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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  1. McCain for 2008

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    VOTE FOR MCCAIN– HE COULD BE OUR TRANSITIONAL PRESIDENT THEN HILLARY COULD WIN IN 2012.

    OBAMA IS A QUITTER:

    He quit the Muslim Church
    He quit his preacher
    He quit his twenty year church
    He wants to quit the US Senate
    He wants to quit Iraq

    He is a quitter and the first hard spot
    comes along, he will quit. We don't want
    a quitter, we want a winner.

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    June 5, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  2. Steve, New York, New York

    Good for Obama and Webb.
    Hillary is NOT the only person who could help Obama appeal to blue-collar whites.

    I believe that Obama would be FAR better-suited to choose someone like Sam Nunn or Chuck Hagel.

    All one needs to do, is to look at the 2000 (Gore vs. Bush) presidential election, and it was obvious to me that running mates for both candidates were incredibly bad choices.

    June 5, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  3. Brian Knoxville, TN

    I have voted for Democratic candidates in every primary election, general election, midterm election and recall election (Davis in CA), sometimes enthusiastically and other times not so much, and I have donated money to candidates and the DNC since 2004.

    But this nomination is the worst failure of leadership of the DNC I have ever known. I wish pundits would stop saying that Hillary exposed weaknesses. She didn't. She's a strong candidate with depth. Obama is a weak candidate with nothing but flowery rhetoric and empty slogans. Her campaign didn't 'expose' that Obama is sleazy and shallow. He just is sleazy and shallow, and most Democrats who voted saw him as sleazy and shallow.

    The party's leadership has totally failed us.

    McCAIN FOR PRESIDENT '08
    A moderate Republican and a qualified leader

    June 5, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  4. TheOutsideLookingIn

    CNN, update your Politics page.

    Remove references to Hilary Clinton and show the stats and poll numbers between McSame and Obama.

    Let the real battle begin.

    Americans: YES you CAN make a positive difference for yourselves AND the whole world.

    Good luck America!

    June 5, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  5. Ron Feuer

    Obama and Jim Webb would make a strong ticket. Webb's military expertise will be a needed plus.

    June 5, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  6. MoveOn

    The KEY issue is TRUST.
    Who do you TRUST to navigat the U.S. over the next 4 years?
    Who is MORE competent, experienced and TRUSTWORTHY?

    It is not an an issue of 'Our time', or 'Our chance'.... it is a question of accomplishment. Who can get something done?

    Our current administration – our President and our Congress, is caught-up in their individual agendas, doing NOTHING for OUR country!

    Who can we TRUST to do SOMETHING???

    June 5, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  7. ObamaMediaPSYOP

    It is amazing how blatantly the supposed "unbiased" media is campaigning for Barack Hussein Obama. On this site alone, McCain is given one political ticker article to Obama's twenty.

    The liberal media is shoving Barack Hussein Osama down our throats, with nothing but praise and adulation. They strategically omit BO's weaknesses, let him go unchallenged in hopes to destroy America for their global-socialist agenda. It is a PSYOP campaign of unprecedented proportions.

    Just wait until Barack Hussein sets radio controlled regulators on your energy meters. He wants to burden our country with the largest tax increase in history to fund AFRICAN poverty.... What about the poverty he is trying to create in America?!!

    This is about the 20th time I have tried to post on CNN, without success. CNN is stifling the oppostion to Obama in order to perpetuate the illusion of a faultless savior.

    June 5, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  8. Barack Uda

    It's getting started, hah, it's getting in here....
    Bam!

    June 5, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  9. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    This is excellent news! Jim Webb would help Obama carry the southern states and his military experience would enhance the ticket.

    June 5, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  10. Batgurl

    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 NOW!

    June 5, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  11. Uncle Sam

    If the the American people are looking for a young, appealing, charismatic performer with a great voice, may I suggesting tuning into American Idol? However, if we are looking for a president, John McCain's our man.

    Americans for McCain '08

    June 5, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  12. Concerned Canadian

    On May 18, 2008...Obama.. " Iran is not a grave threat , if they do anything they won't stand a chance ..."

    Wednesday at Jewish council...Obama... " Iran poses a real grave threat to Israel and to the United States....we stand with Israel now, tomorrow and forever...."

    Hussein Obama either he lied or not .....he's already flip flopped !!

    June 5, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  13. Maggie

    I hope when McCain wins in November and he has the majority electoral votes and even though Obama may have the more popular votes, democrats won't be trying to challenge him because as they all told Clinton that its the delegates that matter not the popular votes. After what they did to Clinton then as the saying goes "what goes around comes around (karma) and I can see that happening in November.
    CNN and your ignorant pundits made Clinton look like if she was the most horrible person. But remember we don't really know too much about Obama and democrats may be sorry when they start finding out things about him later on. All you CNN political people and your guests should be ashamed of the way you all treated Clinton and if I was her, I would not have anything to do with you. I wonder what you will have to say when McCain wins over your "toy boy" and I hope he does win and put Obama to shame.

    Democrats may have to kiss the presidency goodbye when he does not win electoral votes. I know Clinton is the better and stronger candidate but I suppose americans want the rock star and not the candidate with substance. I hope she does run again in 2012 and I know for sure she will win. I am very proud of her and what she has achieved and we women have to become more secure in our ourselves and vote for her.

    June 5, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  14. MoveOn

    I'm very tired of hearing candidates using words to say whatever they think will sway someone to vote for them. The words keep changing to fit the crowd. The words contradict themselves for the sake of the crowd.

    Look back, candidates, and see how you have NOT instilled TRUST in yourselves, but how you raise questions of integrity by your own words.

    This election is not going to be won based on the size of your vocabulary or the eloquence of your voice.

    This election is going to be won by TRUST.

    June 5, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  15. Didine - Maryland

    Nothing will surprise me anymore Mr. President, you will win anywhere you claim it. Virginia will be yours. God is with you and we all support you in your journey. I have the firm conviction that you will beat John Mcain in November. Congrats Again!

    June 5, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  16. MD

    My Old Party [William J. Bennett]

    This is an astounding moment in American politics. You cannot credibly say the Clintons are a political dynasty the way, say, the Kennedys or Bushs are. But I think one has to say the Clinton rule of the Democratic party has been dynastic. Bill Clinton is the only Democrat to have served two terms as president in two generations, the only Democrat to twice beat Republican nominees for president and his wife is a two term U.S. senator who will likely be in the Senate for years to come. Bill Clinton has been rated one of — if not THE — most popular person in the world, and yet Clinton rule in American politics ends tonight. Whatever it was the Republicans and so many independents did not like about the Clintons, we’ve learned the Democrats have had enough as well.

    And thus the Democratic party is about to nominate a far left candidate in the tradition of George McGovern, albeit without McGovern’s military and political record. The Democratic party is about to nominate a far-left candidate in the tradition of Michael Dukakis, albeit without Dukakis’s executive experience as governor. The Democratic party is about to nominate a far left candidate in the tradition of John Kerry, albeit without Kerry’s record of years of service in the Senate. The Democratic party is about to nominate an unvetted candidate in the tradition of Jimmy Carter, albeit without Jimmy Carter’s religious integrity as he spoke about it in 1976. Questions about all these attributes (from foreign policy expertise to executive experience to senatorial experience to judgment about foreign leaders to the instructors he has had in his cultural values) surround Barack Obama. And the Democratic party has chosen him.

    June 5, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  17. Jake the Rake, Chicago

    Tony Rezko, Barack Obama's buddie was CONVICTED yesterday of extortion and money laundering. Tony is the guy who made big donations to Obama and sold him land at reduced prices in Chicago.

    As soon as prosecutors put the dots together, watch for a possible indictment of Obama.

    June 5, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  18. Andy J, NY

    CNN is so blatantly pro-Obama, yet nobody wants to mention he is a socialists who is pro-gun control.

    Your media darling is going to crap on our country, just wait and see. The media in this country is so left-biased, it really sucks.

    CNN, you have zero credibility. You and Wolf Blitzer pushed the Iraq war on us, now you are so pro-liberal and liberal biased, it really makes me wonder. Sensationalism and simplistic journalism, thats what CNN and other mainstream media is all about.

    YOU SUCK.

    June 5, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  19. Voting Obama

    Go Obama!! I believe in you... Correction if young americans want to go into war(an endlsess one), what their parents lose thier houses,jobs,cars,and have no money vote McCain. I feel sorry for all of you who think McCain is going to be better. We might as well keep Bush in office!! Guys you like living in recession. Stop the drama and vote Obama. He has shown that he is a true leader and beat all odds. Some people don't want to see him make it because they are prejudice and are not ready for the their future to grow. If Mcsame gets in office then it is all bad for all Americans. Only point the finger at yourself!

    June 5, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  20. Brian Knoxville, TN

    I have voted for Democratic candidates in every primary election, general election, midterm election and recall election (I voted in CA against the 2003 recall of Gray Davis) since 1996, sometimes enthusiastically and other times not so much, and I have donated money to candidates and the DNC since 2004.

    But this nomination is the worst failure of Democratic Party leadership that I have ever known. I wish pundits would stop saying that Hillary exposed weaknesses. She didn't. She's a strong candidate with depth. Obama is a weak candidate with nothing but flowery rhetoric and empty slogans. Hillary didn't 'expose' that Obama is sleazy and shallow. He just is sleazy and shallow, and most Democrats who voted in the primaries saw through the smoke and mirrors and saw that he is sleazy and shallow.

    The party's leadership has totally failed us.

    McCAIN FOR PRESIDENT '08
    A moderate Republican and a qualified leader

    June 5, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  21. Annette

    Issue No# 1 the economy is very weak, the examples of that is our own currency. As much as McCain the "Maverick" continue to tries to point out the lack of experience on Obama on foreign matters, the economy is a very important issue to all Americans, black, white, red and blue. On Foreign affairs, war is not dipolmacy. McCain, our military has been compromise, countless men and women killed, many, many more wounded, not to mention the deplorable conditions, that many of our service men and women have endured when they returned home. I look forward to hearing you and Obama debate on these topics, which to me, show clear differences in judgment.

    June 5, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  22. FB

    So, just checking the last board.

    Hilliots are still whining. Demanding things from the Obama supporters.

    Wrong, you were the abnoxious ones. YOU accused Obama of being a racist. The media and the political elite claimed Bill Clinton was a racist.

    You have claimed from day 1 that genderism was bringing Hillary down. Wrong, it is her lying and win at all cost attitutde. It is her, and your attitude of inevitability. Remember those days?

    You and Hillary have lied (popular vote, Bosnia) and manipulated the rules (FL and MI "it is clear they will not count", to "count all votes". . . but just not caucuses or any state that could hurt me).

    And you blind followers regurgitate everything she says without any sort of due diligence.

    Many Hillary supportets have already jumped ship. What is left? The crazy women who are blind, and unwilling to apolgize (like Hillary). GO VOTE FOR MCCAIN. Stop threatening and just do it in Nov. In the meantime, SHUT UP!!! We owe you nothing!

    June 5, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  23. Dave

    Obama will need more than Webb, Hillary needed nobody. Hillary did it alone!!

    Hillary supporter.
    Hillary will go independent in November

    June 5, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  24. indy dem

    Uncle Sam-

    John McCain's running on 8 years of FAILURE. Everyone liked him better back when he was playing maverick... years ago

    June 5, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  25. Juliet/55 YEAR OLD WHITE LADY FOR OBAMA

    Uncle Sam/Mccain is a bitter old man when cheated on his wife with a younger woman and drove her to get hooked on prescription drugs.

    I can't wait until OBAMA, kicks his old butt straight to the rocking chair where he can sit next to his good friend MCpigmybush they deserve eachother, but we the american people deserve a better economy

    June 5, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
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