"My staff has been calling this my 'retirement dinner'--not because I'm retiring, of course, but because we're working on retiring the debt we owe to small vendors all over the country." She adds: "Let's go to dinner! Every little bit helps and even $5 can make a real difference." It's a cute and probably effective effort. That is, until Bill weighed in with his powerful request to pledge support for his campaign to rid Africa of AIDS. "Please take my voice with you to Africa--and on to Mexico City for the International AIDS Conference--to speak for the millions living with HIV/AIDS and malaria who desperately need lifesaving treatment and for the countless people living in rural areas who do not have access to adequate health care." Clinton's request for $25 or more is more subtle, but if faced with the two pleas on the same day, which would you most likely write a check for?
By Paul Bedard