It’s full-court press for the Barack-Obama-
Hillary-Clinton-we’re-best-of-friends-rally in Unity, New Hampshire this afternoon.
It’s officially called “Unite for Change” and the two rivals-turned-partners Democrats are going all out to prove it.
Clinton and some of her traveling aides hopped a ride to Unity, N.H. on the Obama plane (snarkily named Air Hope by some scribes), laughing, getting a kiss on the cheek from the presumptive nominee and chatting happily for the flight.
And courtesy of Athena Jones and Lee Cowan via MSNBC, Obama’s bright blue tie this morning perfectly matches Clinton’s pantsuit.
Obama sent me a text message this morning:
Turn on the news around 1 PM EST today to watch Barack Obama & Hillary Clinton live from a town called Unity, New Hampshire. Please fwd this msg.
His campaign previews the event by sending over these remarks, a version of which will probably appear in the Obama stump speech:
Today, Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton will campaign together in Unity New Hampshire, where each received exactly 107 votes in January’s primary.
Barack Obama has admired Senator Clinton as a leader, learned from her as a candidate, is proud to call her his friend, and knows how much they’ll need both Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton as a party and a country in the months and years to come.
He and Senator Clinton may have started with separate goals in this campaign, but they have made history together. Together, they attracted millions of Americans who cast their ballot for the very first time. Together, they inspired a record number of women, and African-Americans, and Latinos, and young people to participate in their democracy. Together, in this campaign, in 2008, they shattered barriers that have stood firm since the founding of this nation.
Because of this campaign, and because of the campaign waged by Hillary Clinton, our daughters will forever know that what they look like and who they are is no barrier to who they can be in the United States of America.
The Democrats over at VoteBoth will have voters on site to urge a joint Obama-Clinton ticket.
This is the first public appearance, but last night was the real launch of their campaigns merging when Clinton told some of her top fundraisers to support Obama.
I was on scene, and had this story in today’s paper:
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday stood side-by-side with presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama for the first time as a former candidate, introducing him to her top donors and urging them to back his campaign enthusiastically.
“Let me introduce my friend Senator Barack Obama to my friends, all of these wonderful people who have meant so much to me in my life,” the New York senator told more than 300 people who helped her raise $230 million as she tried to become the nation’s first female president.
“We have to make it a priority in our lives to elect Barack Obama the next president of the United States,” she said. “We are a family, and we have an opportunity now to really demonstrate clearly we do know what’s at stake, and we will do whatever it takes to win back this White House.”
The two Democrats who once battled for the nomination kissed on the cheek in front of the private gathering and “looked very good together,” attorney Chris Petersen of McLean told The Washington Times.
In a symbolic gesture, Mr. Obama opened his own checkbook for Mrs. Clinton’s remaining campaign debt, giving her $4,600 from him and his wife Michelle. His finance chairman Penny Pritzker did the same.
You can read the full story at http://www.washingtontimes.com/
Also, I did a short write-up of the protests outside the donor event: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/jun/27/inside-politics-63757866/?page=2
— Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter,
The Washington Times
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