The Washington Times - January 18, 2009, 10:27PM

Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton signaled this weekend she’s done raising money for her campaign debt, even though it’s still legal for her to do so.



After months of asking them to help her retire some of the leftover debts, Clinton sent supporters a note today saying she would keep them in her heart on her next journey.


It’s a personal message that reads like a farewell to politics.


Here’s her note:

This is not a goodbye, because we’re all embarking on a new American journey.

With our nation moving in an exciting new direction, you and I and all Americans are going to be a key part of the change that is coming. I couldn’t be more hopeful about meeting the challenges and seizing the opportunities that lie ahead.

But I want to take just one moment to look back at the incredible experiences you and I shared over the last two years. From the moment we launched our historic campaign back in January 2007, I was deeply moved by the amount of support you showed me .

We spent 17 months in a hard-fought campaign making sure that every American had a chance to make their voice heard. We made history by putting 18 million cracks in the very highest glass ceiling.

And when that campaign came to an end, we kept working and fighting, putting our hearts into making history again by helping to put Barack Obama and Joe Biden in the White House.

I’m so proud of all we accomplished, but most of all, I’m proud to call you my friend. Your devotion to making our country and our world a better place has been a constant source of inspiration to me.

In our most difficult moments, it was you who kept our efforts moving forward. In our happiest moments, you and I celebrated together. Together we walked this amazing journey one step at a time and I couldn’t have done without you.

And as I take the first step on the next path in our journey, I know you’ll be right there with me, as always, in my heart and by my side.

Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless America.



That follows one from her mother Dorothy Rodham Friday, titled “One last request”:

I’ve been so proud watching my daughter over the past few days as she begins a new step in a life so full of accomplishment. And I know she’ll continue to do great things for our country.

Now I have to ask you — for the very last time — to give her your help. This is our last chance to help Hillary pay down the debt from her history-making campaign.

I know how much it would mean to her to have your help this one last time. Please take this opportunity to show Hillary your support by making a contribution today.

Contribute today to help my Hillary in honor of all she’s done to help our country throughout her life.

Thank you for everything you’ve done for Hillary — I know you make a difference for her every day.


Dorothy Rodham


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