Obama, Clinton to join forces in Unity, New Hampshire

June 23, 2008

ALBUQUERQUE – It is no secret that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will be hitting the campaign trail together on Friday.

The Obama campaign announced last week that the two former rivals would appear in public for the first time since the Illinois senator captured the Democratic presidential nomination on June 3.hillary4.jpg

But the campaign kept the location of the joint appearance under wraps. Until now.

Their rally will take place in Unity, New Hampshire, a small town near the Vermont border where each candidate received 107 votes in the primary.

Clinton threw her support behind Obama at a rally in Washington on June 7, where she announced she was suspending her campaign and urged her supporters to back Obama.

The community’s name underlines the message of party unity the two are trying to promote after their bitter nomination struggle.

In a cliff-hanger vote, Clinton won the Jan 8 New Hampshire primary, edging out Obama who had been expected to prevail.

The Granite state will be a battleground in the general election. Though it has leaned Democratic in the past few years, Republican John McCain has a long history there which could help him.

New Hampshire launched McCain’s ascent to victory in his party’s minating race this year. The state also backed him for the Republican nomination in 2000 when he ran against President George W. Bush, but the Arizona senator stumbled in later races.

Obama has gone to lengths recently to try to court Clinton’s disappointed supporters and to promote the party unity message.

Last week, he convened national security meetings that included several high-profile Clinton advisers, such as former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and retired Gen. Wesley Clark. Obama and Clinton will also meet on Thursday with her financial donors at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington.

Visiting New Mexico on Monday, Obama held a town hall with women workers and was introduced by the state’s Lt. Gov. Diane Denish.

In his discussion with the women, Obama talked of growing up as the son of a single mother and told of his grandmother who went to work in a bomber factory during World War II and later became the “financial rock” of his family as he emphasized his support for equal pay for women workers.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed. Sen. Hillary Clinton speaks at the National Building Museum in Washington June 7, 2008.


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When senator Hillary Clinton’s slogan disclosed that,” Together, we’ll work together with senator Obama to make sure every American has the chance to live up to his or her God -given potential. This faith is good.
I have looked at every possible candidate. No one brings to a ticket what Hillary brings 18 million people committed to where she’s going, if you really want a winning ticket, this isn’t it? Feinstein said.
I think there are 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling. Yes, do it. I think Hillary has something that is a lot unusual. She has a very committed women constituency right now. She has grown in the campaign. She has some constituencies that she needs,” Rangel a founding member of the Congressional Black caucus and one of New York senator’s earliest supporters.
Of course, with Hillary participating in Obama campaign, Obama and Clinton will defeat their opponent John McCain in this fall.
President of the United States of America will be Senator Barrack Obama-the 44th Black-American President in America history. A new historic page is going to turn another one.

Posted by James B Pham | Report as abusive

I am an Obama supporter and plan to come to the unity meeting on Friday. Can somebody send me the following info?

1)Place of meeting
2)Time of meeting
3)Is meeting open to the public?

Many thanks. Neil McKenty

Posted by Neil McKenty | Report as abusive

Don’t be naive James. There are hundreds of thousands of Clinton supporters either sitting the election out or voting for McCain. I’m one of them. I was just on a conference call with 11,000 McCain supporters, which is a very small sample of the entire group now backing P.U.M.A.

Obama will get crushed in November. His inexperience, elitism, self-absorption, and flip-flopping will just start getting exposed, not to mention his lack of judgment and associations with Ayers, Wright, Meeks, and Rezko.

Back to the slums of Chicago he goes.

Posted by Ashley | Report as abusive

“Back to the slums of Chicago he goes.”

Seriously? What an incredibly racist thing to say. What “elitists” devote their lives to grassroots organizing and the slums of Chicago, for that matter?

Posted by A | Report as abusive

It’s a shame to see Barack Obama making such a huge mistake by picking Hillary Clinton as his running mate.

I’m registered as being Republican and I was planning to vote for Obama, but because he’s let somebody (the media, his party, Hillary, or something else) persuade him into pairing up with Hillary Clinton, he has now lost my vote.

Unfortunately Obama couldn’t see that his own party didn’t want Hillary in the White House. That’s why Democrats were voting for him, now that he’s offended many Anti-Clinton supporters he will surely lose those votes.

Barack Obama will not win the 2008 election and it will be because he chose Hillary!

He couldn’t have made a worse move if he tried. What a real shame.

Posted by Bill Roads | Report as abusive

It’s great that Hillary is out campaigning with Obama, but why doesn’t he just go ahead take her on as his VP? If he did that he would get most of the 18 million people who voted for Hillary behind him, including me. I am still heartbroken and waiting for him to tell me why I should support him. My 18 year old daughter said to me this week: “You know, mom, if you are a lifelong Democrat and you are not comfortable with the choices you have to make in this election, then something’s wrong.” …Out of the mouths of babes.

Posted by drblynnware | Report as abusive

This is an opportunity for Hillary Clinton and alot of others of her campaign to show “real” humility and courage in the face of the forces of a “New American”. A America that is based on acceptance and adaptability in the real world and not one created by the few and powerful elites.
This new person in the form of Senator Obama can only evolve into more of his stature stepping forward, now that an example has be born from the shadows and struggles of the past.
I am not expecting Obama to be some “massah” nor do I expect his complete and sounding victory over McCain, but I do expect to see a new Democratic Party with a next-generation flavor and youth.
I think the Obama Administration can be a show case for the future of American polictical culture into the next few generations until we are finally free to let go of the past and move into the future. There are massive needs to attended to within this country that need new minds and the view that America must be unified.

Posted by Dyke Vondale Davis | Report as abusive


Let’s hope pigs can fly!

As for Obama, he needs REAL support – not the ‘now let’s start planning my power base’ kind of support that Hillary will be offering.

Does Obama look stupid? No, he’s as keen as mustard: may he tame that Clinton woman!!

Posted by The Truth Is… | Report as abusive

I chose Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton, because, he is Barack Obama, and not Barack O’Clinton. There are similar and competing ideologies; but to meld the Obama camp and the Hillary camp into a competitive party to take to Denver, therein lies the rub. It cannot be done. Politics makes strange bedfellows, but some things do not mix. Hillary Clinton is well on her way to becoming a billionaire. She can drop $22.5-million and still have money to burn. Does Hillary Clinton worry about the price of gasoline? Is she concerned about the cost of groceries? Does Hillary lose sleep over retirement? Where are all the people who say hooking up with the Clintons was such a good idea? I know what you’re thinking. Did Hillary go down 22.5-million or only 20-million? Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as Hillary Clinton is the most powerful politician in the world, and would eat your gizzard in a heartbeat, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya: http://theseedsof9-11.com

Posted by Peggy McGilligan | Report as abusive