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. Californian for Obama!

    Obama is demonstrating leadership by looking at the issues and the way to move America forward after the failed Bush administration policies. Hillary is dividing the party by by focusing her efforts on attacking Obama's relationships, person, comments, or other. I guess that Hillary is not in touch with America........We need jobs, better schools, a better future for our children.......We do not need to hear our political leaders telling us about the other's dirty laundry. This is not going to make a better America.

    Didn't Hillary learn that all of these negative issues only prevent our leader from actually leading. If Bill Clinton would have been allowed to govern and address the real issues or our time instead of defending himself for every little thing that the Rep party had to dish out, he may have captured Osama and his group that are tyring to kill us and bring the world to its very end.

    It is time for Hillary to show real leadership and step down!!!! She should help her part win the Nov elections with Obama as Prez. NO MORE PERSONAL ATTACKS AND MORE ON DEALING WITH THE ISSUES THAT WE ARE FACING........

    April 25, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. racial tension

    Race will be too much of a distraction/issue in an Obama presidency.

    There has been a ridiculous hyper-sensitivity in this campaign to any slight reference to race.

    There WAS and still IS nothing racist about Bill Clinton's comments. I am biracial. Trust me. There is nothing racist about stating the obvious- that Jesse Jackson won in SC- helped by being black.

    Obama now carries the black vote- why? Because he is black.

    April 25, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. JR

    Good move Barack... You will be the nominee or the democratic aprty will be desolved when the youth, blacks and educated groups leave the party. In short, if the Clinton's are successsful in the behind the seenes arm twisting plans- they won't have a party to lead... and Lil-Mac wins! and that is bad for America!

    Obama wins the genral going away!!

    April 25, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. Obama Has Substance

    THis is the sort of Excelency we have seen in this candidate from the start. He is ready from DAY 1 with big plans. Look at how many new voters he has registered for the Party. This man has proven that he his a fantastic, uniter, organizer in everyway. He is helping his party to get ready, this is not all about whether he is the nominiee or not. This is been prepared, ready, sound judgement from day 1.
    To Diane and Fred and all you who said that you would not vote ifObama is the Nominee, everyone can tell that you and the many others who talk like that is racist. It is very sad that in 2008, 300 years after slavery, there is still so much hate. I know Obama will be able to breakdown some more barriers in that regards. People to really enjoy real peace, love and harmony we must stop the racial hate.
    I have read some angry, mean and hateful words from some of you in these blogs. It is extremely frightening, that so much bitterness and hatred against race still exists in the America. We must pray for change.

    April 25, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. Robin Wagner from ct

    I'm happy he doing this making plans . He after all has the most popular VOTES . NOT CLINTONS . He after all has the most DELEGATES . NOT CLINTONS . HE after has the most STATES won.
    30 out of 45 now . NOT THE CLINTONS .
    Go for him don't fall into the Clinton's lies . After all Bill wiggling his finger at news reporters . AGAIN . Like he did with Monica Lewinsky .
    He said Barack Obama played the race card on him .
    (((( HUH )))) .. I remember it was Bill said Barack Obama campaign is a fairy tall . And it was Bill said Barack Obama is like Jessie Jackson.
    When asked about his remarks day before P.A election . About
    Barack Obama playing race card he wiggled his finger again . And said he did not say this .
    But it was on tape for this country to hear.
    So yes good for Barack Obama for moving on. Least hes not a WHISKEY drinking , Sniperfire . Duck hunting lier .
    Clinton's are a perfect mach . Two liers . Maybe 3 .
    GO Barack Obama . You deserved it ,
    After all is not Hillary said YES, YES , YES he can win . Now no he can't . Make your mind up .

    April 25, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. james, chicago area

    Sharon, Barack has done alot for Illinois, as an illinois resident I can say you don't know what your talking about, not to mention his plans to create a political spending database, her arms issues which have been ignored since the days of billy bob clinton and his southern gun toting days. Not to mention his merit pay programs for teachers, his education plan which is much more practical than hillary's and his health care plan that does not leave American's out, but gives them affordable health care which they can make their own choices to enroll in, as opposed to Hillary's plan which takes away our inalienable freedom to choose.

    April 25, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. andrew of california

    He talks the talk and walks the walk...

    April 25, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. Chi-Town Cheryl

    Hillary Backers - Also, regarding those people who think EXPERIENCE is the key to selecting a president - may I remind everyone that John F. Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman and Abraham Lincoln had little to no experience and had accomplished little if anything politically before ascending to the Presidency; but, history now shows that these fine men were four of the greatest presidents that ever lived and had accomplished great things once they reached the White House. James Buchanan who had the most experience of any president, was the worst president this country ever had.

    April 25, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. Brandon from WI

    Its about math people. Looking at the way the delegates are being spread if Hillary wins: Guam, Puerto Rico, Indiana, West Virginia and Kentucky. Barack will win North Carolina, Oregon, Montana and South Dakota. This is giving Hillary the benefit of the doubt in these contests.


    Do the delegate counter on CNN.com and figure it out. This is over.

    April 25, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. White Independent

    Sharon let me try to explain. He never called the Clinton's racist. Just because Bill said that he did doesn't make it true. Hillary is secretive, untrustworthy, divisive, status-quo, and after 8 years has been unable to bring about change. Mostly because she votes right along with whatever W says. He did lie about one thing though she isn't likable enough. He has had nothing to do with MI and FL being able to vote. He does feel that he should be able to campaign and be on the ballot if you're going to count the votes.

    April 25, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. Lito

    Gary i saw your post if you vote that way you are selfish cause hillary is not america, and if Obama wins hes the peoples choice. If you vote for McSaine this country will suffer far more greater than it already is, gas, food the whole dam economy so do what you want but the rest of america isnt following you.

    April 25, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. Venus

    Ha, ha, ha!

    This is awesome! The march has started! We are on our way and the Clintons will not stand in our way!

    The DNC has to get going on our campain! There is a lot going on behind the sceens! Howard Dean is in the fight hitting back at the Clinton's Machines! The RNC is already running ads against the Democrates and Obama!

    I love it! Hillary's supporters and those who work for Hillary knows this is over and her campain is BROKE and she is in debt!

    This is great! With her losing the primary – that means she will have to repay every dime BACK! I hope they still have some of that $109-million dollars they made selling American Jobs!

    Hillary's lost another member today!

    Her MAJOR FUND RAISER – HillRiser and who is one of her major hispanic donators who have help raised over $500-K is defecting her campain to join our "Obama Team" because he says her campain has gotten TOO negative!

    Yes We Can and We Shall!

    Way to go President Obama!

    April 25, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. Dale Wise

    Makes sense. It's just prudent planning. The nomination is locked up whether Clinton wants to accept it or not.

    The general election is closing in quickly and Obama needs to start focusing on that race – the important one – and stop getting distracted with this democratic nomination nonsense.

    April 25, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  14. D from OHIO

    Lets see the DNC has 5 million and OB has 2 mil for the general election..Opps Clinton has 22 million in the bank for the GE. Looks like HC does know a little bit about handling finances.
    GO Hillary

    April 25, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. Henri

    $50 on the way electronically! Whatever it takes to overcome the Hillbillys! Electing Barack is the greatest event of a lifetime. I would take a second job just to contribute to Barack 08.

    April 25, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. Jack Walden

    Hillary has demonstrated that her voter base is older senile people and the low-income uneducated workers who cant pin point Paris, Texas, from Paris, France on a map. However the latter are also the part of the die-hard Republican base and therefore, come November, Hillary cant expect to get all these votes.That is why Republicans to compete against her in November.

    April 25, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. Alicia

    This is a good thing. Those of you that find him cocky or presumptive for doing this are ridiculous. These are the first steps to bring the Democratic Party together by November. Hillary would be doing the same thing if she wasn't already in debt. No one said the campaign is doing this because he is the presumptive nominee nor is Hillary not because she isn't. Get it together people. Quit trying to make something negative out of something positive.

    April 25, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. andrew of california

    He talks the talk and walks the walk...

    April 25, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. joan in Minnesota

    Have we seen this: acting like it is already mine?
    Oh, yeah! George Bush 2000.
    Next his campaign will be storming the White House.
    And you all think he is a horse of a different color, he just a man, a male POLITICIAN!

    April 25, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. Independent

    Sharon...I dont think you know half of what you just spewed.

    April 25, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  21. Derrick

    I am still voting for Hillary or McCain either way!!!

    If Obama wins the nomination, I will change my registration to Republican and will stay Republican.

    Obama is a racist, inexperienced, unitelligent bigott.

    I will NEVER vote for anyone who preaches hatred in our churches or makes blanket remarks toward people who attend church and own hand guns.

    Hillary 08' 12'

    April 25, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. dieter

    We really need a new energy source. Down with "gasoline".

    April 25, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |


    For a moment, I was certain you were talking about Hillary. Face it, America has a race problem. If Sen. Obama were Brad Pitt, the Democratic race would be over. If Sen. Obama were a bottle of hand lotion, the race would be over.

    The problem in America is many of us CANNOT HANDLE THE TRUTH! We have a deep-rooted racial divide in our country. That's why our union is in peril. Everyone want's a change, yet no one wants to take direction on how to evoke it...unless the leadership comes from a white guy or white woman.

    When Latinos' becomethe majority, I wonder what will be in America's bag of tricks to supress their candidacy for President of the United States.

    Stay tuned. The re-birth of the nation has begun.

    April 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  24. mjaber

    McClinton will never wim
    Obama '08

    April 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  25. Steve Nevada

    White Water, sniper fire, impeachment, "I want you to listen to me, I did not have sexual relations with that girl", Ron Brown, all the Bill gruopies, NAFTA, Terrorists attacked us and Bill did nothing but warn them, This is the Billary dynasty

    April 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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