On the campaign trail, ABC's Jake Tapper filed A Closer Look into what Barack Obama will need to do to win the full backing of erstwhile rival Hillary Rodham Clinton. He noted that Bill Clinton's backing of Obama is "tepid" and that many of Rodham Clinton's supporters are "still angry" about her defeat. Obama had promised to have his top fundraisers help pay off Rodham Clinton's $10m campaign debt, Tapper pointed out, but drew the line at soliciting funds for her from his 1.5m smaller donors. Looking forward to November, Jeff Greenfield on CBS advised us to relax about the significance of June opinion polls, even those that show a double digit gap between Obama and John McCain. Instead he cited Gordon Smith, the incumbent Republican senator running for reelection in Oregon, as a straw in the wind. Greenfield called it "highly unusual" that Smith should run pro-Obama advertising.
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