April 3rd, 2008
04:04 PM ET
7 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. Donald

    Until he says whom he will be voteing for Pres Carter can hint all he wants Hints don't matter and the news media needs to report something else

    April 3, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    SHARP, YOUNG, WELL EDUCATED MIND, WILL BE ONE

    OF THE GREATEST PRESIDENTS WE HAVE EVER HAD.

    GOD KNOWS WE NEED ONE.

    April 3, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. Herman LA, CA

    Yes we are

    Yes we will

    Yes we can

    Obama 08!!!

    April 3, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. Obamama Lu

    He has big plans for this country! Shoot for the moon Obama!

    April 3, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. Grif

    You mean more little Gremlins? Obama..
    Ain't just the one, "You". Enough...

    April 3, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. Stacy Clarks,

    THAT IS WHAT YOU CALL SMART THINKING

    THINKING AHEAD

    KEEPING YOU EYE ON THE BALL

    GREAT PLANNER

    GREAT PRESIDENT

    OBAMA 08!!!!

    April 3, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. Michael

    Be careful Senator Obama. I want you to win the nomination but take care against Hillary Clinton and the evil she'll continue to spew at you. She won't rest until she's forced to step down or you win the nomination FAIR and SQUARE.

    Good luck Barack Obama, Me and millions of other supporters are behind you 110%

    YES WE CAN!!!

    April 3, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. mimi de la cruz for OBAMA

    WE CAN BE CERTAIN, HE IS NOT GOING TO SKIP READING

    THE NATIONAL SECURITY REPORTS.

    April 3, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. Anita

    Say this or say that; but Obama's camp is organized for the win.

    April 3, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. Peter

    Good idea, Senator Obama. If you continue to organize, maybe you will carry more states in 2008 than your newest supporter carried in 1980.

    April 3, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  11. Truth - NY

    Talk about smart!!
    This man have the right stuff!
    ClintDUHnians need to quit backing a liar and get onboard.
    His finances are in order- his tax returns are made public- we know how much was raised in March – Hillary?? – Still waiting!
    Obama 08

    April 3, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. Eric-PA

    What an egomaniac!

    April 3, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. lol

    maybe they could go work for hillary since she'll be the nominee in november. she should have the popular vote by then, and i'm sure she'll win the big states like she always does even though he outspends her 4-1

    April 3, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. jp/michigan

    Don't count your chickens before they hatch! All Americans haven't voted yet. This is how Obama campaign has been ran from the beginning. You can do what ever, Obama will not be President!

    April 3, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. finpower

    NOVEMBER TUESDAY 8 PM. MISSOURI GOES TO JOHN McCAIN GET THE PICTURE.

    April 3, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. CaliforniaGold

    Gee whiz, Obama planning that far ahead? Sounds like he just might be prepared to be president on Day One.

    GO OBAMA!

    April 3, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  17. Emma

    He is soooooo smart!

    Don't you love it? The next President of the United States – Senator Barrack Obama!

    April 3, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. Pho

    That guy is absolutely terrific. And yes, he will win the November elections, so this is a great step ahead to keep up with McCain's moves.

    April 3, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  19. jl

    What a wise decision to think ahead and to prepare for the general election.

    THIS DEMONSTRATES GREAT LEADERSHIP- it is better to be ready

    than not. No harm-No foul!

    April 3, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  20. Felly

    Yes, we can! Si se Puede!

    April 3, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. GerriG

    He is always miles ahead thats why I believe in him. He is looking into the future, God bless him and thank god, AMEN,He is doing the right thing.
    OBAMA 08

    April 3, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  22. YOU NEED TO KNOW

    I just admire Senator Obama's campaign and his management team. They are very good at planning.

    AND THIS IS ALL BECAUSE OF THE LEADERSHIP FROM THE TOP

    April 3, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  23. Eric in SC

    And cue the whining hilldog supporters!
    Obama 08!!!!

    April 3, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  24. Jeff in WI

    I love ya Barack, but it might be premature.

    Hillary is bound and determined to steal this, and she might yet pull it off...she's a Clinton after all.

    They'll steal the "w" right out of "Obama Fellows"

    April 3, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  25. Tony Burroughs

    It stands to reason they are already starting & this is not a presumptive move, but more of an indication of the extremely well-planned campaign strategies that the Obama people have already exhibited. Whether or not you are for or against him, he and his people have changed campaigning as we know it.

    April 3, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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