July 23rd, 2008
03:01 PM ET
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Plouffe briefs Dems on Obama's campaign strategy

Obama's campaign manager briefed House Democrats Wednesday.

Obama's campaign manager briefed House Democrats Wednesday.

(CNN)– Sen. Barack Obama's campaign manager David Plouffe briefed House Democrats Wednesday on the campaign's strategy to win the White House and bolster the Congressional Democrats’ majority in November.

According to several Democrats who attended the closed door meeting, Plouffe explained the campaign’s plan to enlarge the electoral map by committing resources to states that have traditionally voted Republican.

Rep Jan Schakowsky, D-Il, a national co-chair Obama's campaign, said Plouffe explained "various ways to get to 270 electoral votes." He gave a power point presentation with an analysis of the 18 states the campaign sees as the key battlegrounds.

One Democratic Congressional aide who attended the meeting said Plouffe's message was that "the campaign is not relying on a handful of states on November 4th to win." Plouffe told the House Democrats Obama intends to compete in a number of GOP-leaning states, including Alaska, Montana, Georgia, North Dakota, and North Carolina. Other battleground states on Plouffe's list are Colorado, Nevada, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, New Hampshire, Virginia, New Mexico, and Indiana.

Plouffe also reported the campaign had 1.8 million total donors, a million volunteers, and over 5 million email addresses. Noting that Plouffe once ran the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Schakowsky said he made the case that coordinating resources on the ground with Obama supporters will help Democratic House candidates.

According to several Democrats in the meeting, Plouffe also showed polling data demonstrating that Obama is picking up support among women and Hispanics, two groups that were more closely aligned with Senator Hillary Clinton,D-NY, during the primaries.

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-NY, who supported Clinton, noted "his numbers are definitely coming up" among women, but said Obama needs to continue to reach out to female voters.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md, called the numbers of volunteers "unprecedented," noting there were already about 300,000 in Maryland. Hoyer told reporters Obama will be a plus for candidates in every region, "I can't imagine there's a district where he's not going to be helpful."

McCarthy said she was surprised at the number or people the campaign was contacting, including lists of unregistered voters. "I didn't realize the extent of volunteers and money they have, especially in the South and Midwest."

Rep Diana DeGette, D-Co, who represents the convention host city of Denver, gave members an update on the plans for the Democratic National Convention. DeGette said "fundraising is going better now that we have a nominee."

Democrats were also briefed on ethics rules governing fundraisers and parties at the convention. House Sergeant of Arms Bill Livingood gave an overview on security arrangements for Denver.

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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Georgia

    I've had to vote for the lesser of two evils before, but this is ridiculous! Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right.

    July 23, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  2. Ted

    This isn't news. How hard is it for Obama to get to 270?

    1.) The media loves him
    2.) Foreign leaders love him (what's their motive?)
    3.) 90% of African Americans vote for him
    4.) He's moved toward the "McCain middle" in his policies

    If he loses in November... it will be the biggest blunder in US political history.

    In fact, if he doesn't win the election by 8pm on Election Night it will be a HUGE surprise.

    July 23, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  3. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Not so nate, especially in Indiana. We are ready for a change, don't count us out. Even with out hillary voters , Obama will take Indiana.

    July 23, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  4. not important

    Maybe they should use push polling like George W. Bush and Karl Rove did in 2000?

    July 23, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  5. jerry, San Francisco, CA

    Literacy may be declining across the board, but you can't help noticing on these posts that the anti-Obama crowd has frighteningly poor spelling and grammar. Just like their hero, W, they can't read, write, or speak correctly, and are proud of it. Unfortunately, their "thinking" is faulty as well. Very sad.

    July 23, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  6. Obama 08: white, 60 year old woman

    Obama is up 6 points in the new NBC poll!!!

    July 23, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  7. Teddy California

    The five million email addresses include mine. I got several email messages every dat from all different Democrats including Obama. Often I was annoyed by all these spams. I am a truely independent and I do not like to receive all those spams every day. I sent a few email messages back to tell them not to send email to me again. They ignored my messages.

    July 23, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  8. Tim

    Barack Obama, the next President of United states!

    July 23, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  9. Another old white woman for Obama

    Ohhhhh...some people are soooo upset. Too little too late Reps.
    (Had those hemmorhoids checked lately?)

    July 23, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  10. anymous

    cnn you need to do your polling right

    July 23, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  11. rayster

    All we really need is a couple more posters named Griff
    The name posts for everyone and everything.
    Now he's in.....now he's out now he's in the middle neather in nor out. Better get a stand or position or better yet go after the ones that use your name on these blogs or we just see you as stupid

    July 23, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  12. susie

    Obama wants to give health insurance to over 20 million illegal immigrants. The taxpayers are suppose to foot this bill. If Obama is elected we, the taxpayers, will be footing the bill for this along with all the other free stuff he wants to give out. Can our Country afford him?

    July 23, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  13. DflateMacsStr8TalkXpress: Econ MIA, AWOL on facts, POW from reality

    With crabby McCain't throwing a hissy fit over media coverage, it should be just matter of time before he talks himself right over a cliff with all the bungling and cheap mugging he's done in the last week. Let's get the momentum of this 50 state strategy revved and ready to go! The O-train is leaving the station!

    July 23, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  14. Ridgeway

    The picture of Hussein at the Wall in Jerusalem was nice. Just like the big cuckhold Clinton making a cross of stones at Normandy. Corn ball libs. Who in their right mind would believe a dorky photo op like those.
    Oh yes, Hussein is so deep and spiritual. Under the direction of Rev. Wright and Mohammed he's nearly reached nirvana. Vote for him and make over him he'll always be a low brow Chicago politician. Nothing more.

    July 23, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  15. Stacy Clarks

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 23, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  16. Michael - Sacramento, CA

    I support Obama and am naturally pretty happy that he appears very likely to win. I don't fool myself, though. This couldn't have happened at this time if the Republican Party hadn't completely broken down. It still has some good men and women in office, but they are never going to be nominated because they aren't far enough to the right to please the wingnut fringe that has taken over the Republican leadership. Anyone who IS far enough to the right to get nominated, or who moves there from closer to the center, is completely out of step with the rest of America. Anyone who simultaneously pleases James Dobson, Grover Norquist, and Bill Kristol is de facto unelectable.

    I can't pretend I don't enjoy watching the Republican meltdown, but I do wish they hadn't left such an ugly mess for the adults to clean up.

    July 23, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  17. Ann


    July 23, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  18. Obama 08: white, 60 year old woman

    ...more on the NBC poll .....Obama up 6...poll taken July 18-21 so very early in Obama's trip

    July 23, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  19. Carolyn

    Lenny: When Obama said 57 states he was including the territories.. Count them. If you can. You know Guam..............etc.

    July 23, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  20. Gene

    Still have those PUMA's out there living in Griff's world of Disney. PUMA people... get it through your heads... Hillary is not going to be nominated at the convention. She is not going to be running independent. The biggest argument against her is that she has always been about herself and not about the party or the party's goals. If she runs against Obama as an independent.. she will completely lose ALL credibility... and as far as the democratic ticket.. Obama has the nomination... like it or not.

    So get out of fantasyland.. you people are starting to sound as annoying and desperate as McCain. I wonder if McCain is a PUMA member? 🙂

    July 23, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  21. Cracka lova

    dave in Illinois........your talking points seem like Mc CAin did not just make the Anbar province/ surge lie yesterday......you may wanna keep your candidates foot out of his mouth .....we will worry about our guy.....lastly if you are scared go to church because the politics of fear is so over

    July 23, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  22. Sean

    Interesting insights here. I'm sure it would contrast strongly with a similarly oriented McCain campaign meeting. In a McCain campaign strategy meeting, all you'd probably hear is "okay....we don't want to take a stand on anything ourselves, so we'll just spend all our time and money attacking Obama's good ideas to try to make people think that they're actually bad."

    Certainly seems to have been the Republican campaign strategy so far. Unless you count the moronic "gas tax holiday" plan, or their extensive ideas about how to deal with Czechoslovakia.

    July 23, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  23. Mike in Cincinnati

    Comments from the Republicans and the PUMAs (or are they the same thing?) notwithstanding, Obama's positioning and the running of his campaign are the most intelligent that I've seen in years.

    And if he runs his administration as well as he has run his campaign, we will all be on our way to some badly-needed healing and recovery once January 20 rolls around. Even those who do not support him today.

    July 23, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  24. NotFallingInLine.org

    Plouffe is trying to sell nonsense to the delusional.

    Knoxville NFIL

    July 23, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  25. Vig

    Grandosity. If I lived in one of those "red states", I would be insulted. You can expect to be patrionized, pandered to, have your values challenged and expect to be bought. DUMP OBAMA

    July 23, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
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