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

Obama campaign e-mail cites GOP anxiety

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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..."


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • GOP
soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. Concerned Democrat

    You are sharply losing.

    May 31, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  2. Indy Voter

    Why is this newsworthy? We already know this...

    May 31, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. barackobama4prez

    That's cool. But we need to stay on message and not get full of ourselves. We don't want to underestimate the repubs.

    May 31, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Cindy in California

    The Republicans know their days are numbered. They have completely messed this country up, and it is time they stepped aside and let us rebuild our nation, and begin to take the steps necessary to bring our soldiers home.

    Actually they should not even run a candidate this year, especially one that is obviously determined to continue the war in Iraq, who knows nothing about the economy (by his own admission), and constantly "misspeaks" when talking about things he should be knowledegable about.

    May 31, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. Eascogal

    Both Clinton and McCain definitely has a "right to be worried." Like whirling tornados coming in astronomical sequence of order and in numbers, Barack Obama is definitely twisting across the nation pounding CHANGE without boundaries with a fury! Come November, this nation will not only see Obama coming from miles away but feel his message with such impact McCain will definitely LOSE HIS BARINGS after the twist.

    May 31, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. Dennis

    Warning to Republicans: Be afraid...be very afraid...the chickens are coming home to roost : )

    May 31, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. Gaylon

    GIVE IT UP OBAMA!!!! you will not be the nominee.

    May 31, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. John Adams, FL

    Yes, GOP days are numbered, hence their desperation to seize on every gaffe and attacks, because we [people] not only had enough of Bush's and Cheney's secrecy and deception that put this nation in peril and the $10 billion a month for unjust and unnecessary war, while vetoing children's healthcare insurance of less than $40 billion for 5 years, vetoing of farm bills, lack of decency and common sense by this administration and the far right wingers and anti-civil rights/insurgency here at home for anything common sense. We're reeling from almost 8 years of permanent campaign and war mentality regardless of the welfare of the people, while at the same time given huge tax break to the few rich people and corporation that ship jobs and production overseas.

    Enough is enough and they now feel that their days are numbered.

    May 31, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. Jerry in Florida

    Look who is talking! With all the issues that ahve come to light, does America really want Senator Obama to be the Democratic nominee?

    Stay tuned. More concerns/issues will surface in the near future.

    May 31, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. Truthspeaker

    Looks like Frist has gotten some common sense. His fears will become reality in November. Clinton has told so many lies and is an out of control woman that i would fear each day if she was elected. She made promises to New Yorkers that she couldn't keep. Could she be bipolar with all the feelings she expresses as being the only one that could beat McCain??????? McCain is a loser. He fears Obama. How can a 100 year war turn into only a few years in a few weeks? How can he back Bush up and want to continue his poilicy? Is his blinds shut so he can't see what is really happening to the people in the US? Obama....he is the only one that has used common sense. So his preacher was Wright. Big deal. Nobody seems to be able to come up with anything worth listening to or reading about that Obama has done to make anyone think twice about voting for him. Obama will stomp McCain. If true democrats voted for Hillary, they will vote for Obama. And to all you whites that might read this, I'm a white, southern redneck that can agree with Michelle about being proud of this country for the first time. It is time for people to quit hating because of color. Frist is right in his speech. McCain will be ate up and Hillary is a wacko. I'm a registered REPUBLICAN and i approved this message.

    May 31, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. Army Wife

    Obama 2008.

    May 31, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. BellePete

    I won't vote for Obama and I am a Democrat.

    May 31, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. Black Democratic Voter

    I am watching this DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee. It is amazing to me how the rules are being changed, in the middle of the primary. These are rules that the committee, comprised of both Clinton and Obama supporters agreed unanimously too. These are rules that Clinton and Obama themselves agreed to. It reminds me of what has happened in this country for the past 200 years where the rules of the game were changed to diminish the value of the black vote. Nothing has changed people. The same thing is being done to us again. Isn't ironic that the Democratic Party is doing this? All I have to say is Wow!

    May 31, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. Lynette

    It is time fior change! Let's Barack the vote in all 50 states!

    May 31, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. lily

    I love you Hillary..only Hillary all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 31, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. jonathan

    The Republicant's haven't a chance; they've proven all to clearly and well over the last 4 years of exposure their partiality towards corruption, deception, blatant lies and manipulation of the media, thievery, war mongering, brainwashing of the American public to wage war for oil, etc. etc. etc. They have accomplished nothing for the American people or the planet as a whole, in the past 8 years; the first 6 having absolute power over our Government they still did nothing, absolutely NO THING for the voters of this nation, accept their single goal of outstanding accomplishment, making themselves and their friends wealthier and more powerful.

    May 31, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  17. white,50,female Republican for Obama

    Yes! They should be worried....unless Hillary screws up everything for the Democratic Party, which is what they're all hoping for I'm sure...

    May 31, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  18. Ralph Rocheteau

    It is time for a change.

    May 31, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. Elizabeth, NC

    Hey it isn't only the GOP that have this anxiety. Ask you know who she has it too. But in her case, the word Democrats is replaced by Obama. Why do you think she is masterminding the confusion going on now.

    May 31, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. R.W. MCGUIRK

    Theres no way this liar with connections to Rev. Wright could or
    should be able to beat a true Americn hero. His mentors csare the hell out of me. Would vote for Clinton but not this novice.

    May 31, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. Clarence Williams

    Mr. Plouffe & Mr. Obama,
    Gentlemen, the (henhouse), is on fire & there's no water to put it out!
    GOP, is in the henhouse & the fire is starting to burning their feather's,
    gentlemen, continue to campaign as hard as possible, especially getting people to vote for the first time, or those GOP's, that want to change to Democrats.

    Love ya,
    Clarence

    May 31, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. AN OHIO VOTER

    GOP ANXIETY??? WHAT ABOUT DEMOCRATIC ANXIETY????

    THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN SHOULD FOCUS ON THE ISSUES AND STOP CRAWLING INTO THE GOP GUTTER. WIPE YOURSELF OFF OBAMA, AND STAY FOCUSED ON THE ISSUES. THE GOP SHOULD BE THE LAST THING ON YOUR MIND RIGHT NOW. CAMPAIGN ON THE ISSUES!!!!!

    May 31, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. Jesse

    Sure, the GOP is worried that the majority will awaken and its voice will be heard. They worry about what most of us desparately hope for, hmm. . . .

    May 31, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. NO OBAMA

    I pray everyday that obama ends up in Forest Lawn.

    May 31, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  25. About Time

    The reoublicans missed their opportunity to be fearful of a candidate. They should have been fearful of Bush/Cheney. The citizens of this nation, COngress and the media should be OUTRAGED about the events in Bush cabinet leading to the invasion of Iraq. The many lives lost and billions of dollars spent for a war that had NOTHING to do with 9/11.

    May 31, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
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