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
soundoff (358 Responses)
  1. FLORIDA Voter for Barack Obama

    To all you Hillary supporters voting McCain: WE DON'T CARE! Your gonna get STOMPED in November – Trust that.

    June 5, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  2. JC from NJ

    For those few Obama haters...what is he going to do to our country? Maybe he will wreck the economy, Drive us to a pointless war, Run up the deficit, Make us hated around the world? Been there and living that. Should I continue.
    Now stop your hating and do what most countries in the world are doing at this moment and admire Barack Hussein Obama because whether or not you all like it I and a lot of (ignorant) people are going to do whatever it takes to hear a State of the Union address from this man. How's them apples!
    PS All McCain supporters should be drafted first and if they are women be present on the day when he and his judges overturn a woman's right to choose.

    June 5, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  3. post this

    DID JOHN MCCAIN FINISH HIGH SCHOOL!!!

    June 5, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  4. Phong Nguyen

    After the Florida fiasco, I am not voting in November...

    June 5, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  5. Florida Voter

    This is a day to celebrate!!!! I just called the Supervisor of Elections and requested an application to become an Independent. I had it with the Democratic Party after 45 years. I'm a Senator Clinton supporter and I'm voting for McCain.

    June 5, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  6. Chipster

    Jeff, you're not a Hillary Clinton supporter. McCain stands for absolutely everything she opposes, so you're not fooling any true Hillary supporter. Four more years of McBush would only continue the damage done to our International reputation, economy, environment, and constitutional protections.

    Clinton supporters will never vote for McCain. They might write in Hillary's name, vote for Sen. Obama, or simply not make a presidential choice, but they will NEVER vote for McCain. You're just a Republican in a very transparent disguise!

    June 5, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  7. Jennifer

    Jim Webb, every bit the military hero as McCain, would be a great choice as VP.
    Obama ran an admirable campaign, it is great to see that he is wasting no time to return the White House to the Democrats.

    June 5, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  8. victor

    Former U.S Marine. That is one of the best comments I've read in months. It sums up the best the Republicans have to offer, and as we see, it isn't all that appealing. McCain is a very good man, in fact a national hero to many. But what he brings to the table is an old way of thinking that has failed America. America can't afford to fail anymore.

    June 5, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  9. Obamaonceinalifetimeleader

    Obama and Webb sweet go Democrats go.

    June 5, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  10. MJAMES

    Jeff:

    Duh, I am very tired of people who supported Hillary no nwsaying they will vote for McCain. That is just simply idiotic. So you want a third Bush term and appointments to the Supreme Court by conservatives, and perhaps a reversal of Roe Vs. Wade? Go right ahead then you big baby and I hope you get what you deserve. How about a little maturity and support of the Democratic nominee instead of lame threats.

    June 5, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  11. Mike D

    obama/webb 08!

    June 5, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  12. Me, Brooklyn, NY

    It is a shame! Obama was selected by the press and media, not by American people.
    I'm not Clinton's supporter but completely agree that Obama had a preferential treatment. Unfortunately, many Americans very naive and can be manipulated by demagogues.
    I will vote against Obama in general election and hope, that many more Americans will think with their brains.

    June 5, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  13. Matt

    We cannot afford a democrat in the White House, let alone somebody like Barack Obama.

    McCain is the only answer for this great country.

    June 5, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  14. al

    People are so FUNNY. They say Obama when to a church for 20 Years but then "He is a Muslim"

    So which is it ??

    June 5, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  15. BD

    Obama is kicking off his general election campaign in Prince William County. Is this because he is seeking the endorsement of Prince William? This would shore up his support amongst anglophiles, but might lead to accusations that he is a royalist. The Prince is now training with the Navy, so maybe that would help with the military vote...

    June 5, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  16. Pat

    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...

    June 5, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  17. Ron L

    An EXCELLENT idea, I have a lot of respect for Senator Webb. I have seen him in numerous interviews and it would be great if we could have another 50 or 60 Senators with his ability to see beyond the politics and focus more on what REALLY is best for the nation.

    And all of you people who feel they could NEVER vote for Obama because all he gives is speeches. IF you have not gone to his website and read his plans...SHUT UP...don't believe the HYPE Hillary was broadcasting. She KNOWS Obama has plans that are in many ways similiar to her own. She just did not want to acknowledge it.

    June 5, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  18. Stacy Clarks

    LET'S GO OBAMA!!!

    I WILL BE TRAVELING TO VIRGINIA TO HEAR OBAMA SPEAK, BECAUSE HE WILL BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  19. The US abolishes century old clinton dynasty

    Obama Sebelius 08

    He will make a change not only in this country but the whole world...

    watch and see..........
    this is history in the making

    June 5, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  20. Airforce, U.S.A., 20 years

    Former U.S. Marine – How about someone with experience who will restore America's status as a powerful nation. The Democrats have eroded our military and image as a nation with courage, to a nation of appeasers and cowards who will make concessions when we are threatened. Who would have thought that this soon after 9/11 we would have a candidate running for the highest office who's name is Barack Hussein Obama? (If you think names don't mean anything you should do an in depth study of the religion of Islam) I'm not a racist, I would vote for Condi Rice if she were running for President , but I won't vote for someone with little experience and who is relatively unknown, especially when he is offering "change".

    June 5, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  21. Ron L

    There will be NO Obama/ Clinton ticket...
    YOU CAN TAKE THAT TO THE BANK...
    Her recent behavour TOTALLY ELIMINATED any chance of that!!!

    June 5, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  22. Bobi

    As a FORMER republican in the state of VA who voted for Barack in our primary here, and will also be voting for him for President, I do however disagree with Jim Webb as his VP pick. Mr. Webb's temperment is to unstable.

    June 5, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  23. Tom Eyemdaman

    I think too many Virginians (me included) are too wise to fall for Obama's eloquent rhetoric.

    McCain 08

    June 5, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  24. Obamaniac

    Webb, Warner Kaine.. Virginia's Princes. Barrack Welcome Back To VA. We welcome you with Open Arms.. Virginia for Lovers.

    June 5, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  25. Independent

    Love Jim Webb, just love him!

    June 5, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
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