August 19th, 2008
02:53 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama camp announces major weekend event in home state

Obama's event Saturday is at Springfield’s Old State Capitol, where he launched his presidential campaign.

Obama's event Saturday is at Springfield’s Old State Capitol, where he launched his presidential campaign.

(CNN) - Barack Obama's campaign confirms that the Illinois senator will hold an event in his home state Saturday, kicking off the "roll into the convention" - but would not confirm or deny reports that he might be joined on stage by a running mate.

The event will be held in the Old State Capitol in Springfield - where Obama first launched his presidential bid a year and a half ago.

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soundoff (253 Responses)
  1. Elaine

    Obama '08. To all you Hillary supporters: get over it. She brings nothing to the ticket but Bill and which one of you would want to have two vice presidents undermining you for the next four years. Biden is the best choice – smart, seasoned, foreign policy expert, takes no bull, and will help get things done. Hillary has done nothing but whine and according to the Atlantic article she couldn't even run her campaign or finances effectively – who owes money and who has plenty to spare – so why would anyone want her as part of the administration. She made poor choices and she has to live by her choices just like the rest of the world. GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!

    August 19, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. fella from Chicago

    It's my understanding Barack will attempt to raise from the grave Abraham Lincoln himself. What a moment this will be. Hold on...President Lincoln is a Republican!!!! Gosh darn, back to the grave Abe. False alarm, false Prophet.

    August 19, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. Obama-Junkie, IL

    I will be out of town on that day! I will miss it! DANG!

    August 19, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. Jay- Washington, D.C.

    Just as Abraham Lincoln knew it was time for a change in the direction of this country. So does Barack Obama. And just like everyone said Lincoln was too inexperienced. Obama will show the world that once again vision and judgment will lead this country into the future. God bless and good luck Senator.

    August 19, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. Marcia Murphy

    No Hillary, No Peace

    August 19, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. Mark

    That's where he'll announce Biden

    August 19, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. Obama-Junkie, IL

    No Hillary!

    Plus Ann and Yolanda, you should be focusing on fundraising for and donating to Hillary! Hillary's campaign still has a lot of debt in which you, her die-hard supporters, have not paid for!

    August 19, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. Stephanie

    Barack, we your base love you and will continue to keep you lifted up in our prayers! Keep your head up, focus and stay strong. Don't get distracted by all of the the hate and even jealousy that has and certainly will come along in your journey. Remember – in humility there is strength!!

    August 19, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |

    Remember people there is a such thing as a cause greater than yourself(your childrens future) lets leave this earth and our beautiful morals,values in good shape for our children GOD BLESS US ALL AMEN: Obama "08"

    August 19, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. Renee, Colorado Springs

    Joshua and Yolanda need to grow up. I can't believe grown people are acting like such sore losers. Wow. Then again, maybe you're closet neoconservatives who purposely troll these boards to create a rift in the Democratic party (or at least the appearance of one). Nice try.

    August 19, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. Cindy

    Joshua. Yolanda....................................Go stand in the corner.

    August 19, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. arc, Lugano CH

    Alice Brinkley August 19th, 2008 3:02 pm ET
    Yes, give rousing speeches — that's all you are competent for.
    ..and all Hillary is competent for is voting for unnecessary wars alongside Bush/Cheney.

    August 19, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. Dianne

    Obama /Biden is great ticket. I know he is going to win. He will do on Saturday!

    August 19, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. WIlly

    Whats the cheer leader going to do now. Tell us more about his empty changes polished speeches. You 're so done Obama saty in Chicago

    August 19, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. Sean

    Barack is going to lose his voice of change and the Presidential bid in November, because Biden, like many other Washington politicians, is paid and bought by foreign lobbyists that will dictate White House policies if Biden is in the White House. Biden is not much different from McCain, a hot headed and radical man! Many will stay at home in Illinois, Michigan and Iowa if you choose this man as you running mate!

    August 19, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. Nick

    Rudy NYC-Sure more people live in NYC if you call stacking themselves like sardines living. You New Yorkers are so full of yourselves. Get off your island see what the real world is like.

    August 19, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    All I wanna know is: How do I get invited?

    August 19, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. Nick

    Kevin- If by dirty tricks, you mean following the rules exactly as they are written...
    All of Obama's oponents incorrectly filled out the nomination petitions, and he didn't. Just so you know, this is the dirty trick you are refering to.

    August 19, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  19. Shaik

    something huge is about to happen.....yes, intelligent, thoughtful, sensible, well liked man will be the next president of this great country....and people all over the world will think sanity has prevailed in America....FINALLY! Let's erase the last eight nightmare years and become a decent and well-admired country once again.

    August 19, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. Marge Hibbing Mn

    Wouldn't it be a hally lou jah salute if he ended it there. I think this country is going to find that if obama is the dems choice they once again kick them selves in the butt and spew crap all over the place. The DNC and the DNC alone will be the reason McCain wins the election.

    See how obama is fading already and he hasn't even started down the home stretch.

    August 19, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. Obama/Clinton '08

    Change can be good, Change can be bad. Unknown commodities like yourself bring to mind visions of a Democratic version of either GW(OJT but count on Dad's old cronies) Bush, Jimmy (Iranian Hostage) Carter or god bless him, Michael Dukakis driving around the grounds in a Tank.

    Respect + Experience = Russians pull back (visions of the only reason the Iranians gave up the Hostages is when they heard Ronnie Ray-Gun had been elected) from Georgia, allowing the Isaraeli's,again, as they did in 1986, to blow p the Iranian Nuclear Reactors, being partners with Europe......ending another mistake of a war and getting Washington D.C. spending under control, preventing Boeing from hijacking another procurement –

    We get all that in Johnnie Mac!

    August 19, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  22. TLynn

    Kevin: Are you from Chicago or the State of IL? I bet your not. If so you and I can have a nice debate.

    August 19, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  23. Chuck

    YOLANDA August 19th, 2008 3:02 pm ET



    You don't understand. Obama can't pick Hillary. Her negatives with the Independents are huge. With conservatives her negatives are even worse and would bring out every single conservative to vote in the Fall against her. Obama would immediately fall behind Mccain in the National Polls if he were to pick Hillary. The close races in Ohio and other States would be lost because those independents and the growing number of outraged republicans would be so great Obama would immediately fall behind in these key States.

    On the other hand Obama can afford to lose a few die-hard blind followers of Hillary as you and still win the election. So why would anyone in their right mind pick Hillary.

    August 19, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  24. MR. B.

    America Is Ready
    Obama 08

    August 19, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  25. Jill

    Joshua, if you're an INDEPENDANT, it's a good sign that you were also home schooled.

    However, lots of Independents will vote Obama!

    August 19, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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