Clinton Dips Into Own Pocket

WASHINGTON -- Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are looking ahead to a long and bruising presidential battle, and Clinton said she loaned $5 million of her own money to the costly fight to keep pace.

Republican John McCain, still facing conservative opposition, has promised to unite his party as his coast-to-coast "Super Tuesday" wins in key states put him on the verge of clinching the nomination and capping a stunning political comeback.

"I do hope that at some point we would calm down a little bit and see if there are areas that we can agree on for the good of the party," McCain told reporters in Phoenix before a speech on Thursday to a conference of conservative activists in Washington.

Obama and Clinton battled to a draw on "Super Tuesday," with Obama winning 13 states and Clinton eight, including the big prizes of California and New York. Their delegate tally was almost even, propelling the fight toward the next round of seven Democratic contests in the next six days. Clinton tried to keep up with Obama's growing fundraising prowess -- he raised about $32 million in January to her less than $14 million -- by loaning her campaign $5 million of her own money late last month.

"I loaned it because I believe very strongly in this campaign," she told reporters at her headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, a state that votes next Tuesday.

As a show of solidarity some Clinton staff members have volunteered to go without pay, a Clinton spokesman said.