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. Cammi317

    Lead on, Mr. President.

    May 12, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. Dale Wise

    Smart move, and about time. This nomination has technically been wrapped up for weeks, if not months.

    Clinton has already stole enough time away from the real battle – time to roll up our sleeves and get to the real work of defeating the republican nominee.

    She's going to try to do as much damage as possible so the democrats are defeated and she can run in four years. I think she has grossly underestimated American's will for real change. Once the focus shifts to the general election, watch McCain's numbers plummet.

    May 12, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Hill Will

    Why vote for Obama or McCain- when the best candidate to lead our country is available?

    Just write in Hillary Clinton in Nov.

    Vote in the best interest of your country. Stay true to your convictions. Make a statement to the DNC that fixed elections do not go over in America.

    May 12, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. Sue

    Hey Michigan and Florida-Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

    May 12, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. Unite now!

    It is time. The race is done. If you are a Clinton supporter, welcome aboard. We need you. If you have a hard time getting on board, go see a therapist. We don't need whining, crying, sore sport losers. We need fighters to beat McCain in the fall. And for those who think Clinton is the true FIGHTER, guess what? Obama was right. Judgement wins out and that is why she lost.

    May 12, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. ABG

    Obama will lose in November against McCain. Hillary Clinton would win.

    Obama is backed by every democrat who was rejected by the American voters.

    Time for a floor fight at the Democratic convention!

    We deserve the best candidate, Hillary Clinton!

    May 12, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. Viva Obama 08

    The math isn't going to work for Hillary.
    Florida and Michigan must not be seated in the convention in Denver they disqualify themselves.

    May 12, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. Hill Will

    Obama so brushed my vote away when he mocked and jeered, ridiculed and belittled the candidate that supercedes him in every way.

    Only the small and the inferior need to advance themselves by belittling and demeaning others.

    Take a lesson you Obama supporters who call everyone else racist and stupid and inbred and uneducated.

    It speaks more about YOU- than about the subject of your vitriol.

    May 12, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. Syed Rabbi

    let's get the ball rolling

    May 12, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. TIM

    Yes We Can.
    good Senator Obama concentrate on the general election not the billarys,
    dont forget however that we have 6 more contests, so please visit the good people of WV, and the rest
    no matter what she does or says, or the clinton machines makes up now,
    we have our nominee!!!

    May 12, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. Jason Horse

    I have to say : From a First Nations Canadian Perspective, ' I believe that this is CNN(Clintons News Network)
    1. When does the channel announce a good thing for BARACK?, never.
    2. When does the channel announce a good thing for billary?, All the time.
    3. This is a prejudical channel, and I am losing faith with EVERYONE who is suppose to be.......the best.....HUH!

    I think msnbc is going to be the next one for POLITICAL COVERAGE because i am not the only one who notices this favoritism...... are stinkin and sinkin.....
    HILLARY GIVE IT UP>>>>>talk about clinging to nothing, just like static
    OBAMA 2008-2012

    May 12, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. Never Obama

    Lifelong Democrat breaking with the party in Nov and thereafter.

    Why: the lowdown rotten way they treated Hillary Clinton.

    The devious, relentless ways they promoted and pushed Obama on us.

    No fixed Elections in the USA.

    May 12, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. Trisha in Texas

    I have been praying for OBAMA since the beginning. The Clintons have already had their chance, Two consecutive terms. Now I am just afraid the longer the Dems campaign trail, the more damage they are doing to themselves in the long run.

    If McCain is president I will move to Mexico. There is no change in that. We are going to find out who runs America in the fall. Rich and White or Caring and non discriminatory.

    Obama is just what this country needs. Someone who can bring us all together for the common cause, ourselves. The Clintons will never stop pulling bullets out of their belt. Keep it up OBAMA. WE WANT CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. honestly

    that looks like a man that means you harm.

    May 12, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. Not a Dem No More

    Operation Chaos worked. Thank you Hillary for exposing the candidate of Hope and Change. Now we have Hope that the government of these United States will remain in American hands.

    There is no way that Obama can win without the Hillary Democrats.
    You were our first choice and now we can vote for McCain, knowing our Country will be safe from the Radical Islamic Jihadists.

    Semper Fi, God Bless you Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    May 12, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. Never Obama

    Another Lifelong democrat will leave the party if Obama is the nominee.

    I will write in Hillary Clinton.

    So will others.

    The hatred and nasty insults of the Obama supporters were the final, decising straw for me.

    May 12, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  17. MacFL

    Dear Barack,

    As a registered Democrat in Florida I am offended that you would not fight for our votes in the primary to count. You let us down, you have shown us what matters to you – WINNING NO MATTER WHAT THE COST.

    Don't count on my vote in November, that is the price you have paid.

    May 12, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  18. Chuck, Oregonians for Obama

    I think Obama campaign staff is making a major blunder here, and it could cost their candidate a great deal. Obama and his staff need to get back on track and seal up the nomination and wait until he has that deal sealed and signed befor he goes of stumping against McCain. He is starting to perform as Sen Clinton did in the beginning by ignoring many of those smaller states as being insignificant, which could be a huge mistake.

    May 12, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  19. Dustin

    I have a feeling that Clinton is about to drop out of the race soon. Why else would Obama shrug off two sizeable defeats that seem to be impending in West Virginia and Kentucky? This is great news for the Democratic Party and the Nation.

    May 12, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. Truth

    I think Obama is doing a great job. We need a fresh start in this country. If he continues to tell the truth and keep a clean campaign like was has not been happening with the exception of him. Everything will be great.

    May 12, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. nannie bouroughs, Kenosha, WI

    You can switch to African states if you want to; you will NOT win the GE!

    Hillary is the only one that can do that: Donna Brazile you are an affront to the Democratic Party, CNN, the DNC and the world...

    May 12, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. Deb

    Too little too late!

    They remember how you blocked the re-vote and other efforts that where put forth because it would put you at a disadvantage.

    Now you expect them to forget and vote for you!

    Your arrogance is almost as astounding as your questionable friends!

    You will never win, you are your own worse enemy and America is on to your dirty tricks!

    May 12, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  23. NickNas

    Smart man! Don't let Hillarys delusions slow you down.

    May 12, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. Maria

    Lead on man of wisdom, man of courage, and man of bravery!!!

    President Barak 08

    May 12, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. An Agnostic Democrat

    Please tell them the TRUTH since Hillary has repeatedly lied to them about her pledge to follow the DNC rules ... until she was losing, then no rules applied to her and still don't. What a sham she became. Now it's time to restore the reputation of the Democratic party.

    May 12, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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