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At Last Minute, Obama Makes Pitch To Help Clear Clinton Debt

(CBS)


(NEW YORK) Barack Obama made his way to New York City tonight, with Hillary Clinton and Caroline Kennedy by his side. The three were heading to fund-raisers for Obama, and in part, for Clinton. The goal of the evening was to gather contributions for Clinton's primary debt, but Obama almost forgot to ask for donations for his former opponent.

After delivering a 30-minute speech where he praised Clinton and jabbed at John McCain, Obama left the stage without mentioning Clinton's debt. As the music began to play, Obama rushed back to the stage. "Hold on a second guys, I was getting all carried away," he said as the crowd laughed.

"Senator Clinton still has some debt. And I could have had some debt if I hadn't won so I know the drill," he said as he called on his supporters to contribute. "You know, that is part of the process of making sure that we are unified moving forward."

Supporters found pledge forms under their seats asking for donations for Clinton's "Debt Retirement". The form had a "Hillary for President" logo on it. The maximum contribution is $2,300/individual and $4,600/couple.

Obama and Clinton will appear together at a fund-raiser later tonight, as well as one tomorrow morning.