A woman took the microphone at a town hall meeting here and stated the obvious to Sen. Barack Obama about last night's ABC News debate.Howie P.S.: It did occur me to recently that the general campaign has now begun. Instead of just Joe Lieberman and others sniping from the sidelines as the two major candidates battle, there is still one "in-house" candidate who is like a sparring partner, still swinging but not landing any damaging blows.
"You were really pummeled," she told the Illinois senator. All those questions on William Ayers, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, flag pins and guns made her wonder about the general election attacks yet to come. "What is your strategy to beat the Republicans in November?" the woman asked Obama.
Whatever the fate of the debate, Obama told an overflow crowd gathered outside in Raleigh, "North Carolina is going to be critically important. If we can win in North Carolina, I think we can wrap up this nomination."