May 20th, 2008
11:22 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama says his campaign is 'within reach of the nomination'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Obama addressed Iowa supporters Tuesday."](CNN) - Illinois Sen. Barack Obama told an Iowa crowd Tuesday night that his campaign was “within reach of the Democratic nomination.”

CNN projects that Obama won the Oregon primary. Hillary Clinton beat him by a wide margin in Kentucky – but the Illinois senator is still expected to claim a minimum of 14 of the 51 delegates at stake in Tuesday's contest, giving him 1,627 of the 3,253 delegates that will be awarded during the Democratic primaries and caucuses.

"You have put us within reach of the Democratic nomination," Obama told a cheering crowd in Des Moines.

"The skeptics predicted we wouldn't get very far," he said. "The cynics dismissed us as a lot of hype and a little too much hope. And by the fall, the pundits in Washington had all but counted us out. But the people of Iowa had a different idea."

Obama congratulated Clinton's win in Kentucky, calling her "one of the most formidable candidates to ever run for this office." He dismissed claims that the heated exchanges between him and Clinton have divided the party.

"No matter how this primary ends, Senator Clinton has shattered myths and broken barriers and changed the America in which my daughters and yours will come of age," he said.

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soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. arun chawla

    Always undenying grace

    May 21, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  2. An American in Canada for David

    "No matter how this primary ends, Senator Clinton has shattered myths and broken barriers and changed the America in which my daughters and yours will come of age," he said.






    May 21, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |

    Never obama....................NEVER

    May 21, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  4. Krishna

    May be the nomination is Obama's because the so called institution of 'Super Delegates' failed in it's duty. They should have waited until all questions are settled including making the votes from Florida and Michigan count and see the relative electability of either candidate.Instead they are rushing into Obama's band wagon. It should be borne in mind that majority of wins by Obama are caucuses and that too most of the states will go Republican come November. On the other hand Hillary has won all the must states for Democrats and a few key swing sates needed to win the Presidency.
    Democratic party is well knownton pull defeat out of the jaws of victory. and they may yet prove it again.

    May 21, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  5. hillbilly

    can't do it...will not support obamappolooza

    May 21, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  6. Ndalio

    Lets move on

    Democrats unite !

    May 21, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  7. Bastiaan Koeman

    Where is the "gas tax bill", three days to go till enactment.
    I don't think it has even been drawn up yet, far away from being a bill or voted upon and being rejected by "influenced lawmakers".

    Just empty rhetoric by Hillary and Mc. Bush to appease their demographic, low income, blue collar, uneducated and not to forget "stuck in their ways" women over 50.
    Unfortunately most of that demographic will not vote "Black", or "change", that's just too much to grasp.
    That has been shown through the Primaries and it really shows the bismal state of the Country and the lack of progress in culture.

    It is really sad to read so many exit polls that show the unwillingness by the above mentioned demograhic to vote for a "positive" when their candidate has been voted out of the race. Instead they would chose to vote for continued misery than give in to a "black" candidate.

    That defines the state of our Country.

    As much as I dislike Hillary, I would vote for her in a heartbeat if she were the nominee. I do not agree with her sharp attacks on her Democratic opponent, nor the empty promises just to get votes.
    All in all she has the "good" of the Country in mind and I respect her for that.
    Mc Bush is just a tool and product of some dubious advisors, he will do himself in.

    Obama has the right message, a lot of words, little action yet.
    Hillary is somewhat proud to have Carl Rove's endorsement?
    Not sure about her appeasing policies.
    Mc Cain, just a puppet that doesn't really knows what's up, too confused about what advisors are whispering into his ear.

    Maybe it would be a time for "Change".

    May 21, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  8. ken levy

    I wonder if he called Uncle Rev Wright? You know the college kids don't care but Kentucky does.Why do you think Obama lost tonight by 30 points.And thats just the primary.He lost West Vigina last week by even more.And before that Ohio and PA,and IN.His only chance of winning in November is to beg Hillary who won all those states with ease to be his VP.By the way John Edwards did not help Kerry win one State in the 2004 election.Not one.

    May 21, 2008 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  9. doghouse

    OK!!! So much for the hype of '08. What about '09,10,11??? ALL promises??? Com'on fellow DEMOCRATS...ask Obama and Hillary WHEN was the last time THEY pumped a gallon of gas in their Suv's or even brought groceriers themselves!! Take a good LOOK at AMERCIA!!..It is a LONG RUN, We WILL VOTE,do NOT let US DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  10. Shirley-Ohio

    You got it, it is yours, you won it fair and square.

    May 21, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  11. Tim In Ohio

    He's within reach of my crotch area too.

    May 21, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  12. anthony

    hillery is power hungry and wont take no for an answer

    May 21, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  13. TonyNJ

    What a stunt! With all of the negative ads and the help of most of the media, Obama supporters have the audacity to to claim that Mrs. Hillary Clinton has been attacking Obama unfairly. Well in my opinion, put down the kool-aid. You folks are not only wet behind the ears, you have not lived yet. You only know the politics according to Obama, and slowly put surely the entire electorate of these United States of America will learn his policy of politics, to which he will find himself in a landslide DEFEAT. If you can't take the heat, stay the hell away from the kitchen. These news cast pundits, throwing the kitchen sink at Hillary have shown their tactics, which will only place their careers in question. In my opinion, both he and the rest of his dynamic duo are cry babies. God forbid if the dynamic duo make it to The White House. Those who do not go along with "their" new regime may well end up in the cornfield like in the episode in the Twilight Zone. Yep, allot of good folks / patriots may be turned into a jack in a box, martyrs to something called Democracy and America, which you find so many faults. This be my own opinion, yet many others keep saying the same thing. Hillary For President in 08, or Third Party creation to save Democracy. You are a Great disappointment Mr. Dean. But it be an ill wind that does not blow somebody any good. The American People are just now starting to smell the coffee. Hillary by far, and we will stand by her through thick and thin, rain or shine, to hell and back. God Bless The United States & Hillary Clinton! Confusion To Our Enemies, as the old saying goes.

    May 21, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  14. Tim In Ohio

    A lil to the left Obama.

    May 21, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  15. Nia

    Keep on truckin' Obama!!

    May 21, 2008 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  16. Bart in SC

    Both candidates have been helped by this primary season not hurt. People seem to forget that both candidates have made themselves known, and more importantly, seen to more voters in this primary season than in any other primary season. This is not a bad thing for the party or the country. What has been bad is the hate that appears in these blogs and I regret to say it but it appears to me that Obama bloggers are the worst. Good luck to us all in November.

    May 21, 2008 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  17. Margaret Stewart

    I am an older white Floridian woman with 2 post-graduate degrees. I voted for Clinton in the Florida primary, but now support Obama. I was conflicted at the time I voted, but firmly made up my mind after closely following the race since the Florida primary. I would like to know what is the breakdown on older white college-educated vs older white women who are not college educated in the polls?

    May 21, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  18. Just Words

    "But the people of Iowa had a different idea." – Barry Oblahma

    You mean all 13,000 who CAUCUSED for you???!!!! Yeah, that spells a BIG Win there in November! LOL!!!

    May 21, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  19. Venus

    Go Obama!

    We are closer than Hillary!

    May 21, 2008 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  20. kiflu

    I wuold like to say congratulation to people of USA ,the campian is more or less come to end ,the two candidates truly strong and expected to change peoples' outlook toward the great nation(USA) .However , BARACK OBOMA, IS NEARER TO NOMINATION , I beliave he is aman of chage for USA ,for the World. Again congratulation ," FORWARD FOR EVER ,BACKWARD NEVER" USA

    May 21, 2008 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  21. Abdulazeez Musa

    THank God that we are almost there. I want to congratulate Clinton for her KY win. I wish her good luck

    May 21, 2008 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  22. Al

    ...yes, but I would not want ever my daughters to behave like Hillary.

    Obama 2008

    May 21, 2008 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  23. citizen

    Once again we are at the doorstep of history,

    Many are fearful of this.....some fear the future, fear change,.... and would like to stay in the past .....and starve in the past.....but many more Mr. McKinnon ..... are ready to make history,.... to BE history,... and continue on this great American journey of growth and possibillty.

    Its not just about us......its about what kind of world we can contribute to. What kind of example we can make, what kind of world we can be proud to give to our children's , children's children.

    We are walking with our forefathers, with the sacrifices of great men and women who believed in what this nation could be. We are walking with our American destiny.

    Amongst all the craziness and fear, .....God bless our Country, the only place in the world that could produce a .....a citizen, like Barrack Obama

    May 21, 2008 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  24. Keith R.

    That last line's a campliment to Clinton right? If so, way to go. =)

    May 21, 2008 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  25. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    Lets all contribute to the Hillary Clinton Psycho Therapeutic Recovery Fund..

    Man//she is Out to Lunch...

    May 21, 2008 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
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