June 5th, 2008
06:48 AM ET
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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. Susan

    The fun begins! It will be great to see McBush soundly defeated in November! With Webb by his side, this campaign is off to a great start!

    June 5, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  2. Kevin from VA

    I too am an Obama supporter that was able to watch Webb during the VA elections and do not think he would be a wise VP pick. He gets flustered very easily

    June 5, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  3. HAswamp

    Obamahas come so far on his own, this is the way to go, he is quite capable to work hard in red states. It is negative to work with Clinton. She will always remind people she is better. Even as VP she would not follow Obama's policies, but keep on pressing her on agenda. Obama should campaign with Bill Richardson to attract Spanish speaking votes. Perhaps he can think of campaigning with Caroline Kennedy at few places for catholic votes.

    June 5, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. alpha

    OBAMA WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT. THE WHOLE WORLD WANT HIM.
    IT'S TIME AMERICANS PUT ASIDE RACE AND MOVE ON WITH THE IDEOLOGIES OBAMA IS PREACHING. ITS ALL ABOUT CHANGE.
    CHANGE THE WAY WE HANDLE OUR FOREIGN RELATIONS
    MAKE CHANGE THE DIFFERENCE!
    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    June 5, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. Ikem Umealo

    Many have said: "I am a Hillary supporter but come November, I will vote for MCCain". They argue further that they "can't make a living off dreams". Well if they are still looking seriously to make a living after 8 years of George Bush and still looking to support another 4 years of that same search and extended argony by opting for McCain, then i believe that the past 8 years may have somehow affected their sense of judgement and reasoning.As for me and my family, we will choose just 4 years to dream and see what comes with Hope.

    June 5, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  6. Batman

    Hillery said "My differences with Senator Obama are small compared to the differences we have with Senator McCain and the Republicans."

    Nuff Said
    Democrats 2008

    no more GI Deaths. Be on the team that brings our troops home

    June 5, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  7. michael, Gladstone, MO

    A 50 state strategy is a good way to work for the general election. The past strategies of looking toward only enough to secure 270 electoral votes was a sure road to disaster (I'm looking at you McAuliffe). The Democratic Party and its leadership are finally looking past divisions and realizing that America should be the audience for its ideas, not just certain Americans.

    And to echo a voice above – everyone should educate themselves on the candidates, both of them. It is apparent that posters have Internet access, so check out the web sites and make an iformed decision based on the ideas and plans of the candidate that best matches you.

    As to Webb, I like the man, but I'm not sure that he would be the best choice for a VP. I don't know who Obama will choose, but I can guarantee that his selection committee will not nominate themselves for the post. I look forward to the suggestions nad eventual naming in the upcoming weeks or months.

    June 5, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. ObamaMama

    Jeff and Hillary Supporters who are thinking of voting for McCain,

    If you truly believe that Hillary has the know-how and experience to run this country, and you trust her instincts politically, then please listen to her. She is telling you to cast your vote for Obama, as she will. She said herself that "choosing McCain over Obama would be a grave mistake." Please listen to her and follow her lead. If you truly support Hillary, then support the candidate she will endorse on Saturday. Putting republicans in power is not going to help her accomplish what she still wants to for you.

    Democrats 08

    June 5, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. Mikey, Scottsdale AZ

    President Obama,

    Please, please, choose a VP you can trust …in my mind that very very short list would include Colin Powell, Joe Biden, or Wesley Clark.

    Mrs. Clinton says "now" she is ready to do "whatever it takes to put a Democrat in the White House " N O W ?????????? Why didn't she start doing that by dropping out months ago. SHE DID NOTHING TO HELP YOU ! SHE WILL RELENTLESSLY PLOT AND PLAN FOR YOUR REMOVAL ! GIVE HER AN OFFICE IN PUERTO RICO SO SHE CAN FIGHT FOR THEIR STATEHOOD LIKE SHE SAID SHE WOULD DO .

    Healing a political party is not as important as healing a country and a world .

    Making an error here may obliterate all you have accomplished which has been spectacular and amazing.

    You are not only our Candidate for change, but our only hope for restoration !

    From a genuinely concerned 60 year old white male under $40K income with two eyes, two hands, two feet, and a burdened heart for America !

    God Bless & Protect You, Mr. President

    June 5, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  10. Phil From VA

    I am going. I can't wait. Let's make this a blue state.

    June 5, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. Tony Z- MD

    Obama/Selinous '08.

    VA needs Webb to help turn the state from Purple to Blue. Go Mark Warner.

    June 5, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  12. Alex in TX

    To all the Obama supporters out there…..learn how to win graciously. If you keep rubbing salt in an open wound, you have contributed to McCain's presidency.

    I am an ardent Obama supporter but the time to end the anger has come.

    And to the Hillary supporters, don't let the unfiltered words of Obama supporters divert your attention from the message from the candidate himself. There is a reason he is the candidate, and we are all posting on cnn.com. He is brilliant, respectful and will be a great president carrying on most of the issues near and dear to Hillary.

    June 5, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  13. Ryan Indianapolis,IN

    Sorry but with all of Virigina's retired millitary living there, not a chance Obama. The millitary still believes in this war and is not fooled by the media or your decietful lies about the war in Iraq, we are winning and they dont want a loser leading us who has already given up on winning.

    June 5, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  14. Fan of Obama

    Go Obama!

    June 5, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  15. NBC

    No real Clinton supporter would ever vote for McCain. They were only gender voters.

    June 5, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  16. 60 YO white female , Springfield, VA

    Welcome to Virginia Obama !
    We love you !!!

    June 5, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  17. tiger

    I definitely plan on being there tonight to support Barrack, I am soooo happy!

    June 5, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  18. Victor in Saanich, B.C. Canada

    As to the possible VP, did Edwards say no or has he been forgotten??!!

    June 5, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  19. FORMER HILLARY SUPPORTER

    OBAMA.... ONCE IN A LIFETIME LEADER!!!!!!!

    FROM FEMALE FORMER HILLARY SUPPORTER

    June 5, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  20. gary

    DONT THINK O.B. IS GOING TO WIN IN NOV. YOU YOUNG HATERS IN O.B.'S CULT HAVE MADE THIS RACE DISGUSTING. WITHOUT HRC ON TICKET ,HE WONT GET HER VOTERS. MCCAIN WILL DISTROY O.B. THIS IS BEEN A FIXED RACE FROM MEDIA, PRESS, SUPER DELIGATES, DNC ETC. BIAS AGAINST A WOMAN LEADER. ALL THE HATE AGAINST THE CLINTONS AND HER SUPPORTERS ,WILL TURN AROUND AND BACKFIRE ON YOU HATERS. AMERICA GETS WHAT THEY DESERVE.

    June 5, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  21. JJ

    Bobi, I would have to agree with you on Webb's temperment. It's very unstable and I think that would eventually hurt Obama in the end.
    I think his campaign strategy is a good one. Never take any state for grantedor any vote for granted. He knew where he weak spots were in the primaries and he is trying to make up ground.

    Go Obama!

    June 5, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  22. Don Bezler Columbia,Mo

    Jim Webb would be a much BETTER V.P. than Hillart Jim don't have
    a Bill in his pocket.

    June 5, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  23. John , Virigina

    What is this RESTORING AMERICA you democrats speak of? You really think the last 8yrs were worst than what Clinton put us through? Are you kidding me, Bush has shown the world again we mean business and when we say something we will back up our promises. Clinton was full of hot air and deceit. I love my country and believe GW has actually restored us from the Clinton years. Wake up Dems you sorry souls.

    June 5, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  24. N.A

    have been life long democrat until this election which made me switch to independent and may be vote for John Mcain. I respect Barack Obama as a person but despise all these pundits, they have no shame for demeaning and stepping on the person who once was the most effective president in the democrat party Bill Clinton, the man who have done so much for the black community, who lifted the economy for 8 years, the year when and this very important to me and i never forget it (WENT ON CAMPAINING JUST 3 DAYS AFTER HE HAD HIS HEART SURGERY FOR JOHN KERRY IN 2004 WHEN HE RAN FOR PRESIDENT THAT SHOWS YOU HOW MUCH THE DEMOCRAT INSTITUTION TREAT ITS PEOPLE SO OBAMA WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND AND THAT'S THE DIFFRENCE I NOTICED BETWEEN THE DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS AND REGAN SAID IT RIGHT REPUBLICANS DON'T ATTACK OTHER REPUBLICANS)
    but far most Hillary Clinton who saw the worst first from the media going after her since she start running making it easy opening for Obama and handing him the nomination without sweat, she was hated from the media far more worst the George Bush, people disrespected her, put her down, went after chelsea asking her silly and stupid question about father's affair even this trinity church took part in the bashing.

    And all of you Obama suppporters, 1 year and half ago you were saying and i quote "we wish Bill clinton could run for president for the third time after how much damage done by Bush". By the way i am a man and have college degree and there are lot more of us and all i can say is Hillary Clinton you defeated all odds and you are the strongest and everybody knows it but they won't admit it.

    June 5, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  25. Jozee

    I am so grateful and extremely excited that our nominee has chosen my state of Virginia to begin his quest to the White House. Yes, rural SW Virginia is deeply red, but hopefully will turn blue in the fall. Judging from the way the tickets were snapped up so quickly in Bristol, there's a lotta love for Sen. Obama here. I desperately want to see a president up close and personal (or as close as I can get) and I hope that this will be the first of many trips to win over the hearts and minds of this constituency.

    Welcome, Senator Obama

    Obama/Richardson

    June 5, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
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