June 5th, 2008
06:48 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama to campaign in Virginia with Webb

Obama's campaign sees Virginia as a 'pivotal' state.

Obama's campaign sees Virginia as a 'pivotal' state.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Newly minted Democratic nominee Barack Obama will kick off his general election campaign on Thursday with a pair of campaign stops in Virginia, signaling that the Illinios senator thinks he can turn the once solidly-red state into a Democratic pick-up this fall.

The day will culminate with an evening rally in northern Virginia, where Sen. Jim Webb, often mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate, will make his first campaign appearance with Obama.

Virginia has not voted for a Democrat in November since Lyndon Johnson took the state in 1964, but for more than a year, Obama's campaign has cited the state's 13 electoral votes as part of their argument that he can re-shuffle the electoral map this fall. Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor said the commonwealth will play a "pivotal role" in the general election.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain • Virginia
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  1. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    "Independent in Iowa June 5th, 2008 10:52 am ET
    If I hear 'Yes We Can' one more time, I'll puke.
    What is it we are doing again..?"
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    Well, get the Pepto Bismol.....
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    June 5, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. Setemup

    McCain is a liar, an adulterer, and an enabler (helping his wife get off the hook for falsifying PERSCRIPTION DRUGS in the name of her emplyees - yep she got of free as a bird people)

    Those are NOT AMERICAN VALUES!

    June 5, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. Party Crasher

    Suzie,

    don't worry the pain will go away soon.

    June 5, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  4. francis

    HI there sorry to say that Halliry is not right person for vp, because she will showly detate to him(obama). she is a wonerful person ,but power greed.thaks verymuch francis

    June 5, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. PCS / North Carolina

    diana wrote June 5th, 2008 7:05 am ET

    "OPRAH …YOU HAVE LOST MY SUPPORT, AND OBAMA YOU DO NOT HAVE MY SUPPORT, I WILL VOTE FOR NADER. I AM A "WOMAN" WHO HAS SPENT HER LIFE IN THE CORPORATE WORLD, WATCHING SMOOTH TALKING MEN… IT'S JUST LIKE BUBBLE GUM, REAL SWEET IN THE BEGINNING AND THAN FLAT AND LIFELESS."

    You sound very bitter. Just because the "Corporate world" did not work for you, do not hate all MEN. At the same token, although Hillary did not make the nomination, there are phenomenal women politicians who are more qualified than Hilary. Unfortunately they do not have a husband who is an Ex-President

    June 5, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Independent-Cuban-American-woman-voter-for-Obama

    ONE MORE THING........ TO DIANA:

    With all due respect Hillary has not spent her life IN government, her husband has.

    Being in the White House for 8 years is not presidential experience.

    Diana, you sound like a reasonable woman, please reconsider your choice to vote for Nader.

    June 5, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. Nick - Arlington, VA

    and now another rendition of moron theater....yet another democrat cutting off her nose to spite her face...of course it will be a sad day when mccain takes away your right to choose, keeps us in war and does nothing for the economy...but no...your angry and its worth all that....lets watch:

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    Charlotte June 5th, 2008 8:57 am ET

    What does Caroline Kennedy know about what the people of America want? She has stayed out of politics and the public eye until now? Was she already asked to be VP? That would explain her sudden attraction to politics. It would also explain Ted Kennedys endorsement over the wishes of the voters in his state. Obama is the presumitive nominee. Until the conventions, no one including McCain, are the nominees. the convention is when the actual votes will be given, until then anything can happen. I will wait until the convention to see the actual results. Out of three possible scenarios on popular votes, Obama is ahead in only one. He is not my nominee. If he is the actual nominee in August and that seems likely, I will at that time know how I will vote in November. I suspect I will have to vote for Hillary, by write-in
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    OO HOW UNFORTUNATE

    June 5, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. The truth

    Hillary only had 1MILLION VOTERS the other 17 were the Reps dipping in our election because of "Rush Limpie"

    June 5, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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