Kennedy stumps for Obama in Oakland; Clinton to appear in San Jose, S.F.

Just days before California's primary on Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., is scheduled to campaign in Oakland today for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Kennedy, who endorsed the U.S. senator from Illinois for president last Tuesday, is due to appear for a public event at 2 p.m. at Beebe Memorial Cathedral. He was to appear earlier at an event in East Los Angeles.

In his endorsement Kennedy praised Obama's stance on the economy, health care, and the war in Iraq, describing him as “the candidate who can inspire Americans to act and bring us together to achieve those goals” and comparing him to his brother, former President John F. Kennedy.

Though Obama has trailed U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., by double digits in recent polls of Democratic voters in California, one poll taken by public opinion research company Rasmussen Reports on Tuesday showed

Clinton's lead down to 3 percent, at 43 percent to 40 percent. The poll additionally showed former U.S. Sen. John Edwards at 9 percent, but Edwards dropped out of the race the next day.

Clinton is scheduled to appear at rallies this afternoon in San Jose and tonight in San Francisco.

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