April 25th, 2008
12:19 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama campaign makes general election plans

(CNN) - In the wake of his Pennsylvania loss, Barack Obama’s campaign has revealed two major steps towards a general election operation – both usually undertaken by presumptive presidential nominees.

On Friday, the campaign officially announced an ambitious, 50-state voter registration program designed to boost Democratic registration – already reaching record levels in many states – with an eye towards November.

On the conference call discussing the effort, Deputy Campaign Manager Steve Hildebrand confirmed a report on The Page that the Obama team had entered into a joint fundraising operation with the Democratic National Committee.

The DNC could use the help. In a year when most Democratic campaign committees are vastly out-raising their Republican counterparts, the DNC – which had a little more than $5 million cash on hand, according to its most recently filed Federal Elections Commission report – is lagging far behind a cash-rich Republican National Committee’s $31 million war chest.

John McCain has launched a similar fundraising partnership with the RNC – but it did not debut until after he became the presumptive GOP nominee.

Hildebrand also said that Hillary Clinton’s campaign had held similar discussions with the national party, although the two sides had yet to come to an agreement.

“It is something that we are moving forward with and as we understand it the D.N.C. has initiated those conversations with the Clinton campaign as well.”

Joint committees are usually formed after there is a de facto nominee. In contrast to the strict fundraising limits imposed on the candidates, parties are able to raise more than 10 times as much – allowing them to assume some election-related activities and costs that would otherwise be undertaken by the campaign.

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  1. T

    NICE!!!!!!!!!! A Sign of great leader and confindent leader thinking a step ahead............... Love him or hate for whatever reason, this the kind of leader America needs..... A leader that is inteligent and makes the right choices on the hard times America is facing..........And Believe it or not he is going to be the Next PRESIDENT...... GO OBAMA!!!!

    April 25, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. Democrats Rule

    This is PERFECT – Way to go Senator Obama. You've had me from the beginning and every day that goes by I get surer and surer that you are EXACTLY what this country has been waiting for. Haven't been this excited about an election since 1963! You really did have me at "hope"!

    April 25, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. Susie Ram

    I will be happy if a dishonest, negative campaigning, and polarizing candidate is not in a whitehouse top seat. It will be more hell after 8 years of current hell. The American public need a stronger candidate than that in directing the nation and world in the right direction, who will work for the cause of the nation rather than just grabbing the authority for their selfishness. Hillary has already proved how negative she could go and how much she can lie when she has to grab power. Wake up America!

    April 25, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. sivananthi

    There are a lot of misinterpretations and misunderstandings taking place..

    I personally think that Hillary should reach out to the african american people and talk to them not for just votes but to unite the conutry...

    African american people will give her a chance if she reaches out to them...

    Hillary 08.

    April 25, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Nikki, Florida

    It makes me laugh how HRC says that Obama has no experience and her supporters are now picking on him because he's been called "just" a politician...

    Pick one! At least Obama is looking at the party as a whole and doing what he can to help while HRC is doing nothing but holding him (and the rest of the election) back and looking to benefit herself only....as usual

    (Are we sure she's not a Republican?) Obama or "Other" '08!

    April 25, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Anthony

    I still can't believe Hillary supporters think Obama has done the damage in this campaign. Hillary has done the damage, I think you guys are in denial or delusional.

    Obama is smart, he's now acting like the winner he is.

    April 25, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. race card

    Obama is playing the race card again.

    Trying to label the Clintons as racists.

    Be careful... White America is getting tired of the race card.

    The Clintons are NOT racists.

    April 25, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. Paul, Albany New York

    Aren't any of you Obama-bots concerned that there are still 50% of Democrats Obama has to win over? It's a guarantee that if he is handed the DEM nomination there will be MANY 'bitter' DEM voters who will DEFINITELY cross over in support of McCain just to spit in the DNC's faces.

    Obama-maniac's- don't celebrate too soon... I think you're going to be in for a HUGE surprise come November!

    April 25, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. KG

    Why would Obama suggest a 50 STATE registration when he only acknowledges 48 STATES???????????? Count FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN NOW!!!! Then we will see who truly is the leading candidate. GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!

    April 25, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. rules1959

    Diane –

    You said there was just something you didn't like about Obama from the beginning. Is it the shade of his skin? Who cares if you don't vote for him. Other people will.

    April 25, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. Alana from Bethesda

    Jan from Boca,
    No, he doesnt have 99% of the black vote and you knew that already, you just decided to say something stupid. And as you already know, thousands if not millions of whites have voted for Obama and will support him in the national election – like me and my WHOLE FAMILY! You should try thinking about something other than just race. Try hoping for a president that won't bankrupt the country or wage preemptive wars without an exit strategy. Hope you never lose your health insurance because even Florida's Medicare/Medicaid is sketchy!

    April 25, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |

    Thank you, Senator Obama, for sticking to the issues and operating above board. Just as your supporters are aware, Rev. Wright and Bill Ayers have nothing to do with our intellectual property rights being ripped away and surfacing overseas with jobs our knowledge created, the rising cost of prescription drugs, the outrageous food and energy costs, Wall Street bailouts-for-buddies, or the anxiety most Americans and not-so-American are feeling these days.

    Furthermore, it's no secret the Clintons' road high during Bill's term thanks to Ronald Reagan. President Reagan won the Cold War and Slick "Willy" Clinton road the surplus. I expect the same when our troops come home and we begin to spend far less, if anything, on a war we cannot win...especially of no one knows what the #@$% we're fighting for.

    Barackology – The Study of Common Sense

    April 25, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. paul

    obama is the way to go. whatever he creates hillary copies, why dont hillary just bow out for GOD'S sake

    April 25, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. race card

    Obama lost my vote the FIRST time he played the race card.

    African Americans are already voting for Obama- there is no need to incite racial hatred and division.

    Obama is no uniter.

    Obama is a divider.

    April 25, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. Anthony

    ...and I am so sick of Hillary Clinton...

    April 25, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  16. 24 year old Chicago, IL DEM

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    Those of you who say you are not going to vote for Obama in the general election if he wins the Nomination are childish and ignorant. If you haven't realized that only hurts the Democatic party. Oh and just so you know if you actually look at the issues of all three candidates; Obama and Hillary are not that different from each other so just go Democrat no matter who wins, don't be a baby or should i say sore loser!!! and those who are for Obama don't be sore winners either because we need Hillary's constituency also to win the general election . These preparation's are good because no matter who wins at least the DNC will be prepared for the General Election.

    DEM's in 08 (preferably OBAMA)

    April 25, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. Jonathan

    I am glad that we finaly going to have genuine, brilliant president – Barak Obama. Another check of $250 just went to his camp.

    April 25, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. Uncle Sam

    Sharon – the explanation is this: In our current media-driven culture, where superficial appeal and self-aggrandizement dominate, someone like Barack Obama can rise so quickly despite having the minimal qualifications for the presidency. We are drawn more to style than substance, more to popularity than judgment, and more to rhetoric than character. Ultimately, it will up to the American voters to decide which candidate they trust to lead their country.

    April 25, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  19. Tootie 05

    These blogs are all too funny, everything that Obama does wrong,
    everything Wright says, everything Michelle Obama says It's all Hiilary's fault. Obama buried himself, no one had to do it for him.
    I'm seeing that everyone that is not for Obama is a racist, how stupid
    is that. I am white and I am married to an African American for 30 years, have a college degree and I am a professor and have 3 children 2 of which are doctors. We are all voting for Hillary, but don't
    think we are not taking the heat from our African Friends. They call us
    Traitors, racists and much more than I can put in print. Now you tell
    me who being racists?

    April 25, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  20. no Obama

    Please NO Obama.

    We will be playing the race card and not getting anything done at all if he gets the nomination.

    Stop labeling people as racists if they don't support you.

    April 25, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  21. Carlito

    Why is it Obama does something hillary supporters try to knock him, he is not doing anything wrong to hillary and these are the attacks that are being raged against him. These people are bigots and not smart enough to know hes trying to help the party by helping out because of the long primary he's campaining.

    April 25, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  22. Matt

    Sharon in Minnesota, are you serious?!!!

    Obama has damaged the party? Give me a break. Hillary's only path to victory is to drag Obama into the mud and make him look unelectable, even if she can't claim the nomination. She is kneecapping him so that he will lose the general election and she can run again in 4 years.

    The Clintons and their tactics need to disappear.

    April 25, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  23. Jamie

    Sharon you need to go have a drink?

    You've obviously been brainwashed by everything that Hillary has done. Even Hillary's precious "New York Times" is criticizing how she is campaigning.

    It's individuals like you who are turning this campaing into a black vs. woman issue and that shouldn't be the case. Hillary is getting just as much "female" votes as does Barak get "black" votes. It's common sense. But realize that Barak's black voters would still vote for Democratic Hillary in the same manner that Hillary's female supporters would for Barak in the general election. Stop making this a personal issue and look at the realities of it. I happen to live in Illinois and even though you claim Barak has done nothing in Illinois, the people of Illinois LOVE him. Why? Are we stupid or easily swayed. No. We recognize he does care and does get results. Experience isn't everything.

    April 25, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  24. HI

    look at all of the facts and you will see who is the better candidate

    GO HILLARY '08

    April 25, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  25. Lance

    sharon minnesota has it wrong. I think HC has damaged the party. Like Hillary, you obviously feel she has a sense of entitlement to the nomination since her name is Clinton and Obama is just an upstart black guy who ran a better campaign and energized the democratic party like nobody since JFK

    April 25, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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