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Verner won’t endorse (at least not yet)

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner plans to attend today's rally with Michelle Obama, but that shouldn't be seen as an endorsement, said city spokeswoman Marlene Feist.

Verner received invitations from the Clinton and Obama campaigns to attend their Friday afternoon events, Feist said. Michelle Obama's event fit better into her schedule, Feist said.

In an interview after giving her State of the City address Friday morning, Verner said that she's "completely undecided" in the race for president.

The mayor, who has many ties to the Democratic Party, wouldn't even rule out Republican John McCain because, she said, she hasn't thoroughly studied all the candidate's positions.

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