Obama, Clinton to join forces in Unity, New Hampshire
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.
Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed. Sen. Hillary Clinton speaks at the National Building Museum in Washington June 7, 2008.