August 24th, 2008
06:20 PM ET
6 years ago

Camping out for the Obama speech


DENVER, Colorado (CNN) –
Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is preparing for supporters to sleep outside of Invesco Field the night before he formally accepts the Democratic presidential nomination before more than 75,000 people.

Obama campaign officials said they are taking steps should attendees pitch tents Wednesday night outside the home of the NFL’s Denver Broncos. One Obama official said the campaign is hoping to turn the speech into a grassroots organizing event, with training sessions taking place while people wait in line to get into the stadium and when they take their seats.

The attendees will also be encouraged to text message friends and families in the hours leading up to the speech urging them to watch it, Obama campaign officials told CNN Sunday.

"We want them to watch it,” an Obama advisor said. "We want to tell them to vote. This is a training exercise.”

Obama campaign officials also said they hoped to capitalize on the location of this year’s convention - they've distributed a large chunk of tickets to voters in the battleground state of Colorado, which has nine electoral votes.

"It’s not going to be 76,000 people sitting somewhere watching a speech,” said the Obama advisor. “It’s going to be 76,000 people attending a speech, and they will be turned loose … for the next 60 to 70 days.”

Gates for Thursday evening’s speech will open at 1 p.m. MT.


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soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Yawn.

    This convention will be so boring now.

    Maybe an old episode of Love Boat will be on.

    August 24, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  2. John Smith

    Can you believe how little the Republicans have been able to trash the Dems since Biden became VP.

    Now imagine what the Republicans would have been saying or screening about if Hillary was VP:

    1. Clinton donors to the Clinton library must be released
    2. Will Monica Lewinsky be returning to the White House?
    3 Whatever happened to Bosnia fire?
    4. "I never made love to that woman..."
    5. Hillary file gate?
    6. The recent Clinton- Edwards affairs and the list goes on. Do Dems really wanted this kind of distraction?

    Great Hillary can sit on the Supreme Court and implement Obama-Biden policies. So, let all Dems 'wise up."

    Prediction: If Obama loses this election, it will take another 15 years before any Democratic nominee will ever have a chance!

    August 24, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  3. NEVER OBAMA

    The kool-aide drinkers have no idea what they are going to do to this country. In four years you will hate the name obama.

    August 24, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  4. gary

    He isn't Elvis ,and he sure the hell isn't The Messiah. He is a joke. He is a lier.

    August 24, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  5. tedious898

    I think the MSM's can take credit for promoting the angry "Hillary Supporters". I hear the pundits saying "Barack has work to do" blah blah. He (Barack) "has to bring these people into the fold"

    These groups hate Barack. How in the world does anyone move the emotions of someone angry and feeling as though you have stolen something from them? The only thing Barack can do is move forward with his vision. I still believe this Thursday is the anniversary of MLK's speech and Sen. Obama will be the partial fulfillment of that dream

    August 24, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  6. tedious898

    Dr. Martin Luther King – Aug 28th 1963

    I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

    *******************
    No matter what Obama supporters....no group of disgruntled americans can take this away from us (win or lose) THIS IS OUR DAY..THIS IS OUR TIME. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

    August 24, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  7. Deon Perry

    CNN just lost me as a viewer. What is going on with Wolf Blitzer? Why is he so obsessed with the Republican talking points? Americans tune into the news this election coverage to hear about the issues. Why is he so focused on the so called supporters of Hilary who claim in CNN's less than credible poll that they will be voting for McCain? Is that the defining issue of this election. Come on CNN.... don't join the Fox bandwagon and make your coverage all about the Republican talking points. Americans deserve better. Can you start putting some substance into your coverage? Americans deserve better. Again Wolf shame on you.... it is too blatant who you are supporting in this election. Please do it privately and not on air, some viewers find it very offensive.

    August 24, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  8. Tell It Like It Is

    Hillary on the Supreme Court would be a supreme slam to the GOP if her appointment could win approval.

    August 24, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  9. Democrat for John McCain

    Last time when Obama had a rally in Oregon he had the crowd which came for another show and Obama pretended as if the crowd came to listen to him. Obama also made some people faint for his rallies. What a joke. Obama is now desperate. He does not know what to do. CNN is there to support him. Wolf is listening?

    August 24, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  10. kyra

    VOTE
    OBIDEN 08!!!!

    August 24, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  11. John Smith

    What I have learned, as an outsider over the years:

    1. Republicans are MORE faithful to their party than Democrats

    2. Republicans are better are running campaigns, but terrible at running the nation; yet, Democrats can never figure this out!

    3. Republicans are smarter, probably with higher IQs than Democrats

    4. Democrats are more emotional (celebs) than Republicans

    5. Republicans are more "principled" in emitting their key messages (i.e., it is about the PARTY, not the leader even when he/she is dumb, senile etc) than Democrats.

    6. Democrats are Losers, Republicans are Winners!!!!

    August 24, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  12. John Smith

    Be patient, I am, not done yet (Oh, I am close to 60 years old as of today– so listen to me):
    What I have learned, as an outsider, over the years:

    1. Republicans are MORE faithful to their party than Democrats

    2. Republicans are better at running campaigns, but terrible at running the nation; yet, Democrats can never figure this out!

    3. Republicans are smarter, probably with higher IQs than Democrats; just read their blogs

    4. Democrats are more emotional (celebs) than Republicans; just read their comments on the different blogs!

    5. Republicans are more "principled" in emitting their key messages (i.e., it is about the PARTY, not the leader even when he/she is dumb, senile etc) than Democrats.

    6. Democrats are Losers, Republicans are Winners!!!!

    August 24, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  13. Mrs. McInostoch

    Democrat for John McCain, you need to either GROW UP or SHUT UP.

    Are you one of the millions of Americans without health insurance, house in foreclosure, lost a relative to this no nonsense Iraq war, cannot afford gas, afford to pay utilities, etc ? If you are not in this situation, think of the millions Americans who are.

    You are so selfish. You are thinking of ONLY yourself and not Americans who need help.

    So VOTE McCain and see if he cares about you after he gets your vote. You probably voted for George H. Bush.

    August 24, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  14. Typical white person

    Biden,hmmm 35 years in Washington how exciting thats change you can xerox.

    August 24, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  15. texan

    Well the ( BACHELOR IS OVER ) OBAMA ACTED AS IF HE WAS IN THE TELEVISION SHOW. He told everyone that he had feelings for them
    took them for a date, wine and dine them, met their parents, told every one he loved them and they gave him their support then a bit more wine took them to bed to see who he really loved . And the final rose went to Biden. he got on his knees and said to Biden that the first time he laid eyes on him he felt something, Well now we all know that Biden was chosen because if Obama becomes president which I really don't think he is going to be anyways, Biden would be the one to be making Presidential decisions not Obama. Obama just wants to be able to sleep in the LINCON ROOM anyways.

    August 24, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  16. Helen, NY

    John Smith, one more thing to add. Democrats behave un-American and Republicans are real Americans. We are scared of Barack Obama who has no experience and no judgment at all. He cannot take the call at 3:00AM. Impossible.

    August 24, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  17. Colin Powell

    I can't wait for McCain to pick him.

    McCain/Powell 08

    Nice ring to it.

    August 24, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  18. NoMcSame

    Wow, we finally have a leader. Not a DUNCE like George W. Bush. See what jokes and tricks has gotten us into? Don't fall for it this time please.
    Obama08
    Democrat for John McSame, you are a FOOL and a joke. Vote Mcsame and support him by joining the army and going to Iraq. Stop being a coward all of your life and make a stand and sign up like a true patriot. Don't be like a Hillary supporter and make noise but never send her money to help her out. Put up or shut up.
    Obama08

    August 24, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  19. Bill Forst

    What a joke.

    August 24, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  20. Rick in Az

    To John Smith above:

    1. I'm an INDEPENDENT and vote for a Candidate not a piticular Party. So, if Democrats are dumb and Republicans are smart. Then I Guess that Makes Independents Geniuses

    August 24, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  21. Danny in Chicago

    No..... Republicans are killers

    August 24, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  22. Ridgeway

    Camping out? The Beatles, The Stones, American Idol auditions, Wii, OK, I guess. But an Obama speech? This guy needs a football stadium just for his ego.
    This guy is a bigger jerk than Al Gore. I never thought it possible but he makes Hillary seem likeable.

    August 24, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  23. lalaland

    john smith....u sound like a little kid!

    August 24, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  24. Dan, FL

    Mrs. McInostoch, you have to shut up because Barack is hollow. He has nothing in him. I am sure John McCain is a patriot and he will protect our country. Do not blame George Bush for economy including gas prices. Blame democrats who have majority in congress. Do not get blinded by media and Barack's talk. Open your eyes. You have to pay higher taxes as Barack wants to fill his pocket.

    August 24, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  25. jill

    This is the first election that has had to deal with post primary trauma, from one of the candidates and their supporters. First the candidate needed time to "adjust emotionally" since then the 18 million supporters have not ceased whining. No coincidence that the candidate unable to cope with the loss is a woman. Change the gender designation to He, and the adjectives sound ridiculous. It makes me ashamed to be a woman!. It's unbelievable that these delicate dames would jeopardize the Election, and give us 4 more years of the Republicans
    Suck it up Ladies!

    August 24, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
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