April 29th, 2008 12:27 EST
NC Governor and Super-delegate endorses Senator Clinton
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has picked up a prominent endorsement in North Carolina, one week ahead of that state's primary.
North Carolina Governor Mike Easley - a superdelegate - said the former first lady knows the importance of investing in education and economic development.
Clinton and Easley appeared Tuesday at a campaign event in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Clinton's Democratic rival, Senator Barack Obama, is also in North Carolina ahead of next Tuesday's primary. Clinton also campaigns today in Indiana, which also holds a primary in one week.
Meanwhile, the Republican nominee-in-waiting, Senator John McCain, outlined his health care proposal at an appearance in Tampa, Florida. He said he favors a plan that grants tax-credits for individuals to choose an insurance plan. He said universal coverage would be too costly and inefficient.
U.S. President George Bush today reaffirmed his support for McCain, saying he does not think the senator will neglect the war on terror if elected.
In other news, an Associated Press - Ipsos poll says Clinton and Obama are running about even in the race for the Democratic nomination, but suggests Clinton has a better chance of beating McCain in November.
Obama leads Clinton in the number of delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination, although superdelegates will likely supply the margin needed for one of the candidates to secure the nomination.
Superdelegates are Democratic party officials, members of Congress and other political leaders.
Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.