Obama Not Dwelling on Pennsylvania Loss

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The next state that's too close to call is Indiana, where Barack Obama took his campaign as soon as the polls closed in Pennsylvania on Tuesday.

MELISSA BLOCK, host:

As we mentioned, Barack Obama also campaigned in Indiana today. He held a town hall meeting in the city of New Albany, just across the border from Kentucky.

NPR's Don Gonyea is with the Obama campaign. And Don, what was Barack Obama's message to the people in Indiana today?

DON GONYEA: If the town hall meeting, so all sort of things come up. But he starts these things with a pretty lengthy speech. And in that section of this event, he talks a great deal about jobs and about how this state like Ohio, like Pennsylvania, like other states - Midwestern states, manufacturing states - have been hit hard and how Bush administration policies have hurt.

So, that's a good deal of the focus here. He thinks that's an important message in this part of the world. He is not talking a lot. He is not dwelling on -especially in these formal events - on the results in Pennsylvania.

BLOCK: You know, toward the end of the primary in Pennsylvania, Obama talked about using his elbows more, going maybe more negative. Will that be the tone in the next couple of weeks there in Indiana do you think?

GONYEA: Well, what we have seen from him is a readiness to mix it up, you know. They strike back quickly when they see Senator Clinton attacking them. And one of the questions that he was asked in a - just very brief news conference that he did after this town hall meeting here in New Albany - was about this theme that has emerged from Hillary Clinton that she is a fighter, that she's the one who's ready to mix it up. And she also says that maybe, you know, maybe if he can't stand the heat that he should get out of the kitchen. Here's what he said in response to that question.

Senator BARACK OBAMA (Democrat, Illinois, Presidential Candidate): You know, I know that people like to talk tough and use a lot of rhetoric about fighting and obliterating and all that stuff. You know, I've always believe that if your tough you don't have to talk about it. And I got a 20-year track record of fighting on behalf of working families. And that's what they're looking for.

GONYEA: But again, he doesn't want that to be interpreted as him, not being ready to fight back. In fact, you know, on the issue of who's tough enough, he says is there a candidate that has complained more about the kind of treatment they get from the press and from others than Hillary Clinton. So, clearly still ready to mix it up there.

BLOCK: Okay. NPR's Don Gonyea in New Albany, Indiana with the Barack Obama campaign. Don, thanks a lot.

GONYEA: It's a pleasure.

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