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. George

    Dobson is no different from the Taliban trying to take over the government in Afganistan or the Mullah fanatics in Iraq.

    He doesn't like McCain and he hates Obama, but see where hypocrites like him, along with Bush have led us. All they talk about is gay marriage and abortion. but they solicit sex in toilets and inhale meth with male prositutes.

    America needs a president that understands that the country belongs to Christians and non-Christians alike. The focus must be indeed be on hard-pressed families, not just on gay marriage and abortion.

    Sorry for digressing

    June 24, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. Mike

    As someone young, I watch speeches of FDR and JFK and I get chills.

    I ask myself why?

    Because you cynical ________ for the last 30 years have spent more time tearing down what isnt just like you (see GOP, 1960-2007).

    When did supporting ambition and hope become naive and ridiculous? It wasnt 9/11. It happened long before that (Watergate, Iran-Contra). So now the status quo is the law of the land, despite the fact that the status quo SUCKS for 99.5% of Americans.

    That and most Americans are too STUPID to know who is on their side, and how to align voting preference with that fact.

    Optimism and Hope aren't naive. In fact, there is no place for politics without those two things. Stop demonizing Sen. Obama because he isnt clouded and enslaved to the status quo. Embrace it!

    June 24, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. ProundToBeRepublican

    Sorry P=patronizing

    June 24, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. noobama,,

    i believe obama said there are 57 states,remember! he is an idiot!

    a 10 minute statement without telepromter, says uh,,, 144 times, lol.

    June 24, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  5. noobama,,


    June 24, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  6. Sherri

    People are organizing in every state for Obama. We are standing together for change and will do our best to make it happen. He does not have to "be" everywhere. "We the People" are the ones that count, and Obama has reminded so many of that very significant fact.

    June 24, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. Independent

    I like your interview with the Texas governor on the grilling issue, Wolf. You asked some questions I wanted to ask. Thanks for trying to keep him honest.

    June 24, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. SA in OO

    Some red states are susceptible this election cycle and at least over the next several months it is a good idea to test the waters rather than just conceding based on historical trends. The real reason Hillary lost, for example, had everything to do with the states she chose not to even compete in and little to do with gender bias. She essentially conceded too many states before she even got her campaign rolling.

    The real advantgage of the 50 state strategy, however, is at the voting district level. If you put in an appearance in a district where you could pick up a senate or house seat that will count after the election, whether or not Obama wins the state. House and senate seats are apportioned, after all, by district – not state. Obama is running for president, but he is also building a coalition for change. If he's the only new face in Washington after the election, then "change" is just a slogan.

    June 24, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. The T

    You Rep are soooooooo SCARE, and I know why. He Sen (President) Obama get in the White House the world will find out how dumb you were for voting for Bush.

    June 24, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  10. Shelby Y.

    To: FROM HILLARY TO MCCAIN June 24th, 2008 4:15 pm ET

    Get over yourself, your girl lost fair and square so stop crying about it.

    June 24, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. Emeka, South Florida

    That is exactly what this race is about. Yes we can change this nation. Yes we can have a 50 state strategy. Yes we can make the democratic party active across the 50 states. YES WE CAN.

    June 24, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  12. Deborah in WV

    I hope that Obama campaigns in West Virginia. Contrary to media reports, he has many supporters here! Like the rest of the country, we want change and not the old politics as usual!

    GO OBAMA!!

    June 24, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Obama is young, energic and he can do it rather than sitting in some town hall meetings listening to old man river complain. Obama is putting McCain on notice, McCain better put his jogging shoes on and stop the name calling.

    June 24, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  14. Desmond Sequeira

    Unfortunately, winning over traditionally Republican states, often seems to involve winning over people who can be, but are hopefully not, influenced by fruitcakes like Dobson who understand neither the Bible nor history nor historical literature nor therefore, of course, OBAMA, who clearly demonstrates a sound understanding of all the foregoing. And he does not even pretend to be an expert.

    I want to believe that most Republicans are not fruit flies circling fruitcakes!

    June 24, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  15. george

    and he should

    June 24, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  16. Compete in all 50 States

    Why not compete in all 50 states. I am tired of the Democrats and Republicans giving up states. Your party may not win the state this time but the more you compete in each state the better each major parties chances in each state. I do not blame Obama for not taking public financing. How is he going to be able to compete in all 50 states without lots of money. As long as he average donation remains small then it is not a problem for me.

    June 24, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. Media sucks

    Wolf You say he should work N Carolina and Georgia cuz they have big African American population.
    If someone else made that comment, you would run it for a week on every half hour and accuse that person of RACISM
    Start reporting the news and stop creating what you think will be your next big story and victime

    June 24, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  18. Lisette Chicago, IL

    McCain is NOT bipartisan
    Voting twice with Democrats is not BIPARTISAN/

    AND, why don't you mention what illegalities
    McCain committed with his campaign finance

    June 24, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. aware

    You bet Obama has an ambitious quest Wolf!

    And, his expectations are high! He is the fascist Mussolini, and the JFK cult of personality all rolled into one. Wow! 😦

    Obama is not the kind of change Americans can believe in. The more I watch him in action the more I fear for America!

    Can he fool the majority of Americans? I don't think so! 🙂

    This former Democrat, leaning Independent, will never vote for Obama!

    June 24, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  20. Independent in Miami

    After spending so much time and money on her ego trip, the Senator from New York can finally do her job again. She only took on New York to run for President someday. It's the same reason why she accepted Bill Clinton's behavior. She's a desperate woman, willing to do or say anything to erase the shame Bill laid on her. I actually feel sorry for her.

    However, to ask for her debt to be paid off?!?! I don't feel that sorry for her. Why should anyone but Billary be responsible for her decisions? Ask your supporters Hillary, not people like us who are ready for something other than the names Clinton or Bush for the last 20 years. Look at this country after you people!

    For now, please let's move on.


    PS Running a joint ticket after you behavior is like saying the following:

    Clinton/Lewinsky 2016

    June 24, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  21. Erika, KS

    So what if Obama has "run a great campaign?" Tell me what this proves? That he can speak the English language better than George W Bush? Big deal. The reality is, Obama hasn't accomplished anything but telling the public that he will do and say anything to win. He will lie and back peddle when caught with something that turns on him (think Wright and the Presidential sign, among others). No Obama. The Clintons have been out there working for the good of the people for decades. What has Obama done? NOTHING! Can't vote for this snake oil salesman.

    June 24, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    Right on the money Wolf. Ambitious he is . Not unusual when you take into account his upbringing. America wants men not mice.

    June 24, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  23. Belle1

    Almost laughable.

    On the one hand, Obama supporters say Obama won fair and square....on the other hand....they say that if Obama does not win the GE against McCain, then it is Hillary Clinton's fault.

    Sounds so Obama....everything is Hillary Clinton's fault. Which is all the MORE reason it makes it harder to vote for him!

    June 24, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  24. L. Guy

    I am not an articulate woman, I don't have a college degree, I come from a small town that is full of small town thoughts and ideas, but what I am is a concerned American citizen. My concern lies with presidential candidate Obama. This is a man that continues to pledge (for lack of a better word) his loyalty to the African American community, claiming to be a "black man" that is there to fight for the rights of his people. Well, last time I checked Mr. Obama is the child of a white mother and a black father. This makes him just as much white as he is black, so why is it that he has no loyalty to both races. Notice how every picture you see is of him and his white family, where is his black family, oh yea, they obviously weren't supportive of him. So, please tell me how you can try to play the 2 sides against one another now. WE ARE ALL AMERICANS...ONE NATION UNDER GOD, leave the race card out of it. And while we are on the subject, if he as a presidential candidate cannot pledge his allegience to America, then he doesn't sound like an American to me. I will not vote for Barack Obama, not because he is black / white, but because he is not an American at heart!

    June 24, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  25. Texas for Obama

    There are many blacks who are not registered to vote in the southern states. The Obama campaign is smart for targeting the unregistered black voters. In the past many blacks felt like their votes would not count so they did not register. There is hope this time.

    John McCain doesn't even have Texas on his belt. There will be a fight here. Many people are upset about the high prices and the war.
    I am willing to bet Obama wins Texas.
    Yes we can and will win !

    June 24, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
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