June 24th, 2008
03:09 PM ET
6 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. Sharon Minnesota

    Money, Money, Money. Can't buy my vote.

    June 24, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. Justme WV

    To "From Hill dog to Old Dog"

    If you really are young and really are AA – what's your allegiance to Hillary about? Personally I dont believe you are either....

    June 24, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    CAMPAIGNING IN ALL FIFTY STATES, IS JUST

    ANOTHER INDICATION, THAT SENATOR OBAMA

    IS SERIOUS ABOUT BECOMING THE PRESIDENT

    OF ALL AMERICANS.

    June 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Debby

    Wolf, doesn't Obama mean 57 states. LOL I think its a good idea, the problem is everyone knows this guy like the back of their hand since the long primary. You either like him or you don't.

    June 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. oliverT

    There is not a blue America or red America – there is the United States of America. I see consistency in Obama. This is why he should be the next President. The religious bigots need change for America to change.

    June 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. Bill

    If you want more Bush/Cheney, vote McCain. If you are one of the 85% who feel the country is going in the wrong direction, vote Obama. Pretty simple.

    June 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. Pat Taylor~~~Fl.

    Hey enlightened voter, drink some more of that koolaid. He is
    nothing but a puppet on a string. He is not smart enough to run his
    own campaign. Eloquent speaker yes, but that is all...

    June 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Long Time Democrat

    If I were Hillary, after being thrown under the train by Pelosi and the leadership, I would go back to New York and start an Independent Democratic party. There is no other choice for this Democrat than to write her name in or not vote.

    June 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. Enlightened Voter

    Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain – he's not alienating you guys, he just isn't buying your fanatical, terroristic ways and thank God. There is a separation of church and state in this country and Obama knows that, HE IS A HARVARD EDUCATED CONSTITUTIONAL LAW SCHOLAR. Top that.

    June 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. fraulein

    I am surprised that any Hillary supporter would vote against their own self interest out of spite – or in some form of protest. It's very sad that this has come to this. I feel that Hillary's mistreatment was by the media, not by Senator Obama. In that instance, Senator Clinton was widely polled as being the more negative campaigner of the two. If you believe in health care reform, a woman's right to choose, and a new take on green energy, how does voting for McCain allign more closely with your values? If you are just voting experience over youth, then I should remind you that Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld had a ton of experience. This 50 state strategy is ultimately very good for democrats nationwide. It will help promote a democratic message all over our country. Vote your interests – not your anger. How many great decisions have you made out of sheer misguided anger?

    June 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. Alex in TX

    Is it me or are the Hillary supporters posting on this board getting angrier and more delusional by the day?

    June 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. Robert

    If anyone can do this, Obama can. Have a little faith Wolf.

    June 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. shirlin

    McSame accepted public funding and used it as collateral for a bank loan to finance his primary race, then turned around and rejected that same public funding. He was counting on Obama to roll over, play nice and be willie hortoned to death by RNC and Swift-boat mutli-godzillions. "I cannot control these ad" McSame now is crying that Obama is a pragmatic, shrewd, play-to-win opponent? Go Obama 08, and let's throw the total-disaster Bush regime and McSame's third term under the Straight Democracy Express.

    June 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. USAF Staff Sergeant

    Ah, more comments about Hillary supporters voting for McCain.

    You people need to grow up.

    If you really feel McCain offers whatever it is you saw in Hillary, you are as senile and blind as he is.

    June 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Susan

    He needs Hillary's help!

    Obama/Hillary 08

    June 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. S. Boatman Warrensburg Mo.

    He Is Going To Have Plenty Of Money To Run A National Campaign And He Will Use It Wisely! He Wont Waste It Like Hillary Did And He Will Work Hard Because He Doesnt Have A Sense Of Entitlement Like Hillary! Mccain Has No Experience And Lacks The Judgement To Be President! Obama Will Who In A Landslide!

    June 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  17. HamptonU1992 in Maryland

    Senator Obama is the best chance that we have to change this country's course. Let's not let it go by.

    How could anyone that calls himself (or herself) a democrat vote for John McCain? He will roll back all the gains that we made in the 1990's.

    Get with it – McCain is wrong for America. If you vote McCain in, you'll be sorry.

    June 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  18. Becky

    Thousands of people will be turning 18-years-old this summer, and it's not McCain's age that turns the young demographic off. Obama isn't 20-years-old. Think about it, as my husband mentioned, kids graduating high school have had to deal with Bush since they were 10 years old! Do you really think they want to have 4-8 more years of the same politics that McCain would bring? You've gotta give young people more credit for being aware of what's going on in this country.

    June 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. Sue

    Obama is not worthy of the office of President of the United States. I can't understand why Illinois even elected him as senator.

    June 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  20. Phil Proud Republic from MA

    Yup thats the way of the Democratic party throw money around to win an election. Way to go guys. Why don't you guys and Obama spend your hundreds of millions of dollars on your so called welfare program instead of trying to buy elections. Oh yeah cause you have no ability to win elections any other way. Its disgusting to see how much money the Democrats wasted in their primary. Can you imagine what they will be doing if they do win the white house? Lets throw a few hundred million here and there just for fun! right Obama?

    Obama, you're an arrogant hack of a politician. Quiet your talking of change trying to be MLK. You're not even close. You're nothing more then typical politician.

    June 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Why campaign? I thought Wolf and DNN already said he was going to win? Didn't the Obama camp already say they could do it without Florida and Ohio? Why waste money there?? Of course, now that the coffers are full of all that private $$, he can spend it like water.

    June 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. Bishop

    Hey FROM HILLARY TO MCCAIN, that's because you haven't been unlocked from the McMatrix syndrome...It's hard to see the light when you haven't opened your eyes...I feel sorry for you... :(

    June 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. McCain for President

    50 state race? I thought BO wanted all 57 states.

    June 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. Rick

    So when did this nitwit find out there were only 50 states?

    June 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  25. Chipster

    If conservatives continue to support McCain and the rest of the incompetent Republicans, shame on them. There is NOTHING, absolutely nothing, conservative about the Bush Administration or the Republicans in Congress or the Senate. They have exploded the size of government, hiring thousands upon thousands of additional government employees just to prop up their failed economic policies and poor job numbers.

    They have run our military nearly into the ground with this illegal and unnecessary "preemptive" war. They've made no effort at competent management, spending like drunken sailors on leave and handing our no-bid contracts to their corporate supporters. All the while, Bush – who promised in 2000 to get tough with the Saudis (his former business partners) – is holding hands with the Saudi prince while oil industry execs rake in nearly 50% profits at our expense.

    Government interference in our most personal decisions? Unconstitutional surveillance when a warrant could easily be obtained? Ordering agencies to modify reports to say what they want, not what scientific evidence actually revealed.

    What is conservative about that and other abuses of power by these corporate thieves?

    June 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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