Senator Casey endorses Obama
Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:43am EDT
By Matthew Bigg
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania endorsed on Friday Barack Obama's campaign for the Democratic nomination for president in a boost for the Illinois senator.
Obama aides said Casey would appear later at an Obama campaign event in Pennsylvania, where the candidate is vying with New York Sen. Hillary Clinton for support in the April 22 primary election.
Casey also would join part of Obama's six-day bus tour across the state, due to start in Pittsburgh, they said.
Endorsements by politicians state can bolster a candidate's credibility in a state with a specific section of the electorate, although their precise impact on voters is often unclear.
"The endorsement comes as something of a surprise," Dan Pfeiffer, Obama deputy communications director, said in a statement. "Casey ... had been adamant about remaining neutral until after the April 22 primary. He said he wanted to help unify the party."
"Obama strategists hope Casey can help their candidate make inroads with the white working-class men who are often referred to as 'Casey Democrats,'" Pfeiffer said, adding that the group is liberal on economic issues, supportive of gun rights and opposed to abortion.
Obama's campaign has spent $1.6 million in television advertising in the state in the past week, the statement said.
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Casey appeals to those Democrats in Pennsylvania that Obama's having trouble with, so having his endorsement and joining him on the bus tour can only be a good thing.