June 21st, 2008
01:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama sets sights on Nevada, New Mexico

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is heading west next week to campaign in two states he hopes to turn blue this November.

The Senator from Illinois is scheduled to hold a campaign event in Albuquerque on Monday and Las Vegas on Tuesday. CNN considers Nevada a battleground or swing state as both parties think they can win Nevada in the general election. President Bush carried Nevada in 2004, but by only two points over John Kerry.

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CNN considers New Mexico a state that leans Republican, but the Obama campaign has the state in its sights. President Bush won New Mexico four years ago as well, but by only one percent, and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson is a major Obama supporter.

But geography may also comes into play. Arizona borders both states and is the home state of Obama’s rival, Sen. John McCain.

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee will also be in the west next week. He starts his week with fundraisers and campaign events in California.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (216 Responses)
  1. Jack in ND

    He might want to drop by Colorado as well...his once solid lead there is slipping away.

    June 21, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Linda31

    Here we come! Once people hear his message and about the policy and issues that matter, we will have another BLUE state.

    June 21, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. Lisa

    I'm still waiting on Obama to start courting Hillary supporters. Saying nice things about her and that she paved the way for your daughters is not cutting it Senator Obama. You need to use a new line.

    June 21, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Arizona too is facing one of it's worst housing crisis and they too are waiting for change so have no fear of McCain. The Governor of Arizona doesn't support McCain and she went door to door during the campaigning seeking support for a democrat nominee, so what does that tell you. Vote Obama.

    June 21, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. Shannon

    Is he going to run around the country telling everyone how racist people are who don't support him. It's funny the only comments I ever hear about race come from Obama and his supporters. Obama brings it up, because he uses it as a wedge issue, and his supporters call anyone who doesn't support him racist. I guess we all have to think like them, or we aren't true Americans. I personally will vote for someone who actually shows up for their day job, not missing 42% of their votes. I will vote for someone who didn't support the Cheney Energy bill, I will vote for someone who didn't vote present eight times on a woman's right to choose. I will vote someone who doesn't flip flop in issues like NAFTA, Campaign Financing and the gas tax holiday. I will vote for someone who didn't sit in a hate filled church for twenty years, and only leave it when it became a liability. I will vote for someone who doesn't say one thing to the American people, and than do another thing when he thinks he can get away with it. I know that someone isn't Obama! Hope and change sure is looking a lot like the same old, same old!

    June 21, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. Obama Supporter

    Obama will be a good leader. Hopefully, he will concentrate on something more productive rather than concentrating on something destructive. =)

    God Bless Estados Unidos de Amerigo!

    June 21, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. Keith

    Randy – ignore the fact that he is black, white or green. That is irrelevant. What has turned me 180 degrees from Obama is the fact that he is a stone cold liar and will switch his position in order to suit his needs on a whim. That's not change, that's 100% more of the same. In 2007 Obama openly stated that he had confidence in the strength of the public financing system. Now he calls it broken. And he only came out with that message after the up-roar that came about from his Barack-flip of his position just 15 months ago. If he honestly felt that the public funding system was so flawed he would have not only announced that in the middle of last week he would have been voicing that for weeks prior to the announcement in order to keep public favor on his side. The man is a stone cold liar. He is not the candidate for change. If anything he reminds me more and more of Nixon every time he opens his mouth.

    June 21, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. bruce becker

    Why do the right wing call Obama a socialist? Because he will provide medical insurance for all? Because he will make education affordable?
    Wow! Those are really terrible to contemplate, huh?
    Look forward to an election based on taking civil rights from homosexuals and lesbians. That's all McCain has left.

    June 21, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. thach

    I like Obama but not because of your promises :=)) ???? How valid is your promise? and what is that promise you can do for us? Are you able to reimburse us something if Obama screwed up as a president? LOL

    June 21, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. Ben

    That would be really cool if Barack could carry some traditionally red states. I really hope this guy is the next president.

    June 21, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. Tom Fl& NC-Hagel VP

    Go Obama!

    You can do it. Make us proud. Get your message out. Work hard to get the votes take nothing for granted. You can bring in the west, south, mid-west and south. We are not Red states nor Blue states we are the United States.

    Make this a time to unite America.

    June 21, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. H. Michael Oesterling

    At this stage of the game Obama is our only chance in these difficult times in my opinion. African Americans have had a long history of supression and know the benefits of a freedom-like democracy of unity and equality; and unity is what brings our country back together. I am a white american, and a democrat, and I believe that the Bush administration republicans hijaked our american idealistic constitutional government, and his dictatorial style-like behaviour must go. Bush style republicans have botched up the economy, our once worldwide respect, the coffers of our treasury, our democratic ideals; and to boot, they want to throw away our Habeas Corpus. Does the constitution still count for anything.? I invite all americans to read the constitution, the gratest document ever written. Go! Go! Obama.

    June 21, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. Alex

    I'm voting Obama. Don't worry Randy, not a single person I no has cold feet about it. We're excited!

    June 21, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. walker

    it's complete hogwash to think that arizona exerts any influence on new mexico OR nevada. If anything, the general sentiment in New Mexico (as a resident) is against McCain because there is so much animosity towards Arizona, an enormous resource hog who takes water from the Rio Grande to feed their unnatural and insane development in scottsdale and phoenix.

    June 21, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. Down with Obama

    LMAO, Obama would make a good dictator. The people of Nevada and New Mexico are smarter than to fall for Obama's tactics. Bill Richardson is a loser.

    June 21, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. Bishop

    Stay FOCUSED Sen. Obama!!!

    June 21, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  17. DJ

    He predicted the primary victories with 90+% accuracy and if Republicans and the media continue to doubt him they will witness one of the biggest blow outs in presidential history.


    June 21, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. kara

    I think the new logo looks egotisticall and inappropriate. It has a creepy feel to it. Like putting your own personal name on the seal for the United States. I don't think it will fly that much in the American Heartland who tend to take rip off's of American symbols more seriously. We are not electing a King or a God here. Yes I know there are a few differences, but it is too much like the US seal. I will vote for Obama, but I am not one of his evangelical like supporters.

    June 21, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. Al, San Francisco, CA

    There is nothing to fear from Obama. No one can destroy America unless people want it so. We want the change. Let's take this challenge.

    June 21, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  20. Crush Rush

    Obama will win both states.He should go into Arizona and really get Cains goat.They know hes a scammer.

    June 21, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  21. jake

    thank god obama is unelectable because of his lack of experience and he is a clone of dukakas, kennedy, kerry,reid and peloski all losers in the public eye. obama needs to get some experience and come back in 20 years when he grows up. we need to drill now and start burning our own oil. the democrats have stopped this long enough. let bring the vegatables, car production back to the greatest nation on Earth USA. thank god obama is unelectable

    June 21, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. Ramon Orange County California

    McCain’s haughty character is what is going to give senator Obama his victory in the general election. Obama is the emblem of change and McCain is being inauthentic when he says “vote for the right kind of change” unless I am wrong, McCain is anything but the right kind of change, his principals are almost duplicative of Bush. Being a Hilary Clinton supporter, I support Obama. Any democrat who goes red can’t think logical because they should know that Republican’s are our opposite poles.

    June 21, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. Jan

    I can't think of a single reason why any voters in a red state, Democratic or Republican, would want to vote for Obama. People in blue and red states are finally paying attention to him and seeing for who and what he is: a typical politician who will do and say anything to get elected and one with no real accomplishments or record to back him up.

    June 21, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. Balabanto

    Well, I think that Obama will make a great president, not because he's an agent of change, but because he can present himself presidentially while being a shrewd agent of discerning the complex waters of the Chicago political machine.

    June 21, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. V Chandler

    I liked McCain a lot better in 2000. He is not the maverick he was then. He is just another repugnant-ican.

    June 21, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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