September 17th, 2008
08:15 AM ET
6 years ago

Plouffe: The new Florida is...Florida

The Obama campaign has targeted 17 battleground states.
The Obama campaign has targeted 17 battleground states.

(CNN) - Other states may grab their 15 minutes of Electoral College fame, but Barack Obama’s campaign manager recorded a new six-minute Web video for the Democrat’s supporters that suggests the new Florida is… Florida.

In a Web video sent to supporters Wednesday, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe displayed an Electoral College map that included 17 battleground states, including new targets like Montana, North Carolina and Virginia – and Georgia, where the redeployment of staffers elsewhere in recent weeks had raised questions about the campaign’s determination to make a play for this traditionally red state.

Plouffe also highlighted registration numbers in Pennsylvania and Nevada - two major electoral prizes where new Democrats far outpace new Republicans, or where the GOP has actually dipped into negative registration numbers (meaning the party now has fewer members than it did when the year began.)

But the veteran campaign manager spent half the video talking about Florida, the state that cost Al Gore the White House in 2000, where some recent trends in the tight race had prompted concern among Democrats.

Related: Check out CNN's Electoral College map

Plouffe laid out the $39.3 million battle plan, including radio and television ads, infrastructure, direct mail, staff, and phonebanking. He said the message narrative was again shifting their way - “the debate is about change, it’s about the economy, these are two areas we think we can prevail in” - but the focus was the ground game, as Plouffe pointed to potential turnout and registration gains among Obama base voters in Florida. “We’re going to win this election block by block, precinct by precinct,” he said.

Watch the Situation Room and check the Political Ticker at 4 p.m. for the release of the latest CNN/Time Magazine/Opinion Research Corporation poll on the state of the race in Florida and four other key fall battlegrounds.


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soundoff (275 Responses)
  1. THE COSMOS ROCKS

    »I LOVE Sarah Palin!...She is so GREAT!...HURRAH for McCain!...HURRAH for Sarah Palin!...(The WINNERS os this Presidential election,of course). YES!

    September 17, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. NO OBAMA

    Correct me if I am wrong, but didn't Oprahbama lose decisively in Florida to Hillary?? I think so.. What on earth makes him think he will relate to the people in Florida?

    September 17, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. jason

    It is time to fight for the states we need to win the election!! McCain and his "Blackberry" friends who can't run a PC company must be stopped. The 50 state plan is a great one that engages the vital 2008 election battleground states. DO NOT FORSAKE THE NATION FLORIDA.

    Obama/Biden 08
    Hope for Change, Hope for Direction, Hope for the future

    September 17, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. Will-South Dakota

    IT'S MORNING IN AMERICA, AND THE TAXPAYERS ARE BEING FORCED TO BAIL OUT AIG........BUSH/CHENEY/McCAIN POLICIES AT WORK. NOTHING FOR THE POOR BILLIONS FOR THE WEALTHY.

    September 17, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  5. THE COSMOS ROCKS

    »The Americans are NOT DUMB!...The GREAT man John McCain will WIN!...Of course.

    September 17, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. like she can relate to the regular person...

    this lady should be a republican anyway... Obama must not fit into her tax braek for rich system...

    but she is a hottie, i can see why she has all that $$$$
    ;)

    September 17, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  7. Rob

    as a state why would they vote for a man thats going to tax their health care–aren't people aware of this ? McCain is going to screw them big time

    September 17, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. William, from Cali!

    If the voters of America can not see that we need a " Real Change" from what has been happening in the past, then they deserve what they vote for...... that's the "bottom line" in this election...The ship is taking on water and sinking, ither we fix the hole or "jump ship" before it is really to late.....a "change of direction" alone will do us no good, we need a new skipper!

    September 17, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  9. THE COSMOS ROCKS

    »Next President=John McCain. Next Vice-President=The LOVELY Sarah Palin. NO DOUBTS about it. All right.

    September 17, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. McCain for Pres.

    Obama has no record to run on because he voted present 130 times when he could have made a difference. This should tell you something.

    September 17, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  11. Linda from Prescott AZ

    Floridians, Vote Democratic this year. Your future depends on it. Ask yourself 'ARE YOU BETTER OFF THAN YOU WERE 4/8 YEARS AGO?"
    Vote Obama/Biden 08

    September 17, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. Merle

    IT JUST GOES TO SHOW "THE OBAMA TEAM" IS DESPERATE....PALIIN SCARED THEM....THEYRE SCRAMBLING....THEYRE DESPERATE!! WHAT A JOKE

    September 17, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. Dee Jay in florida

    Obama Will win florida we love him here in miami

    September 17, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. JohnBoy

    TAX THE RICH

    TAX THE RICH

    TAX THE RICH

    How stupid the Democrats think Americans are.

    Good try Obama but you will lose, no one will vote for more taxes.

    McCain 08

    September 17, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. Rodger

    All the purple states will go to Obama/Biden! Maybe even Alaska!

    September 17, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. THE COSMOS ROCKS

    »HURRAH for McCain/Pain!... Yes.

    September 17, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. Shay

    Is there a doctor in the house?

    Which Doctor would you Choose?

    Dr. Republican are Dr. Democrat

    You have a decision to make on the Dr. but not much time.

    America is very sick and America need a serious operation because America is in the emergency room and the operation is major.

    When you are sick and in the operating room does it matter on the Doctor race, gender,are sexual preference,that he/she have. You just want to get well. Not a quick fix but a permanent fix. So that you don't have to go back anymore.

    The operation will require more than 24 hours The first Doctor will need some sleep and will need more Doctors on his/her staff to carry the operation through under his/her supervision.

    Now which Dr. would you choose?

    The Republicans are the Democrats.

    September 17, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  18. THE COSMOS ROCKS

    »HURRAH for Sarah Palin!...This WONDERFUL Lady is the next Vice-President. Yes.

    September 17, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  19. muffy

    These people against Obama, many are racists meaning they are dumb and some are just DUMB. Florida is not a state filled with brain surgeons, many are racists because they were brought up that way. I don't see how any senior could vote for McStupid with Palin on the ticket, guess they are not even smart enough to see thru her neo-con ways. God in Heaven help us if she ever gets elected we will be wishing Bush was back. I am terrified at the thought, she is more corrupt than McAltzheimers.

    September 17, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  20. Obama

    DAKI
    I agree with you 100%, they are just old racist fools. the bright side is, soon the old idiots will die off, and racism in this country won't be as bad. they are the ones who continue to encourage racism.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    NOT

    PALIN/mcShame, yes the order is right incase anybody was wondering.

    September 17, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  21. THE COSMOS ROCKS

    »Well said,JohnBoy.

    September 17, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  22. THE COSMOS ROCKS

    »McCain/Palin 08» OF COURSE!!

    September 17, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. THE COSMOS ROCKS

    »Governor Sarah Palin!...Sarah Palin!...Palin!...»I LOVE YOU!...»HURRAH for this AWESOME Presidential Ticket/Team=John "great man" McCain/Sarah "so interesting" Palin!...YES!

    September 17, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. John Hussein OBAMA

    "'Plouffe' is the sounds this guy makes when he breaks wind." – Tom

    and it's pions like you that will vote for McCain...oh sorry, am I being too uppity for you??

    September 17, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  25. Barbara Campbell

    Considering all the recent commotion over missing ballots in Palm Beach County, this presidential election may again be decided by vote machines, not the American people.

    Why hasn't the voting process been made fail-safe since the fiascos of 2000 and 2004? Because the Republicans have been in power.

    September 17, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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