From an Agence France-Presse report:
New Democratic running mates Barack Obama and Joseph Biden will head on their first joint campaign swing after this week's convention, a bus tour of battleground states, aides said Wednesday.Detroit Free-Press columnist Rochelle Riley says the ongoing scandal facing Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick may keep the tour out of Detroit:
The candidates and their wives, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, will fly from Denver to Pennsylvania Friday to kick off their "On the Road to Change" bus tour, according to a campaign statement.
The tour by the White House hopefuls will move on to Ohio Saturday and Michigan Sunday, two other rust-belt states that could prove pivotal to success in November's presidential election against Republican John McCain.
A stop in Detroit, the city hit the hardest in the state hit the hardest by an economy that is hitting America hard, is a no-brainer.
But it's not an automatic yes. And that's a shame. ...
Democrats said the mayor would be a distraction if he came to the Denver convention, so he stayed home this week.
And now they can't say whether the candidates are coming to Detroit. Campaign officials would not say it was because of the mayor. But it has been so far.
So Detroit, once again, remains in limbo. And that's a shame.