With one weekend left to court Indiana voters before the Tuesday primary, Democratic presidential contender Sen. Hillary Clinton received an important boost from the state’s largest newspaper, the Indianapolis Star.
Describing the New York senator as “well prepared for the rigors of White House,” the paper emphasized Clinton’s experience over rival Sen. Barack Obama.
“As impressive as Obama appears, he is still in his first term in the U.S. Senate, and only four years ago was serving as an Illinois state senator. His inexperience in high office is a liability,” the Star’s editorial board wrote, adding Senator Clinton “is tough, experienced and realistic about what can and cannot be accomplished on the world stage.”
The endorsement could help Clinton as she fights for Indiana’s 72 delegates. The Hoosier State primary and North Carolina’s 115-delegate contest the same day present the largest remaining one-day cache of delegates in the primary season.
Although she is still polling behind Obama in North Carolina, recent polls show Clinton’s appeal increasing in both states. In Indiana, she currently leads Obama 48 percent to 42 percent. The polling averages are reversed in North Carolina.
Along with the Indianapolis Star’s endorsement, a pro-Clinton group, the American Leadership Project, launched attack ads against her opponent, saying he has been vague on his economic proposals.
The group has released ads favorable to Clinton since February, when her campaign reported financial trouble.
Clinton is spending Friday campaigning throughout North Carolina, where she was endorsed Tuesday by Gov. Michael Easley. She makes campaign stops in Kinston, Henderson and Greensboro Friday then speaks at the North Carolina Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Raleigh.
On Saturday, Clinton visits Wake Forest, Gastonia and Mooresville, N.C., before heading back to Indiana for an appearance in Indianapolis.