June 5th, 2008
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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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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain • Virginia
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  1. Sam

    I will be there at the Nissan Pavilion.

    Obama / Clinton 08

    June 5, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  2. JN in NYC

    Greetings Beautiful Virginia,

    I know you will welcome our wonderful Presidential candidate with a warm embrace. You thrilled us on primary day with your resounding support and I look fowards more elation come November. We are with you in spirit.

    Best Regards From the Empire State
    where Clinton is our Senator and Obama is our President,

    June 5, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  3. steve

    To McCain campaign:

    You claim all this experience , but your campaign chose to copy Obama`s logo and design format. 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, while your campaign is attacking Obama with a video of HRC deriding Obama`s 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 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  4. Former U.S. Marine

    So Uncle Sam what you are saying is that the President of the United States should be an old unappealing uncharismatic person with a bad voice? That's what you want as the leader of the free world? That's the type of person that's going to restore America's status as a world leader?

    June 5, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  5. LaTeef Alade, GA

    Obama will be the next president for USA. The whole world want him and needs Obama to repair the image and the economy of this nation.

    June 5, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  6. NYC


    June 5, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  7. John Patton, Columbus

    Here's the Obama terrorist negotiation scenario:

    1. Obama sits down over tea with Iran, the Taliban, and Al Qaeda

    2. They know he is weak because he has sought them out.

    3. They take his incentives and give nothing but promises,

    4. Obama comes home waving peace treaties and yelling "peace in our time."

    5. Terrorists are emboldened by his weakness and bring their road show to the U.S.

    6. Americans have to dodge suicide bombers and roadside bombs on the way to work.

    7. Congress calls for Obama's impeachment.

    End of story.

    June 5, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  8. Betty

    No More McBushes in the WH

    June 5, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  9. Charlotte

    What does Caroline Kennedy know about what the people of America want? She has stayed out of politics and the public eye until now? Was she already asked to be VP? That would explain her sudden attraction to politics. It would also explain Ted Kennedys endorsement over the wishes of the voters in his state. Obama is the presumitive nominee. Until the conventions, no one including McCain, are the nominees. the convention is when the actual votes will be given, until then anything can happen. I will wait until the convention to see the actual results. Out of three possible scenarios on popular votes, Obama is ahead in only one. He is not my nominee. If he is the actual nominee in August and that seems likely, I will at that time know how I will vote in November. I suspect I will have to vote for Hillary, by write-in

    June 5, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  10. TXBad1

    Webb Distance your self from Obama or plan on defeat in Nov. when McCain wins, 16 million ex- Hillary supporters , say no to Obama and the upside Democratic Party thats a Broken Machine and Blame is not on Hillary its on Dean and the Super Delegates!
    Obama Supporters Enjoy now But be ready to Cry in November when theres a 70% to 405 win by McCain over Obama!

    Hillary by Vote
    McCain By option

    June 5, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  11. Bob Stephens

    Uncle Sam,

    We have had enough of stupid people running the country, that lie and cheat and deceive the public. No more 4 more years with McSame. It's time for a change.

    June 5, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  12. Anonymous

    Whatever "Uncle Sam". Stop the hate, It's obvious you were a Hillary supporter but it's OVER for her; stop the hate and foolishness and get with the Obama gameplan; He'll bring our country back to greatness. Those who already have millions of dollars cannot identify with those of us who work everyday and live paycheck to paycheck; those who came from hard beginnings and had to use foodstamps to survive as a little boy grows up to be a man who understands what it takes to live. That man, today, is Barack Obama. Give him a chance instead of more of the same crap and economic suffering and outrageous gas and food prices that McSame will let continue. And DON"T THINK there won't be a draft if McWalkingcane is elected president, He's already said we need to increase the size of our military; with such a low turnout of victims..er, volunteers going into the Army and Marines willingly, what do you think he would do to fill them body bags? Don't be stupid voting for McInsane.

    Obama/Sebelius '08!

    June 5, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  13. Taylor

    I have to say that it amazes me that people would vote for McCain. Most repubilcans are blinded by their party line. For those who would vote for McCain, do you agree with the war? Would you be willing in 3 years to send your teenagers off to a war that could still be raging on? Do agree with how Bush has run the economy? How he has run this country into the ground? McCain is a Bush cronie and ADMITEDLY stated he knows nothing about the economy!! How could you possibly vote for a man who knows jack crap about what is killing the US right now? It is amazing! At the end of the day you AND I will have to pay hire prices for gas and just about everything else becuase of people like you who vote for people like McCain and Bush. It's time for a change. I am a huge Obama supporter. Do I know that he is going to be the next best thing since sliced bread...NO!!! I do think he will be..especially by his second term, but I am more than willing to say that I will give a new face, a new way of thinking, and a new chance for all of us. Obama just may suck at being President, we won't know. Again i don't think so, but we won't know until taht time comes. If he does than I will vote his behine out of office. Until that time comes, vote with your head, not your heart!!!

    Obama '08

    June 5, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  14. Ted

    Webb is a good guy, but why do the Democrats always seem to need someone with military experience when all the Republicans need to win are draft-dodging chicken-hawks?

    June 5, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  15. OG Straight Talk

    Uncle Sam good luck! People like you will never grow up because you are so narrow minded! Watch and learn, Sen. Obama will be the next President of USA! Voters are not as childish as you are thank God!

    June 5, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  16. Gwen

    Uncle Sam, I got news for ya. John McCain is not my man. At one time I admired him but he rolled over for Bush and Rove after they trashed him in 2000...that's when I lost all respect for him. He's a joke.

    June 5, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  17. Anonymous

    If nothing ever changes then nothing ever changes!

    June 5, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  18. Tim in NC

    Yes He CAN!

    GO OBAMA!!! 08', 12'

    June 5, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  19. Why

    All Hillary supporters please listen. To say Obama nees Hillary or you are going to show the DNC, Obama and his supporters something by voting for McCain or writing in Hillary's name is stupid. These people are rich. You won't be hurting them. You will only be hurting yourself. Voting against your issues or yourself is stupid self inflicted punishment. Who's going to suffer if you vote for McCain? His wife is worth millions, so is Hillary, so is Obama so is every person that sits on the DNC board. If you can afford $5 gas and a bigger recession then go ahead. This is the dumbest thing that I've ever heard in my life. We need to really start giving IQ test for people to vote. Your threats are the reason why the forefathers didn't think leaving the presidential race to be determined by the popular vote was wise. They wanted to leave the race up to smarter people. This is why we have the electoral college and delegate system. This is not a popularity contest this is about the future for you and your children. Please wise up and start using your brain.

    By the way Hillary's campaign people sat on the DNC committee that voted to penalize Florida and Michigan. Need another fact. 13 of her people sat on the DNC board when they just voted to count half the votes. That vote won by a 19-8 count. 13-8=5 so 5 of her campaign people thought her idea was dumb.

    June 5, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  20. Michael

    It is and has clearly been time for this country to nominate either a woman or African-American to hold the nation's highest office. Unfortunately, we now have a such a nominee with no experience dazzling us with rhetoric, smoke, and mirrors and nominated through the special powers of unelected superdelegates....sounds likr a bad mix for democracy given the process.

    June 5, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  21. Amber

    I am so sick of Hillary supporters stating that the Obama supporters are being rude to them and her. You guys have been just as rude to us. If you want to vote for McCain or write Hillary on the ballot then go ahead. We don't care. Hillary lost. She is a sore loser and so are all of you. I am so ashamed of the people that live in this country. We are all suffering but you want a way to stick it to us all by not voting to better our economy, food prices etc. You have a serious problem if you want to vote outside your party because your old girl didn't win. Take a look back over the past eight years. You all voted for George Bush and now look where we are. How many lives to we have to lose, how many kids will go hungry, how many people are out of a job. Think about it seriously, you are not a true american, democrate or christian if you betray not only your beliefs but Hillary's.

    June 5, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  22. Veterans for Obama!

    The republicans are the ones that got us in the mess we're in today. Time to bring our family and friends home from Iraq. Time for honesty from our public servants.

    Vote Democrat in November!

    June 5, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  23. Johnny K

    Would you promote the new kid in accounts payable to company CEO after one year of experience?

    And yet Democrats would do the same to a Senator with one year of experience and a whole lot of skeletons in his closet.


    June 5, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  24. Loretta from California

    Just read his book. I am impressed. They will be formidiable that's for sure. Check out McCain's new campaign slogan.

    Someone forgot to tell him that it's not about the "LEADER". It's about the AMERICAN PEOPLE. He's just as arrogant as Bush.

    June 5, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  25. sixty sixer

    I am a Virginian. I am a Republican. And I'm a military retiree. But I will vote for Obama if Webb is on the ticket JUST TO GET RID OF WEBB! I have been following Webb for the better part of 30 years. I detest the man for the positions he's taken, the opportunistic changes in party and allegiences, and his boorish attitudes towards the President and the voters of Virginia. So, I hope he runs for VP and wins. Virginia will be a lot better served than with this 61 year old ROOKIE. He served one tour in the Military, and got out at the earliest opportunity. He now has sponsored a bill that will give full GI bill benefits for folks who got out serving only 3 years, much like he did. He wore his son's combat boots during his Senatorial campaign (sorta reminded me of Bush wearing his Flight suit on deck). This cheapens the military who actually ARE fighting. I wonder if he'll wear his son's boots when he's running for VP?? The man is not what he seems to be. Please vote for him as VP if he runs, and DON'T vote for him if he runs again as Senator.

    June 5, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
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