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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  1. A Texas Voter

    I think an Obama-Webb ticket would be great!!!!

    If you think Obama could be an American Idol, I think McCain would be a great Last Comic standing!!!

    Lets keep this on and adult level people!!!!

    June 5, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  2. VA Dem

    I think the important thing that everyone that supported either Clinton or Obama throughout the primary season needs to remember is that the differences between Barack and Hillary are very subtle. Both were competitors, and while it might not have been the best route, I totally understand Hillary Clinton for wanting to stay in the race until the end – if you were the first woman with a legitimate shot at being a ticket leader, you wouldn't want to quit either.

    That being said, yes I am a Barack Obama supporter because I believe that his leadership abilities and ability to get Americans to rally together from all walks of life will be very important in developing foreign policies that will help bring America back to the forefront of the world. Also, all of this talk of experience – sure, Obama hasn't been a Senator for years and years and sure he hasn't been a VP before or a member of the Cabinet, but that's WHY there is a Cabinet in the first place. The President is supposed to represent the nation as a whole, and the Cabinet is supposed to look in detail into things and help him make the tough decisions. We all know what happens when you have an incompetent Cabinet – regardless of your experience in government, you look totally incompetent as a President (sorry, George but it's true.)

    We all know that even if Hillary isn't selected as VP, she will more likely than not definitely find a key position in Obama's Cabinet, particularly with the Health Department with her strong plan for health care, and even Barack Obama has acknowledged that she has a great plan. Clinton supporters that throw their votes away on John McCain aren't doing their beloved candidate ANY justice whatsoever – all you'd be doing is guaranteeing that she ends up going back to the Senate instead of getting a key position within the White House Administration, which would in turn springboard her into a nearly surefire, landslide victory in whichever election follows Obama's term as President.

    Join together, do the right thing, and lets bring about a much needed breath of fresh air to the White House and the nation.

    June 5, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  3. The O

    I am so tired of hearing how Obama limped acrossed the finish line.
    He crossed it way a head of Hillary. And the only reason Hillary started to do better is becuase she went negative, and personal, and some poeple thought that the fact that Obama did not hit her back hard was a sign of weakness, not true there is noway Obama could have gone after Hiilary in a million years, Becuase it would have been seen as
    as big bad balck man attacking a poor little innocent white women, and Obama knew this, people would have turned on Obama so fast it would have killed his chance to win. But on the other hand Hillary was able to say and do anything and get away with it. Another reason was I think becuase of operation chaosthis boosted Hillary's win in Ohio and Texas. So he did not limp across the finish line. And now the battle against McCain will be a different fight you have already seen how fast and hard Obama has hit McCain, he will be very tough on McCain. So watch and learn and you will see how hard he hits McCain.

    BARACK / SEBELIUS 08

    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  4. Holli

    How amazingly ignorant of Representative Saxman.

    It's amusing to see that they call Obama anti-gun, yet he's voted for gun rights and he was even endorsed by numerous firearms organizations.

    The way that the Republicans are going to attempt to run this is by reaching out to people who aren't interested in looking below the surface and will buy their rhetoric and lies.

    The good thing is – I feel that there are more people who are interested in getting engaged and being informed. And they are going to find out – as they are already discovering – that the old way old way of thinking just isn't going to work this time.

    June 5, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  5. puerto rican voter

    barack obama the man with a real plan.
    may god keep his hands on our next president of the us.
    barack obama

    June 5, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  6. Lewis

    This is the American Dream, the United States Constitution is a great working document. All Americans should be proud of this moment. People who sacrified, in the past to make this Dream come alive. This is truly a proud moment in our history. May God continue to bless him and give him wisdom to keep focussed on the task at hand. There are too many people who have struggled, in the past for us to forget.

    June 5, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  7. Just think about it..

    Hillary and Obama supporters...

    Who benefits from a vote for McCain?? Who benefits from Democrats getting upset with other Democrats?? For those of you that really would like to get know supporters for the other candidates...check their actual campaign website....I know that Hillary's is moderated, so they choose posts that really uplift Hillary and berate Barack....but at least get a better sense that they aren't trying to vote for McCain....and if you visit Barack's site, which is not moderated...you will see what his supporters are really talking about...

    Stop being fooled by the Republicans that are inciting turmoil between the two campaigns. Yes, there are some extremists on both sides...but is that really a reason to plummet our economy further down the drain...Just think about it!!!

    CNN...have a little gumption, POST!!

    June 5, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  8. Trey in Virginia

    Welcome Obama to Virginia, we will turn this state blue!

    June 5, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  9. Dan

    waste of time

    VA has never been anything but republican.

    spend time on the swing states and get back the clinton supporters obama

    June 5, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  10. DELMARVA

    Go do your thing B!

    June 5, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  11. Marty Ohio

    He is automatically 14 votes short of winning or hitting 270 . Virginia only has 13 votes so I doubt that it will be Webb , it will be either Rendell (PA), Strickland (OH) or Crist (Fla)

    Strickland in Ohio cleans up some personal items the that Obama has working agianst him and it also gaurantees a 20 electoral state that he otherwise doesn't have a very goo dchance of winning . This shoudl be a no-brainer I believe he is going through this mock process of hiring a team to choose so that he can justify losing Hillary and justify hiring Strickland. It will be Strickland or I would be wary of his decision making capabilities.

    June 5, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  12. Alex

    One thing we've already learned quickly, there ain't no such things as the "perfect candidate." But you've got to look at the core IMPORTANT ISSUES. We all respect John McCain and his military service to our country. But you have to also give the same respect to Jim Webb. Webb can actually do more to bring people to the Obama camp. What seems to be "energizing" the Democrats is all the "younger generation" voters especially the ideological college kids who believe war is the wrong way to go unless its a no choice/last resort. At this point in the game, I really don't believe the Republicans can pull this off, especially after the lousy job they've done during the Bush era.

    June 5, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  13. steve

    To McCain campaign:

    You claim all this experience , but your campaign chose to copy Obama`s logo and design formant. Is that the leadership we can believe in when you copy your opponent.

    At the same time you are showering fake praises to HRC, just to court her supporters, your campaign is attacking Obama with a video of HRC deriding Obama candidacy for the presidency.
    I am sure HRC would cringe to see that video of her in circulation on youtube.
    Why don`t you and your campaign develop a better campaign strategy to prove all this your claim of experience?

    June 5, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  14. Kingsley Orji, Oyigbo, Rivers state Nigeria

    This GE promises to be a very exciting one just like the democratic primaries.
    I think we have to give it to Obama for defeating the trio of Hillary, Bill and Chelsea Clinton.
    Something tells me that some of the red states will turn blue before the GE in November.
    McCain had better watch out! Obama shouldn't be underrated or else...

    June 5, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  15. Ngaruiya, Limuru, Kenya

    Jim Webb for VP

    June 5, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  16. independent voter

    This voter will NEVER, EVER vote for obama. He is the weakest, most inexperienced of the candidates.

    He & his wife's involvement with a radical anti-American, anti-Jew, antiwhite church alone is a big red flag to not vote for him. He called Rev. wright his mentor!

    Enough said.

    June 5, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  17. Jamaal

    That it Obama 50 State Strategy that is the smart move don't leave no stone unturned go after every vote no matter what party what race or what religion and we will win in November Obama continue to Hit the Red states and Blue state Make Mcsame Campaign his (Old) Heart Out Make him fight for every state

    June 5, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  18. Sam

    I will be there

    Obama /Clinton 08

    June 5, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  19. The Corp

    Don't be fooled white America, this man is a militant. He will destroy this country.... NoBama 08/NoBama's Ever!!!!! He was not elected, he was selected on account of liberal white guilt.

    June 5, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  20. Jamaal

    That it Obama 50 State Strategy that is the smart move don't leave no stone unturned go after every vote no matter what party what race or what religion and we will win in November Obama continue to Hit the Red states and Blue state Make Mcsame Campaign his (Old) Heart Out Make him fight for every state.

    June 5, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  21. Sam

    I will be there

    Obama /Clinton 08

    June 5, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  22. East Coast Bum

    Come on down Senator, we will be glad to have ya.

    Uncle Sam, sorry to say sir, your candiate has noting to stand on. At least in my view. He will support Bush policies weather he says it or not. I loved that he has a closed door fund rasier last week, with the evil bush, which his whole term would be, a closed door. My vote has noting to do with American Idol, I did my research and your horse will not get my vote, EVER!

    June 5, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  23. jeff

    I am a Hillary supporter and I'm voting for MCCain NOT Obama.
    Obama has never said how this change is going to take place. I can't make a living off dreams!

    June 5, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  24. Jamaal

    That it Obama 50 State Strategy that is the smart move don't leave no stone unturned go after every vote no matter what party what race or what religion and we will win in November Obama continue to Hit the Red states and Blue states.

    June 5, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  25. GriotPoet

    Uncle Sam: The Republican Party had two opportunities to field the first African American Candidate of either major political party: Colin Powell in '96, where the media attention unfairly turned to his wife's mental illness (stemming from his many deployments to Vietnam) as evidence of his "lack of fitness" to take command, though he had been National Security Advisor and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Reagan and GHW Bush. Alan Keyes believed and said what many evangelical Christians desired in a candidate, yet he was bodily thrown out of the Republican National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia in 2000. He "still believed in the party," despite his ill treatment.

    If "Americans [are] for McCain," are you presuming all others "un-American?"

    June 5, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
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