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Barack Obama surfaces in the Caribbean

March 24, 2008 | 10:48 am

Barack Obama's campaign maintained its cone of silence today about the candidate's whereabouts, but ABC News got it right -- an Associated Press dispatch confirms that he has escaped the rigors of politicking for a short vacation in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The AP story reports that an unnamed territorial official verified that "Obama was in St. Thomas, the most populated island. Tourists said they spotted him on the beach Sunday."

The story also notes that, along with enjoying the tropical weather, Obama has reason to revel in the political environment on the islands: In a February contest there, he won three Democratic convention delegates, while Hillary Clinton got shut out.

Meanwhile, six superdelegates representing the islands remain uncommitted (so perhaps Obama will be combining some work with his play).

The official Obama schedule released by his campaign simply lists "no public events" for him today and Tuesday. It reports that he'll resurface Wednesday with an unspecified appearance in Greensboro, N.C.

Given his standing in Pennsylvania polls, the Tar Heel State's May 6 primary increasingly looms as a must win for him. [UPDATE -- we should have made this clearer, based on a couple of comments: the Tar Heel State is NORTH CAROLINA's nickname...]

Clinton, after spending the Easter weekend at her home in New York, campaigned today in Pennsylvania, which holds its primary April 22. Traveling to Philadelphia, she delivered a lengthy speech on her plans to grapple with the problems plaguing the nation's housing market (read about it here).

-- Don Frederick

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