CHARLESTON, South Carolina (CNN) - Sens. Joe Biden and Chris Dodd are here. So's Rep. Dennis Kucinich and former Senator Mike Gravel. There are dozens of top campaign surrogates milling about, but the person who may be most in demand for interviews right now is the so-called Obama Girl. You remember her from the video "I've got a crush on Obama" that was a smashing success on YouTube.
Well, Amber Lee Ettinger is here, making the rounds in the spin room, and from the look of it, she's grabbing the attention of a lot of the media and bloggers. And right now, she's acting like one of us. She's interviewing Dennis Kucinich. And with her two-inch plus heels, she's just about eye to eye with the congressman from Cleveland.
I just spent a few minutes chatting with Ettinger, who was invited to the debate by YouTube. She says that we'll be seeing a lot of her on the campaign trail over the next few months. And she says stay tuned for another political music video on YouTube.
As for who she's backing, no change in her stance. While she may have a crush on Obama, she's not ready to commit. She told me that while she really likes the Senator from Illinois, she's not endorsing him or any of the other presidential hopefuls just yet.
Stay tuned. I sure will.
–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser