April 17th, 2008
03:15 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama says NC could crown him the nominee

RALEIGH, North Carolina (CNN) -– Barack Obama said Thursday that the North Carolina primary could be decisive.

"If we can win in North Carolina, I think we can wrap up this nomination," Obama told an overflow crowd of supporters outside his event in Raleigh. "And if we can win this nomination I think we can beat John McCain."

"I think everybody understands how important this election is," he continued. "North Carolina is going to be critically important."


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soundoff (272 Responses)
  1. jorge lopez

    WELL IF YOU WIN THEN NOMINATION MR. OBAMA A LOT OF US DEMOCRATS WONT VOTE FOR YOU IN NOVEMBER. I JUST HOPE YOU REMEMBER THAT....

    April 17, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  2. Debby

    Congrats Obama, but you still have to convince the 26% of Hillary voters not to go with McCain otherwise you will lose big especially in Florida where the Latino and Jewish vote are crucial. Good Luck.

    April 17, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. Tyrone Brown, Seattle, WA

    I think North Carolina and Pennsylvania are going to come through and bring about the inevitable – Barack Obama as the Democratic candidate for the 44th President of the United States.

    Obama '08

    Tyrone Brown
    37th Legislative District State Delegate
    Seattle, WA

    April 17, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. LatinoNation

    what ever !! Thats why they are questioning you at this point mr snub

    April 17, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  5. jl

    I WISH HE , I MEAN WE, COULD END THIS IN PA.

    IF NOT, NC IS SOON ENOUGH!!!!

    April 17, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. Mike

    Obama got his newbie butt handed to him lastnight. Hillary showed him where he stands in the political arena. It is about time he got some hardballs. cnn and msnbc has thrown him softballs all campaign.

    April 17, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  7. s.b.

    Now last week he said that Indidana was the tie breaker.

    Wonder what's changed his mind?

    April 17, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. Marc, Tacoma Wash

    He is right. So far, he has a double digit lead in NC and once he wins NC, this campaign will be over and we can concetrate on the General Election. I can't wait.

    April 17, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. s.b.

    Now last week he said that Indiana was the tie breaker.

    Wonder what's changed his mind?

    April 17, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. Deb

    Not in this lifetime!

    You are not a viable candidate!

    Last nights debate showed all the reasons you are going down!

    No American who loves this country will vote for you!

    April 17, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  11. Nick

    I doubt it. He can be nominee with the help of DNC and Media. I am Demecrot and will not vote for him .Perhaps Jack Cafferty will become his press sercretary

    April 17, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. Sylvia

    you might be the nominee but you are not the winner...if it is you then McCain will be president

    April 17, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. Nobama, never!

    And if he wins the Democratic nomination; then I'll turn into a Republican!

    April 17, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  14. Oscar, Rio Vista, CA

    Please North Carolina.......................please be the state that finally delivers the knockout blow to HRC. After last night's circus act by ABC, I don't think I can stomach much more of this tabloid journalism.

    April 17, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  15. Dennis F

    First it was Reszko then it was Rev Wright. Last week it was the Bitter (guns and religion) issue and yesterday the Weatherman Underground. Maybe next week it will be Black Muslims or the Panthers or something worse. Obama truly is the Teflon man or maybe it is because he is black and the media want to be careful with him, God forbid.

    If Hillary had been involved with any of these controversy’s well she would have had to run out of Washington but well she is a women so let’s put her down and down again. What a joke, the double standard is alive and well in America. It perfectly ok to crap all over a women but a Blackman, no. Well if the women of America do not start or consider the idea of a block-vote to ensure that he does not win, then they deserve what they get.

    Obama still has not explained himself satisfactorily but it seems good enough for some Americans to put him into the Presidency.

    April 17, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. HEIDI

    YOU GO OBAMA, YES WE CAN. I THINK EVERYONE SAW HOW YOU KEPT YOUR GRACE AND CALM UNDER FIRE FROM WEDNESDAY NIGHT SO CALLED DEBATE. MY 3 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER LOVES YOU, SHE SAYS YOUR NAME EVERYTIME SHE SEE YOUR FACE ON THE TV.

    April 17, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. Bill, Albany, NY

    If either candidate had a damm brain they would kiss up to Edwards who has enough to be king maker.

    April 17, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    To the tar heels...don't be stupid!!!

    There are clear examples of Marxism and socialism in the world to learn by. Why adopt such a social scheme at this point in our nations history.

    Vote Independant...make them all change their tune–or miss out on your aid in the voting booth.

    April 17, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. boer

    THIS IS RIDICULOUS. THERE IS ROO KMUCH IGNORANCE OR DEMAGOGERY INVOLVED.

    YES, the President tells tyhe Generals what the mission is
    what happens if the mission is not accomplished ?????

    BOER

    April 17, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  20. Arkansas Undertaker

    YES SIR!!!!!! YES WE CAN!!!!!

    OBAMA 08

    April 17, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. boer

    THIS IS RIDICULOUS. THERE IS ROO KMUCH IGNORANCE OR DEMAGOGERY INVOLVED.

    YES, the President tells tyhe Generals what the mission is
    what happens if the mission is not accomplished ?????

    BOER

    April 17, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. dsp

    Well, it's about time we ended this fiasco! I have nothing personal against Mrs. Clinton, except for the fact that she's a veteran politician who will say and do anything to try to be this party's nominee. It's time she went packing back to New York.

    Go Obama!

    April 17, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  23. JP Montana

    Huh...dyh...huh...well...

    Obama man ran to NC to lick his wounds. Never doubt when we, democratic voters , say we will never vote for Barack Obama. We will not. This guy has a bad persona. An ill aura about him. His comments, that of his wife's and his Rev, Wright, has opened a chasm of racism in this country.

    As a typical White grandmother I am shocked at the blind support this man has received. I'll say it. He wouldn't be even in this race if he weren't half Black. what a sham!

    If this guy becomes the candidate we are ready to vote for McCain. That is a given.

    NEVER OBAMA!

    April 17, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  24. pablo

    Letting the process go on through June can actually be a good thing. Record number of new dem registers, being talked about in the media getting their points across, etc.

    I know people are very feel very committed and loyal to their candidate now. Just make sure we unite in the end and get behind whoever the nomination is.........and stop four more years of the same failed polices.

    April 17, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  25. cph9680

    He should be. But everytime he starts saying such things Clinton and her criminal cronies find a way to rig the primaries and "win" and then the show has to go on and on

    April 17, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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