Clinton Hits the Campaign Trail with Obama, While McCain Continues to Promote His Experience

By: Susan Roberts, CBS Washington
By: Susan Roberts, CBS Washington

June 25, 2008

Hillary Clinton is ready to hit the campaign trail, and Barack Obama is ready to help his former rival pay down the millions of dollars her campaign still owes.

While the Democrats work to unify the party, John McCain continues to promote himself as the candidate with the experience to lead.

Barack Obama looks forward to campaigning with Hillary Clinton, and she says the feeling is mutual.

"I am one hundred percent committed to doing everything I possibly can to make sure that Senator Obama is sworn in as the next President of the United States," said Hillary Clinton, Senator of New York.

Hillary Clinton also rejected reports that her husband, former president Bill Clinton, is less than enthusiastic about supporting Obama.

"He has said he will do whatever he can and whatever he's asked," she added.

Clinton's remarks come as Obama's top donors start to help with her campaign debt. As of the end of May, the Clinton camp owed more than $22 million. Obama hopes the financial aid -- and his upcoming joint appearance with Clinton -- will help bridge the divide in the Democratic party.

The latest poll shows Obama with a twelve point lead over Republican candidate John McCain. The L.A. Times poll shows that Obama's stand on domestic issues, like the economy, is a big draw for voters. But with gasoline at four dollars a gallon John McCain is betting that he can win over voters with his energy proposals. He made the case in Las Vegas.

"I will break the stalemate in Washington. I will put this country on the course to energy security," said John McCain, Republican candidate for the Presidency.

McCain also needs funding. He has raised $122 million since the start of the race, which is less than half of Obama's $287 million.

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