April 17th, 2008
03:15 PM ET
10 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. Tubby The Tuba

    Shame on Charlie Gibson and George for sandbagging Senator Obama at the debate last night. I guess George is still trying to get back in good with the Clintons after he divorced them. What in God's creation does knowing someone have to do with one's on person? We simply did not deal with the issues last night. I lost a lot of respect for Charlie Gibson with all his negative questions fielded to Obama, rather than his and George's old friend Hillary. Just trying to smear Obama's name...that is possible for those who are uneducated, and don't research the candidates...but I truly doubt whether or not Charlie and George succeeded in their's and ABC's quest.

    April 17, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  2. Monica

    Some of these Hillary supporters are funny. They criticize Obama for the same things that she has a history of doing like crying woo is me, why don't you get him a pillow. But yet they are voting for her. Quit being such big babies.

    April 17, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  3. Earl

    I'm sick of all these Hillary supporter's saying the will vote for McCain if Obama wins. Shows there character perfectly, exactly like Clinton’s two faced. They would rather go against the best fit candidate there party is going to pick and vote for views there totally against their’s. They keep crying Hilary has more experience doing what! All she can bring up is when her husband was president. I guess Barbra bush is experienced to she was married to a president.

    April 17, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  4. Maggieb

    Obama is whinning about having to Answer Real Questions, which tells us he has LOTS and Lots to hide. Now we are Sure He is Racist and Hateful as his Pastor. And has no respect for America or its people . This Idiot Racist isn't fit to be President.

    April 17, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  5. keepitreal50

    Obama, take your stride thoughout these states and slide straight into the white house. Hillary, Bill and Chelsea are cooked, hard! There is nothing she can do but cry so take your time and be yourself as you have all along. We understand that you are not perfect and that's perfect. You are not corrupt. All the haters' intestines are rotting. You can smell it on this blog!

    April 17, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  6. Angelika

    I find it funny how people complain about Obama whining when Hillary's whined from the moment she started to lose. :3

    also, I'm willing to swallow my pride and vote Hillary is by some chance she steals the nomination–because, at this point in time, ONLY SHE can steal it. Obama can't, because he's ahead. If you really think he somehow can when he's ahead in delegates, supers, states won and popular vote, then, well, you REALLY need your head checked. :3

    To those laughing about last night... Oh, would Hillary like to be asked if the sky is blue? She got VERY easy quesitons, and Obama refused to comment on the one hard question about her–the sniper fire one–which SHE didn't even answer. He COULD have torn her over that, but he chose to be kind.

    As for Obama's scandals... Peter Paul? White Water? Travelgate? Monica Lewinsky? The furniture missing from the White House? Aaaaalllll of those Clinton pardons...?

    April 17, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  7. Mr. J

    There he goes again blowing smoke for his groupies. If the democratic party is foolish enough to give him the nomination they will just be handing Mr Mcain the presidentcy on a silver plater. Only the brainless bubblegum chewing and the older loser wannabe crowd will actually vote for him. No one looking for qualifications will even concider him. Look at the polls if they think those of us that want a qualified canidate will vote for him they better start polling us. The democrats cannot win without us and our donations. This arrogant clown needs to go back to the circus. He not even sure weather he is a clown or a comedian.

    April 17, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  8. jo

    why has no one said any thing about obama giving the finger [maybe to hillary or gibson,or george] with his speech today after the debate last nigt?watch the video,acting so child like,and he wants to be our president,,,,, wake up america

    April 17, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  9. keepitreal50

    Obama had a rare bad night compared to Hillary who is like a snake in a hole, completely at home and content with all her lies. She repeatedly flunks the test.

    April 17, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. MD Conservative

    An Obama administration will the end of democracy. We are witnessing the fall of America. The Obama-bots will soon be fainting from famine... Obama is the next Hugo Chavez.

    April 17, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. Scott in Boston

    It's either Hillary or McCain.

    April 17, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  12. Harold

    Obama feels entitled to the nomination. I do not support anyone who has an entitlement feeling. How will NC wrap up the nomination?

    NC will not vote republican in the fall. Obama only wins the red states and expects to win the nomination.

    Philly proved he is unelectable.

    April 17, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  13. Monica

    Here is one reason for you Greg.....He's not Hillary. But you probably won't find it funny.

    April 17, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  14. RPC

    Dream on, Obama. After your pathetic performance in last night's debate, you obviously could learn a few things from someone like Senator Clinton who has real experience and vision.

    April 17, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  15. Wingit

    Those Republicans posting here in support of Hillary are going to be sadly dissappointed Tueseday when she does not get the double digit win she needs to make any headway. Understand the facts, she no logner is trying to convince voters, she is trying to get super delgates to line up with her. There are two sides to her story. Hillary says; "yes, yes, yes he can win against McCain" to the public and behind the scenes, she tells the superdelegates he can't get elected. Typical double dealing politician that would come back on her in the general. She is the one that is unelectable.

    April 17, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  16. Michelle

    American -

    Take a look at your own lives; make improvements there first!


    Single white female....wants out of the "establishment" of the same old tired politics!

    April 17, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  17. Von

    I do not want anymore debates. This is nonsense and a waste of time. I would ask that from now on the Democratic candidates please attack McCain. Stop beating up on each other. This is getting old. Dean should make the superdelegate commit now. If the superdelegates are evenly split then it will ultimately be decided by the results of votes in the primary.

    I am so tired of this nonsense ...we need to get this over with and settle on a nominee. If Hilliary can not win this thing then she should step down,Please!!!!!!

    A very frustrated independent who lives in a Republican (Tom Delay's) District in Houston Texas!

    April 17, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  18. Michael

    Wow, if you really vote for McCain than you not only are really stupid but deaf as well. Did you Clinton supporters not hear her say last night, and it wasn't the first time, that the differences between her and Obama "pale in comparison" to the differences between them and McCain?? YOUR OWN CANDIDATE IS TELLING YOU NOT TO VOTE FOR MCCAIN, SO WAKE UP!!

    Not only that, but she basically admitted defeat, accidentally, last night with her wording... "I will do whatever it takes to get my supporters to vote for the nominee"... if she were the nominee then that statement wouldn't make sense. Shows that deep down inside she knows she cannot win, and that she knows she'd be happy with Obama as president. Any intelligent person would be.

    April 17, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  19. Now for Obama

    You dumb people who say you will Vote Mccain were not going to vote for Obama anyway! Idiots

    April 17, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  20. dee

    obama gets the nomination ,i vote for mc cain.this fom alife long democrat.

    April 17, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  21. Bernice





    April 17, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  22. maryann

    I think Hilliary Clinton is to good for the democratic party. Why she is taking all this crap is beyond me. She should just throw them under the bus and let them reap what they sow. Obama and his supporters are nothing buy cry babies and if that is what you people want in the White House good luck to you. I am a Canadian and I can not believe the bias that was shown in this election. If Clinton did or said everything that he did she would be flogged. Hilliary has my vote.

    April 17, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  23. Now for Obama

    What I don't understand is why Hillary feels that she should win, even though she has won LESS contest, states, and delegates! The people of America have spoken, where were Hill's supporters when she needed you. If you were so staunch, then she would be losing. MI and FL are only two states, what about ALL of the other states that have voted. They clearly didn't want Hillary as the front runner or she would have the nomination all wrapped up by now.

    April 17, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  24. aliou salam, Jacksonville FL

    I already crowned you man. don't worry. Hillary helped me with it. She turned negative and started lying . That's when I knew there is nothing you can do that will prevent me from voting for you. At least, you are honest.

    April 17, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  25. Monica

    Jo, what are you talking about? He is only a couple hundred shy right now of getting enough needed for the nom.

    April 17, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
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