Hillary Clinton to Join Obama at Democratic Fundraiser

President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will headline a two-day Democratic National Committee fundraiser next month in Washington, according to an invitation to the event.

Clinton, Obama’s former secretary of state and a potential candidate to succeed him in office, will speak at a luncheon on Sept. 19. Obama will address the gathering later that day.

The DNC’s Women’s Leadership Forum starts Sept. 18 with a welcome reception hosted by first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden. The event is designed to raise money for efforts to draw more women into the party.

Tickets range from $25 for students to $32,400, which includes access to the welcome reception, multiple photo receptions and other events, according to the invitation.

Clinton, who has said she’s considering a 2016 campaign for president, will be in the spotlight next month by headlining Senator Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry in Indianola, Iowa.

As polls have consistently shown Clinton is the overwhelming favorite for the next Democratic presidential nomination, she took a step toward breaking with Obama in an interview published earlier this month that suggested he lacked a world view in his foreign policy.

“Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle,” she told the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, referring to a phrase Obama has used to describe his approach to world affairs.

Eyeing Independents

The comment triggered a spat between a White House eager to defend itself in the face of multiple foreign crises and a Clinton operation seeking to separate the potential candidate from some of the administration’s actions. While such efforts may hurt her among Democratic primary voters should she run for president, it may help her win support in a general election campaign from independents and Republicans focused on national security.

Clinton, who served as secretary of state from early 2009 through early 2013, later called Obama to smooth things over. The two sat at the same table at a dinner on Aug. 13 at a golf club on Martha’s Vineyard, where they celebrated the 80th birthday of Ann Jordan, who with her husband Vernon Jordan, is a major Democratic donor.

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