Hilary raids own kitty as Obama photofinish takes toll

US-VOTE – 02/07/2008 01:41 GMT – AFP

WASHINGTON, Feb 6, 2008 (AFP) – Hillary Clinton’s race for the White House showed vulnerability Wednesday as she admitted tapping her own pocketbook for five million dollars to keep up a grueling fight against rival Barack Obama. “A month and a half is an eternity in politics generally. It’s certainly an eternity in this race especially,” Obama told reporters. “We feel confident that the wind is at our back.” One day after fighting to a virtual draw with Senator Obama in the Super Tuesday primaries, Senator Clinton acknowledged that his fund-raising supremacy had pushed her to tap her personal finances in January for the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“I loaned the campaign five million from my money,” Clinton said, a day after 22 state nominating contests failed to set a clear front-runner for the Democratic nomination.

“I loaned it because I believe very strongly in this campaign. We had a great month fund-raising in January, broke all records.

But my opponent was able to raise more money,” Clinton said.

The admission came as Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean warned that the party needed to settle the winner before its nominating convention in August or face an uphill chall