Obama and Clinton Will Raise Funds Together Next Week in NYC

By Dotcomabc

Jul 5, 2008 11:49am

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller reports:  Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton will appear together at two New York City fundraisers next week in an attempt to raise money for not only the presumptive nominee but also to settle some of Clinton’s campaign debts.

"You know, I haven’t been closely involved with the details," Obama said, but "I think our respective fundraisers have been working together. As I’ve said before, I want to make sure that we’re providing Sen. Clinton with some help just as she is going out of her way to campaign on our behalf. We’re gonna be united. I want us to be able to concentrate going into the convention and — coming out of the convention — on winning this election."

According to the Obama campaign, the former opponents will hit the fundraising circuit in Clinton’s backyard for three fundraisers.

On Wednesday night, Obama and Clinton will attend two fundraisers in Manhattan –- one for Obama’s presidential campaign and one to help Clinton raise money to pay off the more than $10 million she owes to campaign debtors.

On Thursday morning they will appear together at a women’s fundraiser breakfast for Obama at the New York Hilton and Towers. Sen. Obama has been courting Sen. Clinton’s fundraisers slowly since Clinton suspended her campaign on June 7.

Last Thursday, Clinton and Obama held a joint fundraiser at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C.  It was an attempt to introduce Obama to some of Clinton’s deep-pocket donors.

This is the first public appearance together for the former opponents since their much-publicized event in Unity, N.H., last Friday. 

Blog updated with quote from Sen. Barack Obama.

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