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11-Year-Old Sells Bike For Hillary Clinton

Boy Sells Bike For Clinton While She Soars in Swing States

The news out of the Clinton campaign regarding the candidate's finances hasn't been good lately. Even though she has raised an astonishing $200 million so far, Hillary is $19.4 million in debt.

But she has found a diamond, or at least $422, in the rough of bad money news — an 11-year-old Kentucky boy sold his bike and video games and donated the proceeds to her campaign.

Hillary's young fan Dalton Hatfield shared his motivation to give with the New York Times:

I saw that her funds were running low. I just saw so much that I did not need such as like my video games, and I thought, "What can I do with them?"

Dalton agrees with Clinton's position on the war, the economy, and health care.

Despite her lack of cash, Hillary may have a new incentive to fight on. To see why,


A new poll shows that Clinton is stronger than Obama in the swing states. Clinton significantly beats John McCain in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, while Obama trails McCain in two of the three swing states.

Does the new poll give Hillary a persuasive reason to fight on, or is it more proof that she should get out and let Obama increase his support in these regions? Are you inspired by young Dalton's enthusiasm or bummed that he sold his possessions to make a minimal dent in Hillary's debt?


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Karen12345 Karen12345 9 years
His quote reminds me of something ... And the Asian countries, and like, such as ... Anyways, I agree that it was a waste of money. How much longer did she even stick in? Poor kid, and he could have put that in a savings account for college. Also, I disagree that this is no different than giving to an AIDS charity, etc. If you donate to a nonprofit then your money is going to help others in need. Donating to Hillary is just giving money to someone who is likely much wealthier than you.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
Well that's nice news about the kid, that he cares about politics and all that ;)
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Great, have you seen CNN lately? They are completely in the tank for Hillary. It amazes me how every channel can run the Wright footage into the ground for months, but some how all the networks are in the tank for Obama. I saw a segment on Fox News where they had a random Pastor saying that Obama wasn't "pure" because he had his jezebelle white mother that tempted his pure father. I just have to laugh when people say the media is sucking up to Obama. The fact is that Obama clearly has a huge advantage, and Hillary has had very small chances for months now. The fact that the media makes it seem like a close race is them doing a favor for her. I also think that you can't over look how poorly she has managed the money in her campaign. That isn't being mean, and it isn't something that would apply to Obama's campaign, because he isn't in debt. Even if the Michigan and Florida delegates were seated in full Obama would still have more delegates. It is because of this, it appears to me she is staying in it just to recoup her investment.
syako syako 9 years
cab - :notworthy:
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
Thanks for holding down the fort Cab. You are absolutely right. If this was about McCain or Obama there wouldn't be these comments. I'm so tired of blind Hillary bashing. Get over it!
janneth janneth 9 years
I did think it was sweet of the kid, and also shows that he is very bright to be thinking about politics. And raci, you could sell your emoticons and donate the money to hillary.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Pop, are you kidding? There are several stations who can't even begin to say they aren't 100% in favor of Obama. And there are political analysts (abc for one) who are basically just Obama campaigners. Hillary is really getting slighted in the media by her former worshipers. It is interesting. And about the kid, these aren't his views, they're his parents. Hands down. If it was a kid donating to the KKK cause he liked what they supported, the courts would take him away sighting parental influence. FYI, not comparing Clinton to the KKK, just saying that 11 year olds are heavily swayed by parents, especially in political and religious beliefs.
serial serial 9 years
Pop, Maybe if Fox were reporting it.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
If it were Obama, the story would say that he strangled an 11 year old with an American flag and stole his bike.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
This reminds me of the woman who left all her money to the IRS (to the tune of a million bucks!) when she died. It's noble sort of, but you can't help thinking what a waste... Or, that's just me. Rac, I found some emoticons for you:
blondie01 blondie01 9 years
good point cabaker! this story would probably be spinned differently if it were to be applied to each presidential candidate cute kid...naive, but cute
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
You know, I have a feeling that if this were an Obama story, we'd be hearing the symphony playing and we'd all be being told about how "inspiring" Obama is, even to children, and how we now have "hope" for our future.... :oy: Why can't Hillary be inspiring? I really don't see why this is a bad thing, the kid did something he was passionate about. What if he would have given the money to an AIDS charity? Would we then be saying he should get the money back? Probably not. Passion is passion, and he likes her, he wanted to do it, I say good for him. Not to mention that 99% of politicians are affluent, if you get bugged by those are aflluent and who solicit donations from a working class, then you pretty much are being bugged by all of them... even Obama made 4.2 million last year.
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
Very sweet gesture from the boy and it is very impressive that he knows enough about politics to want to be involved but...I can't belive she took the money from a little kid with her campaign so deep in the hole and her chances so slim! I agree with you serial. It bothers me that someone so affluent solicits donations from the poor working class she claims to represent. She's so worried about their grocery costs, energy bills, foreclousres and how much they spend on gas but every public appearence she's asking them for money that could be spent on food or gas. She has them believing she is thier champion, one of them. It makes me sad. I feel like they're being duped.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Moos, I don't know what it is but when it comes to politics I say such terrible things to people. I sometimes have to edit what I write here so it's not inappropriate but sometimes they get through. I am looking for an intern to help me with commenting on CS and who can select the right emoticons. I just can't seem to pick one that fits what I'm writing. :prego: Like that. Why the hell did I pick that? What does that even mean. It's so disheartening.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I think it is so sweet of the boy, BUT... She is in debt because she carelessly spent money, was frivolious early on, and didn't spend with in her means. She loaned her campaign money twice, and so in essence, the debt in her campaign is debt she owes to herself. I kind of makes me feel like the kid was taken advantage of. I heard on NPR that an Iowa small town caterer had to hire lawyers to get her to pay her $200,000 buffet bill from 2007. When you stiff small businesses and you are worth $109 Million dollars, it just doesn't sit well with me.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
Good plan, bellasugar! And I know, rac. We made the mistake of talking politics at the bar the other night and it made me want to bang my head against the wall. "I'm voting for Hillary." "Why?" "Because she's a woman." ... "That's it?" "Well, yeah." ... "I'm going to go take a bathroom break now. When I come back, we're not going to talk about this anymore."
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Jon Stewart made the best point: This kid sold his toys to help her, and SHE TOOK THE MONEY! From a kid! If I were her, or any candidate in her position, I would have given the money back, surprised the kid with a shiny new bike, and stood with him to talk about my education platform. That way, the politician still gets to have the heartwarming story AND the opportunity to push talking points. A win-win!
TsuKata TsuKata 9 years
I think it's great that the boy is thinking about that kind of thing. I wish his parents had guided him to a more worthy cause for his altruism.
MindayH MindayH 9 years
I think that it is great that an 11 year old feels strongly enough about this country that he would re-evaluate his material items to support his candidate. I am glad my parents encouraged me to pay attention to politics at a young age (more like 14 though) and no matter what candidate he is supporting, it is a good story for the masses to read.
serial serial 9 years
To quote Jon Stewart: "And then as the boy who sold his bike and video games looked on, Hillary Clinton's campaign blew his entire donation on confetti! Food for thought for Dalton Hatfield as he walks to school and then home again to not play video games." The twisted thing about Hillary's call for donations is this: Her campaign is heavily in debt needs money to pay high-priced Washington consultants, pollsters, various vendors, and HERSELF back. By some estimates, she's $20 million in the red, including the $11.6 million she loaned herself to keep her floundering campaign running. Think about it, she's appealing to the poor working class and little kids to repay her debts and repay a loan she made to herself. These people believe in her, no doubt, but they have financial problems of their own as she so often points out. For a couple who's made $109 million since 2000, and has a net worth of at least $50 million, I think it's extremely disingenuous for the Clintons to be soliciting donations from the hardworking poor to fund Hillary's egotistic pursuit of the presidency, at all costs, even if it poisons Obama and the Democratic party's chances in November. If Hillary truly believes she's the better candidate and in her vision for America, she should stop hitting up those who can least afford to donate and start funding her campaign from her own wealth (a la Mitt Romney or Ross Perot).
em1282 em1282 9 years
Heh--I thought I was cynical. Guess I was wrong.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
That's all I'm sayin' linb ... and then all this ugliness ... This election is tearing us apart. :sigh: That emoticon makes no sense. I still don't have a grasp on these.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
linb linb 9 years
someone his *age*
linb linb 9 years
Oh, come on everyone. It's a cute story. And it's nice to see someone his ago show interest in politics. I agree, cassedy04. $200 million, spent on what? Pantsuits?
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