Obama Seeks Edwards' Endorsement

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin -- U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has slipped away for a private meeting with former rival John Edwards to seek his endorsement.

With eight straight wins under his belt, Obama hoped to make it two more on Tuesday in nominating contests in Wisconsin and Hawaii, where he was born. Recent opinion polls put him ahead of Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin, but not by much.

Obama made a detour from the campaign trail Sunday morning, flying from Chicago to North Carolina to meet Edwards at his home and left behind the retinue of media who normally travel with him.

Clinton made a similar trip earlier this month.

Obama had hoped to visit Edwards last Monday, but the meeting was canceled when it threatened to turn into a media circus.

Obama and Edwards discussed "the state of the campaign and the pressing issues facing American families," Obama spokesman Bill Burton said.