Clinton to Pennsylvania: Fear an Obama presidency

On the eve of the Pennsylvania primary, the Clinton campaign continued to hammer Obama's alleged lack of experience, running ads highlighting images of Osama bin Laden and Pearl Harbor and other threats supposedly frightening to Clinton's unnamed opponent. (Who might that be?)

On the eve of the Pennsylvania primary, the Clinton campaign continued to hammer Obama's alleged lack of experience, running ads highlighting images of Osama bin Laden and Pearl Harbor and other threats supposedly frightening to Clinton's unnamed opponent. (Who might that be?)

There goes Clinton employing typical Bush fear-mongering tactics again, countered the Obama campaign, which distributed fliers calling on voters to “vote their hopes, not their fears.”

Will the pit bull theory of campaigning work for the Clinton campaign? Ever since the “3am” phone call ad that ran leading up to the Texas primary, the campaign has chomped down on the question of Obama's experience and not let go. Quite a few media stories note that polls show Clinton continues to lead the state by as much as 10%. It looks like the Obama camp is managing expectations by conceding a probable loss.

The victory, however, might not sufficiently alter the delegate count to provide enough momentum for Clinton, particularly given that many stories also note the Clinton campaign's debt, including $4.5 million owed to the Mark Penn-operated (and Burson-Marsteller-affiliated) polling firm Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates.

Will the perception of a weakened campaign hurt Clinton's standing with the 250 or so undecided superdelegates who might end up selecting the Democratic nominee? More important than financial health is the ability to beat McCain, many of them told the Associated Press.

Surely both camps are putting their PR staffers' skills to good use by conducting high-level outreach to superdelegates throughout the country, but most superdelegates decline to discuss much about their criteria for selection. DNC chairman Howard Dean continues to say that the nominee will emerge well before the Democratic convention in August, but other officials are not so sure.

Elsewhere on the trail:

McCain focuses on fund-raising outreach while also going on a “poverty tour.”

North Carolina debate canceled after Obama declines to participate. Even the state's middle and high school newspapers are covering the primary campaigns.

Unusually, Bill and Hillary Clinton are spotted campaigning together.

Hacker directs Obama site visitors to Clinton.

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