December 14th, 2007
04:05 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama: 'We may just win'

Obama is striking an upbeat tone.

MANCHESTER, Iowa (CNN) - Speaking to supporters in Iowa Friday, Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama told supporters that “we might just win this thing.”

Hillary Clinton had enjoyed an autumn lead in the Hawkeye State, but recent polls have shown she and Obama are now neck-and-neck among Democratic voters, with less than three weeks to go until the first-in-the-nation caucuses.

"I have to say that although there were some doubters early on, it turns out that we might just win this thing,” said Obama. “We have the possibility of winning this thing."

- CNN’s Mike Roselli

soundoff (93 Responses)
  1. Jon Cooper, Huntington, NY

    I used to be a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton. In fact, I raised over $50,000 for Hillary during her 2000 Senate run. However, I was bitterly disappointed when she voted for the Iraq War authorization, even more so when she admitted that she didn't bother to read the National Intelligence Estimate before her vote. I had the opportunity to meet Barack Obama at a private reception in New York City about a year ago, and I was tremendously impressed by his intelligence, wit, straightforwardness, honesty - and, yes, his charisma. Long story short, I'm now a member of the Obama campaign's National Finance Committee and just came back from a weekend of campaigning for Barack in New Hampshire. I have no doubt that Barack will win the Iowa caucus and go on to win the NH and SC primaries, and beyond. Barack will be our next President, and he'll help bring transformational change to our country. I've never been more excited and inspired about supporting a Presidential candidate.

    December 15, 2007 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  2. joe, Leesville, la

    The Clinton News Network's effort to elect Hillary Clinton is beyond obvious and a very dangerous thing for the democratic party. Because there is a clear bias from CNN, one that the democratic base (blacks) sees every time it turns on the t.v., should Obama lose, they're going to feel collectively bamboozled, or as a group with no say in the matter, and there will be a big drop off for the general election. It will happen. Which means the republicans will win. No need to not be critical of all candidates, just lay off of being the Clinton News network for a while.

    December 15, 2007 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  3. josey SC

    All eyes are on Iowa/NH they really believe they are voting for Oprah! That will certainly change how the rest of the country views them from now on.

    It"s a shame how Oprah and obama has divided the country on race! real classy Oprah! oprah supporters are afraid to research obama because then they will look foolish, its easy to jump on the anithillary band wagon, its all you will read or see from all these men owned and operated media and the ones oprah pays. Its called "INTIMADATION" We know these tricks ladies, look through history�ALL WOMAN RISE ABOVE
    IT IS OUR TIME TOO, pay no attention to phoney tv talkshow host behind the curtain�

    STEADMAN IS FOR CLINTON AS IS MYA ANGELO, what"s that tell you about oprahs support and why she supports obie the junkie

    December 15, 2007 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  4. Jos

    FIRST! I’M AN EDUCATED BLACK VOTER AND WILL NEVER SUPPORT A OPRAHBAMA! CLINTON AS SEALED MY VOTE! IM ASHAMED FOR ALL WOMAN AND MOSTLY WOMAN OF COLOR FOR THE WAY OPRAH SINGLE HANDIDLY TUNRED THIS ELECTION AWAY FROM WHAT MATTERS AND INTO RACE FIGHT COMPLETELY DIVIDING THIS COUNTRY! EXACTLY WHAT WILL ELECT A REPUBLICAN, SO THANK OPRAH AMERICA! WHEN YOU CAN’T TAKE YOUR CHILD TO A DOCTOR, OR LOOSE YOUR HOME AND JOB. Those supporting oprahbama because of winphrey are the same ones who insisted OJ was innocent. My child’s future and health are more important that oprahs being power hungry or the color of a mans skin. Obamawinphrey would have done better without her support. Most people left the venues in IOWA/NH/SC before obamaboy even came onstage. What’s that tell you secondly, Oprahs mentor Mya Angelo and her so-called boyfriend (no not Gail king) Steadman both support Clinton.

    December 15, 2007 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  5. Bryan, Columbus, OH

    I am impressively disappointed with CNN for even thinking this was a story. I am sure he has made this comment before. BIG DEAL! He will most likely NOT win the nomination. Hillary Clinton is clearly more qualified. And, if he were to win the nomination...the Republicans would crush him...even Hucakbee. Maybe try 2016, Sen. Obama. Also, remember a few months back when Barack Obama claimed he did not care about the polls?? Hmmm, when he is supposedly gaining ground, he loves them.........very Bush-esque. I agree with analysts that poll fanatics need to chill out...they are opinion....let's just wait for the votes. HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT!!!

    December 15, 2007 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  6. boomer middle class america

    ...However, I was bitterly disappointed when she voted for the Iraq War authorization (excerpt from an earlier post)

    Don't you people ever get it right?! If you're actually referring to the war in Iraq 10/11/02, you apparently would be surprised to know that SENATORS Biden, Dodd, AND Edwards ALL voted for it too. (Obama was not in Congress yet)

    Ahead of the vote, D-Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle announced Thursday morning he would support Bush on Iraq, saying it is important for the country "to speak with one voice at this critical moment."

    And the MAJORITY of the American public bought the same blatant lies and utter falsehoods which the Bush Administraion fed to Congress. So please give it a rest already. And move on.

    IF you are referring to the vote for sanctions on Iran why not ask Obama WHY he was the ONLY one of two Senators who failed to make it back to vote on it? (Oh wait that's right he already said he was against it - and so what, then didn't see the need to stop stumping; or maybe he forgot - or gee whiz perhaps his staffers didn't remind him - or then again maybe he's angling for Gore's endorsement, so didn't want to create all that pollution by chartering a jet. At least he made it back to Washington to vote on the Farm Bill)

    Not Voting – 2
    McCain (R-AZ)
    Obama (D-IL)
    (Edwards is not now in the Senate)

    AND WHERE ARE THE OFFICIAL RECORDS FROM THE IL SENATE? Did Obama really ABSTAIN from voting on controversial issues such as abortion by just saying PRESENT?? These are questions which are very important to me. The future direction of the Supreme Court is riding on the 2008 Election. Are you willing to put it in the hands of a President like Huckabee who doesn't even believe in Evolution???

    PLEASE get the facts and not the hysteria and the hype folks = try googling. (And everyone wonders why the Democrats have only won the White House 3 times since 1960 -four if you count President Clinton's reelection)!!!

    December 15, 2007 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. TIM, Boston, MA

    obama. trust me, you won't have a chance until you actually spell out the specifics of what you want to do as the leader of this nation. i have contact with hundreds of people everyday at my workplace. we talk politics all the time. they know your name but no substance of your politics. even after oprah set the stage for you to spell out your ideas, you blew it. either you do not have a clue what you want to do, or you are too afraid to spell it out. either way, it's NOT GOOD for someone who wants my vote for a leader. "hope" is an empty word until you spell out "for what." people know it even if you may underestimate them. this is your opportunity to persuade the nation to buy your real ideas. squandering it will be a unforgivable sin.

    December 15, 2007 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. RuthieM

    WIN OBAMA WIN!! You're the only one who 'can lead from day one'!!!

    December 15, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. willies,boston,ma

    Mr. Samuel warns, "Expect someone to go negative on Hillary soon."

    Thousands of people have been going negative on Hillary Clinton for the better part of two decades. The author has made an intelligent article with specifics to back it up. But the entire piece hinges on the idea that Hillary Clinton has Howard Dean's glass jaw. Or that she will get caught in a mud fight as Dean did.

    A final paragraph recognizing that Senator Clinton is most certainly not Howard Dean seems almost perfunctory, included to immunize Mr. Samuel's argument against the most obvious criticism of it.

    But that criticism is obvious for a reason. The Clinton campaign has assets, including the candidate herself, that Dean simply did not have.

    If the point is that Hillary is not inevitable, I agree. But if the only Obama victory scenario we can imagine involves Hillary becoming Howard Dean, I have to believe that her chances are even better than conventional wisdom would suggest.

    December 15, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. Dave,cheverly,md

    Hillary has NOT increased her lead Nationally. The Media, who has been Campaigning for her, keeps reporting bogus polls of 300-999 LIKELY voters who do not have cell phones or computers to vote. Just old fashion home phone. Even with that, if you look at 2004. What ever the National poll numbers are around April of 2003 are what they stay at all until people vote. The media just plays numbers games I guess to make it interesting for them. Look it up and you will see that in 2003 Feb â??April poll numbers were what the final numbers were for the winners in the Democratic Primary. Clinton is up in April Nationally about 15% and still is at 15%. The 30% 50% 100% NOSENCE reported by the media is just that NONSENCE.

    Obama has been Rallying 24,000 to 2,000 folks at his Rallies across the US. With thousands of volunteers on the ground though out the US. Obama has just has raised 2.1 Million in 2 days. He has raised the most primary money than all candidates. Including Hillary. Obama does not need to go negative. When the time is right which is NOW. He will highlight the differences between them. The Media just wants Obama to play by their playbook, which is outdated. As far as the notion that Hillary must make a mistake to lose. No, she has already made enough mistakes in the last 20 years to lose. Obama just has to start pointing them out.
    Now it has come back to bit you, didn't it? Obama cruise on!

    December 15, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. fauma,dallas,tx

    A drive to win should be behind every Democrat's plan. Kumbaya is for later. The Republicans will be vicious, lying, and bent on scaring America again. Hopefully they'll end up the losers. What have they done right for most Americans anyhow? Barack needs to get them going. Hillary has lost her credibility!

    December 15, 2007 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. Patte, Fallbrook, CA

    There is nothing more powerful than an idea (Obama) whose time has come.
    Obama '08 he's our man. Hillary will never be able to deliver the goods and can't inspire anyone. Barack is the man of change and hope.

    December 15, 2007 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  13. mark wilkes barre pa

    Then what Obama ?,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    December 16, 2007 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  14. James, Lawrencevile GA

    It is hard to believe that anyone would trust voting for a candidate with such little experience at this time in America history. We need change and Obama does not have what it take to bring change, Hillary does.

    December 16, 2007 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. Travis Medford,Oregon

    All the candidates seem like nice people but I'm looking for substance over just celebrity name regonition. I want a candidate with a proven record of leading and passing legislation with both parties. This election is important that we also have a future President with a strong background in foreign affairs so my vote and that of my friends and family is going to Joe Biden.

    December 16, 2007 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
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    December 16, 2007 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  17. R. Glover


    December 28, 2007 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  18. Anonymous

    It would be a shame to elect a president by gender or race! Let's hope the best person for the job wins.

    January 26, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
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