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Coveted Endorsers Still Thinking About It

By Shailagh Murray and Paul Kane
CLEVELAND -- Sen. Chris Dodd's endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama today was a big get for the Illinois senator, but the Connecticut Democrat is not the only lawmaker the Obama campaign would like to sign up as it seeks to build pressure on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to bow out next week, should the four contests on Tuesday do not go decisively her way.

Prime targets include: Sens. Tom Harkin of Iowa; Byron Dorgan of North Dakota; Daniel Akaka of Hawaii; Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; and Jack Reed of Rhode Island. Obama won the home states of the first four decisively. In Reed's case, Rhode Island is a small but significant March 4 prize, and given its large population of working-class Democrats, a possible Clinton pick-up. Its senior senator, a low-key expert on the military, is also enormously popular.

Dorgan, asked about his preference in a hallway of the Capitol today, brushed off an inquiry from The Trail as to where he stood. "Yeah, I am closer to a decision," he said with a laugh as he walked away. Another uncommitted Democrat, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, told reporters he was "totally satisfied" with the Democratic race, but played deaf when asked how he would vote at the Democratic Convention as a superdelegate, if the outcome still wasn't clear.

"I can't hear a word you're saying," he joked.

By Web Politics Editor  |  February 26, 2008; 5:44 PM ET
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She clearly is better prepared for the job even though the dem nominee (no matter who it is) will lose to McCain. Bottomline..Obama supporters, live it up while you can.

Posted by: blevins20061 | February 26, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse


George Shieman SanFrancisco

Posted by: gshieman | February 26, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is our Huckabee, minus the sense of humor and musical talent.

Posted by: gmundenat | February 26, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it exciting how everyone is endorsing Sen Obama, even if they're not?

Posted by: zukermand | February 26, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

If Michael DALE Huckabee isn't leaving the GOP race, why should Hillary DIANE Clinton?

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

It's all over but the cryin'. Slowly but surely, the movement to Obama is palpable. Nobody, except the Clintons, wants a split convention. Texas looks very bad for Hillary, and is getting worse by the day. Hillary, where is the grace, the decency?

Posted by: gmundenat | February 26, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

P.S. -- is there going to be a Debate Thread up soon?

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

It wasn't funny to Sam Donaldson when Reagan "played deaf" ; )

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

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