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
soundoff (358 Responses)
  1. Tim

    yeah, webb is too much of a loose cannon to be VP.

    June 5, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Kenneth M


    June 5, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. Erik

    Hillary supporters who turn and vote for McCain -

    please justify your vote and explain your position on a woman's right to choose again?

    June 5, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. randy

    Go get them obama!

    June 5, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. Republican for OBAMA

    I am a veteran who has voted Republican my whole life!!

    But McCain makes me sick in the stomach!! How can a POW vote to deny thousands of veterans the right to a proper education?? He should know better then anybody how important it is to get an educational foundation upon returning home..

    I guess he doesnt have to worry so long as his millions remain in his bank account!!!

    Obama will get my vote in November!! And i am proud of it!!

    June 5, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. Kareem Rashad From Hampton, Va

    Im gonna say it again! Dont get distracted by Webb...keep an eye out for Warner! Also, you guys the "electoral" map is gonna change for ever! All of the reds and blues are going to be reshuffled and by the end of it even Clintons map will not count to anything! You watch!

    June 5, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  7. Voting Obama

    God Bless Obama and HRC!! I am happy that we can move on. Democrats lets stop all of the drama and vote for Obama!! I am tired of seeing people lose their jobs,economy going down, people in depression, and paying high gas prices!! Lets get those sorry republicans out of office and build the USA!! Obama and HRC are going to work together to make this happen!! Both are true Americans and I respect them dearly!! Lets make it happen. Those of you who are going to support McCain because of bitterness can go. That shows you are not a true supporter of HRC and you are only making things worse here. Point the finger at yourself when you lose your jobs and houses!! Endless war with Crazy Mccain!!

    Obama 2008 and beyond!! I believe!!

    June 5, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. Marc in Virginia

    We vote Red here in the Commonwealth. If this is part of Obama's strategy, he's starting off on the wrong foot. He needs to sure up his support in the true swing states of PA and OH. He can forget FL and MI after how his campaign disenfranchised the voters there.

    June 5, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. New Day

    Bobi? An unstable VP? That's unheard of!!! Well, how is his aim? Can he shoot a half-crippled bird with a rifle without hitting his friend? 😀

    June 5, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. some talking points...

    I want Obama elected. He should not put Clinton on the ticket with him and give those, born after 1959, their first presidential election WITHOUT a Bush or a Clinton on the ballot! And, although I think he would exhibit even more confidence in his ability to get elected if he resigned his Senate seat prior to the election (something which I always thought lent doubt to a candidates OWN confidence–most notably the turncoat Lieberman who, in the 2000 election ran for both Vice-President AND relection to his Senate seat the same year..kind of like hedging his bet. But, I want Obama elected mainly for this reason. He will free up the seat in Illinois and hopefully, provide the groundwork for our young, wonderful, talented, skilled attorney general–Lisa Madigan–to run for his office. (that is, unless our despised, incompetent governor, Blogoevich, decides to appoint himself....

    June 5, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  11. Pol

    Pick Clinton as a VP = suicide (directly and figuratively).

    June 5, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. G_OBAMA

    Any democrat that says they will vote for McCain is an IDIOT !!!

    June 5, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. G_OBAMA

    Any democrat who says he/she will vote for McCain instead of Obama is an idiot !!!

    June 5, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. G_OBAMA

    Any democrat who says he/she will vote for McCain instead of Obama is an idi:ot !!!

    June 5, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. Angela Hunter

    I believe that Webb, is the best fit for Obama, I know that Webb is a proggressive politicain. Webb, knows McCain well, and considers him a friend. That is a plus, if he truly wants to be vp. It should be the #1 consideration.

    June 5, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. Paul, FL


    Do you like making a fool of yourself?? because thats what it looks like.. Watch ANY of Baracks speeches and you will know how he plans to make change happen!.. Bet you're just too stubborn to listen!
    Either that or you are one of those "im not rascist, but...." people!

    So vote for McCain!! Just dont deny you did when 4000 more Americans have been slaughterd in Iraq.. When the cost of oil is 7 dollars a gallon..

    Obama isnt perfect!! (and he addmits it) But he's a lot better McCain!

    June 5, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  17. traditional woman

    How sweet it is. Let the men rally the voters and the women bake the cookies. Go Obama/Webb!

    June 5, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. peakarach,des moines

    I think 18 million of us must unite and join the McCain campaign so we can help him defeat Hussein Obama in the fall.

    June 5, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. santos chege

    guz iam telling u that obama is adestiney & nothing is going to stop him he is God choosen so nature will take it course.

    June 5, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. sixty sixer

    My last comment is still being "moderated" after a full hour. Let me be clear: Obama yes, Webb no.

    June 5, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. PDR

    I think it is thrilling to think of the White House full of laughter of little girls playing with the new puppy Daddy promised them when the election is over. A young vibrant White House full of family values, love and hope for the American people. What an exciting election and I pray for the protection of this beautiful family.
    Not since the Kennedy's has there been this kind of hope.. God Bless them.
    Sylvan Lake , Alberta

    June 5, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  22. Jim Wade

    Obama won the popular vote (if you think otherwise you have no idea what you are talking about and I hope every caucus state throws a book at you), pledged delegates, and super delegates. I'd say that means he won it pretty fair and square.

    June 5, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  23. Sante

    You people are so ungrateful!
    It is a disgrace how you treat one of you very capable politicians, Hillary!

    To be in a high end for Obama /What he has done for this country?/ by trashing Clintons or however else that could be is the MOST DISHONOURABLE think. Why he has to rise on the "death" of somebody? Is in he capable to do it on his on??!!!
    And you are talking about "proud American" and "how far you have gone"?

    You do not deserve her! And she is a woman! Pakistanis are better; the entire country was crying for Mrs. Bhutto and they suppose to learn from you?!? That's way the world do not like you!

    4-5 years from now you are going to trash Obama and specially Michele Obama any how!

    That is America!

    Money, Bread and Circuses!!!

    Sorry Mrs.Clinton, that is you country!

    June 5, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  24. @everyamericans

    You Are Seeing the Next President of The United States: Barrack Obama!

    June 5, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  25. Jim Wade

    Chipster...Obama is already getting republican/Independent votes. So you are clearly misinformed.

    June 5, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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