Obama and Cinton appear in unity display

July 17, 2008 6:49:58 PM PDT
Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton met in Unity, New Hampshire to try and bring Democrats together. It was their first public appearance since the hotly contested primary ended three weeks ago.

Both candidates are making nice in an effort to bring their camps together.

Hillary Clinton told her supporters to follow her lead.

"The answer for me here in Unity, New Hampshire is to pledge my support and my hard work and my effort to the next president of the United States Barack Obama," said Senator Hillary Clinton (D) New York.

Clinton has come a long way in four months. In late February, she was attacking him pretty vigorously.

The question now is how many of her core supporters will make the switch. Last night, Obama and Clinton met with her biggest financial donors at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C. While the candidates were upbeat, there was considerable grumbling.

A Bay Area supporter of Clinton told ABC7 News that many at the Mayflower Ballroom were still upset that Clinton had lost.

In New Hampshire, Barack Obama tried to smooth things over.

"I've admired her as a leader, I've learned from her as a candidate. She rocks, she rocks, and that's the point I'm trying to make," said Senator Barack Obama (D) Illinois.

Obama is reaching out to Clinton's supporters but it's not her big money donors he needs, as much as her political base of blue collar voters.

"We really haven't yet seen the message that says look, I'm the guy who can help working class folks with only high school educations and I can do that," said U.C. Berkeley professor Henry Brady.

Earlier in June, Senator Dianne Feinstein brought Clinton and Obama together at her Washington home. She believes the two camps will come together as well.

"They are meeting to see how the campaigns can meld some of her people have been hired by the Obama people so I think things are going along quite well," said Feinstein.

Senator Feinstein was asked if she expected to see Bill Clinton out stumping for Obama. She said that would be up to Obama to decide and that the former president is the political equivalent of a "rock star."


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