March 28, 2008
Bury the hatchet, that's the message to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton from Democratic party leaders. They're afraid that bickering between the two candidates will allow John McCain to take the high road all the way to the White House.
Barack Obama hit Pennsylvania hoping to bust open his rival's double digit lead there.
"I am running to change Washington, challenge Washington, that is what Senator Clinton doesn't understand," said Obama.
Obama launched a six-day bus tour in the next battleground state with Senator Bob Casey. The son of a popular former governor, his endorsement may help with white working class voters, a demographic that leans heavily toward Hillary Clinton.
Clinton is on a two-day swing through Indiana. The state's primary follows Pennsylvania's.
"We are going to stand up for American workers," said Clinton
Democratic party leaders are pleading with both campaigns to try and stick to the high road. Worried that all the recent mudslinging will only help John McCain in the fall.
"We do need to keep in mind personal attacks now often do have the seeds of demoralization later on," said Howard Dean, Chairman of the Democratic National Commitee.
And the party wants all super delegates to choose between Clinton and Obama by July to put an end to the infighting well before the convention.
The drawn-out Democratic contest is allowing the GOP's Presidential race to get a jump with voters.
John McCain unveiled an ad Friday showing footage of him as a Vietnam POW. He wants to tell voters who he is before the Democrats try to paint a different picture.