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Election 2008

Obama, Clinton Seek Common Ground in 'Unity'

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton talk on board Obama's campaign plane on June 27, 2008, en route to New Hampshire. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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NPR Washington Editor Ron Elving says Hillary Clinton's chances to be Barack Obama's running mate are slipping away.

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and New York Sen. Hillary Clinton traveled to New Hampshire Friday afternoon for their first joint public appearance since the race for the Democratic nomination ended.

The two formal rivals greeted each other on the tarmac of an airport outside Washington, D.C., Friday morning with a handshake and a kiss. They sat next to each other in the plane to New Hampshire and spent the entire flight talking with each other.

The rally in the small town of Unity, N.H., is aimed at bringing together Democrats for the general election and building support for Obama against GOP Arizona Sen. John McCain. Sen. Clinton has already endorsed Obama.

The name of the town, which lies near the Vermont border, was the message of the day: that the election will be close but that every Democrat needs to get behind Obama no matter who they supported in the primaries. The candidates chose Unity as the location because both received exactly 107 votes there during the New Hampshire primary in January.

A new poll shows that just half of those who backed Clinton say they will now support Obama.

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