May 29th, 2008
09:38 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama: The general election fight should start next week

Obama said Wednesday the general election fight begins next week.
Obama said Wednesday the general election fight begins next week.

(CNN) –Barack Obama says the general election will begin after Tuesday, when Montana and South Dakota close out the Democratic primary season.

And when asked by reporters last night aboard his campaign plane if he will be the winner at that point, the Senator from Illinois said "I believe so."

By CNN's count, Obama is currently 48 delegates shy of the 2,026 now needed to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination. And he's 198 delegates ahead of his rival, Senator Hillary Clinton of New York.

Asked by reporters how he would handle the end game with Clinton, Obama said "I am sure we will have discussions with Senator Clinton and her team. Unless we have, you know it's technically not over until we have the number of delegates needed to secure the nomination. Once we have that number, we will focus on the general election."

Obama made his comments while flying back home to Chicago from Denver, following a three day campaign swing in New Mexico, Nevada, and Colorado. Those three Rocky Mountain States are all considered battleground or swing states and should be up for grabs in the November presidential election.


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soundoff (413 Responses)
  1. Alfredo

    Yes between President Hillary and McCain.

    May 29, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. Tony

    Let's never hear the name clinton in another presidential race. The DNC should not even give her the time of day, after the way her and old man clinton have acted in this primary.

    May 29, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    Finally! Let's get this show on the road!

    May 29, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. SB

    Rob: Don't come to Canada. 95% of Canadians believe HRC is untrustworthy and a liar.

    May 29, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. Chad

    Since Hillary Clinton feels entitled to the presidency and she is willing to throw away the party and the country for her selfishness, I have an idea. Let us create a kingdom and make her the queen. The Queen of America: Hillary Clinton. How fabulous!

    May 29, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. PDX for Hillary

    First you need to win the nomination, Senator. Unless you're using Dublyah's fuzzy math, no one will have won the nomiation by next week.

    May 29, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. theresa in Prattville, AL

    Of course it should start next week but the DNC is afraid of Hillary. They are going to prolong this thing. I have never in my adult life seen adults afraid of other adults. Let me handle Hillarious. I'll just tell the B.... she's done. It's over and get the HELL out.

    May 29, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. jim t

    send clinton to the loony bin and

    mccain to an old folks home, bye bye

    OBAMA '08 – '16

    May 29, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Debby

    What if the delegate count goes up after they resolve Michigan and Florida this weekened. His 46 might go back up to 100 needed. What if she wins the popular vote she can take it to the convention and Pelosi can't do squat. They still might be fighting for the nomination if the supers want it all the way to August. It would be undemocratic and unamerican if Pelosi and Dean stepped in and said the supers have to make up their minds immediately when they in fact can vote at the convention.

    May 29, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. Ben

    Yes, it is countdown to end this primary once and for all!

    May 29, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. Samuel, Los Angeles

    A historic moment:). A black candidate for the presidency who has earned the democratic nomination...now on to the presidency!

    May 29, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. Lisa

    Why does everyone insist on Hillary being the only one lying in this election? I understand when people have their candidates, they are verty loyal to them. As they should be. In my opinion, ALL candidates lie or twist things around. That is how they get elected. But saying 1 is any worse than the other is just not so. I've read articles about Hillary and things she supposedly hasn't been honest about, as well as McCain and God forbid Obama. News articles and interviews with people from his home stae who are asking what has he really done for Illinois? The whole pastor thing(which I Do believe there is ALOT more to than what he wants to the American public to know) The Church issues, his heritage, his family, and so on and so on...We, the American people are the ones screwing up in this election. WE are fighting each other...

    May 29, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. bridgette

    He didn't say he was going to Iraq he just stated that it's an option. The reality of it is no one has the answers to this war. We have an administration and a candidate for President that keep saying we will have victory but can't describe what victory actually means in this situation. I know all the people that are not supporting him are so quick to knock down everything that he says, but, the reality of it is alot of the things he says make alot of sense. If you would just listen too him. He knows that Iraq can't be solved overnite. Only an idiot would believe that. So let's give this man some credit as much as some people want to believe this he is really not an idiot and he has alot of good ideas. And he is actually doing somethig that even Bill Clinton couldn't do he is building a coalition. Bill Clinton lost the Senate and the house. Every politician that Obama has endorsed around the country has won. Think about that for a second. It means he would actually be able to get some things done in the White House that would benefit the American People. That is actually who they work for us. I know we have forgotten that in these past few years.

    May 29, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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