Clintons make rare public appearance together at NYC fundraiser

By Jake Whitman

Mar 19, 2007 3:38am

ABC’s Jake Whitman Reports:   Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-NY, took the stage in New York Sunday night with her husband, the former president, in a rare public appearance for the couple.

The major fundraiser at a Manhattan hotel ballroom filled with New York elected officials and wealthy Democratic donors was expected to bring in over $1 million for her presidential campaign.

Bill Clinton introduced his wife by describing her long career in public service, and recalling how he encouraged her to pursue a career in New York or Chicago, but instead she followed him back to Arkansas.

"I now have met all the best people in our generation, and you are the best," he recalled telling her then. "And I feel more strongly about that today than I did when I said it 35 years ago. That’s why she should be president … You’ll never find anybody who will do a better job of it than she will."

In her speech, Sen. Clinton denounced the Iraq war, which she voted to authorize in 2002, and promised to end it as president if President Bush does not by the end of his term.

"We never should have gone there, we never should have seen the mismanagement and the bad decisions that have unfortunately marked this administration’s behavior. But we are there now and we have to end the war in the right way."

The Clintons have kept largely separate public schedules since Hillary Clinton launched her campaign in January.

Sunday’s event was the first large-scale fundraiser the couple has headlined together.

The two will appear again together at a major fundraising dinner Tuesday night in Washington.

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