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. peakarach,des moines

    LET ALL OF US 18 MILLION STRONG MUST UNITE AND JOIN MCCAIN CAMPAIGN NOW SO WE CAN HELP HIM TO DEFEAT HUSSEIN OBAMA IN THE FALL,SO WE CAN SEND A STRONG MESSAGE TO THE PARTY LEADER,HUSSEIN OBAMA AND THE WHOLE MEDIA NOT TO MESS WITH HILLARY AND HER SUPPORTER EVER AGAIN.

    GO TEAM HILLARY!

    June 5, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. Mike G

    Virginia will be Democratic in this election! YES WE CAN!

    June 5, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. Millie Chicago

    Go Obama!!!

    You are on the right path.

    June 5, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. TESAP

    NO SEXISM IN THIS RACE. ONE WOMAN TO ANOTHER STOP IT ITS STUPID AND IDIOTIC, SHE LOST, THAT'S IT THAT'S ALL..... YOU KEEP TALKING THIS SEXISM STUFF NO WOMAN WILL EVER BE PRESIDENT... ALL OF YOU SOUND LIKE CACKLING HENS, OR OLD BATS................................. BE A WOMAN AND ADMIT DEFEAT NOT EXCUSES.................

    June 5, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. Allison

    Just wanted to remind anyone thinking of Webb as good vice-presidential material that in a radio interview during a book tour he was asked if he wanted to meet Jane Fonda who was being interviewed across the street and he replied, "I wouldn't cross the street to see that (expletive) slit her own wrists!" Whatever his resentments about Vietnam, we don't need someone close to the presidency who thinks in those images about anyone.

    June 5, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. H Martin

    Chipster,

    You are wrong. I am a republican and will be voting for Obama in Nov. Not all republicans or for that matter Independents are stupid. We do have minds too. Sorry Hillary did not win, but the USA needs someone who can appeal to all people. Obama has that. Take away the pastors, priests, and church conflicts and look past the bias reporting and Obama should come out the winner.

    June 5, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. JW

    Read Jim Webb's new book just out last week; "A Time to Fight." I would rather see him as the presidential nominee but I would vote the Obama/Webb ticket without hesitation. Webb was a former Secretary of the Navy and has all the military inside knowledge that no possible VP candidate from the Republican side can match.
    From a moderate Democrat and former Marine also.

    June 5, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. Women for Obama 08!!!

    Someone should give McCain a red bull. He really needs an extra something. Obama is going to run circles around McCain this election season. McCain had it easy during his primary but the general election will not be a walk in the park.

    By the way Hillary was not forced out by sexism. Hillary lost because she underestimated Obama from the beginning, lets hope McCain makes the same mistake.

    June 5, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Reality Check richmond virginia

    my vote will go proudly to Obama!

    June 5, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. Chris

    One thing Clinton and Obama supporters need to be aware of. While in the short term, "revenge voting" may feel gratifying, in the long run, at the end of the day, everyone votes in their own self-interest. So continued bickering between either sides only exacerbates that issue and prolongs it to the general. Best thing both sides can do is to calm down and think rationally about how the issues affect them.

    June 5, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. fran

    At the convention in Denver there will be just as many Hillary delegates as Obama delegates, remember, she will not give up her delegates. I cannot imagine Obama walking out on the stage with anyone other than Hillary by his side as his VP. The two of them raising hands in unity for the party. He cannot ignore the voices of 18 million people. Does he expect the delegates to stand there and cheer Richardson, or some token woman? Not going to happen. Hillary will be VP.

    June 5, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. Kenneth M

    Lets have no more talk of Hillary. She has dishonored herself, her party, and her supporters by not conceding and falling into the ranks as did Edwards Et Al. She used the kitchen sink, reckless statements, and pouting to no avail. Now she wants to demand the VP position. From now on lets speak only of the issues:
    · End the War
    · Universal Healthcare
    · Turn the Economy Around
    · Fight the Greenhouse Effect
    Vote Obama

    June 5, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. Lola

    To all the people who think that Obama is intellectually challenge and does not know about foreign affairs – let me inform you – the man has an under degree and then graduated from Harvard earning a degree in constituational law – also was in charge of Harvard Law Journal.
    During the primary he and his team out raised and out strategied the other candidates. In order to achieve all of this one most be smart. Now let put it to rest that he is unable to compete.

    June 5, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. Anonymous

    To Airforce: You've got to be kidding me! The Bush Administration has all but destroyed our military. They've done nothing to support veterans and have run it into the ground. The only way they can meet recruitment numbers is by reducing the goals so that it doesn't look as it they're falling short.

    That's what Bush/Cheney does – they manipulate the numbers to manipulate people into believing things that aren't true. If you really support the military and truly care about our veterans, you'll support the Democratic candidate. Stop listening to what Bush/Cheney say and open your eyes to what they've done!

    No-bid contracts, incompetent cronies running every department, allies abandoning us because they can't trust us, trickle-down economics with nothing to trickle down, cutting college funds, the list is endless. How can anyone still believe in these corporate thieves!?

    June 5, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. addy

    TO HILLARY SUPPORTERS
    I think it is time to put the primary behind you.Let us begin to look straight into the future.The stakes are high than all these back and forth bickering.Let us support OBAMA to put the country back on the track.
    GOD BLESS AMERICA,GOD BLESS BARACK OBAMA

    June 5, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. jean mcgrady

    hi ll thi is for the ones who dont know this, i am so glad obama beat her, al u guys talk aboutthe rev. wright and others but u dont know that her husband knows his man and he do to, cause who u think was consoleing her when her husband was caught with hs pants down right rev. wright so before any one jump on obama they need to fine out stuff about thoses clintons, they think everyone owes them everything, but we black peole dont owe her nothing cause it was us black people who put her husband in office not once but twice, so some people need to do their home work before u jump on any one

    June 5, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    "RONNIE June 5th, 2008 6:27 am ET
    Sorry Webb but the ticket doesn't need a overweight white man on the ticket."
    -------------
    What is your problem with overweight people? If you got rid of all overweight people, you'd just find some other excuse to hate somebody. You need to check yourself, and figure out why you can't accept others for simply being a different size or color.

    Therapy might be in order. Either that, or just grow the hell up!

    June 5, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. Chipster

    H Martin:
    Thank you, I'm please to know that there are Republicans who will support Obama. That's something I'm happy to be wrong about!

    I did NOT say Republicans are stupid. I said that Democrats who support Clinton will never vote for McCain and I believe that those who say that on this site are really Republicans who are claiming to be Clinton supporters. I could be wrong about that too because not all Democrats are rational either.

    June 5, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  19. Steve

    Obama's gonna need to redraw the electoral map if he's to win. He may be able to do it. However, he has a problem with the big states of Pennysylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Florida. Gaining Virginia and losing Pennsylvanis just won't work. He needs Clinton.

    June 5, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    "Bill PA June 5th, 2008 9:44 am ET

    Obama is a liberal dope. McCain for President"
    -----------
    Oh, so you're voting for the conservative dope?

    June 5, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. Linda Esen

    WOW; the bigit are coming out of the wood workd now. Sure vote for mccain as a bitter hilary supporter......become independent – when we are in Iraq for 100 more years and your sons and daughter are dyin – where will your bitterness be then. If you wanna know his policies – and he does have them – LOOK IT UP

    June 5, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    "Pat June 5th, 2008 9:26 am ET

    Former US Marine,

    Words mean little when they come from a Radical Black Racist, who has never worked for anyone or thing that didn't help to embed him in the African American Community. Raspy words from someone who has worked their entire lives for ALL THE PEPOLE, would be by far the intelligent choice. He says nothing at all in his speeches. There is no substance…"
    ------------------
    Lordy, lordy lordy. So full of hate...

    Well, remember this:
    Jesus loves you. But everyone else thinks you're an idiot! 🙂

    June 5, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. JJ

    Oprah Winfrey says she's been "doing the happy dance all day" because Senator Barack Obama has become the presumed Democratic presidential nominee.

    . Did she learn that happy dance at the rev wright's church?

    June 5, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. Carmen

    Now is the time for Hillary to be campaigning for Obama and showing her true love for this country and the people who she says love her. Hillary why be a sore loser and not let the people who care about this country get out and campaign.Hillary being selfish will cost you more that your pride in a long run.

    June 5, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. ivleag

    Can't wait!!! I am taking my children with me to the rally and they are SOOOOO excited!

    Since Senator Obama won the D.C. metro area overwhelmingly, he should not have any problems getting support.

    Barack the Vote!

    June 5, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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