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. cathy

    I'm confused. On one hand, Hillary's and her folks are counting on the super delegates departing from the votes of their districts to support her . On the other hand, she claims that the Michigan and Florida voters have been disenfranchised by not being allowed to cast their votes. Under her plan, who cares if Michigan and Florida vote as she is just going to attempt to have the super delegates make the decision anyway. Heck, we could have saved a whole bunch of money, time and energy by just having those 800 folks make the decision since it seems that the people's votes and desires doesn't really concern her.

    April 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. Barb Canada

    Amen Sharon!

    April 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. Jeff

    Why can't the folks that are supporting Clinton recognize that one of main reasons–if not the only reason–she's even in this race is because of her family name and what her husband has accomplished. Without Bill Clinton's presidency, Hillary would not even be in the conversation right now.

    Obama, on the other hand, is a self made man, and has earned every inch of his right to compete for the democratic nomination on his own.

    The Clintons do not have an inalienable right to the White House. Their politics in this election have really turned me off. And, now this business with fuzzy math on the popular vote? Let's stop the madness before it's too late.

    I just hope that the damage they continue to do to the Party can be repaired before November.

    April 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. Tricia in NH

    Thank you Sharon! I agree with you completely. There is such a double standard because of not only the color of his skin, but also by his gender. Much as our society downplays gender bias, it's clearly evident in the Hill-bashing that goes on, the way BO is so dismissive of Hillary, and the way ever little comment of hers is twisted and turned into something ugly. She must explain every little comment or ad-but what abou him? He has the worst performance in debates, he's extremely vague on his positions even though he starts off by saying "Let m be perfectly clear..." He's not. I think he is a good man, but he's not ready yet to be president. He should stay in the Senate for a few more years and maybe, in 2016, he can take the oath. Let's see what he can change from the Senate floor. Hillary knows what's broken because she's been in it from many angles. So, she knows how to fix it. Good luck in 2016 Obama! We need Hillary right now. She'll at least leave you peace and a strong economy in 2016!

    April 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    This is why he has run such an efficient and incredible campaign!! Because of his proactive approach and sound planning....We need this kind of efficiency in the White House!

    April 25, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. your breath stinks

    Jan from boca raton..... are you mad the hag is done?

    April 25, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |

    Why is that AMERICA has the greatest issue with race? Of all the countries in the world, America falls short yet asks others to follow in our footsteps. Shouldn't we lead by example?

    April 25, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  8. laurie

    Oh for goodness sake Sharon! If having a woman in the white house is more important to you than integrity and leadership, its no wonder this county is in the shape it is. Is that what you teach your children if you have any? Hillary is just in this for power...nothing else. She will forget you the minute she is elected..which I hope never happens.

    April 25, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. Ali

    Great leadership Senator Obama- keep it up! Nice to see your committment and concern for the DEMOCRATIC PARTY!

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

    Do you Obama. Hillary is a non factor and after you crush her in IND and NC this whole conversation will be a moot point.

    And to the Hillary Supporters at this stage of the game I could care less if you support Obama or not. You people are the most vile and evil group I've ever seen. Every positive blog about Obama her you come spitting your venom to his supports and you think for second we will support her if she steals this cause thats exactly what she would be doing..STEALING THIS ELECTION. Nobody loses12 straight and still thinks the majority of the country wants them. the country is starting to show its true colors..some of you had no intention what so ever to vote for Obama cause of one thing and one thing only ..He's black. at least 10 percent of the population in PA had the balls to admit it. All this undercover racism aka Blue Collar Workers and Roman Catholics is disgusting.

    April 25, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. CGB (Jamaica)

    Go Barack – Its clear you are a visionary leader.

    There is no need to fight a war with Hillary that has already been won.

    OBAMA ALL THE WAY!!!! "08"

    April 25, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. Abdi Mursal

    I am not a Democrat but always voted for Demrats and I am very unhappy the way many powerfull elected Demorats are trying to throw Sen. Clinton off the cliff.I don't understand why they simply can't let the process take it's course.I have a feeling that kenedys,Richardson and Leahy and their likes are givng Mcain this election.

    April 25, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. Rich

    It will be Obama – McCain for the General

    We need to come together as Democrats to ensure that our PARTY get the White House in November... I dont really think there are Hillary people out there that will do something as stupid as not voting democratic or not voting at all this November because they are so upset that they didnt win the Primary... I would vote for Hillary if she won the Nomination... Because I can set aside the harsh feelings if BO didnt win.

    So if you dont vote or vote republican then only you would be to blame for continuing this war that is draining our hard earned tax money away from our schools, highways, etc...
    Only you would be to blame for the continued tax policies that favor the wealthy...

    So think with your brain before your heart!

    April 25, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. NC Primary MY TURN!

    You Clinton supporters are something else. Do you honestly believe she could win the general after her nasty way of grabbing the nomination from Obama? Do you honestly believe the republicans wont have a field day with talking about Lewinski and the other scandals of the Clinton days? Do you honestly think she will get the most reliable part of the Dem party to vote for her?? You have got to be kidding me. Look in the mirror and question whether you are a bigot. I think you ARE!

    April 25, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. Joe

    Face it, whether you like Hillary or Obama, the math says that Obama is going to win. As the former front runner, Hillary should have never fell so far behind if she really wanted to win. She should surrender and back Obama already.

    April 25, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. old white lady

    love for Obama. We can't just help ourselves! We love you Obama

    April 25, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. GH

    Go Hillary! You are the bestest candidade! We won't ;let those black racists beat us! I gave you all the money I have in my bank so you can win. I only want her cus shes a woman. Woman take care of things better than men! Obama spread those lioes about the sniper fire! You Go Girl!

    April 25, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. Annick, New York

    Indeed KG. There is no way Barack Obama can make it at the general election. Much too controversial and limited in his appeal, black Americans, young voters (mostly unliable) ect., his admitted problem with seniors and the poors that he does not seem to be able/ want to identify with, as understantly it took him so much work to become part of the elite. Well, let's see what does that leave him with .... Unfortunately for him, the poors and the seniors are a majority that he can't just ignore. Hillary's appeal is much wider and she is the one who should win the nomination despite all the hype that has been bestowed upon what is really just "a new kid on the block".

    April 25, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. TOM


    OBAMA FOR 2008

    April 25, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. Tut Chol

    United we stand, divided we fail.

    April 25, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. buy the nomination

    so now hes paying the Dnc for his nomination.

    clinton/mccain 08

    April 25, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. Obadiah( Minnesota)

    I have to respond to SHARON, from every comment you've posted, I can conclude that you habor alot of ignorance. First, there is no way Hillary can win this nomination, secondly its African-Americans are voting for Obama because he is a good canditate and you've to also realise that white people also are voting for Obama. Hillary supporter vote for her because they are loyalt to the Clinton's family, certainly most of Hillary supporters are afraid to disappoint the family and they're willing to stick to the family with no apparent reason. Obama and Hillary policies are similar, but Obama has prove over and over again that he is a decent guy, someone you can relate with. If we put Obama to white house its will be undisputable that even our own kids can get there, if we put Hillary it will clearly look like the throne belong to certain families. Hillary has fail over and over again! How did Obama end up with more delegetes, more states won and more popular votes? Hillary started th Campaign with the biggest name in America!!!! Obama has more chance of beating Mccain than Hillary, face it, he has beaten her, what make's him unelecteble? Remember it is the same people who voted in primaries that are going to vote in general election.
    Abou the Michigan and FL, we all know that they said it's not gonna count, what has changed now? Obama has always come from behind and almost beat clinton, in CA, PA, TX,OH, there is not primary so far that Hillary has come from behind. Please use your head and don't ashame our dear educated state of 10,000 lake, Minnesota

    April 25, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. JRay

    This is a demonstration of staying focused on the main goal and that is to win the white house. Whether it is Obama or Hillary that is what the focus for all Dems should be. We need to stop fighting each other pick a candidate (OBAMA) and ride the wave into the white house. I think this is something both Obama and Hillary supporter should agree on.

    April 25, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  24. Drew


    Some answers

    (you're likable enough, Hillary…snubs her at the state of the union, calls her secretive, untrustworthy, divisive, status-quo, claims SHE'S unable to make changes in washington, ..etc…)

    Its not Obama, American's polled across the country state she is not trustworthy (59%). PA exit polls had even voters that cast the ballot for her even said that she was negative and that Obama would likely get the nomination (61%)

    ( yet has his lawyers and lobbyist stop revotes in MI and FL (someone PLEASE tell me where in our Constitution does it say that any entity has the right to tell 2.5 million Americans that their votes don't count!)

    If you voted for Undecided in Mich, how do you spilt that vote for Obama since Edwards was in the race. Only 2.5 million in MI and FL or grossly under the normal vote. Most voters stayed home becuse they knew the votes would not be counted. Check the last primary elections, 2.5 millions votes would have been half the total ineach state. Also how do you keep out the voters that cast ballots for Republicans for voting again in either-redo? Especially since now the GOP has a nominee, they could vote again and skew the results.

    (can't debate well)
    The only debat Obama did poorly on was the last one, and it wasn't about issues, mostly gossip.

    (constantly insults the ONLY SUCCESSFUL democratic president we've had in DECADES)
    Bill Clinton cost this countries tack payers millions of dollars because he lied about that affair. Money I sure wish this country has now. But that wasn't Obama's work. WJC made his own bed. I applaud BO for not slamming the Clinton Presidency for this. NAFTA was a bad deal that should be blamed on CLinton. Its why somem of our jobs are exported to Mexico.

    ….gets 90% of the black vote, nothing is said, yet Hillary's white voters must be racist
    When the MAJORITY uses skin color against the MINORITY it is racism that hurts. Bill Clinton calling BO's campaign a Fanstasy didn't help the Clinton Name. Over 60 white women voting against Obama soley because he is black (20% claimed this in exit polling) is racism.

    Did that clear it up for you sweetheart.

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

    I love how Hillary supporters keep saying that Obama is not electable. If Hillary is so much more electable than Obama, why is she losing to him?

    April 25, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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