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. Gwen NC

    Hey "Enlightened Voter", we don't vote so others will like us, we vote for what's right even if it's a tough decision. I'm afraid Obama may win, but Americans overall are usually guarded in their final choice and go with what is safe because we aren't eager to give our country away, it was too hard fought for. I predict we will do the same this time except it's been so hard under Bush. Obama just isn't ready. I can't bring myself to do it and I can't vote for McCain even though he's not a bad republican choice.
    HILLARY Write IN!!!!

    June 24, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. saga for Obama

    PUMA...Kool it Kitty your claws are showing. if you are a mother, wife, sister, daughter or friend ask yourselves...how much harm am i doing to my family and to my country. because if Mc Cain wins the only question you can ask is " what have we done" like so many Bush supporters are saying now.

    Mc Cain = tax cuts for wealthy...with a Trickle down prayer.
    more "stupid wars", high food cost, destroyed coast line, more pollution, lost jobs, lost homes, poor education, no health care...

    his top advisors are from ENRON for GOD sakes...you wanna talk about special interest? how much is a tank of gas?
    keep on Bashing Mr. Obama...we will still love you. as he is being sworn into office.

    Meeee Owwwww!!!!

    June 24, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. Nicole in NE

    This is great, I am so tired of most of the campaigning only done in swing states. It's time to turn the page and get voters in every state active!


    Obama 08'

    June 24, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |

    OK Haters–time to take your meds....Please retire all of this Obama-hate bullcrap. We don't need it and we are sick and tired of your dog-eared remarks. If you don't want to vote for BAM–stay home. As regards the time between now and November–please don't blot out the airways and newsways with your confounded bullsh&^*!

    June 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. Becky

    To Obama Supporters:

    I'm an Obama supporter. I didn't vote for Hillary because of her gender. Don't tell people that if they don't vote for Obama that they're racist. Some people may just not like Obama like I do not like Hillary (her character). But Obama and Hillary have many of the same ideas on issues. If Hillary had won the nomination, I'd get over the "not liking her character" and vote for her because Hillary would be a million times better than McCain; just as Obama is a million times better than McCain.

    Vote for the Issues.
    Don't vote out of spite.

    Obama '08

    June 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. Vote the issues

    I am so tired of hearing all this "PUMA" stuff.

    Please, if you think John McCain will make a better President than Barack Obama – then by all means vote for McCain and if he wins you will be able to feel good about it. If you are just voting for McCain because you're a sore loser, and don't want to vote for the candidate that defeated Hillary – I got news for you, you might have a good time on Elelction Night iof McCain defeats Obama, but I'll be laughing for the next FOUR YEARS when you get stuck with a President who is the exact opposite of Hillary . . . and no one will be more disappointed then putting a Republican in the White House than Hillary herself! And it will all be your fault!

    Who'll be laughing then? Think about it: NO ONE WILL.

    Vote the issues...

    June 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. Texun

    I'm amazed at the people who claim to speak for evangelical Christians! Starting with the child psychologist, Dobson, who lacks education and training in religion. Moreover, there are more varieties of evangelical Christians than Heinz has products, so it's presumptuous for anybody to claim to speak for them–and it's just plain dumb for the media to accept them at their word.

    June 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. William, from Cali!

    1/20/2009 that's the goal line...................................then the "Real" game begins.........................this is "pre-season" pandering; really don't mean much.........but you still have to go thru the "Motions".....................

    June 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. gary


    June 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. S. Boatman Warrensburg Mo.

    The First Thing Obama Is Going To Do Is Something That Hillary And Mccain Cant Do! . . . Run A Campaign! The Second Thing That He Is Going To Do That Hillary And Mccain Cant Do Is Run A Country!

    June 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. John in Ohio

    Obama isn't running to be the president of 270 electoral votes. He's running to be the president of America.

    This is not something we've seen in recent years, and it will confuse many people. In the end, Obama will win. Deal with it. Get on board and be a part of it, or sulk and pout. It's up to you.

    June 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Senator McCain, don't look now but Senator Obama is coming for you.
    In Virginia (a red state since 1960, except 1964)
    In North Carolina (red since 1968 except for 1976)
    In Georgia (uh oh, blue for Jimmy Carter, blue for Clinton in 1992)
    In Colorado (red since 1960 except for 1964 and then 1992 for Bubba)
    In New Mexico (blue as recent as 2000 for Gore)
    In Ohio (went to Clinton in 1992 and 1996)

    He's going to run hard and press hard to win for all those millions of people who've donated money to him; who've campaigned for him; and even for all of those people who vote against him.

    By the way, just heard Dobson on radio. Interesting fellow to say the least.

    June 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. f

    every evangelical will draw fire as all other religous extremist who try influence the thinking of persos in foggin their view with their hypocrytical words...such people dishonor themselve in using their posistion to enhance their self motivativated desire..what does dobson expect when he puts himself out like that of course he is going to draw fire just because he is behind a pulpit dnt mean he is bullet proof from attacks

    June 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. Barry

    Wolf, you and your ilk instincts have been wrong all election season. No one knows what is going to happen, so, I just nod my head and stare blankly everytime one of you "pundit" something.

    And what is it with all these polls? GEEZ LUIEEZ!

    Also, "Warning: watch out for GOP stealing elections."

    June 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. Marc S

    I can't wait til McCain gets some more conservative judges on the supreme court so Roe v Wade can be overturned. Thanks, Hillary Supporters.

    June 24, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. ANGIE

    you go obama you turn all those states blue you will and you will be our next president and i and millons of others cant wait

    June 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. Joe - Chicago, IL

    Come November, we'll see if the strategy pays off. Weather or not it does, I think its a good idea.

    I for one think its time to reform the electoral college, maybe divide electoral votes proportionally to a candidate's margin of victory in a certain state. That way every vote will indeed matter, and a 50 state campaign will become the standard for all candidates. Plus it would take away the obscure possibility ofa candidate winning the popular vote by a wide margin and still lose the election.

    June 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. Tjstelten

    So when did ambitious become a negative? I admire Obama for doing everything he can to win. It wasn't so long ago that the media was questioning if he was too weak-perhaps not a fighter- They praised Clinton because she was a fighter- now whats wrong with this picture? Its the media who can't get it straight!

    June 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. Val

    "Obama will campaign actively in North Carolina and Georgia – two states with large numbers of African Americans." You said it Blitzer, Obama will probably win North Carolina and Georgia because of LARGE NUMBERS OF AFRICAN AMERICANS. How are we suppose to interpret this? Easy – black people are racist because they will NOT be voting on issues, but on the COLOR of candidates' skin.

    June 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Wayne

    Obama recognizes the entire country is pissed off. There isnt one price at the pump for republicans and another price for democrats. When the circumstances in the country turn sour, they turn sour for nearly everyone.

    Survey USA just pointed out that Obama leads Indiana by 1 point. This state is supposed to be as red as it gets.

    June 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. Texas for Obama

    I think Obama's campaign is smart for concentrating on getting the voter registration up in North Carolina and Georgia. There are many African Americans who had previously lost hope in the government because no matter who would win the election the question would still be "how would this help our plight and problems we have in the community as blacks in America? So, many do not vote.

    They had believed their votes did not count. This time they have some hope. There is alot of interest in this race, many will register to vote in the southern states such as Mississippi, South Carolina and Louisiana on top of NC and Georgia where there is a large population of blacks not registered. I feel the Republicans are going to be very surprised this year. They will not win the southern states. Texas is even up in the air this time. John McCain cannot say he is going to win Texas. The economy is too bad. This years election for the democrats will be a landslide people are tired of paying high prices and many are losing their jobs. The war is raging on and young people are coming home died or disabled. We can't afford 4 more years of McBush policies in America.

    June 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. Willy

    Obama is , Ego- party of One.

    June 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. Kaye- Jacksonville FL

    Here in Florida Obama supporters are organizing to turn the sunshine state blue!! Don't y'all believe what you hear about our wildly popular Govenor Charlie Crist.....lots of Floridians detest the man!! He can parrot everything McCain says (like "yes, let's drill off our beautiful shores!"....but lots of us see right through it.

    Watch out, McCain – you might just get burned in Florida!!

    June 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  24. Not buying it.

    I though Obama was running a 57 state race??

    June 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. Jaime

    Wolf Blitzer looks like one of those yorkie doggies... Every time he comes on, he reminds me of that bad Silver actor on blue steel and was talking all that non-sense in the '04 Republiklan convention, oh wait! It's the same guy!! Aaaaaahhh!!!!

    Hey Wolf, I mean woof, woof, you and Jean Dixon should get together and write a book, hahahahaha!!!! You are really sad, really, it's not like you are Bill O'reily or anything after all that clown came out of tabloid tv... but what's your excuse?

    June 24, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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