Hillary Clinton made her first campaign appearance together with Barack Obama today in a show of party unity. Perhaps the ulterior show of unity may be hoping Obama supporters will help mitigate her $23 million in campaign debt.
Report from Yahoo News:
UNITY, N.H. – Rivals turned allies, Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton made a display of unity Friday in a hamlet named for it, their first joint public appearance since the divisive Democratic primary race ended.
“Unity is not only a beautiful place as we can see, it’s a wonderful feeling, isn’t it? And I know when we start here in this field in Unity, we’ll end on the steps of the Capitol when Barack Obama takes the oath of office as our next president,” Clinton said just after she and Obama took the stage together.
In turn, Obama praised both Clinton and her husband, President Clinton, as allies and pillars of the Democratic Party, saying: “We need them. We need them badly. Not just my campaign, but the American people need their service and their vision and their wisdom in the months and years to come because that’s how we’re going to bring about unity in the Democratic Party. And that’s how we’re going to bring about unity in America.”
Moments earlier, the two snaked their way through some 6,000 people who gathered in a wide-open field and overflowed some bleacher seats in this town of 1,700. It was a carefully chosen venue in a key general election battleground state: Unity awarded exactly 107 votes to each candidate in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary in January.
The appearance capped a turbulent Democratic primary season and tense post-race transition as the two went from foes to friends â€” at least publicly. This was the most visible event in a series of gestures the two senators have made over the past week to heal the hard feelings â€” between themselves as well as among their backers â€” born from the acrimonious nomination fight. Both were mindful of the need for the entire Democratic Party to swing behind Obama as he faces Republican John McCain in the general election.
Report from the CBS Early Show:
Raw video from Sky News:
It was inevitable as stated last week, the two would begin campaigning together. I believe the challenge will be to keep the “Clinton legacy” from overshadowing Obama’s candidacy. I’m wondering how many appearances Bill Clinton will actually be making.