August 27th, 2008
12:05 PM ET
6 years ago

Denver at the halfway mark: Investment choices

Unity appears to be the Democrats' chief objective this week.
Unity appears to be the Democrats' chief objective this week.

DENVER, Colorado (CNN) - Think of the convention as a family budget: Over four days, you have to make tough decisions about how to allocate your resources - in this case balancing the competing needs of unifying the party, more thoroughly introducing Barack Obama, and making the case against Republican John McCain.

So far, there is a mix of "spending" on all three of those goals, but the amount of resources dedicated to unity is telling.

The Obama forces contend, probably with good reason, that those in the convention hall will leave Denver united. But with polls still showing a high percentage of Clinton voters either backing McCain or declaring themselves undecided, the Denver investment in unity is aimed at winning back those watching at home who wanted a different outcome here.

Top Obama aide David Plouffe says there are many reasons to be hopeful despite polls showing essentially a dead heat.

"We have more room to grow," is Plouffe's take. By that, he means McCain has the support of most Republicans already locked up, and that in camp Obama's view, most of the "available" voters out there are either Democrats still not at peace with Obama as their leader and, again in the Obama camp's view, independents who side with Democrats on most of the big issues.

There is ample polling data to back Plouffe's take.

But those same polls show lingering doubt about Obama's values and experience to serve as commander-in-chief.

Given those challenges, Scott Reed, who managed Bob Dole's unsuccessful campaign in 1996, looks at the Democratic convention at the halfway mark and says: "They are spending a LOT of capital on unity."

soundoff (133 Responses)
  1. anonymouys

    we are not going to unify the party if you do forget the clinton poste no more article about the clinton cnn thats how we are going to unify the party

    August 27, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Denise

    Obama has a 100 point lead as far as the Electoral College Votes. Nuf said

    August 27, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. Jose Cardenal

    OBama is for the people
    McCain is for the lobbyist who pay him .

    Vote for change,

    CUBANOS PARA OBAMA !

    August 27, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. republicans are a joke

    Those of you who were going to vote for Hillary and Now Mccain . Remember us Obama supporters will remember this . What gets me ticked off is you can't open your eyes enough to see that the republicans are all smiles about what they are doing to us . If Barack loses in 2008 I will promise you Hillary will lose in 2012 .

    We will remember
    We will remember
    We will remember ...............

    August 27, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. sharon walker

    HALF WAY TO ?

    August 27, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. Obanana Hussein Binladin

    All the Clinton supporters should fall in line and vote for Obama regardless of how they feel. The DNC is forcing everyone to get on the Obama cult bandwagon whether they like it or not. That is the democratic way.

    August 27, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. susan from nebraska

    The Democratic party is divided, and there is a lot of fighting within this group that wants to lead our country. If they can't get along with each other, how do they expect to promote a bipartisan atmosphere in Washington?

    August 27, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. Moon Maiden from Lake Michigan

    THOSE WITH EXPERINCE IN WARS, ANGER, TEMPER, WEALTH, SO?
    THOSE WITH JUGDEMENT YES!

    OBAMA HAS A CLEAR HEAD, NOT ANGRY, NON JUDGEMENTAL, NO TEMPER, HAS A HEART FOR HIS PEOPLE AND COUNTRY AND CAN COMMUNICATE WITH KNOWLDGE AND BRAINS.
    HE ALSO WILL CONFRONT AND COMMUNICATE UNLIKE MCWAR WHO WILL DESTROY AND DEFEAT FIRST.
    IT IS TIME FOR PEACE AND CHANGE WE ALL DESERVE

    August 27, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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