Clinton to Join Obama on N.H. Campaign Stop

Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will campaign together Friday in Unity, N.H.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Now from the Congressman who bikes to the Capitol to two senators who have crisscrossed the country campaigning against each other. We're talking the presumptive Democratic nominee, Barack Obama, and his former rival, Hillary Clinton. The two are now traveling together this Friday to Unity, New Hampshire.

ARI SHAPIRO, host:

It's their first joint public appearance since Clinton officially suspended her campaign and threw her support to Obama. But why Unity, New Hampshire?

MONTAGNE: Well, that's an easy one. Both candidates received exactly 107 votes in Unity. And then there's the name, which inspires unity.

SHAPIRO: So we were thinking: What other towns might have brought the candidates together?

MONTAGNE: There's Fair Play, California.

SHAPIRO: Hope, Kansas. Friendly, West Virginia. There's Olive Branch, Mississippi.

MONTAGNE: And Harmony, California. Then there are the places that express the rivalry and discord of the primaries.

SHAPIRO: Like Defeated, Tennessee. Squabbletown…

MONTAGNE: …California, that would be, and Satan's Kingdom, Vermont.

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Where Else Could Obama and Clinton Have Met?

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Out of all of the cities and towns where two former rivals could have reunited, in the end, they chose Unity, N.H.

Not just for the name, their handlers say, but because both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama each received 107 votes in Unity during the New Hampshire primary.

But if you're going to pick a random town that's off the beaten path, why shun other places with potentially symbolic names — such as Truth or Consequences, N.M., or Smackover, Ark., or Happyland, Conn., What Cheer, Iowa, or Greasy, Okla.?

Here's a list of the best- and worst-named cities and towns that the two senators could have theoretically chosen as their rendezvous spot:

  • Ballstown, Ind.
  • Beauty, Ky.
  • Beer Bottle Crossing, Idaho
  • Boring, Md.
  • Breakneck, Conn.
  • Butts, Va.
  • Camel Hump, Wyo.
  • Celebration, Fla.
  • Climax, Colo.
  • Climax, Ga.
  • Climax, Mich.
  • Climax, Minn.
  • Climax, N.Y.
  • Climax, N.C.
  • Climax, Ohio
  • Climax, Pa.
  • Colon, Neb.
  • Competition, Miss.
  • Conception, Miss.
  • Confidence, Calif.
  • Ding Dong, Texas
  • Do Stop, Ky.
  • Eclectic, Ala.
  • Embarrass, Wis.
  • Enigma, Ga.
  • Epiphany, S.D.
  • Eureka, Utah
  • Fair Play, Calif.
  • Fairdealing, Mo.
  • Fannie, Ark.
  • French Lick, Ind.
  • Friendly, W.Va.
  • Friendship, N.Y.
  • George, Wash.
  • Greasy Corner, Ark.
  • Happy Camp, Calif.
  • Happyland, Conn.
  • Harmony, Calif.
  • Hasty, Colo.
  • Hazard, Ky.
  • Hope, Kan.
  • Hopeulikit, Ga.
  • Horneytown, N.C.
  • Humble, Texas
  • Imalone, Wis.
  • Kissimmee, Fla.
  • Liars Corner, Ohio
  • Looneyville, Texas
  • Lucknow, S.C.
  • Manly, Iowa
  • McCain, N.C.
  • Monkeys Eyebrow, Ky.
  • Nameless, Tenn.
  • Niceville, Fla.
  • Olive Branch, Miss.
  • Opportunity, Mont.
  • Paradise, Mich.
  • Romance, Ark.
  • Romance, Mo.
  • Rough and Ready, Calif.
  • Sanatorium, Miss.
  • Santa Claus, Ind.
  • Smackover, Ark.
  • Smile, Ky.
  • Smiley, Texas
  • Truth or Consequences, N.M.
  • Uncertain, Texas
  • Virginville, Pa.
  • Weiner, Ark.
  • What Cheer, Iowa
  • Whynot, Miss.
  • Wink, Texas
  • Yeehaw Junction, Fla.
  • Zigzag, Ore.
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