Portland Oregonian's Mapes writes, "It's still Barack Obama's race to lose" in OR, "but it was intriguing to watch how the Hillary Clinton campaign grabbed all of the attention here on the day after her win" in PA.
Clinton issued a challenge to Obama to hold 2 debates in OR. She released an "Oregon Compact," an 11-point compilation "describing where she'll be a partner with a state government." Clinton's camp released details of a 2-day swing Bill Clinton will make through the state. Obama's OR camp "didn't have any big media splash" and "was left of the defensive explaining why Obama wasn't interested in another debate."
"I suspect we'll be seeing a lot of this." Obama "seems to have the superior volunteer organization" in OR and "he has more money (he's already advertising in state while Clinton is not). Clinton, however, has the ability to attract attention by not only traveling to the state, but by sending Bill or Chelsea. The Obama campaign basically only has ... Obama" (4/24).
This article appears in the April 25, 2008 edition of Latest Edition.