April 3rd, 2008
04:04 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama recruits for post-primary fight

(CNN) - He's not the nominee. But Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is starting to look beyond his party's primaries and caucuses, now organizing a grassroots effort to start in June - after the final vote of the primary season.

In an e-mail Thursday, the campaign announced the launch of an "Obama Fellows" program, to train young volunteers and assign them as grassroots organizers for at least six weeks over the summer. With re-votes unlikely in Michigan and Florida, the only voters still up for grabs at that point would be Democratic superdelegates - implying Obama strategists are openly building up a structure past the party's nomination fight, and in preparation for the November election.

–CNN Radio Correspondent Lisa Desjardins

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (158 Responses)
  1. Celia Ann

    That has been up for over a week, both of my college aged kids signed up.

    April 3, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. PD

    Im in already!

    April 3, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. Tom

    Wow, another Obama News Network plug for the man from Illinois. To think, CNN can keep all their old logos – they just have to round off the C into an O!!!

    April 3, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. david

    The winner has to do. now all dems should rally behind him. Sen. clinotn will endorse obama someday. she will not help Mccain because she is a democrat. I hope so but it is hard to trust Clintons because they are good in tactics.

    April 3, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. Lynn D

    Senator Obama is going to be like Dewey when he ran against Truman. I believe that voters are getting angry at Senator Obama for presuming that he is the nominee before all of the people have voted. Word of caution to Senator Obama: Don't presume anything because your bold presumption may cause voters to think differently about you and vote for Senator Clinton.

    April 3, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Christopher W. Mannoia

    He needs to! And, he needs to start thinking about a Vice President, and a full cabinet.

    April 3, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. Jeff Radun

    Nice to see he is so sure he will win the last 10 states and Florida and Michigan.
    If Hilllry win he will have egg on his face

    April 3, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. Deb

    He won't be the nominee, not viable enough to win in a general election!

    April 3, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. demo craxy

    YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 3, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. Brian

    choo choo the Obama express has past Clinton and will run over McCain in November

    April 3, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. maya

    Arrogant twit.

    How can it be acceptable to not even allow a re-vote for Florida and Michigan. He won't get away with this....it will cost us all unfortunately...

    April 3, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  12. Concerned Democrat

    He's going to need all the help he can get if he gets the party's nomination becuase it will be a hard sell for him in Michigan and Florida as well as with those who staunchly supported Hillary Clinton.

    April 3, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. Bobbie

    I would call that forward thinking, good judgement and strategic planning. These are the skills we expect from a President.

    April 3, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. Terry in Texas

    I have 167 students, and another 70% of their parents ready to battle for Senator Obama. Most impressively, these are all first time voters eligible in November. We live in a community that has a long history of conservative support so you will find a few McCain signs in front yards. There are no, NONE, signs that say Hillary. The feeling here is very bad for her bullying husband and the henchman in her camp.

    Where do we sign up for Senator Obama!

    April 3, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. TAHARI, CT

    I really wish I could take off work and do this!! It would be awesome.

    I also hope Hillary jumps aboard this moving train too.

    April 3, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. Karin

    LOL....I knew it was a reason why I love This Him So Much.........Because his always looking ahead no matter who tries to come down on him....in other words he's a strong man.....with all thats going on around him....he can still move ahead and stay on track with whats most important......you have to give it to this man......Most people would have cave in........And America knows it too....

    April 3, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  17. phood

    It is encouraging to see someone with a long view.
    Building support from the ground up is the ONLY way real change happens. We are witnessing his style of governance in his campaign.
    Bravo Obama.

    April 3, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. Ruben

    This is a sharp contrast from Hillary and her campaign, when they did not have a strategy after Super Tuesday (when she thought she would be crowned). We are witnessing one of the most succesful, organized campaigns in recent history and that is Obama┬┤s campaign.

    Goes to show you the great potential this man has to be President; he is defeating the "almost invincible" trio of Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea
    Clinton. America, this is a one in a lifetime opportunity. Go Obama.

    April 3, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. Dilly WA

    Again Obama shows he is organized and thinks ahead. Which canidate has displayed a grasp of economics best?

    April 3, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. Brian

    Already looking forward to November. Godspeed, Mr. President! And good luck to you!

    OBAMA '08!!!

    April 3, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. ellianna


    April 3, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. david goldman for OBAMA



    April 3, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. paul in pittsburgh


    April 3, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. Jot

    Day dreamer

    April 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  25. Seth

    This is a very prudent move on Obama's part. I don't think there is anyone out there that has more than wishful thinking about Hillary being the nominee, including Hillary herself.

    April 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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