The New York Times writes that Obama appears to be shifting his focus from Clinton to McCain. "A series of endorsements are scheduled to be announced in the coming days, including superdelegates who intend to pledge their support for Mr. Obama. And more campaign workers in the Chicago headquarters will be dedicated to taking on Senator John McCain of Arizona, the presumptive Republican nominee. Mr. Obama only mentioned Mrs. Clinton by name once in his remarks at a rally here late Tuesday night, when he congratulated her on winning the Pennsylvania primary. He referred to Mr. McCain seven times, a pointed reminder to Democrats of the challenge that lies ahead."
This morning, NBC/NJ's Carrie Dann reports, the North Carolina GOP will unveil a 30-second ad that attacks Democratic gubernatorial candidates Beverly Perdue and Richard Moore for their endorsements of Obama. The ad, per the party, will reference "controversial figures from Barack Obama's past" and raise the question of the candidates' "judgment" in supporting him.
The ad will be unveiled at an 11:00 am press conference. So far, the Democratic gubernatorial campaigns say that they have not yet seen it and declined to comment before knowing the content. But it's anticipated by Democratic bigs in the state that the Rev. Jeremiah Wright will play a starring role.
It's unclear how extensive the buy will be, because the buy itself has not been made yet. A spokesman says that the party is "still making the decisions" as to where and when the ad will run, but says that a weeklong rotation is planned starting "sometime next week." Of course, releasing it at a press conference tomorrow gives the party time to gauge reaction and pull the plug. But Brent Woodcox, the party's communications director, insists that "the buy is going to be made, because this is a legitimate question."
The ad was not made in coordination with any of Moore and Perdue's Republican rivals. The front-runner for the GOP nomination in the state is Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory, who has a reputation as a pro-business moderate.
As mentioned above, Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry is endorsing Obama.