The former North Carolina senator was scheduled to meet with Sen. Barack Obama tonight but that meeting has reportedly been canceled. Sources tell ABC News "the meeting will be rescheduled in coming days", possibly because "the Obama campaign and Edwards wished that the meeting would be done in private without massive media attention."
This follows reports Edwards had a private, previously undisclosed sit down with Sen. Hillary Clinton on Thursday in North Carolina, "which took place at Edwards' home in Chapel Hill, was followed by a Saturday night session during which the former North Carolina senator and several longtime advisers discussed many issues, including which candidate he should endorse."
It probably isn't too late for the Edwards endorsement. The upcoming primaries in Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania should be fertile ground for the Clinton or Obama camps to pick up blue collar former Edwards supporters who may be moved by the endorsement. Obama could especially benefit, because h has had some difficulty attracting these demos. Greg Sargent at TPM Election Central spoke to an Edwards aide who offered more details:
"On Obama, the aide says, Edwards worries 'whether he's tough enough to be President of the United States. If you look at what Edwards ran on, which is not negotiating with the special interests, taking away their power, that's pretty different than the Obama model.'
"The Edwards aide added that Obama's lack of a health care plan with a 'mandate' is a "tough hurdle for him to get over." He added, however, that Edwards is much more in line with Obama on other issues."
In other words it could go either way, but, the delay doesn't bode well for Obama.
On the other hand: Last week, some 22 members of Edwards' former 59-member LGBT steering committee—including Eric Stern of National Stonewall Democrats and political strategist David Mixner—went to Camp Obama after Edwards dropped out of the race.
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