As Clinton Returns, Obama Asks His Donors to Help Her

Ovations, high-fives mark her arrival on Capitol Hill
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2008 10:49 PM CDT
Hillary Clinton embraces Chuck Schumer, obscuring Barbara Mikulski, as Clinton arrives at the Capitol.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton received a hero's welcome today with two standing ovations when she returned to Capitol Hill, Reuters reports. "There was a tear or two and a lot of high-fives," said Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland. Clinton may be getting more than moral support, however. Barack Obama asked his top donors in a conference call to help Clinton retire her $10 million campaign debt, ABC News reports. Also today, Bill Clinton publicly backed Obama and said he'd help him get elected.

"If you care about the issues I care about, you really have to stay with us in the Democratic Party and vote for Senator Obama," said Hillary Clinton, who brushed off any VP talk. "My role is to be the very best senator I can be."