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. Bayou Joe

    Michigan and Florida will go Republican in November. Good luck with that strategy. Obama needs to focus on keeping his Senate Seat. We don't want him and his followers. Too bitter and nasty on these blogs.

    May 12, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. props

    Obama needed Oprah, the celebrity bandwagon, the rock stars, the biased media, the corrupt DNC, the flawed caucus format, the disenfranchised Fl ad Mi voters, the Hillary hate, the Hillary bashing... to prop him up.

    Now the superdelegates will do the final propping.

    Without the mandate of the people, he will still fail.

    We will admire and support the woman who did as much- ALL BY HERSELF.

    May 12, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. Geo from Toronto

    What a scary thought to have this man running the strongest country in the world. I feel for all Americans, and shocked that the American people who are usually smart are making such a bad choice in choosing Obama over Clinton.

    May 12, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. Ernesto Lopez

    I don't think is a good idea for him to campaign in Michigan and Florida right now, there will likely be people appearing in his campaign protesting and claiming that their votes get counted and maybe even blaming Obama, wich will make him look bad.

    May 12, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. chris

    awesome. you are an awesome man president obama. let's focus on the task of winning the presidency. senator clinton will be a formidable ally once she negotiates a deal that makes sense for her. no need to feed into the lunacy by taking her on at this juncture. senator clinton we congratulate you on your huge wins in WV and Kentucky, now come on board and lets get those repubs out of the whitehouse.

    May 12, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. David P., Santa Rosa, CA

    Ooooo.... that's smart. Obama advisors have made excellent decision after excellent decision. The crowds Obama will bring in those states will be a nice counter to Hillary's hue and cry. She may decide that a revote would be bad. More importantly, if he can pull the crowds there, then superdelegates will bve just that much more comfortable supporting him.

    May 12, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. Venus

    YES! God bless America! God bless our world!!!

    Go Obama!

    Thank you America!

    Millions of you have spoken by selecting Obama in this primary! We know it's not over but it's hard for some of us not to smile and start to feel a warm feeling in our hearts and souls!

    Thank you Obama for giving for a feeling of hope and change!

    May 12, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. P, CA

    You really wanna see women get ahead? Push for Kathleen Sibelius as Obama's VP this time around. She's strong and doesn't have the baggage of Clinton. I'd vote for her as Prez in 2016!

    Obama '08
    Obama '12
    Sibelius '16
    Sibelius '20
    (By then, I plan to be living in my mansion in Europe with my fabulous riches, so...) Yo' Mama '24

    May 12, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. Paul

    Under the banner of Obama, a united Democratic Party? Dream on!!

    May 12, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. Bart in SC

    Obama Supporters:
    Please stop showing so much hate in your blogs. I am a Hillary supporter that was once an Obama "maybe". It was a very difficult decision between two great candidates. I will vote for Obama in November if he is our nominee but I will find it hard to work on his campaign because of the harmful comments made by supporters. We need to remember that their is still alot of sexism and racism in this country and this is not helping the situation. We are in this together for a better country – not a better African American country or a better place for just women.

    May 12, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. jes

    Obama wouln't have the guts to ask Hilary to be his running mate, if he does I hope she tells him to shove it where the sun doesn't shine! It's sad to say but when this is all over it will take Hilary a long time to pull the knives from her back.

    May 12, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. Race card

    We are tired of hearing people called racist just for voting for your opponents.

    That is not the dialogue we want in the White House for the next 4 years.

    May 12, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. to:Trisha in Texas

    pack your bags...

    May 12, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  14. Hill Blows

    The Clintons are not going let something as small as losing the primary stop them from continuing wreaking havoc.

    May 12, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. Debby

    I wonder if he will get a warm welcome from voters in Michigan and Florida since their votes from the primary aren't even counted.

    May 12, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. OBAMA 08!

    All of you Clinton Supporters who are saying you will vote McCain over Obama– you need to RE THINK YOUR PARTY STATUS because you are obviously not a Democrat. You don't care about the ISSUES you are here for popularity votes-not for America, not for change that our country needs. So make sure you don't call yourself a democrat because you are FAR FROM THAT...

    McCain + winning= Another Bush Term

    Obama + winning= WHAT OUR COUNTRY NEEDS.

    May 12, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Alex N.

    If wants to mend bridges in Florida, he should start by seating the delegates....He wants Florida to love him when its convenient for him. HA! Florida will not vote for Obama in November, I can guarantee it!

    May 12, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. David D Kollie

    Most of HRC supporters are asking why has Obama not sealed the deal for the nomination? This is a silly question to ask of Obama. He did not claimed that he's experienced. Hillary is the experienced one. Why has she not sealed the deal on the nomination? How can the experienced person struggle behind the inexperienced person and expects the inexperienced person to seal the deal?
    Let Obama focus on the general election instead of focussing on someone who seeking selfish desire. She talks about uniting the party. Yet things have shifted from her favor to Obama and she still wants to continue. Obama has gained 177 superdelegates over the 100 lead she had.

    May 12, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. Joyce in Florida

    I cannot believe that this man plans on campaigning in Florida and Michigan? Is this above arrogance or what?!?!? There is no way that I will ever support, let alone be present, at any of his campaigns. Does this mean that our Florida votes are NOW going to count before he comes here? I think not. He is pandering to democrats that voted for Hillary. She won our state fair and square and personally I could care less about him!!! Right with you Sue. Will pay no attention. That means Hillary Clinton can now come to our State. I would welcome her graciously just like the lady that she is. We are waiting for you Senator Clinton to be our next President. GO HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. racism

    Dare to criticize this man in any way and be labeled a racist.

    How can a presidency predicated on the race card hope to be successful?

    May 12, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  21. Hillary or McCain

    Don't bother coming to Florida, Obama – you've already lost us in November if you are the Democratic nominee, and nothing you say or do will change that. You can campaign here all you like, but we won't forget how you blocked our revote. Florida WILL be the state to send you packing back to Chicago come November if you're the Democratic nominee.

    May 12, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  22. Barack the Vote in RI

    Way to be proactive Mr. future President! It's time to start cleaning up the mess HRC has made for the Democratic party during her blood bath of a campaign.

    While she's still slinging insults and accumulating huge campaign debt, Obama is making sure he'll be ready in November.

    When he's being sworn in, HRC will still be running.....A media correspondent referred to her as the "Glenn Close" of the Democractic Party.......what a joke.


    May 12, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  23. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Corner officially turned!

    Barack is doing the right thing, prepping for the general election while still being mindful and respecrtful of Hillary and her supporters until she decides it is time to get out. If the situation were reversed, do you honestly think that Hillary would have done the same? I think that she would have been pressing for Barack to get out long before now!!!

    May 12, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. I'll vote McCain instead

    I'm sick of the Obama supporters being mean so I'm going to go against my party's ideology, significantly altering the future outcome of our entire country, and punish Obama for something he didn't do just to stick it to some random blogger that I'll probably never meet. When I'm drafted to Iraq that'll show that blogger what for!

    May 12, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. DC Insider

    Should Obama get the nomination, they will wake up one day to the nightmare that Independents will go for McCain before they go for Obama, and that the only chance the Dems have to win the White house back is to nominate Senator Clinton. McCain is a middle of the Road republican who attracts independents while Obama is too far left and cannot attract the older white dems. And most of those small causuc states Obama won by 1,000 or so people. will be going to McCain in the General election. The key Big electoral swing states went to Clinton, and will go to McCain before they go to Obama. Wake up Dems – The DNC is being hypnotized by a smooth talking junior senator with NO experience to speak of, and who CANNOT win the general election against McCain.

    Clinton #1 McCain #2 Obama – no vote of confidence.

    May 12, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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