The Barack Obama campaign today issued a press release announcing that Senator Obama will campaign together with Senator Hillary Clinton on Friday, June 27th. This move is seen as a reconciliation between the two after a hard fought nomination campaign. Now that the nomination is settled, Democrats are joining together to set their sights on John McCain and the Republican Party.
Hillary Clinton’s Support Strengthens Barack Obama
Public support from his erstwhile opponent, Hillary Clinton, can only benefit the Obama campaign going forward. During the long nomination campaign, many of Senator Clinton’s supporters vowed that they would never switch allegiance to Barack Obama, even if that meant giving John McCain an advantage in November. By campaigning side by side in support of Barack Obama’s bid for the White House, the two are demonstrating to supporters of both camps that they are aligned on one fundamental goal: to make sure that the Republican Party does not retain the office of President of the United States after the next election. It is expected that Senator Clinton will appeal to her supporters to give their full support to Senator Obama and his bid for the presidency.
Defining John McCain
Until now, John McCain has had the advantage of defining his opponent in the November race, as Barack and Hillary contested with each other for the nomination. As a result, many polls have him running fairly close to his Democratic opponent in a head to head race against expectations. Ordinarily when the party in power has ratings as unfavorable among the American public as does the current administration, the opposition party has a strong advantage. The new Democratic campaign coalition between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will almost certainly move to take advantage of those unfavorable ratings and paint John McCain as a surrogate for the current economic and political difficulties the country is facing. With the launch of Senator Obama’s first general election campaign television ad on June 19th, we can expect the candidates of the two parties to begin to engage one another much more aggressively.
Barack Obama’s Campaign Funds
With Senator Obama’s recent declaration that he will not rely upon public matching funds for his campaign, he is free to raise and spend as much money as his supporters can send. With Senator Obama telling his millions of supporters in a You Tube video that he is relying on their five and 10 dollar contributions to match the “millions and millions” that McCain’s allies will spend in support of his campaign, we can be sure that the campaigns and the campaign commercials are about to heat up.
BarackObama.com, http://www.barackobama.com/index.php, retrieved June 20, 2008