May 12th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama campaign shifts focus to general election states


[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Barack Obama's campaign said they are campaigning in places to be competitive this fall."]
(CNN) - Barack Obama’s campaign says the Democratic presidential hopeful is now focusing his attention on general election battleground states, with plans to appear in Missouri Tuesday and the announcement of his first campaign stops of the year in both Michigan and Florida.

“Our schedule reflects the fact that we are still fighting for votes and delegates in the remaining contests but also that we are going to places that are going to be competitive in the fall,” Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday.

Voters in both Michigan and Florida went to the polls in January, but no delegates were awarded because of national party penalties for their early primary dates. None of the major presidential candidates campaigned in either swing state, and Obama did not appear on the ballot in Michigan. Hillary Clinton won both contests.

Obama will head to Macomb County, Michigan on Tuesday night and make two stops in the state the following day. He will also spend three days in Florida beginning on May 21, with planned campaign stops in Miami, Tampa, Orlando and Palm Beach County.

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soundoff (242 Responses)
  1. Todd

    HILLARY as an Independent!!!! Lets do it to it HILLARY!!!! If the democrats don't want you, we do – let the best black man, white woman, or white man, WIN!!!!

    May 12, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. Mike in Calgary

    Keep your eye on the Prize. Keep your eye on the ball. Glad to see in Barack that at least one nominee is focused and working to bring about CHANGE!


    May 12, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. Hill will

    The Obama people are starting to realize that WRITING Hillary Clinton in in Nov is a viable option. Anyone can exercise that option.
    It is a real threat to an Obama win.

    So now they are starting to call for unity?

    Why should I unite with democrats who have shown themselves to be vitriolic, divisive, vulgar and evil?

    That goes against the very premise of voting democratic.

    Write in Hill for a Nov Win

    May 12, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. jp

    obama will win over 324 electoral votes this november to make him president. without a doubt. if not a landslide!!!!

    May 12, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |

    The Obama people have turned over their free will and their ability to reason to their supreme leader Obama.

    They love and idolize and worhip and pay homage to the great Obama.

    Turns me off.

    May 12, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. robb

    I see a lot of good comments on this blog which I enjoy reading to further enrich my perspective. But honestly, there are a lot of comments which are ill-conceived, pointless, hateful, and serve no constructive purpose.

    And if anyone wants to vote for McCain, go for it. Four more years of Republican rule is fine with me.

    May 12, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. Lisa

    Hillary deserves no respect and neither do those who support her. Everyone needs to be respected for who they support. People want to play the blame game now and its silly. Those of you who don't support Obama dont even have a good reason. If you can support someone with no integrity, have told so many lies and is so deceitful then I wouldn't want your vote. He might not win the general as you all say, but neither will she and that will make me happy!!!!

    May 12, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Terrence (Winston Salem,NC)

    ABG – What about the voters = popular vote (yes, even with FL & MI if you want to argue those)? Do they not reflect what the nation has chosen for the Democratic candidate?

    How do we keep saying that he's the weaker candidate when he has more votes nationwide?

    Please explain. You guys sound like Bush in 2000 even after Gore had more votes.

    Obama is winning in every category even with FL & MI. How is he STILL not the choice for the Democratic party. The people voted for him.

    May 12, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. Texas Loves You Obama

    I am so proud of you Obama. Thanks for the superdelegates for keeping it real and moving on with this election. To you Hillary fans you will need to get it together and unite now. Hillary is still a politician and she will still encourage you to vote for Obama. If you are really a fan of hers and want to turn this country around you need to vote for Obama.

    Lets keep it real. 90 percent of you would not have voted for Hilliary if Bill wasnt president. Bill is not running for president she is. Obama has ran this race fair and square.

    Go Obama

    May 12, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. popular

    I've never followed the crowd as they sold themselves out just to be part of the in "cool" crowd.

    I've always looked deeper for the substance of the person.

    Hillary Clinton at 60 is plenty cool for me. And all of the best people know it.

    May 12, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. Debbie,NJ

    "Obama is backed by every democrat who was rejected by the American voters". Do you mean our public officials who are in office? Somebody voted for them, they're in office. THey may not be our President but they are leaders in this country and somebody voted them in. Why does Hillary care about FL and MI now? She said you didn't matter when she was in the lead. Hate makes you think illogically doesn't it. There is no way Hillary can win without Obama's supporters. Hillary's supporters willl vote for whoever wins the nomination. Their other choice is McCain who will cause them to lose more jobs, more homes, inability to go to school, higher gas prices, higher food costs, no hope for health insurance, send their loved ones to war, and privatize their social security benefits. Now why would they hurt themselves or their families. And remember as long as he has most delegates, most states won, and popular vote, the DNC can't steal the nomination and give it to Hillary. Hillary's supporters can say anything they want. Numbers don't lie and polls don't win an election.

    May 12, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Obama has a lot of nerve coming to Florida. He lost the primary to HIllary Clinton and cried about it. He refused to allow our votes to be counted (since he lost the first time) and he also blocked a re-vote. His supporters among our Congressional delegation also blocked a re-vote and did nothing to see that our primary votes counted.

    Obama is the nominee because Florida's and Michigan's voters were disenfranchised. No one in Florida, Democrat or Republican should vote for Barack Obama. He allowed the Democratic process to be subverted in a Democracy. Vote for John McCain or sit home if you have to.

    May 12, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. Marshall

    People should treat each other like they want to be treated. I am guilty, Hiilary is guilty, Barak is guilty, everyone reading this is guilty.

    You only have yourself to blame if you vote for McCain and things stay the same or get worse. At what time do you you change jobs because it costs more to get to work then you make? That is what we have to look forward if we keep the status quo.

    May 12, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. bigben

    When Hillary finally drops out what he going do? He copied her on almost everything. Obama is like the story emperor with no clothes. weak

    May 12, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. Democrat for Hillary

    I think the Obama crew still don'y underrstand us, Hillary supporters. Out convictions have NOTHING to do WIth OBAMA's supporters, and thei rmean spirited ways. WE don't want a junior senator in his first term, who can only talk a good talk running the most powerful nation in the world (Notice RACE wasn't a factor). McCain is Most centrist then most Republican and has several good ideas and at the experience to back up his presidential campaign. That's what this is about. period.

    May 12, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. Go President Obama!

    Very glad to see Obama is using his time so wisely.

    Sorry guys, but the West Virginia and Kentucky primaries are totally irrelevant – those states are going red in the fall anyway no matter who is the Democratic nominee.

    West Virginia only has five electoral votes in the general. BFD.

    May 12, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. Proudly Independent

    As an independent voler, it is sad to see the back and forth between Obama and Clinton supporters. Both camps have been wrong. I have read many of the post from both sides and both sides have been nasty. The competition has been fierce. Only one side can win. If your candidate did not win then be gracious in defeat.

    May 12, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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