Candidates observe MLK anniversary

NATIONAL (NBC) - In the race for the White House, all three major candidates paid homage to Dr. Martin Luther King.

In Memphis, Hillary Clinton remembered Dr. King as a civil rights leader and a feminist.

"Because of him, after 219 years and 43 presidents, who have been white men,  this next generation will grow up taking for granted that a woman or African American can be President of the United States of America," Clinton said.

In Indiana, Barack Obama said King's work is unfinished.

"The dream is still out of reach for too many Americans. Just this morning, it was announced that more Americans are unemployed now than at any time in years. And all across this country, families are facing rising costs, stagnant wages, and the terrible burden of losing a home," Obama said.

The latest New York Times/CBS poll suggests that Obama's popularity peaked after his string of victories in February.

His favorability rating among Democrats is now down seven points to 62%, which is still high.

Forty-six percent of Democrats say Obama should be their nominee. That's down.

Clinton improved by five.  Forty-three percent want her to be the nominee.
It's a statistical tie.

Still, Clinton last month raised just half the money Obama did and her lead in super delegates is down from over 100 to just 30.

"If they think you're a loser they'll go with someone else and I think Hillary needs to worry about that," said Robert Reich, who served as Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton.

One of the best known super delegates, former President Jimmy Carter, hints that he'll vote for Obama.

Sometimes squeezed out of the picture is John McCain, who was also in Memphis Friday.

There's no such drama on the Republican side, which is good for McCain.

He's winning back conservative GOP support.

In Friday's poll, McCain is viewed positively by 67% of Republicans, up ten points in one month.

Posted by Chantelle Janelle