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POSTED: Monday, March 31, 2008, 4:34 PM
Obama as kid in the candy store - literally.
Thomas Fitzgerald reports:
Barack Obama's bus carvan pulled into Lititz this afternoon so he could tour the Wilbur Chocolate Co. He sampled the company's signature treat, the "bud," which is like a smaller version of the Hershey's kiss.
“I’ve got to try these out,” Obama said, reaching into the container. He popped a couple into his mouth. “This is quite tasty chocolate.”
“Better than Hershey’s Kisses,” Mayor Russell Pettyjohn said.
“I don’t want to get in trouble,” Obama said, declining to agree.
The candidate then went back to the kitchen. "Let me ask you a question – when you work here, do you guys actually eat chocolate or do you get sick of it?” Obama said. “We never get sick of it,” one lady said.
Obama sampled a dark-chocolate dipped marshmallow and made yummy noises. “That’s something. Mm,mm. Tasty. Absolutely,” he said. Somebody suggested he should have Wilbur chocolates in the White House. "You guys are going to have to send me a supply,” Obama said.
Worker Jean Hockbenerocht asked for a hug - Obama obliged, then all the workers posed for a picture with him. There was some murmuring and joshing and then Obama could be heard saying, “I don’t see any old ladies here. I see sweet ones.” Awwww..
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POSTED: Monday, March 31, 2008, 1:24 PM

Angela Couloumbis reports: Check out the latest voter registration numbers just released by Pennsylvania's Department of State.

In a single week - the week of March 24th - 42,867 new voters registered to vote. Of that, 33,281 registered Democratic.

In that same week, 45,977 people switched parties to become Democrats, bringing the total number of Ds in the state to over 4 million.

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POSTED: Monday, March 31, 2008, 11:29 AM

Thomas Fitzgerald reports:

Superdelegate momentum for Obama

Even as he continues to speak in Lancaster, Pa., Sen. Barack Obama got some significant good news for his campaign - the endorsement of freshman Sen. Amy Klobuchar, of Minnesota, who is a Democratic superdelegate.

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POSTED: Monday, March 31, 2008, 10:38 AM

Thomas Fitzgerald reports:

12:07 p.m.

This internet meme will not die. An earnest young man in a ball cap asked Barack Obama where he stood on the plan to unite Canada the U.S. and Mexico, with a new currency, the "amero." The man also asked if it was true that Obama was a member of the "globalist" Council on Foreign Relations?

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POSTED: Monday, March 31, 2008, 10:23 AM
AP ( Alex Brandon)
Catherine Lucey reports:

Obama is picking up more Democratic party endorsements, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Politico asks: is Clinton having cash flow problems?
Dems look ahead to a cruel, cruel summer.

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POSTED: Monday, March 31, 2008, 9:56 AM
AP ( Mary Altaffer)

Catherine Lucey reports:

Just how are the Pennsylvania delegates assigned? If you're as confused as we are, check out this story from Dave Davies.

And Will Bunch reports that liberal bloggers think the mainstream press is going easy on John McCain.

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POSTED: Sunday, March 30, 2008, 7:15 PM
PSU student Andy Schwabenbauer reports...

“I don’t know about you, Nittany Lions, but I think it’s about time we made college affordable and accessible for every young person,” Senator Barack Obama told the crowd on the lawn outside Old Main.

Obama touted the $4,000 in tuition credits he said he'd give college students each year provided they perform community or national service. “We’ll invest in you, you invest in America, together we will march this country forward,” Obama said.

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POSTED: Sunday, March 30, 2008, 3:56 PM

Larry Eichel reports...

It's Day Three of the Obama bus tour, and the candidate has just finished the big event of the day, a mass rally at Penn State on the lawn in front of Old Main. University police estimated the crowd at 22,000. We think that might be a little high. But there were a lot of people.

Obama gave his standard speech, with a few adjustments. And he certainly showed that he understands how Penn State works. Right at the start, he mentioned that he'd met with assistant football coach, Jay Paterno, son of Joe and an Obama supporter. He gave out a shout out to Sue Paterno, wife of Joe, who was in the crowd. And he mentioned that he'd just talked (by cellphone, it turns out) with Joe Pa himself. We're told the conversation was about football and intercollegiate athletics generally. The 81-year-old head football coach is a Republican.

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