OBAMA AND CLINTON PUT ON A SHOW

  • Updated: July 10, 2008 - 10:52 PM

In their continuing effort to put the bad blood of the primaries behind them, the two Democrats appeared together at a Women for Obama fund-raising event.

It was not quite a screwball comedy at the New York Hilton and Towers on Thursday, but Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama put on a bit of a show before hundreds of donors at a political breakfast.

In their continuing effort to put the bad blood of the primaries behind them, the two Democrats appeared together at a Women for Obama fund-raising event. It came the morning after they appealed to donors at different gatherings on Wednesday night in an effort to help Clinton pay off part of the $23 million in debt she ran up trying to beat him in the primary campaign.

Both were effusive in their praise of the other on Thursday, as they have been in public since their very public show of post-primary unity in Unity, N.H., two weeks ago.

LEADING THE GREENS

Former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney's trek back from defeat takes her to Chicago this weekend and an improbable political rebirth. She is expected to be nominated as the presidential candidate for the Green Party of the United States and could appear on the ballot in as many as 36 states.

McKinney, 53, a lightning rod in her six terms as a Democratic congresswoman from Georgia, was defeated for reelection in 2006 after a much-publicized run-in with a U.S. Capitol police officer and her accusations that the Bush administration was covering up information about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

MCCAIN'S BEST MONTH FOR FUNDRAISING

Sen. John McCain raised more than $22 million in June for his presidential bid, his best fundraising performance of the year, and he ended the month with nearly $27 million cash on hand.

McCain campaign manager Rick Davis said McCain and the national Republican Party together entered July with about $95 million in the bank. The Republican National Committee collected nearly $26 million in June and had nearly $69 million on hand, officials said. The campaign's fundraising has given McCain the ability to outspend Obama on television advertising in key battleground states.

Obama has not revealed his June fundraising.

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