Obama Says Donors Should Help Clinton With Debt -- If They Want To

In a call with his major donors today, Barack Obama encouraged his donors to "give what they could" to Hillary Clinton, but only if they're inclined to, according to a Democrat with direct knowledge of the matter.

ABC News and CNN first reported that Obama had urged his donors to help Clinton retire at least $10m of her campaign debt; Obama advisers interpreted Obama's comments more passively -- he was responding to a question from a donor.

Whether Obama would ask his donors to help Clinton retire her debt has been a major question that Clinton donors have asked in the days leading up to Thursday's meeting with Obama.

Clinton owes about $10.35m in unpaid bills; you can bet that the donors will not pay her back the $11m+ she loaned herself.

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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

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