Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, considered a potential running mate in the presidential race, was promoting Democratic Sen. Barack Obama's campaign back in her hometown Wednesday with Ohio's pivotal primary election less than two weeks away.
Arizona Sen. John McCain, near clinching the Republican nomination, stepped up his Ohio efforts with an appearance in Yellow Springs in southwest Ohio, an overnight visit to Toledo, and Thursday morning campaigning in Perrysburg planned.
McCain, who watched his Wisconsin primary victory from Columbus on Tuesday night, also was stepping up his criticism of Obama. He accused him on Wednesday of engaging in "Washington doublespeak" over accepting public financing and questioned Obama's experience or judgment on foreign policy and defense issues.
Sebelius and her father, former Ohio Gov. John Gilligan, had a community issues forum set at a Cincinnati union hall.
Sebelius endorsed Obama in Kansas ahead of the state's Feb. 5 Democratic caucuses, which he handily won. Her office said she had already planned to be here because Gilligan, 86, is being honored by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber as one of its "great living Cincinnatians."