October 4th, 2007
09:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Can Obama fire it up?

Has Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign hit a plateau? Candy Crowley has the story.

(CNN) - Watch Candy Crowley's report about what Sen. Barack Obama must do to overcome stagnant poll numbers.

Related: Obama: 'Fired up'

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iowa
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  1. Timothy James, Las Vegas, NV

    The fact that no one has written a comment for this and the previous Obama story suggests that he needs to do more than merely "fire it up."

    October 4, 2007 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  2. Bobby G, Melbourne, Florida

    This candidate refuses to wear an American Flag on his suit... Pretty much says it all to me

    October 4, 2007 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  3. La Chatte, Portland, OR

    Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Obama!

    October 4, 2007 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  4. Someone, Iowa City, IA

    This report can be summed up thusly: It's the Iowa, stupid! Nationwide poll numbers don't make any difference at this point, as Howard Dean found out. All that matters now is the Iowa caucus, and Obama is running neck-and-neck with Clinton (and Edwards) in Iowa.

    Win this one mini-race, and he's well on his way to reversing all assumptions about Hillary being the nominee.

    October 4, 2007 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  5. Mike, Cleveland, Ohio

    Bobby G, Melbourne, Florida

    This candidate refuses to wear an American Flag on his suit… Pretty much says it all to me

    If you don't agree with Obama on the issues, fine, I can deal with that. But to not vote for him just because of a small pin is a petty, small minded way to think.

    Check out this link and find out his reasons for a lack of a lapel pin.


    October 4, 2007 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  6. zack Kawtowski, NYC NY

    Maybe it's time people started cultivating themselves and spend less time on a biased source of information like Cnn. Bush wears the American flag and still sends thousands of our loved ones to death. Being patriotic is not about what you look like, but what you act like.

    For those who wonder why there is no comments, well it's because most smart supporters are busy doing the right thing: EDUCATING THEMSELVES ABOUT THE CANDITES. not swallowing media lies and misinformation

    October 4, 2007 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  7. Dave, Cheverly, MD

    OK. I watched this video and I see why no one has bothered to comment. People are sick and tired of reading and watching bias cheerleading for Hillary and against Obama. What happened to Howard Dean has showed the media nothing.
    Sept 2004 Dean polls 38% Kerry 17%. Kerry wins Iowa 38% Dean loses Iowa 18% and lost the primary. Obama is ahead in Iowa and doing well in NH and South Carolina. He has raised millions more then Hillary and ANY other candidate in the 2008 Race. We want the Media to inform us on what is truly happening in the Race. So we can make our own judgments.
    I respect Candy but change starts somewhere so please start to push your network to STOP the bias reporting. It’s starting to sound down right sickening.

    October 4, 2007 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  8. ..::Eddie::.. Atlanta, GA

    Trust me, we're fired up. While HRC's campaign has captured the media angle, her retail politics is lacking. The Obama campaign is building on an already well organized effort in the early states. Within the next month, field offices for Obama will open in numerous other states.

    In February, the media will study their own "rush to judgment" when Barack Obama is labeled the comeback kid. Seems like every primary election has one.

    Between now and then, voters will experience Obama first hand, learn about his policies, and start to believe in his experienced resolve.

    October 4, 2007 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  9. Lee, Mays Landing NJ

    Bobby G., I've worked wearing a suit over 30 years and most people I've seen in all those years don't wear one either.
    Stop the nonsense.

    We've had enough pretentious phony symbolism starting with Reagan but really getting out of control these last few years with yellow ribbons and the like and the lack of real commitment by people.

    I distrust those that make a point of using all the symbols all the time and would wear it religiously or demand that others do.

    Let's get real and fix America instead of seeing which trinkets we wear or what ribbon is on our gas guzzling SUVs.

    October 4, 2007 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  10. Erik Brooklyn, New York

    Obama will make it. Winning Iowa is the way to do it. For all Obama supporters and others who want to support him lets help our caniidate win in Iowa!

    A message from me to the good people of Iowa:

    To the good people of Iowa please consider and vote for Barack Obama! He is the candidate that will bring the best experience, judgment and honesty to the White House. As a young black man he has given me such great hope and inspiration to know with every small step I take and with God’s help we can do great things. His story is one that all parents especially single parents can be proud of. To know one day our children can grow up and do great things with their lives. Its great to know that not only with their parents and loved ones they have a public role model to show them that they can be strong enough to resist the temptation of using petty tactics, hurtful statements and dishonesty to get ahead in life. Obama often says he is not a perfect man and no one is but Obama has demonstrates time and time again that he is man of substance and character who practices what he preaches.

    To the great people of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina you hold the key to making our world a better place! Your vote is not only for the next president but will serve as a statement for the world. Obama represents change in our government, hope for it’s future and he will promote peace and understanding with other nations. America is the best beacon for hope in the world but sometimes we as citizens forget we need that sense of hope ourselves. For most of my life only two families have run this country the Bushes and the Clintons. These two families have feed off of the partisan politics that have torn or country apart. As a Democrat from Brooklyn I would love to sit down and talk with a Democrat or Republican from Iowa. We both believe in the same God, we both believe in our country, we both believe in hope for the future of this great country and the world. How we achieve this is all determined in how we can sit down together and do the work that will benefit all. Obama is the only candidate who had, can and will make this possible.

    For some history…Obama went on to earn his law degree from Harvard in 1991, where he became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. Soon after, he returned to Chicago to practice as a civil rights lawyer and teach constitutional law. Finally, his advocacy work led him to run for the Illinois State Senate, where he served for eight years. In 2004, he became the third African American since Reconstruction to be elected to the U.S. Senate. If you want to learn more about his tremendous experience, laws that he has passed and achievements please visit http://www.barackobama.com or attend a rally or visit a Obama for President office in Iowa.

    To the great people of Iowa in no way do I want to tell you how to vote or who to vote for. I just rely on the fact that we ALL want a better world for our children for ourselves and for others. We are our brother’s keepers. Please give Mr. Obama's message of hope for a better tomorrow and his great experience and judgment a chance. It's something he has work hard on for more than 20 years of his life and it’s the something that will last for generations.

    Thank you for your time and may God bless us all.

    October 4, 2007 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  11. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    The only "firing up" which could help this young fellow now would be a big spleef, or maybe a 7% solution of "a little blow when you could afford it" to quote from one of his books.

    October 5, 2007 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  12. lavelle Rochester,ny

    You know what its becoming more and more evident on whats going on! In the states that matters right now Obama is doing well. I am sick and tired of this spin bull sh** that this company is doing. WE ARE SCREAMING FOR REAL PRESS, but I guess this is what we get for FREE PRESS! Level the playing field and youll see Barack for what he is! He's right there with Hillary and they know it. SO what there doing right now is smearing OBama's campaign. When a man is trying to unite the country, your trying to trip him to the finish line you know trip the guy you really dont want to see win. You know the guy on the team that could jump the highest. The best athlete in school, he ran the fastest, and you just couldnt stand the fact that he got straight A's in school. So you say to your self "I hate that guy" that is not a good feeling to have. Its bad for your health and like they say "God dont like ugly"

    Obama will win this presidential election like or not! All of Barack supporters are real die hard supporters. We believe in him and will help him make it to the top. 24,000 in NYC 20,000 in TEXAS! In BUSH COUNTRY! Lets see HillBill go to texas, wait has she been there? What were her numbers there? If you think for a second we will see a democrate in office if Hillary wins, your a fool. Republicans dont want Bill Clinton back in office. And you know what I dont either. She doesnt have good judgement because she should have known he was getting a job in the oval office! She should have known that if you have folks lives in your hand, young men. Wouldnt you look before you leaped??? She just said "hmmmmmm vote for the war yes or now...yes! ok that was easy. I cant wait to be president" Come the old way of looking at this world has changed. I dont think she can bring the respect back that this country built. People are wanting Bush to Clinton Bush to Clinton??? Dynasty???? Thats not America If your rubbing elbows with the man who is MAINLY responsible for this war then your part of this problem as well. We know Bush is bad everyone in this country knows that, hell the hole world doesnt like George Bush, lol. But to me I dont see any difference between the Bushes and the Clintons. First black president?? Please what have you done for the American Black? Not a damn thing I still havent seen anything trickeling down to me! Barack has a plan and is focusing on rebuliding the American schools not just in the inner cities but in the suburbs too! We have Chinese kids passing us, English kids blowing us out the water. Hell our smartest kids are just Average students over there! We need to Come together and Barck is the man to do it!

    October 5, 2007 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  13. lavelle Rochester,ny

    Barack Obama acts like he understands Iowa
    Politico | October 04, 2007
    By Roger Simon

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Barack Obama began his speech in an odd and important way, a way that did not make a single news story.

    Obama was delivering a major address, reminding voters of his early opposition to the Iraq war. It was big deal speech. There were prepared texts handed out to the press and everything.

    But Obama's first words were not in his text, even though they may have been the most important words he spoke all day.

    "If you have not yet signed up as a Barack Obama supporter, hopefully after the speech you will," he told the crowd at the Polk County Convention Complex.

    "Fill out one of those cards. We'll have volunteers all across the doors. You won't be able to get out without seeing one of these cards."

    Pretty mundane stuff, right? Which is why most candidates don't bother with it. Especially not in a speech being covered by the national press, with six TV cameras grinding away.

    But that Obama did bother with it is the most important sign I have seen that he actually understands Iowa.

    "If you are already a supporter, then I would love for you to fill out another card indicating you want to be a precinct captain," Obama went on.

    "Because we need precinct captains in every precinct all across Iowa. And if you are not going to be a precinct captain, then we want you to find four more supporters to caucus for us. That's a pretty simple assignment."

    Because voting in the Iowa caucus is very difficult – and meant to be that way – crowds here are more than crowds. They are the raw material from which caucus victories are made.

    I traveled around Iowa with Fred Thompson one day this week and never heard him ask anyone to sign up for his campaign, fill out a card or even vote for him in the caucus.

    And his staff didn't hand out sign-up cards in a disciplined fashion.

    Obama's staff did. There were staffers at every entrance and exit. They collected names, home and e-mail addresses, and phone numbers.

    These names will be added to other names to form huge lists. The campaign then will contact every person on the list (several times) to pitch them on the candidate, answer questions and judge the level of support.

    This is the unglamorous, arduous drudge work that in Iowa is absolutely essential.

    In a primary state, a candidate can catch fire at the end, wow big crowds with his speeches and roar to victory on Election Day.

    That usually doesn't happen in Iowa. Having an inspiring, energetic, magnetic candidate is real nice, but without an organization to back him up, it doesn't mean much.

    While I was in Des Moines, I talked to Gordon and Monica Fischer. Gordon was the Democratic Party chairman here during the last presidential election. Monica worked in the administration of former Gov. Tom Vilsack.

    Every Democratic presidential campaign called the Fischers this time to ask for their support. Last week, the couple announced they were going to work for Obama.

    One reason, they told me, is they think Obama is the best candidate, with the greatest chance of winning.

    But there was another reason.

    "He is the best-organized in Iowa," Gordon said. "He has the best ground game."

    "And his people," Monica said, "are relentless."

    Relentless is good. Real good. Relentless works in Iowa.

    After Obama's speech, he worked the rope line, which just about every candidate does. But on the rope line, there was a staff person behind him, with sign-up cards in her hand.

    And if you shook the candidate's hand, or got an autograph from him or got him to pose for a picture with you, she handed you a card and asked you to sign up, to volunteer, to bring four friends with you next time.

    "We would love to have all of you involved and before I even get started, I know the rules here in Iowa," Obama had said at the beginning of his speech. "I want all of you to caucus for me! So you can't say that I didn't ask you!"

    The crowd laughed and applauded. So many candidates simply forget to ask people to vote for them.

    "You know there is starting to get a little zip in the air," Obama said. "It is time to make a decision. And I hope you make a decision on my behalf."

    Mundane stuff. The stuff that didn't make a single story.

    But the zip is in the air in Iowa. And soon the snow will fall. And caucus night will come.

    And the race is not always to the swift here. It is often to the relentless.

    ^^^Hey CNN why dont you post this article???



    October 5, 2007 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  14. M. Seewald, Milwaukee, Wi

    I fought in Operation Enduring Freedom...never wore a flag pin on my lapel. 'Suppose that sums me up as a person doesn't it?

    October 5, 2007 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  15. Dave O , Waterford, WI

    This candidate refuses to wear an American Flag on his suit… Pretty much says it all to me
    Posted By Bobby G, Melbourne, Florida : October 4, 2007 9:48 pm

    Bobby get you facts correct. I think you are referring to the American flag button, which really shouldn't have the kind of political gravity that you are suggesting. After all its just a pin, not a flag. The meaning behind the American flag is more important then the pin. By exercising the meaning of the American flag,(whatever that might mean for you), then you are in fact, acting American, which is kind of the point of the flag. To remind us of what it is to be American.

    October 5, 2007 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  16. Lacey Orlando, FL

    Now is a time in our history when we should research the candidates ourselves and not believe everything that the press and media puts out as gospel. Read Obama's book if you want to get to know him. Look at Obama and Hillary's records and make an informed decision. Listen to John Edwards and see who you believe is the best person to lead our country to a super power and not a super joke. We've had eight years that have been a travesty. Let's look forward with Hope for a brighter future. I still believe in a place called Hope.

    October 5, 2007 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  17. Lacey Orlando, Fl

    One more point, wasn't Oprah's endorsement enoguh to secure his nomination? How much more fired up does he need to be?

    October 5, 2007 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  18. Lacey Orlando,Fl

    I'm surprised Oprah's endorsement wasn't enough to hand him the nomination. I can see now the primary will be worse than the 2000 election.

    October 5, 2007 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  19. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    Obama said, "If I win Iowa, I will be the nominee."

    Well, a swallow does not make a summer. He should note that:

    a) He is still behind Hillary in the Iowa polls. Although he has gained ground there, so does Hillary. Based on various recent polls, he is still 4 points behind Hillary. JOhn Edwards was the leader in Iowa sometime ago, but Hillary has overtaken him.

    b) Obama is still FAR behind (over 20 points) in other states in the January primaries (New Hampshire, South Carolinea, Nevada, Michigan, Florida, etc.), and in the primaries to follow in Februaries. He only has lead in Illinois, and maybe Idaho.

    c) The democrat votes have picked Hillary's election platform over Obama as having the dem core values.

    d) The bottom line is that the dem voters will pick whoever candidate that can beat the leading republican candidate, i.e.,electability. As of today, the polls show it is Hillary over Obama.

    I realise that it is still three months to go before the primaries. But the bad sign for Obama is that, for the state polls, he is just plateauing or falling.

    People have listened to him, and realised that he simply does not have the goods to be the next president of USA. I watched him talk on TV recently, and he appeared to be frustrated and giving up.

    October 5, 2007 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  20. Karen, Orlando, Fl.

    Mike & Lee,
    I agree, not voting for soemone just because they refuse to wear a phony patriotic symbol is ridiculous but I have a feeling that Bobby G wasn't going to vote for Obama anyways, he just wanted to take a cheap shot because he can't think of an intelligent reason for not voting Obama.

    October 5, 2007 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  21. KD, Dallas, TX

    Good lord that flag comment is just unbelievable. I don't wear one, does that make me anti-American. I don't recall seeing many politicians wearing one. To compare Obama to anyone due to a flag seems a bit narrow minded.

    There are those who spew out Christianity to influence others, not because they truly believe or follow religious convictions. Look at Bush and how he used Christianity to influence others only to get support for his illegal war (yes, illegal under international law).

    Trust me, there are MANY Obama supporters. All one needs to do is look at the real polls in Iowa, look at the crowds drawn in NYC and other places where he speaks. He has a bigger turn out than all other candidates combined. What I have found on here is that the people with the most anger tend to look at these posts and respond. I don't think that Obama attracts those who carry so much anger, he attracts people with hope and goodness in their heart. Obama can and will make a difference in our country. He is the candidate that the educated population and those who understand what our government needs to move forward are following.

    He is the only candidate that thinks ahead and doesn't vote on pressure by others. Those that voted to give Bush power to go to war should not be given another chance in our government. They have shown that they clearly are not capable of analyzing information and thinking things through before reacting. I didn't vote for Bush, I was against the Iraq war from the beginning. I could think things through figuring out what would happen and am very disappointed with many in our government who took us in this direction. I support Obama wholeheartedly.

    October 5, 2007 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  22. Mark. Shreveport, LA

    Obama pledged not to campaign in Florida, but where was he recently at a fund-raiser talking up his campaign...Florida!
    He also says he'd be a dupe for dictators and meet with them with no pre-conditions, so they can use him as a propaganda tool.

    I don't trust him to be President/ Commander in Cheif.

    October 5, 2007 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  23. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    I happen to like my gas guzzling SUV, Lee.

    I think I'm going to cruise around in mine today (with my support the troops ribbon) then go home and turn on the lights in my house.

    Afterwards I think I'll kick back and eat some veal and a condor egg omelet. Then I'll wash it down with some sweet liberal tears. 🙂

    October 5, 2007 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. Matt, Chicago

    Bobby – If you determine who you vote for on whether someone wears US Flag lapels, cufflinks, ascots, whatever..that's pathetic. The sad thing is, there's a lot of people like you that base decisions and voting on knee-jerk, totally meaningless and inconsequential BS issues.
    Check out the candidates' public service records, and stances on policy befiore you vote, or we'll be left with another W.

    October 5, 2007 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  25. LoooseyGoosey

    Oh yeah, he's fired. But will he inhail?

    October 5, 2007 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
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