President Barack Obama is expected to put a little presidential pressure on Attorney General Roy Cooper at the White House today, urging "Coop" to step into the U.S. Senate race next year, Dome hears on the street.
Cooper will ostensibly visit 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., along with the state's congressional delegation, to show their support for the NCAA champion UNC men's basketball team during the traditional photo op with the president, who correctly picked the Tar Heels in his bracket. But Cooper, a third-term Democrat, is also expected to have a private talk with Obama about taking on Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr in 2010.
Cooper's political guru Morgan Jackson confirmed the White House visit, but was cagey about face time with the Commander-in-Chief.
"I'm certain he and the President will see each other at the (Tar Heels) ceremony," Jackson said.
It's not the first talk between the two on the topic, as Obama has encouraged Cooper's candidacy before in a phone call.