Obama Calls on Both Camps to Simmer Down

Final debate before March 4 vote is tonight
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2008 5:15 PM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks at a rally Monday, Feb. 25, 2008, in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama said today that both Democratic campaigns should chill out. “It is important for me as well as Sen. Clinton to communicate to our staffs as well that we’re both trying out for quarterback, but we’re on the same team,” said Obama. He noted that the trail has become noticeably "hotter" in recent days, the LA Times reports.

Recent incidents, including a Clinton dig about “celestial choirs” and the dissemination of a photo showing Obama in Somali native dress, have agitated both sides. "Certainly I don't think that photograph was circulated to enhance my candidacy," Obama said. He predicted tonight's debate, the final one before the Texas and Ohio primaries, will be "vigorous" but civil.