May 31st, 2008
03:33 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama finale at GOP convention site

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(CNN) - Barack Obama will close out the primary season on Tuesday with a campaign event at the site of the Republican convention.

His campaign announced on Saturday that the Illinois senator will team up with his wife Michelle at a rally at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, the same arena which will house the 2008 Republican National Convention in September.

Obama's rally will take place as Montana and South Dakota close out the Democratic primary season on Tuesday. Thirty-one delegates are at stake in those two states.

Minnesota is considered a battleground - or swing - state that both parties will fight for in the general election.

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soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. ali for obama

    GOD bless u obama, u are going to get nomination.

    May 31, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I'm a Republican....and I support Obama – he is right for the country in 2008

    May 31, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. Georgia

    Yes, as he limps to the finish line. Write in Hillary!

    May 31, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. Mary

    The best thing that could happen for America would be to find out why Obama forced Rezko to help him purchase a Chicago mansion. Either this was a bribe or blackmail. No rational person could think otherwise.
    Neither Obama or Rezko are honest people.

    May 31, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. Lovely in VA

    All you lucky St Paul people! Hope you all have a memorable time!!
    That will be a HUGE night – ENJOY IT !!

    May 31, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. Willy

    Still looking for a rent a preacher who will not bring the chickens home to roost.

    May 31, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. Democrats Rule

    I love this man's instincts! What perfect symmetry!!!! I am confident that the people of the great state of Minnesota will not be fooled by a washed up yes man who wants four more years of the same. I'm sure that Minnesotans will joint the rest of America in their unbridled support of the next President of the United States, President Obama. Boy – that just really looks pretty, doesn't it? President Obama!

    May 31, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Atta Boy !!!! Go after that war-monger where it will hurt.

    May 31, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. Jan

    He ought to have it in his home state of Illinois so that he could also be performing his work as the junior senator from that state.

    May 31, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. Desmond Sequeira

    Now, if only the Dems will immediately recognize what the Republicans saw clearly long ago: OBAMA is the one the people, the Nation and the world want as the President of the USA!

    May 31, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. j kothary, Blaine, WA

    smart move,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    May 31, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. mCBUSH

    Destroy the republicans, McBush will lose. democrats 08!!!!

    May 31, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. Joan Buch

    Minnesota always gets it wrong – I know I"m from Minnesota.

    I listened to Wexler this Am at the Rules Committe saying "he's the champion for the voters, him and Obama"......
    Ya right !
    THEN WHY DID NOT OPPOSE A REVOTE OF PRMARY IN FLORIDA AND MICHGIAN. Typical lying Politicians. That's when they lost my entire family.
    Obama used rules to eliminate opponents in Chicago election too – check it out ! He's sneaky.
    Joan B
    Minneapolis, Mn

    May 31, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. Former Obama Supporter

    Obama will not win the popular vote, so he will not be the nominee. I just don't understand the arrogance of Obama. Hillary will win the popular vote and the superdelegates will not vote against the will of the people. The people have spoken and they want Hillary Clinton as their nominee.

    May 31, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. Tired of all the flap!

    Senator Barack Obama just looks like the nominee that he will be after Tuesday for the Democrats. He is showing a great leadership for the country come this fall and showing much respect for Senator Hillary Clinton and her campaign to bow out gracefully. I cannot say enough how he has really exempified strength and judgment within this Party during this primary season.

    May 31, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. Sam

    It's very symbolic that Obama is wrapping his primary campaign up at the site or the Republican convention. I'm sure the symbolism isn't lost on anyone. This general election the Democrats are going to take back states they've lost in recent years, and they're going to take states that have been traditionally Republican. And Barack is wrapping his campaign for the nomination up in Republican "territory".

    I'm sure the Republicans will have the place scrubbed clean before they let any of their members in the place. Wouldn't want the Democratic cooties to somehow cause hardcore Republicans to vote for Obama.

    May 31, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  17. George

    I think Obama has been very composed during the end of this campaign season. I've noticed that recently he's speaking very highly of Clinton while she has not been so gracious. She's only ben saying that she's a better candidate than him.

    May 31, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. MARYANN Oswego IL

    Did I miss some news ...I thought no ONE won the nomination yet!!! Obama needs to wait until ALL of the votes are counted...Voters do not buy your tickets yet ...

    May 31, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. DannyCali

    Anyway he still not getting my vote Obama really the racist candidate at this time, in his mouth said he going to united American but the real thing
    is he's divider and his is the worst President than Bush too. Either Hillary
    or McCain is the better President.

    May 31, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. Larz

    Hillary supporters do NOT want to see a black man in the White House!!!They prefer to destroy this party,this country,before they see a black man leading the country!!!If OBAMA doesn't become the president of the US in 2008,we will regret it forever,and God will punish us for stopping his will,his great son OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!God bless America!!Everyone that reads this will never forget it!!!!

    May 31, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |

    what about all of us in michigan who went to the polls to vote but could not because our canidate's name was not on the ballot.. hold it over or it should not count.. stop changing the rules... we teach our children that they must play fair and follow the rules... what about our presidents????

    May 31, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. will

    Who cares.... Once he steals the nomination i truely hope that all Hillarys supporter will stand be hind McCain. Four Years of McCain will show the DNC and the witch Polosi they made the screwed up big time. I hope Polosi is voted out of office for good. All she does is look in a mirror and see how her botox is working. Why dont you look out your window and see that you have done nothing to make things better in this country since the dems have taken over cap hill.

    Yes its time for a change and that change is Hillary not Noboma.
    Let Unite Hillary supporter and show the DNC they messed up and vote the old man into office for four years.

    May 31, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. Tubby The Tuba

    Obama, sounds like you are going to be Bushwacked not by George, but by Hillary and her 13. She has 13 voting members on the board and he had 8, except that one of those is not allowed to vote as he is from Florida. They will try to change the rules here at the end by 180 degrees. Sounds like McCain might win this election.

    May 31, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. Raymond Duke

    Who are you people kidding. Minnesota is not a swing state. It is about as blue as you can go and very liberal . It will easily go Obama. I don't know why you would want to convince people that it really means something except to bolster Obama's failing popularity with women and the blue collar white vote. What a ploy . How low can cnn stoop.

    May 31, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. Ngaruiya, Limuru, Kenya

    Obama all the way to White House. OB 08

    May 31, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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