ABC News' Sunlen Miller Reports: As the race for the Democratic nomination stretches into the end of March and likely well beyond, Sen. Barack Obama made mention of the drawn out battle between himself and Sen. Hillary Clinton.
"It has been a little over a year; about 15 months now, since I first announced that I was running for president. Since that time babies have been born and are walking and talking," the senator from Illinois joked at a Greensboro, North Carolina event.
"I know it seems like it's been long for you, imagine how it feels for me."
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A recent Gallup poll released today showed that the extended and fractious nomination period on the Democratic side may have some impact in the general election race against Sen. John McCain. The results show 28 percent of Clinton supporters opted to vote for McCain over Obama and 19 percent of Obama supporters voted for McCain over Clinton.
"Senator Clinton's a smart person, she's a capable person, and I, you know, I want to make sure that the tone of this campaign remains, it creates the situation where the Democrats are going to win in November," Obama said before speaking about a difference he regularly highlights between himself and Clinton, D-NY, over taking money from lobbyists.
On Monday, Obama's communications director, Robert Gibbs responded to questions on a conference call about a small drum beat that is starting for Clinton to get out of the race.
"Senator Obama has said that is not his decision to make for others," but Gibbs stated that if Obama's pledged delegate lead remains, it will be difficult to come to a different conclusion.
Obama, who just returned from a mini-vacation to the US Virgin Islands with his family, made light of the short time off in the grand scheme of this marathon of a nomination process.
"Two and a half days is not a vacation, two and a half days is a weekend," he said.