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. Derwin Jones

    Now that Barack Obama has realized that the petty indignity's trumped up by the Clinton Machine means nothing...Move ahead with an agenda to win back America! From the Bush Cronies...Hillary you fought a good fight although you showed many people how badly you would fight within the Democratic party just for your own sake..Obama supporter's really do believe that you have good intentions for your candidacy, We just don't believe that you have a plan for the majority of Americans in general..So bow out gracefully and so all that you said you have done for the past 35 years..provide solutions for an Obama

    April 25, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. Wow

    Wow, for a lot of you who actually believe a woman will run THIS country is comical. The Republican game plan is working beautifully. It's the Republicans again for 2924 days baby! GET READY!

    April 25, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. 41yr old latino in mn

    I think it's very telling that Obama has the majority of younger voters lining up to vote for him while the older crowd is mostly supporting Clinton. Our young adults have grown up adopting the "content of their character" as their measuring tool, not the "color of their skin" like too many of their parents and grandparents still do today. MLK would be proud of this new generation and Obama who eloquently speaks to the best elements and ideals of our country, not to the worst as Clinton repeatedly does.

    April 25, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. mitch from ark.

    obama's campaign has been extraordinary!again, they are thinking ahead,and planning extensively,for the general election,and the well-being of the party.apparently the clinton's ,are still just trying to stay afloat,financially,and haven't the time,to deal with the 'problems',of the party.

    April 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. kriss g

    Again. I am impressed with Obama's "presidential" approach to staying above the fray of the tiring bickering and ridiculous media fodder! Simply put. A candidate that has over, and undisputed, 40% of the population not "trusting" her is a definite loss. We need to get on with the general election and move the ship in the right direction.

    April 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. Tre

    These Hillary supporters are hilarious. Your candidate is in debt. She cant even contribute to her own party in a constructive way. Neither can her husband. I think it's time to grow up, and the adults run the country.

    She will be the first candidate to have to borrow money from her rival to pay back those she frauded. Thats the saddest thing I ever heard.

    April 25, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. Kay

    Sharon and her supporters are bitter that Hillary is losing. That is understandable. This is a contest and we all want a Democrat to win the WH. Both candidates are good. Unfortunately, there can be only one Dem nominee. According to the rules, the one with the largest number of delegates wins the nomination (not popular votes as proclained by some in the Party). So, delegates are chosen from all the States through the results of primaries and causcuses according to the Party's rules. If no one reaches the magin number of 2025, the superdelegates come in to vote to make up the number 2025 DELEGATES. The sysem was set up so that what counts is the number of delegates! There should be no bitterness in this. We are all family – Obama or Clinton supporters. After the nomination, let us all rally behind the nominee- Hillary or Obama and see to the success fo the Dem candidate. Any of them is better for the country than McCain. Lets have a broader view of things and see what is good for the country, not women or blacks.We need a CHANGE!

    April 25, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. What's real

    Hmmm. I just have one real question for te HRC crowd. Where did Mrs. Clinton get her WHITE HOUSE experience? from sittign in on meetings? From running errands? if that is the case then hell why not throw ALL the wives that have come before her into the race.. SHE WAS NEVER PRESIDENT HER HUSBAND WAS! if you want to talk experience then talk about what the respective senators have done for the states they were elected to represent!!! and this goes both ways! Everything else is a joke..

    If you are from FL or MI you should be mad at the dem leader in your state for holding the primaries early! the only reason HRC wants to hear your voice is because she is behind in votes. and dont tell me if BO was on the ballot that the numbers would stil be so highly in favor of her. again it's not HRC or OHBs' fault that your votes got brushed..

    finally regardless of who gets the Dem nod please I emplore you all vote DEMOCRATIC!!!!! We cannot have another GWB in office!!!!!PLEASE think about it logically EITHER DEM is better than a Bush clone.

    April 25, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. smoove

    Sharon, and i guess queen Hillary havent done any damage to the DNC

    April 25, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. Benjamin

    A message for "Go Hill"

    I highly doubt that 50% of the democrats would not vote for Sen. Obama but you can be sure that a majority of African-Americans won't vote for another Democrat if Sen. Obama finishes with the most pledged delegates and is robbed of the nomination.

    I'd like to see Sen. Clinton win when 90% of African-Americans stay home in November.

    April 25, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. petermas

    Well... stats say whites voted split 50/50 and the blacks voted for BO 80-90%. Somebody explain to me how the results are not racially based. After rev. Write interview definitely if Hillary loses the nomination I am going to vote for McCain.

    April 25, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. Tre

    And since when are blacks racist? I swear this is the most hypocrital crap Ive ever seen. Silver Springs. 50 miles from a regional klan home.

    April 25, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. jason

    Nov. 12 issue of Newsweek Obama syas that nobody is being hard on Clinton this is the race for President in response to a question about the debate being hard on her. Then when ABC gives him a little pressure he whines no more debates they were mean to me. Nice double talk I'm glad to see the new type of politics is sooooooooooo different from the old.

    April 25, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. Harinet

    If Hillary is so electable why does Rush Limbaugh promote Republicans to vote Clinton when possible, why has Richard Mellon Scaife of the Pittsburgh Tribune endorsed her, and why has the RNC aired a commercial in North Carolina against Obama concerning Rev. Wright?
    Because they are confident they can defeat her and not Obama. Simply put, the Republicans want the easiest opponent to face in November. That opponent seems to be Hillary Clinton in the eyes of the Republican war room. I believe this race would have different face on it if the right was not involved in trying to steer it their way. See the above comment.

    April 25, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. Paul

    However, Obama's book's tittle was inspired by his mentor… hmmmmmmm

    That is why;

    Hillary will be our President!!!

    In the mean time, Obama can take intensive mentoring 102 with Pastor Wright

    April 25, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. Jaden in NC

    I think that everyone needs to understand that you have two great candidates but only one will win and it is Obama. Due to the facts regarless of what the others think. He still has the edge in total votes, states, and money. This country is based off of a couple of things and he has both money and people behind him. It is a shame for our country to be in a recession and one of the candidates that is running for the most Powerful positions can't keep her money straight. Just my two cents...hope this helps HRC with the two cents she will need it...

    Obama 08'

    April 25, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. joann

    Arrogant mother, hope he loses; I vote Hillary and if he wins I vote Mccain; they don't care so why should I. Don't want no black man with a huge chip on his shoulder and the baggage of the Good Reverand Wright and Farrakhan and Ayers (I could go on) but I won't.

    April 25, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. Bitter and voting for Obama

    Obama if they steal this from you, forget the DNC, let's form our own party. We will fund your campaign and make you the next president.

    April 25, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  19. Allyson

    Clinton supporters sound delusional and their arguements are verbatim to the talking heads yapping away on television. When you listen to each of the candidates speak it's clear who is being honest and reasonable; Obama. When Clinton speaks I wonder how many times she practiced the line with that ridiculous fake smike in front of the mirror.

    April 25, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. Eileen from Portland, Maine

    The country is based on fifty states and the process and the nominee should come from the voices of all fifty states. Nothing else is acceptable....................................................................................

    Really? ..... What do you think would have happened if Hillary had been able to get the winning number of delegates by Super Tuesday like she had planned? She would have been the nominee and no other primaries or caucuses would have been held. So do you think Hillary would have cared about the rest of the states if she was able to get the number of votes she needed? give me a break!

    April 25, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  21. James

    Hmmm – I have a question: Is Senator Clinton really that experienced? If you actually read and look back on her actual record you will find that in contrast to Senator Obama, she is actually less experienced when it comes to being a legislator. Thus really raising the question: Does she posses the ability to understand the process of law making? (not back door law making) In comparisson to Senator Obama who in which he currently serves as a United States Senator and also served as a state legislator for Illinois before being elected to the U.S. Senate, however no one mentions this. Also, will she really have a chance against Senator John McCain when it comes to arguing experience, the Iraq war or moral character? Where is this long list of experience that she speaks of? Is it her thirty plus years rangling the judicial system or the eight years in the White House as First Lady? Her experience as the First Lady? – and keep in mind that though the position is one of high importance it is a social and protocol position not one of legislative importance – Is the First Lady involved it policy making and if so – why? You know Thomas Jefferson didn't even have a First Lady to help with the social and protocol events at the White House, thus proof that this position in which she touts as part of her experience really is nothing more than a support role to the President in an social/protocol sense and is not needed. Her only legislative experience is that of which she is currently serving and that is serving in the United States Senate for a grand total of 8 years. Hmmm – sounds like to me that this "experience" notion is nothing more than rubbish – once again proving that Senator Clinton has "mis-spoken" again. Seems to me that the only thing that Senator Clinton has proved for experience is her experience at telling lies to the American people. She supports working America? Look back on your history folks – she supported NAFTA – where are are our "Working American" jobs now – oh that's right the Clinton's great NAFTA deal sent those jobs to the Chinese and to other peoples who are willing to work for a dollar a day. So, before you are set and content on Senator Clinton being the greates gift that God's has given to America – I beg you to look over your references and come up with a true consensus for who is the best candidate.


    April 25, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  22. NV

    As far as people claiming this is "buying the election".
    This isn't buying the election. This is standard practice for the front-runner to set up a deal like this with the Party. John McCain did the same thing. Hillary WOULD do the same thing, but she's in the red by roughly 6-9 million dollars, and still has debt from IOWA that was never paid. She's trailing in the delegate count and the popular vote, is broke, and is not bringing new voters into the party.
    There is absolutely nothing she has to offer – as any relationship she tries to establish with the DNC would be a 1-way flow of cash and support from the DNC to the Clinton campaign.

    April 25, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  23. Josh in Seattle

    Obama 08!

    The Clinton's are attempting a Bush-esque power grab. America is ready for honesty and change!!

    Barack Obama 2008!

    April 25, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  24. sand

    Go Madeline,, I agree with you!!!!!!!!! This Obama person is so full of himself, and I cant believe people would want he and his hateful wife in America's White House...he calls it his White House, hopefully that will never happen. This man and his wife are the most arrogant , hateful candidates I have ever seen. And then all they do is cry and lie. I will never vote for this man and I am a democrate, I will also vote for McCain before I ever push the vote button for an American hater and someone who seems to be so racist...all he stand s for seems to be against America, he wont even wear an american flag pin, he wont honor the pledge of allegance of America..why would anyone think he should be the President of our Wonderful Country.....he is pathetic!!

    April 25, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  25. Michelle

    Obama 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 25, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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