April 3rd, 2008
04:04 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama recruits for post-primary fight

(CNN) - He's not the nominee. But Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is starting to look beyond his party's primaries and caucuses, now organizing a grassroots effort to start in June - after the final vote of the primary season.

In an e-mail Thursday, the campaign announced the launch of an "Obama Fellows" program, to train young volunteers and assign them as grassroots organizers for at least six weeks over the summer. With re-votes unlikely in Michigan and Florida, the only voters still up for grabs at that point would be Democratic superdelegates - implying Obama strategists are openly building up a structure past the party's nomination fight, and in preparation for the November election.

–CNN Radio Correspondent Lisa Desjardins


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (158 Responses)
  1. An American in Canada

    AND SO SHOULD OBAMA PREPARE FOR POST PRIMARY FIGHT

    BECAUSE HE WILL HAVE TO FIGHT FOR HIS SENATOR SEAT IN

    CHICAGO AFTER HE LOSES THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION TO

    OUR FUTURE PRESIDENT HILLARY R. CLINTON.

    BYE BYE OBAMA AND DON'T SLAM THE DOOR ON YOUR WAY OUT!

    April 3, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  2. Jenny Sprowl

    This is for wake up!!!! If you take another look at TX. you will see that Obama walked away with more delegates than Clinton did. So who do you think really won TX. It sure wasn't her!!!! Try watching the news sometimes!!!! Go Obama!!

    April 3, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  3. Latinos

    Just watch faster than you can say "si se puede" Latinos will vote for McCain if Obama is the nominee.

    "You may write me down in history
    With your bitter, twisted lies,
    You may trod me in the very dirt
    But still, like dust, I’ll rise."

    -Angelou Maya-

    Lets give them HILL
    Hillary '08

    April 3, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  4. Jahmil, Claremont, CA

    STOP BLAIMING OBAMA FOR THE MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA FIASCO!
    the only people who can fix the voting problem are the ppl of those states....the very same ppl who chose to break the rules. Obama is not disenfranchising anyone. it is them because they haven't come up with a viable plan. If anyone is disenfranchising anyone...it's Hillary because although Obama's campaighn has contacted her to help come up with a plan to have their delegates seated...Hillary has ignored him and won't discuss anything less than a full recount...and that's not going to happen...so stop blaiming Barack. he has said from the beginning that he would follow DNC and if michigan and florida came up with a plan the DNC liked, he'd be more than happy to follow. U people really should get your facts straight.

    April 3, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  5. Utah Teacher

    If I sign up, do I get a sheet, flowers, and a tambourine?

    April 3, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  6. Richard

    Just as Oprah said of Obama – "He is the ONE." I agree 100%.

    Obama-'08-YES WE CAN!!!!!!

    April 3, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  7. jj

    democrats have to remember that to win the presidency the nominee has to win the electoral college not popular vote. The way it stands now democrats will lose Florida, Ohio and even Pen if there is no re-vote in Michigan and florida. This is a bold prediction and I want every democrat to mark this on his or her calender.

    April 3, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  8. Jazz

    And who says Hillary supporters will automatically vote for Obama?
    Careful Obama campaign/fans. It takes more than you to make him president. There is a silent majority out here that is not yet engaged.

    April 3, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
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