WASHINGTON--UPDATE 3:30 P.M. CHICAGO TIME
From Barack Obama spokesman Bill Burton, regarding Obama meeting Monday with John Edwards: "No meeting today – scheduling problem."
Seeking his endorsement, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) flies to North Carolina later Monday to meet with former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) in his Chapel Hill home. On Thursday, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) made a similair house call on Edwards who dropped his presidential bid but has not said if he will back of his former rivals.
An Edwards aide told me that Elizatbeth Edwards was in on the Clinton meeting. The reason for the meetings is to go over--again--a lot of what has been talked about, the committment of the Democrats to fighting to eliminate poverty.
Edwards wants to "gauge their committment to the cause," I was told.
Clinton and Obama have been wooing Edwards for weeks. Not clear when, if, Edwards will make a move.
He has reservations about both of them, I am told, and they are this: Can Clinton really be an agent for change? Is Obama tough enough to be president of the United States?