Bill Clinton Seeks Help Retiring Hillary's Campaign Debt

By: CBS/AP (Posted by Kion Hudson)
By: CBS/AP (Posted by Kion Hudson)

(CBS/AP)-- As the political world waits in rapt anticipation for any word from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on whether she will run for the presidency in 2016, her husband, former President Bill Clinton, is busy tying off loose ends from her last run.

In a message sent today to Hillary Clinton's email list, Mr. Clinton asked supporters to help pay down his wife's lingering campaign debt from her 2008 presidential bid, offering the possibility of a free trip to New York City to spend a day with the former president to any supporter who donates before December 6.

Her campaign has winnowed down millions of dollars of debt that totaled $25 million when she ended her bid in June 2008 to $73,000 as of September 30.

"Hillary would not be where she is today without your support and dedication," wrote Mr. Clinton. "To thank you, I hope you'll seize this chance to come to New York and spend the day with me."

Hillary, who will depart President Obama's cabinet in his second term, has remained mum on whether she will mount another presidential bid of her own in 2016 but has cautioned supporters that she would like to "find out how tired I am" after walking the "high wire of American politics" for more than two decades.

Her husband has tantalized supporters by saying he has "no earthly idea" whether she will decide to run - a comment that, while scrupulously agnostic, stops short of a Shermanesque denial and clearly implies that a bid remains a possibility.

Early 2016 polling shows Clinton holding an almost-prohibitive advantage over possible rivals in early primary and caucus states.


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