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

Obama to campaign in Virginia with Webb

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/03/art.newob.jpg caption="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. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Virginian's (of which I am one) are probably as tired as I am of watching every candidate they send with a motto of "change" (dems/republicans) to the state Capital and to Washington–on make things worse, or create a quagmire of red tape, or do literally nothing but make their buddies rich.

    It's really time for an alternate view.
    Bob Barr 2008–for real change that benefits EVERYBODY not social or business special interests. Our descendants deserve to continue the legacy of liberty and freedom our founding fathers (many from Virginia) struggled for, and our two major parties have neglected.

    June 5, 2008 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  2. Hope

    Virginia's demographics have changed and I'm sure the Republicans are in for a rude awakening come November. Democrats are going to take back the country this year!

    It is Obama's leadership and willingness to hear the people that makes him the candidate of change. I can't wait 'til he wins the GE.

    Obama '08!


    The voters in Montana had the last word. Obama won Montana with a 16% margin over Clinton!

    Obama: 102,373 57%
    Clinton 74,792 41%

    Yes We Can

    Obama '08!

    June 5, 2008 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  3. Pol

    Barack, stay as far as possible from Clinton. Who said that she had a very good campaign? It was terricle campaign. She forced millions and millions people to hate her. She is a nice looking woman but people hate her and her weird personality. I can not wait to see her in woman dress.

    June 5, 2008 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  4. liz

    You can't deny the millions of Clinton supporters that have already switched their party. McCain should get a huge bump. Bye DNC.

    June 5, 2008 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  5. Robert

    I'd like to make two comments, as follows:
    1. "Thank God that Obama won the Democratic nomination!!" If ever a country was in need of his wisdom and leadership...it's ours.
    2. Instead of spending this early critical time having the type of Debates that McCain is purposely trying to tie up Obama in, because he plans to do an early discrediting job on him, Obama should instead decline any and all debates with McCain until he can direct the time and place for them. McCain is the one that really needs to debate Obama...not the other way around.

    June 5, 2008 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  6. Yes we can!

    I cant wait for him to come to NJ. he lost NJ by 100,000 votes, the # of black men hanging on corners just in essex county alone and he won that county anyway. so imagine if we get out and campaign!

    June 5, 2008 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  7. Robert

    Sorry...I hit the submit key twice by accident!

    June 5, 2008 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  8. Mario

    Godspeed President Obama!

    June 5, 2008 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  9. Andrew

    I hope Apalachia will understand that Change also involves them, and that we have more in common than what divides us, we can make mistakes but we are all human, and lets heal this nation.

    June 5, 2008 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  10. Kristen

    Saxman better not count Obama out in any state. Hillary did this and look what happened to her campaign. All folks need is to get to know him better.

    OBAMA 08!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 08:04 am at 8:04 am |



    We have certainly chosen the weaker candidate..

    Defective Democrat: MCCAIN

    June 5, 2008 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  12. Linda

    CNN, please post this.

    The official Obama sentences, now

    "This is not the Tony Rezko that I know".....

    "This is not the Father Pfleger that I know".....

    "This is not the Trinity that I know".....

    "This is not the Rev, Wright that I know".....


    "This isn't the "Ahmadinnerjacket" that I know".....

    "This isn't the Kim Jong IL that I know".....

    "This isn't the Fidel Castro that I know".....

    June 5, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  13. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    Jim Webb would be a wonderful V.P.!

    June 5, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  14. KE

    It amazes me how Sen. Clinotn is still a center of bloggers and the media's talking points.

    The press and the Obama campaign have been too dependent on Hillary Clinton I think, but now is the good time to let go of her and let Sen. Obama take the center stage, and Sen. McCain.

    June 5, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  15. Benjamin

    Here's the ticket to win in November:
    Barak Obama – President
    Jim Webb – Vice President
    Hillary Clinton – Attorney General
    Silvestre Reyes – Homeland Security
    Wesley Clark or Colin Powell – Defense
    Bill Richardson – State
    Anthony Williams – Commerce
    Dianne Feinstein – Energy
    Kathleen Sebelius – Agriculture
    Al Gore – Interior
    John Edwards – Health and Human Services
    Olympia J. Snowe – Transportation
    Michael Bloomberg – Treasury
    Eleanor Holmes Norton – Housing and Urban Development
    Ted Strickland- Education
    Joe Manchin – Labor
    Evan Bayh – National Security Advisor

    June 5, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  16. The Bush Twins : George and John

    This is a new era, people are tired of the Bush/McCain ways. Only those with a death wish (so to speak) will continue down the destructive road that the republicans have taken us.
    On another note, McCain is not the hero that he would like us to believe. Yes I know he was a pow, but did you know that he gave info to the vietcong concerning our men fighting over there ?. Did you know he used his fathers position during that time to get himself taken care of by the vietnamese. Yes I know he was tortured, but so were many others and they didn't talk. There's alot more to his "I was a pow " story that he doesn't mention, why ?. because it's nothing to be proud of.

    June 5, 2008 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  17. Southwest Va voter

    Dream on Obama. It will never happen.

    June 5, 2008 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  18. Dennis

    With the organization that Senator Obama's campaign build during the primaries, there will be a lot of states up for grabs that you could normally slot as being red states. I'm not saying all 50 states have the potential to go blue, but there are several states like Virginia that certainly could.

    June 5, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  19. TESAP

    Journey well Mr. President.

    To the Clinton supporters who stated that Obama supporters were somehow rude and disrespectful to you ponder on this.....

    Clinton was the first candidate to go negative, she brought race into the situation by stating that real haerdworking white Americans are voting for her, She disrespted Michigan by not taking her name off the ballot; Some voters are so dumb that they did not realize that Obama helped Michigan by removng his name, if she would have removed her name Michigan would not have been penalized.
    Lastly and most important Clinton has slapped every Black person in America, her decision not to concede and not to heal the party is ignorant, childish and un called for CLEARLY STATED SHE DID NOT WIN, END OF STORY. We black Americans have lost respect for her and Bill, the most historical night in our country and for my people was overshadowed by her....... SO TO THOSE CLINTON SUPPORTERS WHO WILL BACK MCCAIN INSTEAD OF OBAMA, ITS ALMOST EXPECTED, DUE TO YOUR RACISM AND IGNORANCE AND THE WAY YOUR CANDIDATE RAN HER CAMPAIGN.................... IF YOUR NOT VOTING FOR OBAMA PLEASE DO NOT VOTE, I WOULD HATE FOR YOU TO LIVE WITH THE REGRET ONCE OUR COUNTRY IS DESTROYED.

    June 5, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  20. William, from Cali

    Now, the "real games, that people play" begins.................Where do you really stand, and with whom? Ask not, what the Country can do for me; but what is in, the best interest of the Country? Virginia, that is the question, you shall be asking yourself............Staying safe in a dangerous World; now, that's a" tough sell" all over............................

    June 5, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  21. Connie

    To the Clinton supporters,

    Things don’t always go our way, but we must keep moving in the name of progress. You are about to be without a political home. We the Obama supporters invite you into our political home. There is plenty of room and much work to be done. Pick your chow and let’s get busy. We welcome you in the name of the Father! We welcome you in the name of the Son! We welcome you in the name of the Holy Sprit.

    No time to waste go Obama!

    June 5, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  22. s4b0

    Obama will not win in Southwest Va. We are bitter and clinging to our guns, religion and anti-immigration views. He may win in Northern Va where there is a heavy Black population. He lost in Southwest Va during the primary by about a 3 to one margin.

    June 5, 2008 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  23. observer from ottawa

    I hope Obama will accept to engage in a real debates with McCain over the issues...he backed off on Hillary's challenge when he was ahead......I am sick and tired of hearing his rhetoric, his message of hope and change which is vacant and listening to his prepared oratorial messages, obviously inspired by pulpit style preachers he was exposed to to capture the crowd and mesmerize voters. Some substance now please. And Hillary, please let him try to do it all alone....he needs you more than you need him......you were treated unfairly by the DNC, the pundits and those you felt you could trust. America has proven that celebrity flashiness and sexism are alive and well. Obama has no experience and has really not shown such good judgment on many fronts. I predict McCain will win especially if he choses the right VP.

    June 5, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  24. changed mind

    In Illinois they have the highest taxes highest gas prices and he is the senator for that state. Oh and Rezko was found guilty. Just another friend he ended up not knowing very well not the man he became to know. This is a pattern.Broken political systenm in Ilinois and a pattern of out of control spending. Is this what we have in store for us? more of the same from Obama?

    June 5, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  25. Tommy

    This democrat has gone republican...now we start campaigning for McCain. NOBAMA NEVER

    June 5, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
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