Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will appear together later today at a rally in Unity, New Hampshire, a town where they tied in the January primary with 107 votes each.
Today marks their first public step towards reconciliation following an intense and at times, brutal, primary season where the former rivals will travel to the small town in the Granite State for their first joint campaign rally.
Ahead of the Rally, Obama and Clinton spent Thursday evening at the Mayflower hotel in Washington, D.C. showcasing that unity for a group of millionaire Clinton fundraisers.
It was an extraordinary honor to be alongside her during the course of this campaign, Obama told the gathering. I am a better candidate as a consequence of having run against Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Obama and Clinton urged the gathered group to move past a divided primary season and to focus energies on the race to November.
We have to make it a priority in our lives to elect Barack Obama the next president of the United States, Clinton said in response to Obama's praise.
Obama and his wife, Michelle, each donated $2,300 Thursday to Clinton's campaign, which is millions of dollars in debt. The amount the Obama's donated is the maximum an individual can legally donate.
Obama complimented Clinton on a hard-fought race and acknowledged that loyalties remained and harmony might not come easy.
I recognize that this room shared the same passion that a roomful of my supporters would show. I do not expect that passion to be transferred. Senator Clinton is unique, and your relationships with her are unique.
But he added, Senator Clinton and I at our core agree deeply that this country needs to change.