May 20th, 2008
11:22 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama says his campaign is 'within reach of the nomination'

Obama addressed Iowa supporters Tuesday.
Obama addressed Iowa supporters Tuesday.

(CNN) – Illinois Sen. Barack Obama told an Iowa crowd Tuesday night that his campaign was “within reach of the Democratic nomination.”

CNN projects that Obama won the Oregon primary. Hillary Clinton beat him by a wide margin in Kentucky – but the Illinois senator is still expected to claim a minimum of 14 of the 51 delegates at stake in Tuesday's contest, giving him 1,627 of the 3,253 delegates that will be awarded during the Democratic primaries and caucuses.

"You have put us within reach of the Democratic nomination," Obama told a cheering crowd in Des Moines.

"The skeptics predicted we wouldn't get very far," he said. "The cynics dismissed us as a lot of hype and a little too much hope. And by the fall, the pundits in Washington had all but counted us out. But the people of Iowa had a different idea."

Obama congratulated Clinton's win in Kentucky, calling her "one of the most formidable candidates to ever run for this office." He dismissed claims that the heated exchanges between him and Clinton have divided the party.

"No matter how this primary ends, Senator Clinton has shattered myths and broken barriers and changed the America in which my daughters and yours will come of age," he said.


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soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. mmartin arkansaw

    wish hillary was this gracious...

    May 20, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  2. No.Cal. for Obama

    Such a beautiful family. You will make a great president. Michelle, keep your head up. You are doing an excellent job. Yes, you have made some mistakes but we ALL make them. The important thing is how you learned from them.

    Go Obama.

    May 20, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  3. Daniel, WA

    OBAMA, GO AWAY. YOU ARE FAKE.

    May 20, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  4. cory,fl

    maybe he needs to stop running from the fights like west virgina and kentucky and start working to make up some ground and try to show he needs to be the one, because right now she has it

    May 20, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  5. Jim

    Wow, another 2004 Presidential election. Once again voters are faced with make the best of a bad situation. Who should i vote for? Obama / Kerry or McCain / Bush? Both men are hopelessly lost and have absolutely nothing in common with the average American.

    May 20, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  6. JamesAAMale

    Take it from a black american male. We will never vote for Obama no matter what when where. We are going to vote for true patrotic americans. Anti-Americans do not belong in the white house no matter what color they are and no matter what kind of snake oil he is selling. He is not one of us and never will be. It may be alright for civilians to hate this country but never the president. He has just said that we must change our habits driving, eating, and heating our homes to the liking of other countries. This dude is not one of us. I will never vote for him, ever, ever, ever.

    PRESIDENT HILLARY CLINTON 2008 !!!

    next best,

    JOHN MCCAIN 2008 !!!

    May 20, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  7. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Oh my word... CNN, you folks are so dramatic. It's over. It's been over. I'm not sure which of you are having more difficulty with this reality, Clinton campaign or CNN.

    May 20, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  8. dunno yet

    You will win Mr. Obama and congratulations but watch out you have seen nothing yet!

    May 20, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  9. Desmond Sequeira

    OBAMA's words about Clinton: Typically MAGNANIMOUS AND GENIUNE.

    May 20, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  10. Trasa

    Obama all the way. Yeah, I'm sure the Clinton machine didn't expect you to come this far, but you made and you will earn the nomination fair and square, unlike Hillary.

    Another thing, I don't get it, Hillary says every vote counts and every person should be heard, but then she state the caucus states don't count for popular votes. I find that interesting, like they don't matter because it not in her favor. I'm getting sick of her trying to swindle the nomination, well it's not going to happen.

    OBAMA 08/12 :)

    May 20, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  11. Kathy, Andover

    Great Speech, Barack! Would like a CNN t-shirt, from CNN's latest news page, but the t-shirt icon isn't working . . . don't tell me it's already sold out!

    May 20, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  12. Hillary 2 Victory

    HOLD YOUR HORSIES....

    OBAMA IS NOT "WRIGHT" FOR THE JOB

    May 20, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  13. Greg Turner

    Why do race and gender matter still? Many minorities, women and of color have made great contributions to our society. Why do we let the ignorance and fears of a small minority that lives in fear and insecurity play on our hearts and minds. Free your minds from mental slavery and make the right decision. This is 2008 not 1968. We have made to many advances to still be engaged in that way of thinking and living.

    May 21, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  14. CA Independent Chris

    Congratulations, Senator Obama.

    May 21, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  15. Bitter Tommy Hussein in St. Louis

    Gee, let's hear all the whiners cry about how arrogant he is (with the implication that Hillary would somehow be acting differently if it were the other way around). And let's also hear some complaining about how he's not pouring time, money, and resources into losing causes like West Virginia and Kentucky, which we're supposed to consider as representative of the entire country; and how he's looking ahead to the general election. Those too are apparently things Hillary and her respectful, humble supporters would not do, were they in his shoes. Spare me, please.

    May 21, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  16. Susan

    From the very start, we started seeing Obama as 'star struck'. This concerned us.

    May 21, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  17. spencer

    who cares what he says.............

    May 21, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  18. Angel

    Someone might want to tell the superdelegates-MANY, MANY, MANY
    OF US WILL NOT VOTER FOR OBAMA IF HE IS THE CANDIATE!! NO MATTER WHAT HE SAYS!! I WILL CHANGE MY PARTY TO REPUBLICAN AND VOTE FOR MCCAIN.

    May 21, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  19. Brandon

    We will never vote for a hater like you Obama. Shame on Obama you need to drop out of race.

    May 21, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  20. LT for Obama

    By the end of the night, he will have less than 80 delegates to reach the end. If the SDs continue to come out like they have over the last few days, he will have this sown up on June 3 because we want the remaining states and PR to weigh in to make if official.

    May 21, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  21. Larry

    Go home Obama, you are dividing the party. You just can not win the election. Your thugs can't cheat and bully in the general election!!!

    Hillary 08 or McCain 08

    May 21, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  22. spencer

    He's a jerk......

    May 21, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  23. SC for Hillary

    WOMEN FOR HILLARY CLINTON, TO ALL WOMEN IF YOU HAVE ANY PRIDE AND DIGINITY, YOU WOULD NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA. HE IS A SEXIST, AND HAVE NO USE FOR YOU EXCEPT COURTING YOU FOR YOUR VOTE. WOMEN STAND UP FOR YOUR GENDER. IF ONE WOMAN IS MISTREATED THIS WAY, ANY WOMAN WOULD BE TREATED THE SAME. HILLARY 08. NO TO OBAMA. BOYCOTT OBAMA

    May 21, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  24. Theo

    There is something in this guy that touches the soul and body when he speakes...i certainly do stand up here as well...'once in a life time politician'...according to Bill Richardson...He certainly will be the President...hope Clinton comes along...

    May 21, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  25. spencer

    Sounds to me like a Hillary write in is coming, in November........

    May 21, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
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