June 5th, 2008
06:48 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama to campaign in Virginia with Webb

Obama's campaign sees Virginia as a 'pivotal' state.

Obama's campaign sees Virginia as a 'pivotal' state.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Newly minted Democratic nominee Barack Obama will kick off his general election campaign on Thursday with a pair of campaign stops in Virginia, signaling that the Illinios senator thinks he can turn the once solidly-red state into a Democratic pick-up this fall.

The day will culminate with an evening rally in northern Virginia, where Sen. Jim Webb, often mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate, will make his first campaign appearance with Obama.

Virginia has not voted for a Democrat in November since Lyndon Johnson took the state in 1964, but for more than a year, Obama's campaign has cited the state's 13 electoral votes as part of their argument that he can re-shuffle the electoral map this fall. Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor said the commonwealth will play a "pivotal role" in the general election.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain • Virginia
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  1. susie

    The Democrats started the superdelegates so that they could pick the nominee. Having the citizens vote is a farce. McCain for President!

    June 5, 2008 06:19 am at 6:19 am |

    Sorry Webb but the ticket doesn't need a overweight white man on the ticket.

    June 5, 2008 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  3. Fan of Obama

    Go Obama! I hope you become our next president!

    June 5, 2008 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  4. The democrats blew it again!

    once again, they put up a candidate who can't win... idiots! Oh well, when you analyze the records of both candidates, Obama and McCain, the only one who is proven to be truly bi-partisan is McCain!

    Are you a moderate? So is McCain!
    Do you want bi-partisanship? Then you want McCain!
    Do you want empty promises and rhetoric? Well, then vote Obama go right ahead and screw up this country.

    The only person who had the interests of children and education in mind is now out of the race. Good job voters! The economy is terrible and the only one who had any real plan is out of the race. Good job voters! The person who would provide you with the medical care, not expect for you to pay for it yourself is out of the race... good job voters!

    But the Constitution gives even idiots the right to vote... what a shame

    June 5, 2008 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  5. Kathleen

    Obama won Virginia in the primaries. If they listened to John McCain's
    speech on Tuesday, Obama will probably win in November. Good
    luck with West Virginia though.

    June 5, 2008 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  6. Foreign observer

    Why not Virginia – now he has to make some ground. He is best when he goes against all odds.

    June 5, 2008 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  7. b

    who cares.

    June 5, 2008 06:44 am at 6:44 am |

    Since you Nazi's at CNN have closed comments on Oprah,I will write here.
    Her ratings are down and subscribers to her O mag are down further because she chose to support Obama.The backlash won't hurt her financially(like anything could)but it took the shine off of her.

    June 5, 2008 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  9. john


    June 5, 2008 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  10. EBC

    WONDERFUL news. YOU are on the RIGHT path right to PENN AVENUE! Keep up the good work!

    We're so PROUD of you President Obama. We look forward to helping YOU clean up the WHITE HOUSE of all those rodents that have been running amuck!

    Si Su Puede ALL the way!

    June 5, 2008 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  11. j

    mr obama,

    please step up and tell all of the pundits and hacks that no amount of petitions will force you to speed up the vp selection process. Then, go out there and make Mr McCain look foolish

    June 5, 2008 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  12. Fan of Obama

    To all Hillary Clinton supporters who don't want to vote for Obama:

    There has been much name calling, accusations, stupid mistakes, by both the Obama and the Hillary camps. We need to put that behind us, hard as it may be. We need to come toghether now so that we can defeat McCain and put a Democrat in office after 8 years of horrible mismanagment. Lets come toghether and vote for Obama. We can do it!

    June 5, 2008 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  13. diana


    June 5, 2008 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  14. Bitter in Texas

    Yep, it's wise to talk to some of those country folks...when they get to know ya. they'll vote for ya. I did and I'm darn prouf of that vote.

    June 5, 2008 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  15. KPA

    I read these posts and shake my head!! People saying they won’t be told what to do, who to vote for and writing in HC name??? Well let me ask you this....

    Are you being told how much you will pay for gas? Can you loose your job at the blink of a eye like those at GM and United are about to experience along with others who have already lost his/her jobs? Are people being forced out of their homes? Are we still fighting a never ending war were some of our troops are BEING TOLD they will serve another term or two after their contracts have ended? Are an alarming number of troops killing themselves so they can get out of the war? Now ask yourself this, is all of what I just listed worth going through for another four years because your candidate did not win?

    You all just don’t get the bigger picture!! Writing her name in WILL NOT win her the election, it will only hand it to McC and the cycle continues with what I listed above! No wonder Obama is winning amongst most of the college educated!! I say “most” because my grandmother does not have a high school diploma, but even she is tired of the Bush mess and don't want it to continue!! We were ready for HC to win as well, but you know what, she did not so to end the Bush mess, we have to stop McC, that’s all that matter now. Wake up people.

    June 5, 2008 07:25 am at 7:25 am |

    This is the hand work of God. Barack Obama will definitly move on.
    He has got the potential. Keep on moving men.

    June 5, 2008 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  17. Bryan in Michigan

    It's too bad Hillary is "suspending" her campaign rather than conceding...her suspension means only that she can keep her delegates to herself.

    Is there any part of this woman that isn't self-centered??? I know many can say all the good things she'd done, but, she has made sure she has gotten FULL credit in return.

    The lady is so under-handed, I am glad Obama will not choose her for VP...there are so many more stronger, more deserving individuals out there that will actually SUPPORT Obama.

    June 5, 2008 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  18. Chipster

    Sen. Obama is going to be a tough sell everywhere. He's very popular with half of the Democratic voters. The other half? No so much. He is extremely liberal and will not attract any Republican voters.

    Obama supporters will, of course, blame Hillary Clinton but she is a moderate Democrat who appeals to moderate to conservative Democrats and Republicans. Sen. Obama appeals to extreme liberals. He has been elevated by the extreme left, blacks (understandably) and mostly by the self-serving media. Hillary will make very effort to prevent McCain from being elected but it will be an uphill battle with this candidate.

    Once again, Democrats have managed to choose the most liberal candidate available and once again they will try to blame someone else for their foolish choice. They'll blame Hillary, no matter how hard she campaigns for him. This "sure-thing" has suddenly become a disaster for our country.

    June 5, 2008 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  19. KE

    It's nice Sen. Obama campaigning.

    It's nice also how Sen. Clinton is still a center of people's talking points. But now is the good time Sen. Obama take the center stage.

    Sen. Clinton should take as much as time she need to think, pray and reflect. It's been a long hard-fought fight for Hillary Clinton and her supporters. She energized many people. Some people are still so concerned with Sen. Clinton but she has no obligation to answer anybody any soon and she should be respected. Sen. Clinton has run a great campaign and the history will remember all of that. And the history is still in the making. This is not about her. The race is far from over. Cheers!


    June 5, 2008 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  20. Terry

    Great......another Jimmy Carter in waiting. That's JUST what this country needs. I do believe we have even worse choices than we did in the last election.

    June 5, 2008 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  21. Kmarshall

    Hillary should not be choosen as VP she would only try and take the credit for everthing Barack Obama does. We want change!!! She will always try to have her own way. As far as insurance reform she had her chance and failed, I have not heard anything that she would do different to improve on what she already tried. I am a woman but that does not make me want to vote for any person just because of gender.

    June 5, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  22. Don't ruin Hillary's career

    Thank you Senator Webb. HRC supporters who want Hillary to have a career in politics will not deflect to John McCain. She is a loyal democrat so she will never run as an independent. A write in will not work in 2008. If Senator Obama loses18 million Obama supporters will blame her. She was way too negative during this campaign. In addition, she will not look very presidential if she can not get her own supporters to support the democratic nominee. If Obama wins she can run in 8 years. But If she can't even lead her own supporters, how can she lead the free world? Don't be fooled into believing that if John McCain wins this election HRC can win in 2012. YOU WILL RUIN HILLARY CLINTON'S POLITICAL CAREER FOREVER!

    June 5, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  23. Enlightened Voter - No hillary for VP

    Obama is always breaking new ground and can certainly do it in VA and many other states. Let's not forget he is a Harvard educated Constitutional Scholar. Spent 4 yrs as Illinois Senator and 2 yrs as US Senator. He has proven that he is cool under fire, has sound judgement and his collegues praise him for being an honorable man. He is not perfect but is honest.

    June 5, 2008 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  24. Independent white woman for Obama

    I like Webb and Joe Biden as a possible VP for Obama. It will be interesting to observe the chemisty between them as they campaign.

    June 5, 2008 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  25. K of TX

    I think it soooo disrespectful that everyone including the news media is putting this undue pressure on THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE to pick Hillary for V.P. I find it really peculiar that people would say Hillary "deserves" to be the V.P. when this has ALWAYS been determined by the Nominee and the Nominee alone....this isn't about who "deserves" it. This is about who Barack Obama feels most capable to lead the country in his absence in a way that continues not only his policies, but his legacy of a new kind of politics in America.

    The pundits should stop trying to manufacture news and simply inform us of it! Despite my detesting her style of politics, I personally think Hillary is a competent and capable individual. But as Gov. Ed Rendell (prominent Hillary supporter) accurately said, "You don't bargain with the Presidential Nominee...even if you're Hillary Clinton and you had 18 million people who voted for you". And I'm sure that some of those 18 million people who voted for Hillary don't appreciate being viewed as a bargaining chip either.

    Come on people, the primary season is over. We have a Democratic nominee for the President of The United States. His name is Barack Obama. Show HIM some respect!

    June 5, 2008 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
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