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. Billy

    I work on the hill for all these people. All the candidates are not as them seem. Clinton, Obama and McCain are all elitists millionaires influenced by lobbyists everyday. The Senate is a very exclusive club. The lobbyists make the decisions for all of them. The only difference between them all is Obama has not been their as long, which is a good thing. Washington corrupts absolutely. When it comes to the presidency who in the world ever had the experience going in? None of them do. Senators do not get a budget to manage anything like Governors do. Senators do not manage anything. Presidents also have people to run every aspect of their jobs. They are called advisers and they provide advice on all things concerning governing. So they are all even on that fact. Since the States have decided on Obama, he will be the clear nominee. All Democrats should vote for him. If you do not than you are not a Democrat.

    May 12, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. Angry

    This post is for those who are too small and petty to realize that Hillary's lead in Kentucky and West Virginia is not because of a "bunch of dumb racist hillbillies."

    These states are filled with well-education individuals who are evaluating these candiates based on the needs of their states. They are not looking to make history; they simply want the problems in their states addressed. Its hard to imagine that a very elite, wealthy man raised in Hawaii has those answers. Obama has never been poor. He has never went hungry. He has never lacked opportunity. apart from his biography, he does not have a plan for improving the economic conditions of these states. So, why should they vote for him?

    Since the Obamabots have a fixation with race, lets look at that issue. Obama stepped foot in WV on one occasion, and he went to the city with one of the highest black populations in the state. Why? Shouldn't the white voters count as well? Will the count when he is in office? And, why is it racist for white voters to vote for someone who has given them a solid economic plan, visited their state on more than one occasion, and visits with voters of all races (and I do mean HIllary here)?

    As far as the hillbilly comments go…get over yourselves and your ignorance. WV and KY are beautiful states, filled with hard-working, smart, and resourceful citizens. Those of you making these comments have probably never been to the state. How sad that you are stupid enough to buy into stereotypes. I guess I should believe that all New Yorkers are rude, selfish, and tied to the mafia. Or maybe I should belive that those in California are bonehead surfers who do nothing but sunbathe and say "dude..". Maybe I should believe that all Texans are cowboy republicans and that all New Englanders are stuck-up elitists. Stereotypes suck. Don't support them.

    May 12, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. negative change

    The democratic party IS changing- and not for the better.

    The Obama supporters are vitriolic.

    The NEW democratic party is full of vulgar, name-calling haters who think they are superior to and smarter than others so they put down fellow Americans.

    They do not believe in democracy. They believe in installing their nominee by demand and by force.

    I am leaving the democratic party. As an Independent, I will still WRITE IN Hillary Clinton.

    May 12, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. Carmen

    Maybe Hillary will come to her senses and say Obama is doing the right thing and maybe she will likely bow down. But don't count on it because she is in it to win it and right now she is pushing hard to win WV and KY so she can become the nominee without FL and MI.

    May 12, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. jaz588

    Michigan and Florida well i remmember those state do not count according to obama

    May 12, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. Cammi317

    What in the world are you all talking about. Barack has said from the beginning that he wants all of the delegates to be seated. It's not his fault that these 2 states defied the DNC. It's your respective state leaders' faults. Your anger is targeted towards the wrong person.

    May 12, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. Hilarious !

    Obama – please go to WV to campaign for the GE at the same time Hillary can continue campaigning in WV for the nomination ...LOL

    May 12, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. Venus

    Way to go Obama!

    We are not worried about how he will be treated in MI or FL – they broke the rules!

    We are concerned about the THOUSANDS of voters WHO DID NOT VOTE and followed the RULES!

    Go Obama! Thanks to all the millions of Americans who votes for Obama and feel like he is the best person to bring change and hope!

    Hillary and Bill Clinton – back in the 90s – Bill you were a good president but... it's time to change the guard and let the next generation... march forward – we look forward to the Clintons who have done many good things for our country and yes, our world! Thank you both!

    After the primary – let's relax and unite and let's get this party going – 2008 is going to be a great year!

    May 12, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. Dennis

    Wake up Superdelegates, or (Stupid Delegates).
    The Media is voting in Obama who is not electable.
    The bottom Line is this, the General Election will be decided by Clinton Supporters. "Report That."

    May 12, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. James

    Thank you Mr. Prez.

    I second the motion for VP Gov. Kathleen Sebilius. Great governor from Kansas. Very practical and works well with Dems and sensible republicans.

    Claire Macaskill (Missouri) is another good one.

    Both would be great in 2016.

    May 12, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. Al

    So, no HRC supporter watched all the coverage of Rev. Wright, Bittergate, Elitist? It seems that BHO received tons of bad press from the media. It also seems that HRC supporters tend to forget that HRC agreed with stripping Florida and Michigan of their delegates from the outset (when she was favored). People from Florida and Michigan were told that there vote would not count, so millions did not vote. I'm not saying that those votes would be for or against BHO, but they were not cast. Were those people disenfranchised? Seems so. HRC wants the votes in Michigan counted just like they are. What kind of nonsense is that. Neither BHO nor Edwards were on the ballot. Can't count that. Now, people want HRC to win the nomination or they will vote for McCain. That is so stupid. Why would women, and I'm talking directly to you, vote for someone who wants and will overturn Roe vs Wade? Why would men vote for someone who will make it harder for you to be the bread winner for your family? Think about that.

    May 12, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. The Simple Truth

    For all those Hillary supporters who are threatening to vote McCain:

    1. Are you over 18? If not, then you shouldn't be voting. If so, please try to accept Hillary's loss maturely and show some dignity. She had name recognition and everything else coming into this, and she lost. If your candidate cannot have the dignity to accept a loss, that doesn't mean you should be the same.

    2. Even if you vote for McCain, for everyone of you that we lose, I am sure there are 10 people waiting to take their place. 4 Independents and 6 Republicans. Barack Obama is the uniter, he has energized people to get out and vote, and he will continue to do so. The WILL of the people of our great country of the United States of America will not be denied!

    Get on the movement of the people of the USA, or get crushed by it. Your choice.

    May 12, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. Juan from L.A.

    Excellent!!! As for the Hillary femenists and sore losers. Get a life. Seriously do. Hillary started this with complimenting McCain over Obama. If you can't see that then you are hopeless just like your candidate.

    The less of all evils (granted Paul would never get the nomination) of the Republicans VERSUS the Best Democrat = A great General Election!!!

    May 12, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. Dylan

    Smart campaigning!

    Hail to the Chief!

    Obama 08

    May 12, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. Mitchell

    Obama, Why no stops in jacksonville, florida we have votes to.

    May 12, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  16. EJ

    Proud West Virginian you can blame the media for saying West Virginians are backward, uneducated, racist people. Not obama supporters. If you read the articles on CNN, all the people are doing is repeating what they read.

    May 12, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  17. Brian from New Jersey

    Ok, I really feel the need to speak up here:
    First off, I believe that Hillary has put up a valiant effort in her run for the Democratic Nomination, and I encourage her to continue pursuing votes in the remaining contests. But my opposition here is to all of her supporters who are being so adamantly against Barack Obama. For one thing, THEIR POLICIES ARE NEARLY IDENTICAL IN EVERY WAY!!! For those of you who are Clinton supporters that refuse to vote for Obama in the General Election in the Fall, that's fine. Don't vote. But casting a vote for McCain is doing what every warm-blooded democrat is against. Whether you support Obama or Clinton is irrelevant to what should be happening come the Fall. The democratic party must be united or it will fail, and the next four years will tear this country apart even worse than it already is.

    Simply put, a vote for Obama in the Fall is not a vote against Clinton. It is a vote to keep McCain out of office, which is the more important issue at hand.

    May 12, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. virginia voter

    hey proud west virginian
    i am a proud west virginian also.. a white man who is 65 yrs old and old enough to know NOT to vote for a panerer and liar like hilary.
    i switched to obama because the man speaks the truth.
    hilary told us this morning in a rally that we are not acting like americans
    i have always been an american and she dont need to try to shove lies down my throat.
    obama is the man with a real plan and speaks the truth.

    May 12, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  19. I used to be a Democrat

    Obama can't win Michigan or Florida if the Democratic Party doesn't seat them at the Convention.

    He apparently has forgotten that he is about to lose big time in Kentucky and West Virginia as well. Hillary should take her case all the way to the Convention.

    May 12, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  20. virginia voter

    clinton dynsaty lies and pandering is over

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

    Barack Obama is leading in every measurable way and his lead in plegded delegates is insurmountable.

    There can only be one reason Hillary Clinton has not dropped out of the race. She thinks all Americans are uneducated and prejugdiced.
    I don't think so and neither does our next President Barack Obama.


    May 12, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  22. AZM

    Obama has NO chance in Florida... it won't even be close come the general... Funny how Florida is important to him now... disgusting!

    When he loses the general by a slim margin... there will be no doubt it was due to the negative attacks, and evil way he conducted his campaign... unity and change... I don't think so... more like same old dirty politics...

    May 12, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  23. Sue TX

    It should not come to this. Democrats should be supporting the party when the general election occurs in November. One person said in a previous comment: Stay home and not vote for anyone if Clinton doesn't make it. I find this extremely absurd. The US is a strong proud country that allows the citizens the right to make their voices heard through the voting process. There are far too many countries in the world that are not allowed to vote.

    We have the opportunity today to make positive changes in the US.

    May 12, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  24. Chaos00001

    *****OPERATION CHAOS in full effect*****

    come on democrats, destroy one another, those Hilary supporters, we welcome you to the republican party, the DNC is to be blamed for this mess, we republicans together with you Hilary supporters will show the DNC what we are made of

    May 12, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. Bobo

    Turnin' that page! Good call.

    May 12, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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