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On the Road with the Obama 'Road Show'

By Shailagh Murray
BOSTON, Mass -- Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and his new best friend Barack Obama finished off a long day on the campaign trail here in the capital state of Camelot, one of the most hotly contested battlegrounds on tomorrow's election calendar.

The capacity crowd of 9,000 at a convention hall downtown was intimate for an Obama event, but the VIP list was especially long -- in addition to Kennedy, Obama also has the backing of Gov. Deval Patrick, Sen. John Kerry, and Reps. William Delahunt and Mike Capuano. Caroline Kennedy sat slightly bleary eyed on stage, passing up a speaking slot, having flown overnight from California before the day started in New Jersey. Thanking them all added 20 minute preamble to Obama's stump speech. Gesturing to his entourage, Obama said, "We've been having a road show."

It was a fitting setting on the eve of his biggest political test ever: Obama's career took flight here less than four years ago, when he addressed the Democratic convention just a mile or so away.

By Web Politics Editor  |  February 4, 2008; 11:16 PM ET
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