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. spencer

    Obama drop out. You have no real plan and are a copycat and the Black are voting race. Clinton hit the nail on the head. But is getting criticized and you are doing much worse things than she is. With 90% of the black vote sounds like race voting to me.. Shame on you........

    May 12, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    The fat lady has just released her Greatest Hits Box Set, and she'll be touring with Celine Dion! 🙂

    May 12, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. John Smith

    For those who are still screening for Hillary,

    Have you already forgotten:

    1. The Clinton impeachment?
    2. The Clinton scandals that cost the democrats years to regain their footings, thanks to Bush?
    3. The dirty "baggage that Hillary brings with her?
    4. How over 50% of people in this nation really "hate" Hillary as a person? This is personal for some people.
    5. How much the Republicans want to get back at the Clintons.

    Let us face it, had it not been to the negative high ratings of Bush, and the large crowd brought in by Obama, the democrats would have had no chance against the Republicans because of the Clinton years.

    Just look back: Iowa placed Hillary in the Third place!!!! Wake up people.

    May 12, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. LO

    I'm a registered republican who will be voting for Obama in the fall. I'll be honest if Hillary would have got the nomination I wouldn't have even considered for a second voting democrat in the November. McCain lost his credibility as a "centrist" around February when he was trying to paint himself as the conservative candidate.
    The independent block of voters who will decide this race will not even consider voting for McCain in the fall when the general election really kicks off and Obama brands him as the pandering hypocrite that he really is. Folks its not even gonna be close. Obama's gonna win about 60-40.

    May 12, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. Caryn from Louisville, KY

    Obama's work is all for nought--Hillary is going to run as an Independent and hand the election over to McCain. She's got a ton of money that she can't use in the primaries but can use in the general election. The Obamarites will rue the day they bad mouthed her.

    May 12, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. fred

    We wll NEVER SUPPORT or vote for Obama!! I wouldn't even vote for Obama if Hillary was on the ticket with him!! He is so evil...just like Osama!! Causes hate where ever he goes!!

    He will lose by a landslide to McCain!!

    Go Hillary!!

    Divide and conquer Democrats...the DNC has failed us big time!!

    May 12, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. PB in KY

    It is implausible that so many can support a candidate who outright lies and attributes it to sleep deprivation. I cerntainly do not want Hillary answering the phone at 3am. Give it up with Floriday and Michigan. They broke the rules. If you don't like it, change the rules for the next primary. I do not want a president who can change laws and apply them retroactively but Hillary has certainly proven she is capable of doing anything that advances her agenda.

    May 12, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. Ohio ex-Democrat

    I don't blam Obama for the disenfranchisement of Florida and Michigan. After all it was not his fault those states broke the rules. However there's no way he's going going to win either. People in those states are bitter and rightfully so. The DNC has successfully silenced those people. How do they expect to garner Democratic support in November when you shut them out in the primary? If we've learned anything from 2000 and 2004 it would be don't fumble Florida. It's too late.

    May 12, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. B / NY

    Can anyone PLEASE just tell us five things that Senator Obama has done for either his state or our country?

    Two things?

    Thought so... Big mistake people...

    May 12, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. Kel in Auburn, AL

    That's a smart move. Hillary is still focusing on the primary states. America knows she's lost. Obama is politely and quietly moving on.

    May 12, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. Mike

    So he's the nominee already I guess?

    Arrogance at it's best!

    Go Clinton/McCain!!!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. Ben

    Marie in California had a little lamb and doesn't know a clue of whats going on!

    May 12, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Robert in Toronto,

    From one Canadian to another. I agree with you 100%.

    To all of those Clinton supporters, who keep spouting that they will vote McCain if their candidate loses, please, take your votes and just go away! To other interested parties, Barack is going to get a huge boost from, guess where?........The Evangelicals will be coming out big time for Barack.

    By the way, do you folks realize that Barack is doing almost no campaigning in West Virginia? Do you know why? Could it be that he wants Hillary to win really big in this state (and the same will apply to the remaining states) so that she will be able to stand in the limelight, even if it is just for a little while? But even with this, she has no chance. If Hillary should steal this nomination from Barack, I predict a revolt in the good old USA!

    May 12, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. Megan

    Another thing. For those of you who continue crying about the Michigan and Florida votes- who gives a crap. They broke the rules, they pay the penalty. The only reason Clinton won those, or at least Michigan since I, in all fairness have not investigated Florida, is because Obama and other big candidated RETRACTED their names from the ballot since they were breaking the rules. Who else are they gonna vote for, a no name??

    May 12, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. Rus in St. Paul, MN

    The shift to the general election will be known tomorrow night based on the voter turnout. If the turnout is small, then it's a sign that people are done with the primary and consider it over and then move on. If there is a large voter turnout, I wouldn't be surprised if Obama spends more time in Kentucky and Oregon next week than he otherwise would.

    May 12, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. Teresa of Newport Bch

    We'll, I see there are some West Virginians that don't agree with Hillary Clintons Gas Tax Proposal. I also read in the L.A. Times that some West Virginians didn't like the statement "uneducated, hard working american, white americans" either. That statement about uneducated white americans, and hard working white americans was a bold, racist statement to make since she had left out AA, Latin Americans, Asia Americans, Native Americans. She really is say that those votes don't count. That's is a slap in the face since Florida is AA, Lations, Asia, Native American as well as Michigan.

    She saying that the intelligent folks in theses state votes don't count because we're not uneducated. Well, Hillary we need to cook you somehting to eat too. Even the uneducated knows difference between a racist statement and the truth too.

    May 12, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. Terri

    Go Obama 🙂

    To get to know you is to love you and what you stand for

    May 12, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. Susan MO

    All the losers from Hillary team will now join up with McLame team.

    Losers attracted to Losers.

    You backed a losing Team in the Primaries and you will back a losing team in the General Election.

    And the pain continues....Cry now.....Cry in November

    OBAMA 08

    May 12, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. Christine

    What Obama supporters don't understand is that many Senator Clinton supporters feel she was cheated from the early parts of this campaign.

    It was Michelle Obama who first brought up race. It was Iowa when they didn't think they would win the caucus. She said, 'There ain't no black people here." People are naive to think Clinton supporters will just fall in line and vote Obama. And while there may be GOP voters posting in disguise to say they will vote McCain over Obama, don't bet the bank that they all are.

    Many voters (approx. 16 million) identify with Hillary. Women and brave, smart men—of all ethnicities and any age—who get that it’s in their self-interest to elect her. She’s better qualified. Yes, 35 years. Would you tell Eleanor Roosevelt that be experience as First Lady meant nothing?

    Senator Clinton is a high-profile candidate with an enormous grasp of foreign- and domestic-policy nuance, dedication to detail, ability to absorb staggering insult and personal pain while retaining dignity, resolve, even humor, and keep on keeping on. Also, yes, let’s hear it for her connections and funding and party-building background, too. Obama was awfully glad about those when she raised dough and campaigned for him to get to the Senate in the first place.

    May 12, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. Maurice-canadian thought.

    I have noticed that supporters of the Clinton campaign keep hounding the Obama camp for the Florida and Michigan state of affairs. They both knew what the DNC said to these states about early voting; yet, they went ahead. Now, there is whining and complaining by the Hillary camp. Is the DNC the tail or the head of the current process?. Why wasn't there sound objections prior, to the position of the DNC?
    I suspect that the Clintons are learned lawyers; so why the grumbling?
    Changing rules as the game goes on is like a shell game.

    The childish " I will not vote if he wins ", does not wash, period. By the same token, Hillary needs the support of all who supported Edwards, Richardson , Obama etc, if she wins. Grow up!. If this is the approach to getting away from another four years of being Bushwacked, then continue down this arrogant path, democrats.

    Another observation; Hillary's campaign finances. She claims the support of so many voters, yet, her campaign finances is suffering. Lending her campaign, on two occasions, a total of $11.4 million, is an ominous sign, of fiscal mis-management, as well as an unwillingness of her supporters to put their money when they endorse her.

    Lastly, someone commented about Obama asking Hillary in the future, about running as VP. Well, this was never an issue contemplated by Obama. As a matter of fact, it was Hillary in her arrogance who entertained the idea of a joint ticket, but she would be the presidential candidate. Obama's response to that deliberate attempt to put him in his place, was, " I am not running for VP".

    The following is from a Hillary supporter-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."

    THAT IS VITRIOL; why continue what yoiu accuse others of doing.?

    May 12, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. styleemusic

    I co-sign with lb, florida and michigan broke the rules while the other states stayed on track so get over it, lets all get together because their is a bigger task at hand and that making sure W does not get a third term.

    May 12, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. obama nation

    But ofcourse, its obamas fault MI and FL moved up their primaries. Its his fault that he abided by the DNC rules and he has done all this time and removed his name from the MI primary. Ofcourse its his fault that some of his fault that some of his fans post the way they do here on this blog.

    Sorry that he's trying to bring the party together by reaching out to these voters. Hillary supporters open your eyes and get rid of the hate that she had put in you, first you blame him for MI breaking DNC rules than you blame him for trying to bring the party together and lastly u blame him for not counting the MI delegates. Why should he allow it? His name wasn't even on the ballot.

    You say he can't win in GE than how is he winning in every major metric category out there. If only blacks were voting for him than how is he leading in popular vote?

    Open your eyes and unit behind the person who has run the fairest and best managed campaign out there.

    May 12, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |

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    May 12, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  24. Dian Mo

    Obama is Insulting other Americans who is still will to say how should be the candidate for Democratic Party.

    May 12, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. Lilarose in Oregon

    What it really all adds up to is this nomination will be appointed by a handful of Americans called "super delegates."

    Anything the voters have to say ain't worth crap!

    I re-registered as an Independent TODAY!

    I will be writing in Hillary's name on the November ballot.

    May 12, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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