Politics,” campaign fundraising style!
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