May 12th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama campaign shifts focus to general election states

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Barack Obama's campaign said they are campaigning in places to be competitive this fall.
Barack Obama's campaign said they are campaigning in places to be competitive this fall.

(CNN) – Barack Obama’s campaign says the Democratic presidential hopeful is now focusing his attention on general election battleground states, with plans to appear in Missouri Tuesday and the announcement of his first campaign stops of the year in both Michigan and Florida.

“Our schedule reflects the fact that we are still fighting for votes and delegates in the remaining contests but also that we are going to places that are going to be competitive in the fall,” Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday.

Voters in both Michigan and Florida went to the polls in January, but no delegates were awarded because of national party penalties for their early primary dates. None of the major presidential candidates campaigned in either swing state, and Obama did not appear on the ballot in Michigan. Hillary Clinton won both contests.

Obama will head to Macomb County, Michigan on Tuesday night and make two stops in the state the following day. He will also spend three days in Florida beginning on May 21, with planned campaign stops in Miami, Tampa, Orlando and Palm Beach County.


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  1. Kyle

    Obama campaigned saying Hillary didn't think the small states mattered. Now here he is ignoring some of the small states as of they don't matter. Hypocritical or just old politics? Maybe both.

    May 12, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. Shelly

    Michelle Obama just put her foot down, and said there is no way in hell Hillary will be vice presinent. This according to Robert Novak.
    What a great day, Obama all the way

    May 12, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. Independent in DC

    Believing HRC has any chance of still winning the nomination = delusional

    Believing any Republican (yes, including McCain) will win the nomination this Nov. = delusional

    Hillary supporters quittin whinin like little babies and face this reality. Vote your interests, not with your emotions. When the fall comes and the political issues are put on the table, you're not going to vote for McCain. The sooner you come to this realization the better off you'll be.

    May 12, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. Danielle, San Jose

    Come back to my state–California. The state could use a pep talk right now with all the gas price news. We can't wait for you to be our president so we can start making concrete changes.

    I'm so proud of our first lady, Maria for supporting you.

    Obama 08

    May 12, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. CitizenAJ

    Senator Clinton's plan is clear. She gets big wins in West Virginia and Kentucky, remains competitive in the last 4 primary contest so she can claim the popular vote lead and pitch that to the democratic party's superdelegates. Of course, she includes the votes of the two states who's votes do not count, Florida and Michigan. The voters of those two states should be after the necks of their state governments for breaking the rules after BEING WARNED by the democratic national committee that their delegations will not be seated if they proceeded. Even Senator Clinton's campaign manager, Terry McAulfie agreed this should be the outcome when states threaten to move their primaries when he was the DNC Chairman. Now, as Senator Clinton's campaign manager, he wants them to count. Can you say flip flopper.

    Senator Obama is not to be blamed for this error. He abided by the rules. Now, unlike Senator Clinton and her followers, he is trying to heal this wrong, unite the party and sensible Americans to keep John McCain, the third term of G.W. Bush, out fo the white house. That is the optimum goal here, keep John McCain out fo the whtie house. If we allow this man to become President, the country is in serious trouble, serious trouble.

    AZM, don't count out Senator Obama on winning Florida and Michigan this Fall. He has been counted out before. Ask Senator Clinton about counting him out. Dig what I am saying?

    May 12, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. Jane

    The presumptive nominee is trying to appear presidential. Quite frankly, I think he's in for a wild ride. He's no where near qualified or ready to be President of the United States. With the help of a botched democratic primary process and a blatantly Obama-biased media, he may have the nomination handed to him. But at least 1/2 half, if not the majority, of the democratic party is left angry and looking elsewhere. He has used Martin Luther King's "fierce urgency of now" slogan, which characterized a magnificent civil rights movement in the 60's, to advance his own self-centered interests. Meanwhile, our nation may miss a rare window of opportunity to elect a woman who would probably have been the most capable president in our history.

    May 12, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. PA for Obama

    More people have voted for Barack Obama than Hillary Clinton. Hillary knew the votes of Florida and Michigan weren't going to count because of the rules imposed on those 2 states by the DNC and she even signed on to the punitive action against them. Obama leads in every legitimate and legal way, but I still keep hearing the cry-babies wailing that this election was "stolen". Sorry folks, but not all of us think HRC is entitled to the presidency simply because she says so.

    Your candidate has the blood of Iraq on her hands and has yet to apologize for it. So whine all you want about how unfair this is and how you'll sit home and pout on election day, or worse, vote to give Bush a 3rd term. The adults in the party will continue to support Sen. Obama, with or without you.

    May 12, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. matt from albany

    I think the Rev Wright controversy has run its course, while we have yet to truly hold John McCain to the political fire this election season.

    The better question is… “What will hurt more, Republican Rep. Bob Barr entering the election as a third party or Obama’s difficulty winning over people who are not ready to vote for a black person?”

    personally, I think Gov Rendell of Pennsylvania should be impeached for saying people are not ready to stop being racist.

    matt from albany NY

    Former Republican, Former HRC voter…. Current Dem/Independent, Current Obama supporter.

    May 12, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  9. Dennis

    Well, I'm was finally happy with the SNL show this past Saturday. They finally got it right.

    May 12, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. PA for Obama

    More people have voted for Barack Obama than Hillary Clinton. Hillary knew the votes of Florida and Michigan weren't going to count because of the rules imposed on those 2 states by the DNC and she even signed on to the punitive action against them. Obama leads in every legitimate and legal way, but I still keep hearing the cry-babies wailing that this election was "stolen". Sorry folks, but not all of us think HRC is entitled to the presidency simply because she says so.

    Your candidate has the blood of Iraq on her hands and has yet to apologize for it. So whine all you want about how unfair this is and how you'll sit home and pout on election day, or worse, vote to give Bush a 3rd term. The adults in the party will continue to support Sen. Obama, with or without you.

    May 12, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. PSmith

    To All Obamamaniacs!

    YOU ARE ALL ARROGANT FOOLS LIKE HIM!

    I would rather vote for Bush again for the third term than to vote for an anti-white, anti-goverment LIAR......

    Watch he will destroy this country like all the Black leaders have done to their own country...

    FOOLS!

    May 12, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. Jeremy

    All this bickering in the Democratic Party is killing us. I'm not pointing fingers because both sides are doing it (some Obama supporters calling Clinton supporters racist and some Clinton supporters saying Obama's camp isn't playing nice). But the facts are simple:
    1. We have over 100,000 troops that NEED to come home.
    2. We have millions of citizens who NEED healthcare.
    3. We have an entire country struggling under the boot of the oil industry and big business.

    For either Obama's or Clinton's supporters to say they'll vote McCain if their candidate doesn't win, is not only hurting the party but the entire country. And for what?!? All to satisfy their ego and be able to say later "See, I told you your candidate couldn't win." If you really feel McCain is better for the country, then by all means, vote for him. But try to put the egos and emotions aside and don't vote against your own values just out of spite.

    May 12, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. Elisabeth

    Obama is for "change" all right. After he is done with all his changes, hard-working American families are left with only "change" in your pocket. Vote for Clinton.

    May 12, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. AZM

    Michael...

    You got it.... Right ON!

    NoBAMA NO WAY... not in Florida... you didn't care about us... and now WE DON"T WANT YOU!

    May 12, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. Marshall

    Moving forward. Now we need to heal the divide in the party.

    May 12, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. Ray

    Anyone claiming they won't vote for anyone but hillary is stupid because they're willing to put their candidate before their party. that's almost like a cult...

    and all the "hard working, uneducated whites" should be upset at how hillary is taking advantage of your prejudices (sp). She's a user... and any of her supporters who aren't able to think for themselves have been eating the bull-s she's been feeding you guys for a while now. shame on her.......

    Obama 08

    May 12, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. Whiskey

    “Why do Clinton supporters feel so ENTITLED?”

    May 12, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. White male for Obama

    Why is Bill and Hillary want to go back in the White House so badly that they won't believe the train has gone?.

    They will fight to change to rule as much as they want but it will not happen.

    Billary want the White house so badly they won't tell us what is at stake. In my eye everyone have the right to the white house, but in Billary's eyes they felt it belong to them.

    Bill faught hard to secure the nominee for his wife, but failed. Maybe God knows why, it is time for them to let go.

    Obama most go ahead with his campaign for the general election, no more debates with Hillary . It time wasted God Bless America and Obama nation..

    May 12, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. Obama Supporter, but anybody but McCain 08!

    These comments are really bugging me out. The media gives a fair share of coverage (both negative and positive) to both the candidates. When your candidate is down you blame the media or the supporters of the other candidate (both Barack and Hilliary supporters).

    I cannot believe that I am reading these comments from an electorate that is supposed to be intelligent, open-minded and fair. I come from a third world country (yes, I am an immigrant – legal). I have always admired the election process here, This is the first time that I have really closely watched the race and I find it fascinating except for the comments on this blog.

    You all have to get it together. I like Obama a lot. That is my prerogative but my loyalties to the Democratic Party are real and whoever the nominee is, I will support them. In the end, there are very minor differences between the two candidates. They have acknowledged that fact themselves. People, look at the facts! Stop the stupid name calling.

    May 12, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. Silverxl1

    How can HRC beat Mc Cain in the fall if she can't defeat Obama now? If Obama is able to overcome such a powerful political machine named Billary Clinton he is very likey to defeat Mc Cain in the fall. Come on guys, common sense. You guys should stop underestimating Obama as your leader Hillary did before you...

    May 12, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. Chuck

    You people really think BHO fought a fair unbiased race? Please! In MI he campaigned to have his people vote uncommited. He ran TV ads in FL the week before voting happened. How can anyone say he was following the rules? He is as low as the low politicians go. His leftist government would not benefit America nor Americans. He can not win the WH without support from middle America and as far as I can see he has lost those folks.

    I would love to see his campaign stops in MI and FL be open to everyone and see how many boos/jeers he gets. Obviously they will weed out the Hillary and McCain supporters from his stops. Too bad, I would like to see more reality than more BHO crap.

    May 12, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. ivar

    While you are going great,,,,PLEASE FOR HEAVENS SAKE DONT LET YOUR GUARDS DOWN......HILLARY IS CAPABLE OF DOING ANY MONSTROUS THING TO MAKE SURE YOU LOOSE

    May 12, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  23. Kim

    Luckily this joker can't win a General Election.

    HILLARY...GO INDEPENDENT AND WIN!!

    TELL THE DNC AND DEAN WHO HAVE TREATED YOU SO POORLY WHERE TO STICK IT!!!!

    BARR, MCCAIN, AND OBAMA CAN SPLIT THEIR VOTES BETWEEN THE SEXISTS AND RACISTS THAT SUPPORT THEM!

    HILLARY TO THE WHITE HOUSE BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. Linda

    That 's right Florida & Michigan broke the rules and Hillary want's to use that to her advantage. Sorry Hillary it's not going to work. Face the fact you need to drop out and support the Democratic Party.
    Save your money for your family. Go Obama! Go!

    May 12, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  25. Allen deLuca - Florida

    Obama could never be a successful president because he and his followers have stirred up so much division and hatred within your own party and the country as a whole; and also because Hillary and McCain will dog him every moment he would be in Washington. This is not to even mention the Congress who, he said, have done everything wrong. What are you Obama people thinking, anyway?

    May 12, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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