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. Jen, CA

    More of Obama - the emperor with no clothes - will emerge!

    July 6, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian




    GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR P.U.M.A..........PACK......

    July 6, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. Griff

    Kain versus, the Nemesis Obama (The Evil One).

    July 6, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. SC for Hillary

    I don't think North Carlina or Georgia will be victims of the Terriost fist Jabbing Obamas. BTW where is Obama's Original Birth Certificate with a Hawaiian Seal, No where to be found. After the Denver Convention, GOP 527 will supeona Obama's birth cettificate and he will no longer be able to hide he was born in either Kenya or Indonesia, and the fact that his mother was not a US citizen for ten years prior to his birth. If those facts are not true. Then Barack Obama,: YOU SHOULD PRODUCE THE ORIGINAL COPY OF YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE WITH AN OFFICIAL SEAL. OR RISK BEING FORCED OUT OF THIS RACE BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT A US BORN CITIZEN.

    July 6, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. LT for Obama

    NotFallingInLine.org – Your argument does not hold much water when Obama is leading in three of the states you are claiming he is losing in:

    Michigan 43.6 41.6 – Obama +2.0
    Pennsylvania 48.0 40.3 – Obama +7.7
    Ohio 47.3 42.8 – Obama +4.5

    So many of you want him to lose so badly that you don't even do the research to see just where your candidate is. Obama has been leading in these states for weeks and his leads have been growing. He has even been gaining ground in Florida where the gap was double digits and is now 43.8 46.0 – McCain +2.2. At this rate, he will overtake McCain in Florida as well.

    July 6, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. LT for Obama

    What if?

    Well, let's look at it this way. McCain is now for the Bush tax cuts for big corporation and the wealthy. Why? Because it will hit his pocket book as well.

    Will it hit Obama's? Yes, and yet he is for reversing the tax cuts and giving them to those who really need it. He knows that his family will have to pay more in taxes under his plan, yet he pushes for it anyway. This shows that he truly cares and that he is in touch.

    McCain is in touch with living his high in the sky lifestyle. Let's look at the fact that he now has his own plane. Talk about mismanagement of funds. He is showing the same mismanagement of his campaign and his campaign's funds that Hillary did.

    July 6, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. Obama 08: Female, 60, white

    Why isn't CNN reporting about how the McCain campaign and the Republican Party are using loopholes in McCain's own election financing legislation to game the system? Obama does receive more press, most of it negative. When are we going to get some real scruitiny of McCain??

    July 6, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. Marie in California

    As a couple of people said above, CNN continues to pander to Obama, giving him positive coverage, and more coverage in general, while negativizing and minimalizing McCain much of the time.

    Of course, it's no secret.....CNN has been in the tank with Obama from the beginning. Just like the major network newscasters.

    I'm really disappointed that Hillary is parading herself around with Obama. Oh well....as they say, politics makes for strange bedfellows.

    Formerly for Hillary....now for McCain!


    July 6, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  9. jim sane

    The Clinton's don't need the money. Better spent on the general election.

    July 6, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. Willy

    POTUS will be McCain.

    July 6, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. Willy

    CNN is trying hard to call it for Mr. Change

    July 6, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. Ron- democrat turned independent via HILLARY then obama

    yes the fundraisers are very important sen. obama needs additional money to rent an NFL stadium so the people voting democrat can pay homage to him. like nobody knows he is the nominee right . this EGO for president what a joke. if he as that much donor money to trow away, give it to those poor people in those south Chicago housing communities he so miserably failed

    July 6, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. Ralph

    We had a president who never changed his mind and stuck to the same positions for the last 7 1/2 years and look what kind of mess this courtry is in as a result of that. At least Obama is willing to adjust his plans according to the current situation while McCain and Bush will just stay the course even if it made things even worse.

    July 6, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter

    Go, PUMA!!!

    July 6, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. Ron- democrat turned independent via HILLARY then obama

    to what if

    what if you convinced more people to drink her brand of beer. what if you convinced more people to buy more north American cars built in Detroit, what if you convinced more people to buy made in America clothes, electronics ect only obamacrites choose to blame the economy on anything but themselves. we are all part of the problem and we will have be part of the solution. we are fuelling other countries economies buying their product because they are cheaper but complain about our wages if wal- mart and most other companies sold only made in America product we would not buy them. so wal- mart and other importers would not be in business therefore no jobs ask sen. obama if he will commit to stop any kind of funding to companies who deal offshore flip flop

    July 6, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. mike D.

    in 8 years, after Obama has been one of the great presidents, how will you people feel that worked against progress and making history?

    July 6, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  17. Jane, NY

    The big problem for Obama is that 25% of Hillary supporters are either staying home or voting for McCain. That's 12 1/2% of the entire Democratic base.

    For those like Bill Schneider who thinks Hillary supporters will ultimately vote for Obama--they are wrong--didn't their mothers teach them that "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned."?

    July 6, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. Ellie in Aurora, CO

    OMG – here come the PUMAs. Fake Democrats trying to stir up trouble. Obama all the way to 2016!!!

    July 6, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. bk

    Clinton didn't fail to win the nomination. The DNC and the super delegates gave it to Obama and they will be sorry. We live long Dems will vote McCain. McCain has a better energy policy than Obama, and Obama is not going to get us out of Iraq any faster than McCain will. I don't trust Obama.

    July 6, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. Brian Phoenix AZ

    Mcsame's plan to create new jobs is to create them in any other country but the good ol' US of A. How about them Boeing jobs now in France, John???

    July 6, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  21. Vig

    Obama will pitch to anybody. He's patriotism is questionable, but not his patrionizing ways. Put Hillary Clinton on the November ballot, where she has belonged all along. Print her name on the November ballot as your choice for President of the USA. Put a leader in the White House, not a wannabe.

    July 6, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. Janet WV for Obama

    To P.U.M.A. who said:"We work for justice and return to fair campaigns and equality to our once Democratic party. HOW DO YOU LIKE US NOW?
    I think the Democratic party is doing very well. We are ahead in polls everywhere and are working to ensure an Obama victory in November.I also think Dr. martin Luther king was right about vindictive groups like yours when he said,"Lamentably, it has been a historic fact that priviledged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. Individuals may see the moral light and voluntarily give up their unjust posture, but most such groups tend to be more immoral than individuals".

    July 6, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. Denise Groves

    I see both Ga and N.C. turning blue this year. I doubt MT will.

    July 6, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. Janet WV for Obama

    I am SO sick and tired of the lies about the caucus states being unfair to Clinton. This was the SAME system the Democratic party used to name her husband president and their wasn't a bit of complaint! Furthermore, Obama is leading in the polls everywhere and even hardcore Republican states like Virginia are now shifting. He is doing just fine! I am proud of us Democrats!

    July 6, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. Eric in Ca

    For the 20 plus years of McCain's work in congress why hasn't he pushed or implemented any of the proposals he now seeks while running for president. In those 20+ years he's managed to vote against those interests. Yep tax breaks for the rich, decimating blue collar jobs, infrastructure, lobbying, healthcare, education, economy.

    McCain, you and your Republicans had 8 years no way am I going to give you 4 more years to further put my great grand kids in debt!

    You have no economic plan, just the Bush status quo!

    July 6, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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