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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  1. jen

    Its a shame the Hillary supporters are just throwing theyre money and votes away. Shes actually convinced some people who work hard for there money to pay a multi millionaires bills. Then she will let them all down when she quits in June. pocketing all there hard earned money.She has lost and I s still b–shi–ng the american people. I almost feel sorry for them.

    May 12, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. xddy4u

    First it was delegates when Hillary was leading in delegates. Now it's popular votes when it seem Hillary will have more popular votes. Popular votes is not an indicator to whom will be the nominee. Popular votes are like carrying leading scores over from one game to the next game. That's why you have delegates, to even the playing field between states. Big stated verses small states. Let's stop trying to rewrite the process to benefit Hillary. Obama is the one poised to get the nominee. To WV and KEN, why are you betting on a dead horse? Is your prejudice so deep until you can't think straight. You had better back the one that may be the next President, Obama. You had better hedge your vote, a vote for Hillary is a lost cause. Even Superdelegates that backed her are now backing Obama, that should tell you all something. I feel sorry for you WV and KEN voters. So narrow minded.

    May 12, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. Ryan, Los Angeles

    Obama is still ahead if Michigan and Florida are seated according to the illegal one-sided results. So lets just seat them "as is" and move on with Obama as the candidate.

    We have work to do Dems! Let's rally together for the Fall!

    May 12, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. fairandstraight

    I would like to know how has Hillary been treated? She had the entire media campaigning for her before the NC and Indiana primaries. Just because the voters were aware of the hidden agendas does not mean the she was treated badly. Hillary has done everything possible to steal this election. If it is about Fla and Mi, then people need to just get over that. Blame the elected officials fo those two states. Sen. Obama would be out of his mind to agree to count votes that were not to be counted in the beginning just to give Hillary this nomination. Many people voted for her only on name recognition and everybody knows that. The big turn out was for a bill in the state of Florida that would affect every one. Otherwise, the voter turnout would have been low.

    This must be a continous effort of Limbaugh on these blogs that are trying to hurt the Democratic party. It won't work.

    May 12, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. Clinton supporters are pathetic!

    fixed elections? get a grip. Hillary and Obama both new and accepted teh rules before this thing started. Read some of the comments posted here. What a bunch of uneducated rednecks you are. it is shameful! We all know what Hillary meant by "hard working, uneducated whites". Don't you? She meant "rednecks". Don' t you know that? She is using you and saying you are so dumb you wont vote for a black man. Grow up and get a grip!

    May 12, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. mitch in columbia

    obama will never get my vote. not voting at all will damage the democrats as much as voting mccain and i know quite a few people who will not be voting in novemeber due to not having good candidates to choose from. maybe there will be a good green party candidate.

    May 12, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. Steven Mac

    Can't wait to see how the voters in FL will "greet" him after he blocked the proposal for a re-vote there and in MI.

    May 12, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. dmw

    The way the Obama campaign, his supporters, and the media have been disrespectful to Hillary and the way the Democratic Party has been disloyal to the Clintons after everything they did to save the party in the 1990's, means I will NEVER vote for Obama.

    I also see that for the Democratic Party and the media, it is perfectly fine to be a sexist, but, all hell breaks loose if we don't pick the black guy! Racism is bad, sexism is good to the Democratic Party. The bias of the media for Obama is sickening. What happened to being objective in the media. It has just been appalling and discouraging how Hillary has been treated through this process.

    Anyone but Obama and the Democrats.

    May 12, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. Owes nothing

    Hillary Clinton owes the democratic party NOTHING. They trashed her constantly.

    She does not need to show them loyalty- they showed her none.

    She does not need to support Obama- he has done nothing but berate, demean, mock and ridicule her.

    She is free to BE- just like you and me.

    May 12, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. mick

    Hillary Clinton is a fighter and so are her supporters, we will never lay down for the DNC I will write Hillary Clinton name in with pride!!!

    May 12, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. Jill American

    Interesting ... Obama supporters say WV and KY don't matter because they are small states. So, only the big ones matter? Like New York, New Jersey, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and CALIFORNIA?

    May 12, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Mat

    I too believe that for the most part CNN runs storys with a clear lean toward Hillary – A lot to due with Wolf and his love for the Clintons – I don't want the opinions of the broadcasters to be reflected in the reporting- might as well watch news from FOX if you're going to report like that!

    The race is over – anyone who thinks Hillary can with this without HUGE back handers and paying off a bunch of super delegates is nuts!

    May 12, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. Dee

    We got your back Barack!! All the way to the White House!! Its OUR turn. The Repugs had it their way for years. It's time to turn the page!!!

    You did what EVERY HARD WORKING AMERICAN does, worked hard and played fair!!!


    May 12, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. David P., Santa Rosa, CA

    To the rational and civil Clinton supporters. You fought hard and fought well. I feel for both you and your candidate. I'd like to extend an olive branch. We need you. We need to get the GOP out.

    May 12, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. Sheila

    The media continues to push Sen. Obama on us. Does anyone know why? He is obviously over-shadowed by Hillary Clinton, not only on the debate circuit, but in the basic experience required to qualify as the leader of our country. Yes, he can talk and he can motivate. However, that is not enough! Talk is cheap when there's no muscle behind it.

    Let the campaign process play out. And don't write off Sen. Clinton. She's a real fighter who possesses all the attributes we need to move forward here at home and certainly abroad.

    Media moguls - ask yourselves who started the Obama-mania and why. Sen. Clinton has had an uphill battle all the way, and has exhibited amazing self-control, perseverence, and dedication. Maybe you can find something admirable in that?

    May 12, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. crazy

    The Dems and the Obama people are crazy is they think Hillary Clinton owes them ANYthing.

    After the hatred they have shown her...after fixing the primary for Obama?

    Why should she care if she damages his chances? None of her supporters will vote for Obama after watching her be dragged through the mud.

    You can't unfairly handicap the best candidate and get away with it.

    May 12, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. mike concerned democrate

    Well done President Obama – steer the course and let's stop following a Clinton agenda with everchanging goal posts. Keep your eye on the prize for the democratic party.

    Clearly a Winner !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. VT in CA

    By the way, over 16 million people have voted for Sen. Clinton so far. Hers is NOT an exercise in vanity. She is our representative in this race!! Only 2% of the votes separate the two candidates. No Democrat can win the election in the fall without us.

    Gore lost by a tiny margin, remember. In Florida.

    I believe the Clinton supporters are going to be far more important than swing states in this election. We are not supporting Obama for good reasons. We see him as more dangerous than McCain. Period.

    May 12, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. shelly in IL

    Good job Senator O. Smart move and keep up the good work!

    May 12, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. fred

    Goodbye Obama!!! Don't look too far...because you are going nowhere!!!

    If not Hillary...then McCain.

    Or if the write Hillary in campaign takes off...will write in Hillary!! That should keep Wolf and gang busy election night. Will probably take a long time counting all those write in ballots!!!


    May 12, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  21. fred

    I would love to see a floor fight at the convention....All the way to the convention Hillary!!!

    May 12, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. honkey white guy from cali

    Why is it these same 4 or 5 people on CNN keep posting the same garbage about Hillary

    If She was the best candidate then she would be ahead in the Popular vote, The most states won, The most money raised, The superdelegates, and most important The voted on delegates!

    Hillary is losing because she ran a bad campaign! With a bad strategy, and very bad people surrounding her! She lied at every chance padded her resume to get votes pandered to people for votes give me a break no matter how many times you post that she is the best and most qualified will it ever make that a fact the facts are stated above! not lies and distortions.

    Go Obama 08 Yes We Can

    May 12, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. Chut Pata

    Hillary reminds me of the gamblers in Las Vegas who have lost a lot and still keep playing waiting for a miracle to happen that would make them cover their losses. Well god does not send miracles to compulsive gamblers.

    Yes it would be a clean sweep in small states of WV and TN, and would allow her to say "The tides are turning, I have to momentum". Will it help her raise 11 millions she has loaned the campaign? Go to I-75 in Tennesse and see how Tennesse uses cops to raise money for the state thru traffic tickets. This is how poor these states are. Those rednecks wont raise you 1.1 back as they are all republicans voting you to use you as their first line of defence for McCain against Obama. Then it would be Oregon where I can see an Obama camp on every nook and corner and this is a very rich state with twice the delegates of WV!

    May 12, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  24. freedom to vote

    Isn't freedom grand?

    You trashed and bashed, spewed obscenities and vulgarites at my candidate.

    You betrayed and throttled her just to give the nomination to Obama.

    I will not join Obama nation. It reminds me of dictatorship rhetoric.

    I will WRITE in the best candidate.

    May 12, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  25. Proud West Virginian

    Proud West Virginian May 12th, 2008 1:33 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    It sickens me to read all the comments from narrow minded, igonorant, smug people that stereotype West Virginians as backward, uneducated, racist people. Just because we don't want your candidate that makes us ignorant racists? Well, I've got news for you…racism exist everywhere, I will even bet that you have some predjustics yourself because everyone does. Most of you are hypocrites.

    Don't tell be about racism when over 90% of blacks in not just a few states…But all states, are voting for Obama. If you don't see this as a slap in the white man's face….THEN YOU ARE THE IGNORANT PERSON!

    Has it ever occured to you that maybe some of us West Virginians are voting for Clinton because of our overall satisfaction with the Clinton Administration of the 90's? You fool yourself when you believe that going forward is always the smart thing to do….sometimes we get off track and the smart thing is to go back.

    Maybe we prefer Clinton over a STRANGER that we know very little about….and essentially that's what Obama is…I mean, let's be honest, how many of us even heard of him until recently? You Obama supporters magnify every mistake Hillary may make but EXCUSE everything about Obama. You can't honestly think that he listened to his pastor for 20 years and he had no idea that his pastor was an angry bitter person who hated whites.

    And lastly, what are you intelligent, smug people from your 'SUPERIOR STATES' so proud of….your higher crime rates?

    May 12, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
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