April 3rd, 2008
04:04 PM ET
13 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. jyh1920

    His people are smart. That is why the made head way in the primaries before Clinton and the other candidates knew what hit them.
    The didn't even count him as a factor.

    April 3, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |


    IT WILL POP ON APRIL 22!!!!!!!!!


    April 3, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |


    April 3, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. Hillary 08

    Go Away Obama!!!!

    April 3, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. GCG - Austin, TX

    Right, and that's exactly what he said he would do - help drive for a Democratic win in November not only of the presidency but also of the Congress. Here's a candidate that is actually FOLLOWING THROUGH on a campaign promise.

    Imagine that.

    April 3, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  6. Mimi in Chicago

    Smart move!

    April 3, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. Gabby

    talk about foresight! I like this man!

    April 3, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. Veterans For Obama

    Sign me up, Barack. I've got a legion of Veterans who apreciate all you have done for us in the senate. The other candidates sent us to war and forgot about us.

    Thank You on behalf of all who will wake up tomorrow because of your efforts.

    April 3, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  9. justobserve

    That's the thing to do, Obama! People can't just get bogged down by the Clintons. They can spoil the game but the game will go on without them. As for MI&FL votes, have an ad with Clinton's signed agreement and her statement that the votes won't count and her spin now that voters' right should be respected, along side her recalling of sniper's fires in Bosnia and the real scene.

    April 3, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. Sharon Minnesota

    It's not over Obama. Don't count your chickens.

    April 3, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. Observer, Jacksonville, FL

    Yes!!! That is what we need right now. John McCain has already started campaigning for the general election while Democrats are still arguing about whether or not Hillary Clinton should step aside. Wake up and see the light, Hillary cannot win against John! Her position on all the major issues affecting the American has been the same as McCain. The only difference will be the main claim she has been confusing with real experience – which is longevity in Washington. On this longevity in Washington, McCain beats her and therefore head to head with McCain, guess who would win – McCain of course. I'm directly appealing to all superdelegates to side with Obama before end of this month and put this circus to an end.

    April 3, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. Nelson, VA

    Comment: 75% say US ready for a black president.

    We've been ready, no one has ever run. Also, we're ready for a hispanic president, a Jewish president, a Native American president, an Asian president, a woman president. Hell, we're ready for a green president. Just as long as the person is honest, and has the American public's best interest.

    Obama 08

    April 3, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. Tejano

    The youth are gullible and easily mislead. Wake up America. This smells like 1936 and the Hitler Youth Corp.

    April 3, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. Obama Richardson

    Now, THIS shows organization and planning for the future. He is way ahead of Clinton.

    Obama is the new type of leader.

    Obama is our next president.

    Let us be proud! 🙂

    April 3, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. HP Boston

    Dave W. April 3rd, 2008 1:00 pm ET

    Carter was not an exceptional President, but he tried. I think what he has done after his Presidency means much more. He has been a continuos spokesman for peace and antipoverty and involved in Countrys that do not have millions of barrels of oil under their soil. His judgement is still respected in the Democratic party.
    * I doubt you will ever be able to say that about OBAMA.
    He is a lot like Carter but in the wrong pew.

    April 3, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. Ralph

    Hiring more thugs to intimidate Super Delegates into voing for him.
    He knows he is a loser,but wants to be president so badly, that he is willing to try anything to steal the nomination away from AMERICAS BEST HOPE FOR THE FURTURE. hILLARY MAY EVEN DO A BETTER AND GREATER JOB THAN BILL DID.HE IS SO FAR THE BEST PRESIDENT WE'VE HAD.

    April 3, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. Jesse

    Hispanic from Texas you will never get my Vote in Nov. Go McCain!!!

    April 3, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  18. Sara from Arizona

    Great idea! Obama 08'

    April 3, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  19. White_Woman_for_Obama

    That's great. I think that it's exactly what he needs to do. He doesn't have to push Clinton out of the race, and he isn't trying to. However, he has to choose where to concentrate his attention and resources.

    I think I might be a bit old for the fellowship program, but I'll be volunteering this summer in some capacity or other. I'll ask them where they think I'll be most useful.

    April 3, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  20. Wake up

    Wow!! He hasn't won yet. And he won't.

    April 3, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  21. Hay

    Good for him. the new poll out says 76% of people are ready for a black president. I don't even think of him as a black man or a white man just a very strong smart man who can lead our country and bring good things to America.

    April 3, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. Barak Schmobama

    Why not pick Hugo Chavez as a running mate? He hates the United States, too.

    April 3, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |

    Do what ever it takes and put the Clintons to rest once and for all!

    April 3, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  24. Yall betta wake up

    He can recruit all he wants. He will not win the GE.

    April 3, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  25. joyce

    we look forward to it and it will create summer jobs for young people
    go bama

    April 3, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
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