July 6th, 2008
11:15 AM ET
10 years ago

Campaign trail: This week's agenda


Watch as CNN's Paul Steinhauser takes a look at what's happening this week on the campaign trail.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama have a busy week ahead as they court voters across the country.

Both candidates are making their pitch to a top Latino organization in Washington on Tuesday. This week also finds McCain pushing his plan to create new jobs. He'll be touting his proposal in some of the key battleground states.

Obama starts his week in two red states he hopes to turn blue - Georgia and North Carolina. Later in the week, he'll team up with Hillary Clinton for three fundraisers in New York, an Obama spokeswoman said.

Two of the fundraisers are aimed at raising money for Obama's Democratic presidential campaign, and one to try to retire the debt from Clinton's failed effort to win the nomination.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. Fella from Chicago

    And if Obama wins the election the entire mood of the country within two years will be bluer than it is now. Still say if you shave this guys head you'll find three 6's.

    July 6, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. truth be told.

    If you want to be lectured to , talked down to, and told how and what to think...vote for Obama.

    If you want 4 years of a Tirade on race... vote for Obama.

    If you want to never be able to criticize your president or risj having the race card played- vote Obama.

    He will give a speech a day to tell you what you are too stupid to know.
    He will use race as a shield against any criticism and as a sword to divide and conquer.

    Good work AmeriKa. Way to go to tyranny.

    July 6, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Lisa

    Obama only won because the DNC give Hillary supporters a half of vote.

    July 6, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. fair campaigns or lose the GE

    The path to Obama

    July 6, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. Hitler youth for Obama

    Republicans are out of favor.

    Only ONE flavor now allowed- Black– The Obamas have told us so... Obama won't let us go back to our ignorance and blindness.

    Obama will feed us his lies and tell us how we will go.

    July 6, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. by your hate are we divided now

    My whole life I have thought that black is beautiful....

    But Obama sure acts Ugly.

    God don't like ugly.

    me neither.

    July 6, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. mitchell hussein martin

    p.u.m.a.: we dont like you.you are so dumb you vote against your own party.you vote for a man against your beliefs.you mislead others by pretending to be someone you are not.you make up lies and spread hate.you were never a democrat.you are a limbaugh republican trying to mislead others by spreading fear,and you are more than likely a biggoted racist.noone likes liars, like you people.

    July 6, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  8. tyrants

    Hello... all change is not good.

    Do not be fooled into thinking that any change means better...just because it is, well, change.



    July 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Michelle

    I wonder what Obama's flip-flop of the week will be.

    The flip-flop about Iraq was a big one. Obama is NOT going to bring the troops home right away.

    IMO He just lied and told people what they were desperate to hear during the primaries to get votes.

    July 6, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. black is the color of....

    Well... the agenda will be to praise and salute and worship Obama. We will bend over to appear not to be racist. That means giving him every advantage, every edge, every benefit of the doubt, free air time, refuse to criticize him, shower him with adoration.

    And the other guy... who cares... he is not (half) black and therefore is irrelevant

    July 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Fordy

    I wonder if there are people out there stupid enough to allow their opinions to be influenced by these comments. As far as I know approx 95% of the negative postings on Barack Obama are by Republicans fueling the idea that there is rampant disunity in the party.

    The best ones are the ones with the repugs claiming that they were Obama supporters but have since changed their minds. LOL!! Or that they were Hillary supporters who will vote for John McCain..HAHAHA

    Oh and by the way, the fact that you can post as many comments as you choose to, with as many different names as you choose to..Please don't be stupid. Make up your own minds.

    Like Barack said "Not this time...Not this year.

    July 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. Moderated to oblivion

    I am amazed by the relentless hypocrisy of the avid Obama supporters...

    They think the over 60 crowd is racist. But who do THEY think marched against the Viet Nam war, walked with MLK, marched down 5th ave for Women's rights, campaigned for Shirley Chisholm, fought for Roe vs Wade and worked to secure Civil rights? Certainly not the Under 50 crowd.

    And who is name-calling, debasing, denigrating, demeaning and insulting fellow Americans 24 hours a day on these internet blogs? Certainly not the Over 50 crowd.

    You fill up these blogs with hateful, bigotry: waiting for the Old folks to die, Hate Bush, Hate the direction of America, Hate HRC, Hate Bill Clinton and the Clinton years, Hate McCain, Hate the supporters of ANY candidate but Obama. HATE HATE HATE. What good can come of so much anger and antipathy against your fellow Americans?

    To you, everyone is ignorant, stupid, moronic, inbred, redneck, uninformed, uneducated, racist, trash- but yourselves.

    Then Obama gives a speech... and you all gush with how inspired you are, how you feel you can move mountains, how eager you all are to serve fellow Americans.

    Then 5 minutes later you are back to moving just your mouth with the hateful blogs again.

    Never has any demographic "group" who advocated hope, unity, change and even diplomatic dialogue with our International enemies been this close minded, filthy, obscene and antagonistic towards those who don't concur with their life view.

    Ironically, from the poor grammer, spelling, syntax and format of your posts- you are neither educated or informed.

    When did the left become this bigoted? When did the democrats become so UNdemocratic? When did the DEMS lose their ideology of equality and justice for all?

    Word to the wise- your strategy of forcing your views and opinions on others by nasty, name-calling, debasing insults and hate- is ACTUALLY LOSING VOTES FOR OBAMA.

    Wait and see what rewards a philosophy of division and hate brings to you.

    July 6, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. Abby

    obama can go where ever he wants – he will NOT win the election – he is NOT qualified to lead our country.
    Obama will say whatever he has to for his political gain – his message of CHANGE – seems to happen daily.
    What exactly does this guy stand for – this week???

    July 6, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. Go Bam!!!!

    Which one is more qualified...oops, I meant to ask which one is black...
    That is the qualification that matters this year, right?

    Look at all the wonderful, experienced, democratic candidates that have given years of service to there country that are now littering the road to the white house.

    Chicago thug tactics to win.

    July 6, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    It is unlikely John McCain has a logical plan to create new jobs when he himself doesn't know how to use a computer which is relatively old technology and new technology is developing every day. John McCain has never been in the "SKILLED LABOR MARKET" nor is he in the "TECHNOLOGY MARKET", it doesn't make sense to me and we must ask ourselves logical questions.

    July 6, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. Go Bam!!!!

    Race doesn't matter.

    This race is not about race.

    Boy this is history making... oh wait... to do that, RACE must matter..

    so... Vote for the black one you frigging racist morons!

    This isn't about race... after all.

    July 6, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  17. Yesterday!!!!!

    John G........... McCain gets 2 1/2 sentences and Obama gets three paragraphs?.............What Can you say ...HE'S OLD and HE LIES!!!!
    McCain is Yesterday's news and Today he can kiss goodbye in other words ........SAME OLD LIES....... nothing new!!!

    July 6, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  18. Matt

    Wow, like i've been saying this whole election...St. Obama keeps getting the lions share of the coverage. Whatever happened to being a fair and balanced entity. Just the other day I opened up CNN's politics page and there was a huge add for Obama and a link to Obama's website, but nothing for McCain. It would seem logical that in a campaign year to not allow political adds on the website at least b/c it gives the impression that an already biased media is biased.

    July 6, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. I once was blind but NOW I see.

    This history making campaign is not at all about race... right.

    But then where are the qualifications for office?

    Well... being black is what matters... we must make history... right?

    Sorry, Hillary... you had everything it takes to lead us out of this abyss... but you were neither black (the new politics) nor male (the same old politics).

    Who cares about the issues anyway?

    July 6, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. Michael G- Ventura ca

    It's important for the 50 State Strategy to be kept going like it is! It's less important for the Country for Sen. Clinton's debt to be disolved. It wouldn't be so high if she had done the right thing-She increased her debt, persuaded her fanatics to believe she was "cheated by the DNC" and that Obama is a sexist. As far as I'm concerned- she has brought this on herself. I USED to be a Clinton supporter in the 90's. My how things have CHANGED.

    July 6, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. kaz

    John McCain is the part of the problem, we all need OBAMA to put this country on right track. John, is very nice man and served this country well, but his supporters (like senator Liberman will force him to go for another war in middle east and than we all will pay $8.00/galon for gas. We can not afford Republicans for next four years.

    July 6, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. Ralph

    Don't get too excited about McCain's job plan. He is just going to repeat the same plans he did weeks ago and claim that those plans will create new jobs as a side effect. But McCain has no real job plan beyond the thin hope that his tax cut plans and oil plans will somehow create new jobs. The GOP never had a direct job creation plan in decades. They only rely on tax cuts for the rich.

    July 6, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. Reality Check

    I was actually planning to take it easy with McCain, but not any more. I now know why people kept saying Hillary and her supporters were using republican tactic. McCain pretends to be a different kind of republican, but he has been playing the same kind of politics Hillary played. Attack your opponent, and when your opponent attack you, you ask your opponent about the politics of hope. He jumps on every comment Barak makes. That's it, I have had it with this fraud and his wife that dresses like a teenage girl.

    Cindy, there is a difference between looking sophisticated and looking like a WH*RE. Your style of clothings with all that liquid powder makeup and mascara is really disgusting. I have had enough.

    July 6, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. Pennsylvania

    Which came first.... the desire to be President or the changes that each candidate wants to make?

    That's the significant difference that I see between these two candidates:

    McCain started from the top. He is a wealthy career politician that wants to be President yet has to be convinced that he's on the wrong side of issues in order to get votes. For example, he didn't believe that it's the government's responsibility to bail out homeowners that were losing their homes to foreclosures. Now he has a strategic plan... That is why McCain has no clear message! Of course, he has a new campaign manager now - so - now he has a plan to help everyday people... jobs... what a novel idea. (...he really feels our pain...)

    Obama started from the bottom and against all odds, went to law school. From there he sought to make people's lives better on the tough streets of Chicago. When he decided to run for the Presidency, it was easy to have a platform of Change because that is what he is all about. During his whole life, Obama had struggles that he not only overcame but rose above it all. When Obama says he feels our pain - he really means it because he's 'been there... done that'!

    That's why I'm for Obama. Change we can believe in, regardless of he moves to the middle or stays right where he is. Hands down, Obama will be a better President than Bush has been, or McCain could ever be.

    Obama '08

    July 6, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  25. Huckleberry

    Obama = More taxes!! Oh wait, most of yall are probably on welfare. No wonder you worship this idiot. It's a shame you can't support yourselves.

    July 6, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
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