meg: Hello! I haven't seen any posting yet? Has this blog started?
Johanna: Were you surprised that McCain won? Seems so amazing after his collapse last summer.
Peter Wallsten: I am no longer surprised by anything in this campaign, Johanna. It makes sense if you look at the poll -- the voters really like McCain as a person whereas they have not taken a shine to Romney.
Administrator2: How shocking is it that John Edwards is ending his campaign? Did most people expect him to remain in the race at least until Super Tuesday?
meg: I'm sorry that Edwards is bowing out already. I had really hoped he'd campaign in CA.
Peter Wallsten: Thanks for that question. Many people had taken Edwards at his word that he would remain in the race at least through Feb. 5. But he obviously decided that bowing out now with dignity was probably better than getting clobbered next week.
allison: Yes, I agree Meg. I had hoped to see him in the CA debates tomorrow for the Dems.
meg: I'm thinking that Obama might tap him for VP, but somehow, I doubt that Hillary would.
Johanna: Peter who gets the Edwards voters?
Peter Wallsten: Meg and Alison, I'm sure many Edwards backers and Dems feel the way you do. But this will dramatically change the tenor of the debate in California, giving voters their first chance to see a true one-on-one affair.
Diana Swartz: Anyone care to venture a guess on who Edwards will endorse?
meg: My guess, Diana, is that he'll endorse Obama. He's seemed more supportive of Obama, and more contentious with Hillary.
Peter Wallsten: Johanna - that's the question of the day! Our polling shows that Edwards had been winning support from constituencies that typically go to both Clinton and Obama. The men who had been supporting Edwards could well go to Obama while the lower-income worker types could well go to Clinton.
Peter Wallsten: We could see an endorsement of some kind from Edwards before Feb. 5, but he is remaining coy. I talked today to one of his strategists who said he has no idea, but he hopes it's "anyone but Hillary."
allison: And by the way, for you LA Times staff, any ideas about what's on the slate for the debates this week? What are the hot topics?
Peter Wallsten: You'll have to tune into the debate to find out! It's sponsored by the LATimes, among others. What do you think we should ask?
Karen: i cant decide between clinton and obama. help