Friday's McCain/Obama Round-up

Election '08

Campaign-related news items from this week:

* Resolving a simmering dispute, the Obama campaign has indicated that Barack Obama will not speak at Brandenburg Gate in Germany during his visit, but will instead give a speech at Berlin's Victory Column next Thursday.

* CNN: "Former President Bill Clinton said Thursday he's prepared to hit the campaign trail on behalf of Barack Obama as soon as the presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee asks him to. 'Whenever he asks -- that is, we had a good talk, and he said he wanted me to campaign with him, and I said I was eager to do so,' Clinton told reporters in New York Thursday. 'He's busier than I am, with politics anyway, so I just told him that whenever he wanted to do it, I was ready.'"

* The Obama campaign has quietly organized a tight-knit group of foreign-policy aides, "supported by a huge 300-person foreign policy campaign bureaucracy, organized like a mini State Department."

* Rasmussen shows Obama pulling ahead of John McCain in Nevada by two, 42% to 40%.

* Rasmussen shows McCain leading Obama in Virginia by the slimmest of margins, 48% to 47%.

* A little further south, Rasmussen shows McCain leading Obama in North Carolina by just three points, 45% to 42%.

* The McCain campaign can feel a lot better about its chances in Arkansas, where Rasmussen shows McCain up by 10, 47% to 37%.

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