June 24th, 2008
03:09 PM ET
10 years ago

Blitzer: Obama is on an ambitious quest

CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer

CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer

(CNN)–Barack Obama says he’s going to run a 50-state race for the White House. His aides say he will aggressively seek to make inroads in some of the traditionally Republican presidential states. It’s an ambitious quest but one that would be made easier if he raises hundreds of millions of dollars.

We’ll see in the coming weeks and months how that works out. My instinct tells me he won’t be spending lots of time in Utah and Wyoming, for example.

Still, I do think Obama will campaign actively in North Carolina and Georgia – two states with large numbers of African Americans. His campaign as well as the Democratic National Committee will try to get hundreds of thousands of new voters registered, especially African-Americans and young people. That is potentially very fertile ground for Obama and could make a critical difference in November.

Howard Dean, the chairman of the Democratic Party, was criticized in recent years by some fellow Democrats for spending scarce DNC money in some of the Republican states. He said he wanted the Democratic Party active across the United States. His critics thought that was a waste of money and time.

But now, that investment seems to have paid off. Witness the recent Democratic successes in those three special Congressional elections in Mississippi, Louisiana and Illinois where seats long held by Republicans, including the former Speaker Dennis Hastert, were captured by Democrats.

soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain

    Hows that going to work with you today and the alienation of evangelical christians......

    We will remember come november.

    No bama 08

    June 24, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. independent

    all 50 states! americans are ready for change!everyone should be given a chance!

    June 24, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain

    North Carolina and Georgia are very conservatives states they will not be voting for a liberal one term senator with no accomplishments representing liberal Chicago. They want democrats that align themselves with the political center. Liberalism and his race will not be playing in the south.
    Its not right but its reality people...gees wake up already.

    Mc Cain/Palin 08
    Hillary 12

    June 24, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. mediabias

    register and vote where you live regardless if it 's a red or blue state

    June 24, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |

    Let him try to win without Hillary supporters....

    AA's and young people are not enough

    By the way I am a young AA and I will never vote for him!!!!!!

    June 24, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. John W., Milwaukee, WI

    Senator Obama is just plain: AMBITIOUS!

    IF you get in his way, you are obviously a RACIST!

    June 24, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. Enlightened Voter

    Obama has proven that he knows how to run a campaign, as a matter of fact it has been described as nothing short of brilliant. He knows how to manage his finances brilliantly and he is going on the offensive with the repug smear machine and john mcwar. He has run a bruising battle with hillary all the while staying on top with his message and plans. If he manages this country like he has his campaign America will finally be great again and the world will love us once more.

    June 24, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  8. David Goldman for OBAMA


    June 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. JDC // Ohio

    Shades of Jimmy Carter!
    Obama reminds me of him...instead of drilling for oil, we are going to return to the Carter years (put on your sweaters, turn down your thermostats, and things will get worse...and they did, until Reagan kicked his butt).

    June 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. Obama Supporter

    We all know that the African American vote isn't enough, FROM HILLARY TO MCCAIN. That's why I, and millions of other white people, voted for Obama in the primary and will vote for him in November. We picked the best candidate, and certainly he's won so far. More than we can say for Hillary, huh?

    June 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. Debbie,Ewing,Nj

    CNN why did you close the previous article about Hillary running again after 67 comments? Obama/Peloski.

    June 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |

    I swear... I wish I knew WHY Senator Obama did NOT make this much effort in doing something for our country early in his life or for that matter, even for his state... NOTHING.

    Now, it is POLITICS as USUAL... I thought that was what he was preaching against!!!!

    Lies, all lies... selfish.

    June 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. Nancy

    forget your instincts Wolf...
    He will yet lead the race...
    He has what is needed genuine substance...

    June 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. Franky

    Wolf, all I wanna say that Dobson is an idiot! How dare he tells me how to read my Bible!!! If he wants to go at it, I'll go at it with him!!! And I ain't ashame that I can tell you...

    June 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. Obama's Babies Mama

    Of course he says he is and as soon as his money starts to run out half way through the 50 states he'll change his mind and focus on Florida and Michigan the states he said he didn't need to win.

    June 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. Tommy


    George W. Bush, Charlie Black, Rev. Dobson and Phil Gramm are all doing such an excellent job of campaigning for Obama...er, I mean McCain, that all the analysis in the world won't change the outcome in November...Obama by a LANDSLIDE! That's right. Pretty easy to figure out, eh?

    June 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. Bendo

    can you say more registered democrats v repubs+bob barr + sam nunn= BO has a chance in Georgia!

    June 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA




    June 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. saga for Obama

    yea, they said he should not run for Senate, then they said he could not hope to win the primaries...guess if we listen to people telling us what we should do or could not do women would still be barefoot and pregnant and blacks would be sitting in the back of the bus.... thank God for HRC and BHO.
    and listen so this doesn't get to crazy black people are not voting for Obama because he is black like woman didn't vote for Clinton because she is a woman. people are voting because the Republicans have proven themselves be be BAD for the interest of hard working Americans. already some 4000 American solders have died in this war for oil, countless people have lost their homes and their jobs and do to the Mc Cain supported ENRON loophole we are paying $5.00 for 1 gallon of gas. we have seen how they feel about us in Katrina and how they used the deaths of 3000 Americans to start a Mc Cain supported war for oil. oil companies are now in Iraq with NO BID CONTRACTS...war on terror? we are weaker now!
    kool it kitty...your claws are showing

    June 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. New Day

    good! rumor has it there are Americans in ALL 50 states. Its about time a candidate came along that respected that.

    June 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |

    Great. Will can and we will win!

    -Proud Obamabot

    June 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. Seth in Jacksonville, FL

    The whole notion of red and blue states is kind of dumb, anyway. Kudos to Obama for going after those states. This is precisely why he wants to continue his existing public financing system – so he has a broader reach into these states.

    He is mobilizing voters who have never been active in elections. That's a GOOD thing for America!

    June 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. Obama/Hillary 08


    June 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  24. j williamson

    In 1960, Richard Nixon made a pledge that he'd campaign in all 50 states – he did, but later realized that he wasted time, money, and energy in states he knew he couldn't carry. In 1968, an older and wiser Nixon focused on an electoral-winning strategy – it, of course, paid off when he rolled out the win (albeit a close one over Hubert Humphrey). Obama should take a page from Nixon's book – after all, RN was a presidential nominee, three times.

    June 24, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. Anita from Arizona

    I agree Enlightened Voter. Let's get to work.

    Obama 08

    June 24, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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