After a brief respite in the Virgin Islands, a rally in North Carolina, and a little fund-raising in New York, Barack Obama returns to Pennsylvania Friday for a six-day bus tour, his campaign announced today.
Despite Pennsylvania's high-stakes primary on April 22, Obama has not campaigned aggressively in the Keystone State in the two weeks since the March 11 contest in Mississippi. His most visible appearance so far was his big speech in Philadelphia last week on race.
The bus tour kicks off in Western Pennsylvania, home to Pittsburgh, and concludes in the southeast part of the state, where Philadelphia is located. Obama's campaign says he will "continue his dialogue with voters about the need to change Washington in order to tackle challenges like creating jobs, improving our schools and making health care available to every American."
That suggests Obama, as he tries to close Hillary Clinton's wide lead in polls, will continue holding more intimate policy-oriented events with voters, which have increasingly become part of a campaign calendar once dominated by big, boisterous rallies.