Casey Nod Perfectly Timed, Placed

Endorsement could help Obama among conservative Pennsylvania men
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 28, 2008 3:21 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., center, with Sen. Bob Casey Jr., D-Pa.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – The endorsement of Sen. Bob Casey will give Barack Obama aid right where he needs it, Shailagh Murray notes in the Washington Post—among Pennsylvania’s lower-income white men. So-called “Casey Democrats”—anti-abortion, pro-gun social conservatives—are the kind of voters Obama must prove he can sway April 22 in Pennsylvania, and nationwide in November.

Casey said today Obama “can lead us, he can heal us,” the New York Times adds. In breaking with the state's Hillary Clinton-backing governor and top mayors, Murray notes, Casey resembles his father—who refused to support Bill Clinton in 1992 because of his opposition to abortion. The senator embarks today with Obama on a statewide bus tour.