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Clinton and Obama Reach Out to Women Donors
By Perry Bacon Jr.
In a bit of a role reversal, Hillary Clinton was funny, while Barack Obama was full of policy details as they appeared together at a fundraiser in the Big Apple for the second straight day.
Speaking before Obama at a "Women for Obama" fundraiser, Clinton talked about her post-campaign life, one where she is "kind of" rested.
"I'm trying to exercise a little bit, which I'm told does wonders for a person," Clinton said.
Noting Obama's reputation for exercising daily while on the campaign trail, she joked "Barack would get up and go the gym ... I would get up and get my hair done."
At the fundraiser, which targeted Democratic women and drew more than 2,000, the Illinois senator focused on his commitments to women's issues. Obama heaped praise on Clinton, but gave a policy-laden speech, promising to appoint federal judges who would defend abortion's rights, expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act and make sure women are paid equal to men if are in the same kinds of jobs.
"We take it for granted that women are the backbone of our families, but we too often ignore the fact that women are also the backbone of our middle class," Obama said "And we won't truly have an economy that puts the needs of the middle class first until we ensure that when it comes to pay and benefits at work, women are treated like the equal partners they are."
Donors had to provide at least $250 to attend, but could raise up to $23,000. Money went to both the Democratic National Committee and the Obama campaign.
Posted at 11:25 AM ET on Jul 10, 2008
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