Obama asks supporters to help Clinton pay

June 25, 2008 at 7:03 AM
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WASHINGTON, June 25 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Barack Obama has asked key contributors to help retire the debt of his former Democratic U.S. presidential nomination rival Sen. Hillary Clinton.

During the primary campaign, Clinton, D-N.Y., amassed a $10 million vendor debt. She suspended her campaign days after Obama clinched the nomination June 3.

Obama, D-Ill., used a conference call Tuesday to ask members of his national finance team to contribute to help retire Clinton's debt "if they had the means to do so," a campaign aide told The Washington Post.

Clinton has a campaign debt of about $22 million but about $12 million of the total is money she loaned to the campaign from her funds, CNN reported.

Clinton and Obama have a joint campaign appearance Friday in Unity, N.H.

Obama, said he spoke with Clinton by phone Tuesday and Sunday.

"We had a good conversation," he said. "We're looking forward to seeing each other ... and campaigning on Friday."

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