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(CNN)— Two major Pennsylvania newspapers united behind Senator Barack Obama Wednesday, sharing the view that he represents the change America has needed for the past eight years.
“So forget all the primary skirmishing. Sen. Obama is every bit as prepared to answer the ring of the 3 a.m. phone as Sen. Clinton,” the Post-Gazette writes. “Forget this idea that Sen. Obama is all inspiration and no substance.”
The Harrisburg Patriot-News, the largest papers in central Pennsylvania, pointed to Obama’s ability to unite the country and particularly get young voters involved is monumental.
“Young people are the future,” the Patriot-News writes. “And they see and sense something in Obama that coincides with their hopes and aspirations for themselves and for the kind of world they want to live in.”
Both papers painted Hillary Clinton as the candidate of the past, and Barack Obama as the candidate of the future.
“Obama offers the prospect of cooperation, while Clinton offers the virtual certainty of more confrontation and political gridlock.”
Five of the state’s largest newspapers have now endorsed the Illinois senator’s candidacy. Pennsylvania’s largest newspaper, The Philadelphia Inquirer, backed Obama’s White House bid in January.
(CNN)–Rep. Andre Carson of the Indiana's seventh Congressional District has endorsed Barack Obama - the first of the state's five member Democratic congressional delegation to make a primary season endorsement.
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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Of all the critical factors in the November election, pay special attention to Catholics voters. They have an astounding track record, picking the winner in eight of the last nine presidential elections.
There are nearly 70 million Catholics in the United States, about 20 percent of the electorate, and they can tip the balance in a close contest.
They will be listening closely for guidance from Pope Benedict XVI during his first U.S. visit.
"Benedict XVI is not a superdelegate riding into town to deliver a key endorsement," noted John Allen, CNN's senior Vatican analyst. "On the other hand, I think it would also be terribly naive to think there's no political subtext to the Pope's presence in the United States."
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(CNN) - Despite a weekend of negative coverage following his controversial remarks about some small town Americans, Barack Obama appears to be holding steady or making gains in the next three primary states, according to a just released poll.
Most surprisingly, the new LA Times/Bloomberg poll shows Obama ahead of Hillary Clinton by 5 points in Indiana (40 to 35 percent), a state with demographics that favor the New York senator and one where other recent polls have shown her with a lead.
The poll also shows Clinton only holds a 5 point lead in Pennsylvania (48 to 43 percent). That margin is among the slimmest measured between to the two candidates and is significantly less than the double digit lead Clinton held there two weeks ago.
In North Carolina, the new survey shows Obama with a 13 point lead (47-34 percent), a margin that is consistent with other recent polls in that state.
Pennsylvania votes April 22 while Indiana and North Carolina vote two weeks later on May 6. Should Clinton win in Pennsylvania, some political observers have said she must score a victory in at least one of the May 6 states to make a compelling argument to continue her presidential campaign.
The poll was conducted over five days (April 10-14), the majority of which came after Obama's now famous "bitter" comments first surfaced.
Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau
Philadelphia Inquirer: Candidates' Showdown Here Tonight
Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday prepped for tonight's Philadelphia debate as Obama and his backers expressed a desire to get beyond the flap over his remarks about small-town Pennsylvania and address issues of substance.
Washington Post: Democrats Willing to Let Battle Continue
Sen. Barack Obama holds a 10-point lead over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton when Democrats are asked whom they would prefer to see emerge as the party's presidential nominee, but there is little public pressure to bring the long and increasingly heated contest to an end, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
NY Times: Fight Leaves Democrats Questioning Prospects
The battle between Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama over whether Mr. Obama belittled voters in small towns appears to have hardened the views of both candidates’ supporters and stirred anxiety among many Democrats about the party’s prospects in the fall.
Washington Post: Poll Shows Erosion Of Trust in Clinton
Lost in the Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign's aggressive attacks on Barack Obama in recent days is a deep and enduring problem that threatens to undercut any inroads Clinton has made in her struggle to overtake him in the Democratic presidential race: She has lost trust among voters, a majority of whom now view her as dishonest.
Compiled by Jonathan Helman, CNN Washington Bureau
*Hillary Clinton delivers remarks at the Trades National Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. She also participates in an ABC News Democratic Debate in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
*John McCain is joined by business and academic leaders for an Economic Summit Meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
*Barack Obama participates in an ABC News Democratic Debate in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.