May 31st, 2008
07:15 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama campaign e-mail cites GOP anxiety

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Obama's campaign sent a fundraising e-mail highlighting Republican anxiety in the 2008 race."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - As Democratic leaders began their meeting on Saturday to resolve the dispute over the Florida and Michigan delegations, Barack Obama's deputy campaign manager Steve Hildebrand sent supporters a fundraising e-mail that pointed to Republican anxiety over Obama's possible impact at the polls in November.

In an e-mail titled "Democrats Win Landslide Victory," Republican former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist wrote "I have a real fear of waking up to this headline after the elections this fall," describing concerns among GOP officials over Obama's campaign infrastructure.

"In key states, news accounts indicate Democrats are outpacing Republicans registering voters. We also know Barack Obama's campaign is utilizing the Internet to raise record amounts of money to support his campaign and Democrats nationally," Frist wrote. "... all in the hope that new voters and record resources will produce a Democrat landslide victory this fall."

"There's so much at risk, and conservatives I talk with from all across the country are feeling the rumblings of 'what could be,'..." Frist wrote.

Hildebrand wrote that Frist was "right to be worried," and highlighted the fundraising deadline for the month of May, which ends at midnight, adding that this marked "the last chance to have a meaningful impact on the final three primary contests..."

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soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. Maty

    I cannot believe that any voter in Florida would be in support of not counting everyone's vote! By supporting Obama's advisor on counting only some only states the fact that it's about him-NOT YOU!!!!!!!!!!!
    Florida voters better really think about who represents them now and will do so in the future! Clinton's people want everyone's vote to count whether or not it was for Clinton or Obama because they realize that our Constitution is "WE THE PEOPLE!" Not only the political powers. If 100% is not seated, that means that the Obama Campaign doesn't believe that the voters know what they are doing.
    As for all of the people that did not get out to vote that are less educated and deprived, I have to say I was angered by that because 1. Every Citizen has the choice to be informed, become educated and participate in politics
    2. how dare anyone place a group of people in a category of Disadvantaged as if to say they are not smart enough, they are not able to because they are uneducated poor black folk! Haven't the African American people fought long and hard to step out of that box!

    The American People HAVE THE POWER -NOT POLITICIANS-WE ELECT YOU! How dare anyone not count 1 vote!

    I am proud to say that in this Country-Blacks, Hispanics, and Whites are holding positions of power in Government and society because they want to and CAN!

    May 31, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |

    Doesn't matter if your a Republican or Democrat in November, we can vote for the other party. Which is exactly what I plan on doing. I still feel Obama is not experienced enough to make decisions for our country, so therefore if he is the nominee for the Democrats, I promise my vote to the Republicans and would even campaign for them. As an Ohioian, I feel this will send an important message that "Experience Is Very Important To Be The Leader Of A Nation Under GOD!

    May 31, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. Illinois

    The only anxiety taking place is in the Obama campaign. If he wins the nomination it will only be because of his fraud tactics in the caucases and his AA vote, which completely de-legitimizes his candidacy. But during the GE Obama will crumble and the democrats will lose the White House as Obama is totally unelectable.

    May 31, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. Charlotte

    Worried? With the write in Hillary campaign and the staunch Republicans. Obalegerwright ought to be a little worried himself. I will write Hillary Clinton on my ballot in November. No matter the outcome I will vote for my choice. I will not vote for second or third choice. I have a friend who registered to vote this year for the first time so she could vote for Hillary. So not all new voters are for Obama. She too will write Hillary Clinton on her ballot. We can not vote for McCain in protest, we must write in Hillary Clinton!

    May 31, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. Joe Reg

    One repub who is not asleep at least.

    They are all doomed this year.

    No more Bush Republicans Mcain.

    May 31, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. obama =supporter==ARKANSAS

    it will be a landslide for dem.
    can't wait

    May 31, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. Tired of all the flap!

    Repubs should have anxiety over this year's election. They thought they had all of the answers to beat the Clintons because they can dig up all of their dirty little secrets and replay them again. They have a fresh new look in the movement of the Obama campaign and is frightened of coming up against this movement in the fall.


    May 31, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. jason

    go obama!obama was able to defeat the most powerful political dynasty in usa!he will also be able to win in november when hillary dont destroy the democratic party.she hopes to diminish obamas chances in november so she can run in 2012,but when obama lose this year then another african-american,gov. deval patrick,will defeat her in 2012

    May 31, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. Jason

    Why is the Michigan issue still a story?! It is a dead issue! Hillary was the only candidate on the ballot. Why on earth would the dems consider using the results of that vote for her advantage when there were no other candidates represented?? Get over it Hillary, wake up press, and let's get on with the nomination of Obama already!

    May 31, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Here's hoping the Democrats DO win by a landslide and usher in REAL change.....end the occupation of Iraq, seek charges for high crimes against Bush and Cheney, dismantle corporate fascism in America, go back to abiding by the Constitution, seek genuine energy indepedence for us to avoid future wars-for-oil, insure our electoral process works since two tampered with elections got us stuck with the tragedy of the Bush/Cheney regime, protect the environment vs. mere lip service, and bring back the fiscal responsibility of the Clinton era when we had surpluses and were paying down the national debt to free us from the huge interest payments on it. Hear that Nancy Pelosi?....REAL change vs. your immediate taking impeachment of Bush "off the table". Without genuine change, the American people WILL at some point rise up in social disobedience.....if 50 million workers refuse to file their tax forms one April, will THAT get you folks' attention since MONEY and power mean more to our government than the welfare and wishes of the citizens?

    May 31, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. Sarah

    Republicans shouldn't only worry – they should pee in their pants.

    I have been a Republican my whole life. But like Navy veteran Stewart, Susan Eisenhower, Francis Fukuyama, Mathew Dodd, etc, etc, I will vote for Obama in the fall.

    Swiftboat him all you want, with ANYTHING you want, ain't gonna change NOTHING.

    May 31, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. Jules

    And John McCain promised to win the war in Iraq by 2013. And as one smart reporter said, "There will be root beer in every water fountain in America".

    May 31, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. shane

    BE afraid, be very afraid!

    Obama/Bloomberg 08

    May 31, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. DannyCali

    I think more bad new going to come out about Obama in general election
    for sure. If he get elect for Pres I think Obama and his cousin Bush not much different about united American and change American. All the political is liar.

    May 31, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. MLH

    Senator Frist, of what exactly is there to be afraid? That a president would get us mired in a war that cannot be won, that our economy would be tanked by poor decisions made by the Administration? That we would have no health care for our children, no decent educational opportunities for them? That our world would be faced with global warming that hasn't been addressed by this country? Oh wait – sorry, those are the things that I have been waking up afraid of lo, these many years.

    Since it is your turn, here are some things that must really turn your hair grey – the possibility of affordable health care, the possibility that we can stop bringing home flag-draped caskets and start bringing home our brave soldiers. The possibility that we can start working on global issues that directly affect our survival. Scary stuff indeed.

    May 31, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. Tom in S.A.

    Let the Dems win, it won't last long after they raise our taxes so much they'll never get voted back in.

    May 31, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |

    Where is the coverage on the OTHER LEGITIMATE candidate in this election???

    May 31, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Republicans have more than a right to be worried about Obama beating John McCain. John McCain has been saying if Obama would go to Iraq he could teach him a few things. McCain claimed the troop levels lower due to the success of the surge, WRONG. McCain's claim had to be corrected by his own supporters, troop levels are higher. If McCain is going to press Obama to go and talk to Gen. Petreaus, with all respect to Gen. Petreaus McCain needs to know what he's talking about before making Gen. Petreaus look irresponsible. McCain is a fraud.

    May 31, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. kate1149

    I just got my e-mail from Hildebrand and donated another $100. With Obama as the nominee the democrats are unstoppable. Obama 2008!

    May 31, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. Thunder

    Be afraid GOP, be very afraid... The American people are on to your games of distract, divide and rule. The end cometh soon!!!

    May 31, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. Enlightened Voter

    We, the Obama supporters already knew the Republicans were petrified of Obama that is why they came out in droves to vote for Hillary to push her numbers up.

    May 31, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. Reality


    PRESIDENT OBAMA 2008 !!!


    May 31, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. Swannie

    And OBH was saying that people are sick of spin ?? They are sick of him and HIS lying campaign spin ... I dont trust him to do anything he now says he will do ... his words and actions are so far from congruent he had violated any trust from so many people .. he will never win or be the president ... that is the bottom line for millions of voters for the first time in my adult life I will vote republican if I must because this person and the DNC has violated my trust

    May 31, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. edfeeeney

    It seems the only thing the repugs know what to do with the internet is spread their message of hate. Somebody should tell them they can do fundraising on it too.

    May 31, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. king

    That the democratic party is retunring to the white house is foregone conclusion,perhaps what needes to be noted and what i think democratic leaders need to work on is a fair and honourable exit for HRC.MCcain was not even a candidate from the beginng.Or has be become one?

    May 31, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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