May 20th, 2008
11:22 PM ET
6 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. David D Kollie

    So true. Nothing has been gained by Hillary her. Oregon has 52 delegates and K has 51delegates. 1delegate different. It is time for the slamming and bickering to end. Let us look forward to the general election. Hillary, congratulation again. I am speaking for McCain.

    May 21, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  2. April in Texas

    YES WE CAN~!!!!!! Its time to change the world one vote at a time. C'mon democrats its time to unite. His issues are so similar to Hillary's and so far away from McCain. We as americans can not afford 4 more years so vote with some common sense will you.

    Obama 08/09

    May 21, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  3. Viva Obama 08

    United States of America is for Obama/Hillary 08. Yes we can.

    May 21, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  4. Jamie

    I have all the hope and prayers in the world for Senator Kennedy! I know that he will come through this latest challenge even stronger than before and even more committed to doing his important work, as far as working for American people(born and naturalized)......Now on to the issue of THE HONORABLE SENATOR CLINTON. I am a Obama supporter but, I love Senator Clinton. She is amazing and because of her I am able to face my life challenges the way she has approached this presidential contest...with courage and the will to never give up, She has shown me that regardless of how hard the obstacles in front of you, keep fighting and never give up. And eventhough she may not win this nomination.......she will forever be my hero. In her own way she has become a source of strength for women everywhere. I Love You Senator Clinton, but congratulations to the skinny Senator from Illinois...Senator and future PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.......SENATOR BARACK OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  5. God Bless America

    JESUS SAID TO BLESS YOUR ENEMIES AND TURN THE OTHER CHEEK!!!!!!!

    NOT ONLY IS OBAMA A MAN OF CHARACTER AND INTERITY BUT............................ HE IS A GENTLEMAN!!!!!!!!!

    HE HAS EVEN CHANGED THE WAY POLITICIANS DEAL WITH THEIR OPPONENTS.

    HE TRULY IS A MAN OF HONOR.

    May 21, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  6. sean

    barack save us

    May 21, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  7. stop the madness

    That's OK for Obama to be modest we have already declared him the winner.

    May 21, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  8. hillary 08

    if Obama win we are voting for McCain

    May 21, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  9. Judy R

    Well, the crowd was certainly smaller at this rally without the free rock concert that was on the beach by his rally in Oregon. Too bad the MSM never mentions those little details.

    May 21, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  10. rjames

    Only one thing matters: winning the Presidency in November.

    Our Electoral College is the most important metric the Party must consider

    Who can command the most votes in the Electoral College?

    Blue State Electoral College vote allocation:

    Obama 66

    Clinton 117

    Swing State Electoral College vote allocation:

    Obama 43

    Clinton 99

    These statistics are before the WV and KY blowouts!

    2 to 1 the Democratic voters of the Swing States prefer Hillary Clinton. It is definitive.

    The nomination decision is no longer disputable. It is irrational to nominate a candidate whose support is based on primary results from states that are unlikely to deliver Electoral College votes in November.

    In summary, the voters of the states that the Democratic nominee MUST win have clearly spoken, and what they have decided must be respected; to do otherwise would be utterly foolish. The superdelegates, as the conscience and repository of wisdom for the Party, must do their duty and ensure that the strongest candidate receives the nomination. Without question, that nominee must be Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    May 21, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  11. Patricia Becker

    I am truly appalled that as a Democrat my vote in the primaries was totally disenfranchised as a result of some unknown party people in my state, the doomed Florida, that made the decision not to hold the primary as the DNC dictated.

    It is another travestry in elections if Florida and Michigan cannot participate in the convention. I have loudly been anti-Bush way prior to 2000. I had to watch as my worst fears came to reality under the Bush Administration. Now it looks like I will not have my candidate Hillary Clinton on the Democratic Ticket.

    I will withdraw from voting at all. Sorry I don't believe either Obama or McCain has the experience to deal with the incredible economic and political fiasco Bush will leave in his wake.

    May 21, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  12. Jeanne

    I can't wait for the primaries to be over. I hope the DNC & RNC rethink these primaries so that they're shorter. Don't start them until March or April. That way, people aren't too fed up with the whole process when it comes time to vote in the general.

    May 21, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  13. Stefan

    Obama loses Kentucky by a quarter million votes and he claims to be within reach of the nomination. Now, that's a politician.

    May 21, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  14. Proud American

    YES WE WILL!!!
    Obama '08

    May 21, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  15. chris james

    GOOD SPEECH OBAMA, MORE SPECIFIC ABOUT WHAT CHANGE IS ALL ABOUT, MORE SPECIFIC OF WHAT YOU WILL DO AS PRESIDENT, YOUR DIFFERENCES WITH YOUR OPPONENT MCbush AND THEIR 3RD TERM THESAME OLD POLICIES, FEW MORE DELEGATES TO GO, CONGRATLATION.

    May 21, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  16. Jason

    Obama will not be stopped. Clinton your done!!

    May 21, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  17. OBAMA SUPPORTER

    congraudulation president obama

    May 21, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  18. Mary - Independent

    Since the DNC is "pushing you into the Whitehouse", it is only a matter of time before you are the Democratic nominee. With the aid of Super Delegates to make that decision and the refusuing to count votes in Florida and Michigan, It appears that it won't be long!
    How does it feel that the DNC is violating the Constitution by depriving the American vote? Can you honestly feel content knowing that this took place and what majority of the American voice will you not hear?

    May 21, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  19. Neo

    Pensilvania, West Virginia and Kentucky, we understand your vote against the black man; I am a white man, but I wish to live in a world where the color of your skin is not a problem. The guys from those states who actually have a degree actually vote for Obama. The uneducated ones from those states should be ashamed of themeselves. Please, go to school.

    May 21, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  20. Phillivethedream

    Look out John McCain.......

    May 21, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  21. Dark Kent, not Clark Kent

    He's being nice ... the party has been unnecessarily divided.

    May 21, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  22. Dr. A

    This underlines the unaddressed sexism in this campaign. While there is certainly racism, there is also sexism. The racism gets called right away the sexism does not. Just as African Americans got the right to vote before women, perhaps they will get the presidency as well.

    I love how Obama's folks seem to say – the superdelegates should go with the will of the people – but when a superdelegate like Senator Byrd endorses Obama – clearly counter to the will of the WV people – no one says anything – not Obama, not the media, not even Clinton. This is the conspiracy in this collusion. If Clinton were given all the delegates (MI and FL) this race would be much closer – but the power elite want Obama.

    May 21, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  23. CK

    Nomination is all yours Obama, now let the biased angry female feminist delusional crazy women cry foul. Gosh! now we know why females should never run for president because they are so illogical, biased, greedy, spiteful, irrational and bitter.

    May 21, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  24. brenda ,minnesota

    Will the superdels overturn the will of the people?

    May 21, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  25. Tobias

    No matter how this primary ends? It will end at the convention with Clinton winning the nomiation so go stuff it you moron.

    May 21, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
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