DEMOCRATIC presidential contender Senator Barack Obama is likely to visit Ireland on an upcoming European trip, according to sources in his campaign. The news comes as details of an outreach to Irish supporters of Senator Hillary Clinton has became known.
This week a senior Obama advisor met with a major Clinton Irish supporter from Washington, D.C. in order to begin a process that the Obama campaign hopes will result in Clinton's Irish supporters lining up with their candidate.
At the meeting concern was expressed that among ethnic voters, many Irish and Italian Americans supporters of Clinton will desert the Democratic Party and vote for Senator John McCain.
"All the other ethnic groups appear to be coming in strong behind Obama but not the Irish or Italian," said the Clinton supporter who attended the get together.
With that in mind, a European trip by Obama that would take in both countries was put forward as a very likely first step in bringing Irish and Italian support behind the Obama run for president.