Clinton and Obama hold secret meeting

June 6, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Democratic rivals Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are starting to come together.

The two met privately at the Washington D.C. home of Senator Dianne Feinstein. The meeting between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton lasted about an hour. It was a one-on-one and no one else was present.

We don't know who asked for the meeting, but we do know that Clinton asked Senator Feinstein if she could use her house.

Hillary Clinton slipped out of her Washington home undetected for a secret meeting with the presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama. The meeting took place at Senator Dianne Feinstein's Washington home.

"It is critical that we have a united party. It is critical that Senator Obama and Senator Clinton work together. And all of us that are Democrats ought to be able to facilitate that in anyway possible," says Senator Feinstein.

Feinstein told reporters Clinton and Obama were laughing as they left the house. The joke was on the Washington Press Corps, which suspected the meeting but was camped outside the wrong house.

Obama's communications director Robert Gibbs wouldn't talk specifics, but said "they wanted to talk about brining these campaigns together in unity and bringing this party together."

On the GOP side, John McCain is working to keep Democrats from coming together by publicly praising Clinton in hopes of courting her base.

"The media often overlooked how compassionately she spoke to the concerns and dreams of millions of Americans," says McCain.

On Friday, his campaign released a new ad aimed at softening his image particularly on the issue of the war.

"Only a fool talks tough or romantically about war. I hate war and I know how terrible its costs are," says McCain in the ad.

But, Lorraine Hariton, one of Clinton's finance co-chairs and an ardent Clinton supporter, tells me it's not the war issue that will keep McCain from picking up Clinton's female support.

"Pro-choice; that's a big issue and there's real concern about the Supreme Court and having the right people on the Supreme Court," says Hariton.

Of the Clinton supporters who say they won't vote for Obama, ABC 7's political analyst Bruce Cain says that'll change. He points to what happened after McCain lost the Republican primary to George Bush in 2000. At first, 50 percent of McCain supporters said they couldn't vote for Bush.

"By the time you got to October, that number had dropped to 38 percent and by the time you got to the November election, less than 10 percent of registered Republicans voted against President Bush, so it was down to single digits," says Cain.

On Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m., Hillary Clinton will address a gathering of her supporters in Washington D.C. and she will throw her support behind Barack Obama. How enthusiastically she does that in the months to come will have a big impact on both of their futures.


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