Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama's campaign announced Friday that he will campaign with former rival Hillary Clinton next week, a step toward unifying the Democratic Party after a long primary fight.
Obama's campaign said in a brief e-mail that the two senators will campaign together for the first time on Friday.
Obama and Clinton also plan to meet Thursday in Washington with some of her top contributors in an effort to calm donors who remain frustrated with Obama's campaign. The former first lady will introduce Obama to her financial backers.
Obama's campaign disclosed the joint appearance – but offered few details – one day after announcing that he would reverse an earlier position and reject some $85 million in public financing for the general election. That announcement opened him up to a flood of criticism and dominated the news cycle.
Thus, Obama's campaign sought to redirect attention by putting word out a week in advance that Obama and Clinton would campaign together.
Obama reported raising $22 million in May, his weakest fundraising month this year. He ended the month with $43 million cash on hand, according to his campaign.
His May totals nearly match Republican rival John McCain's fundraising for the month.