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. Swannie

    DONT HOLD your breath the states wont go blue
    and BTW
    The latin on the “seal” is” vero possumus” It is supposed to mean ” yes we can ” but the literal translation is ( I took latin for three years so please allow me to take the liberty of saying oh wait it is still a free country I can say it ) VERO POSSUMUS looks for all the world like it SHOULD SAY
    THE POSSUM IS DEAD and we all know what possums do when they play dead . This is so presumptuous and ridiculous . It is like a kid “playing” president .
    the latin word for truth is VERE and means; in fact, real, true and Possum { possum posse potum }: to be able, avail, have influence, so his seal could also say I really influence , which is actually closer to what is going on .. and vero is also an adverb meaning certainly vero : in truth, indeed, to be sure / however. or so maybe we could say certainly the possum is dead? or closer to the actual truth of the purpose of obama having or needing a seal


    and the new logo breaks the law and is yet again more plagiarism

    US Code: Title 18,713:

    § 713. Use of likenesses of the great seal of the United States, the seals of the President and Vice President, the seal of the United States Senate, the seal of the United States House of Representatives, and the seal of the United States Congress

    (a) Whoever knowingly displays any printed or other likeness of the great seal of the United States, or of the seals of the President or the Vice President of the United States, or the seal of the United States Senate, or the seal of the United States House of Representatives, or the seal of the United States Congress, or any facsimile thereof, in, or in connection with, any advertisement, poster, circular, book, pamphlet, or other publication, public meeting, play, motion picture, telecast, or other production, or on any building, monument, or stationery, for the purpose of conveying, or in a manner reasonably calculated to convey, a false impression of sponsorship or approval by the Government of the United States or by any department, agency, or instrumentality thereof, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.

    so he should pay the fine or go to jail

    June 21, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. aware

    Obama has significant problems with telling the truth, obfuscating and having two identities. His soft spoken, charismatic professor and preacher ID masks the ruthless politician with high levels of egomania and lust for power at his core.

    Smart – you bet! Wise – not at all! Presidential material – no way! 🙁

    June 21, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. LaVerne L. Oliver

    U might recall Arizona's deplorable stand against Martin Luther King Day. They are like a 3rd. world country out there . Lycergic acid and mescaline. They will only be dragged into the 21st. century kicking and screaming.

    June 21, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. moonplanter

    Anybody IS better than FUsh ... except McCain who is the SAme.

    Go 'bama!

    June 21, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. I used to be a Democrat

    Guess this means Richardson is his VP? Don't forget that New Mexico supported Hillary, not Obama.

    June 21, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. William

    Barack Hussein Obama will turn these two states blue if he proudly states his full name and doesnt feel ashamed of it. He will not throw his Indonesian stepfather under the bus who gave him good religious teaching (a sound religious foundaton and religious values). His white grandparents took care of him when he was 10 years old, until then his stepfather took care of him in Indonesia. He should not change his mind as to the direction of wind. He should stick to his values.

    June 21, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. Crush Rush

    JAN is that all you can say.What is your plan and whom do you back?Or are you just another clueless dittohead working to keep Limbaugh in cigars and prime steaks.Hope you get your "secret decoder ring'.

    June 21, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. ted

    Americans reject Obama:

    Iraq is a success beyond expctations. Obama hasnt been their in 800? days and has no plans to. The reality is too much for his campaign !
    If its not bad for America he CAN"T Endorse it.
    The vote for Democrat C H A N G E 2006 was Absolute Failure, and now threatens our American stability and way of life.
    The Democrat Energy Attrition Plan will starve hard working American families out of their Homes as soon Farmers will be growing anything BUT Food!
    And a pullout from IRAQ now would be Universally INSANE !
    So what are Obama's campaign Issues; Multiculturalism, Environ mentalism, Global Warming, Gay-Rights, Late term Abortions(Infanticide), 57 states, woops one more.The Stuff that keeps this nation moving !
    Obama for C HA N G E 08, we cant afford anymore C H A N G E !

    June 21, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. @everyamericans

    @ Swannie,

    keep drowing in your pettiness. the logo is great!

    Kick rock or fall off a cliff for all I care...Obama is the next president of the United States!

    "vero possumus" – YES WE CAN!!!!

    June 21, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. FactCheck

    > I can't think of a single reason why any voters in a red state,
    > Democratic or Republican, would want to vote for Obama

    Because we don't want another 100 years of war, because we want middle and low income tax cuts, because we want heatlhcare for those who can't afford it, because we don't want the US to continue being clobbered by the Chinese (US owes China roughly $3 trillion in debt), because we don't want another flip-flopping fool running this nation. I can't think of a single reason why any voted in *ANY* state would vote for 4 more years of the same... I guess I didn't account of mental ineptitude.

    June 21, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. independent

    the republican keep saying that obama has no experience,but they forget that Bush who has experience has put this country in recession

    June 21, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |

    I think he should set his sights on doing something for his state or our country (because he has done NOTHING to date)...
    This guy is the LEAST qualified of EVERYONE who ran, do you realize that?
    If in fact he does win, we are in for four years of speeches diverting us from all of the mistakes...
    America is not a learners permit for a politician people and, what happened to standing for no "politics as Usual"?

    Biggest mistake ever was letting Clinton go...

    June 21, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. 1926

    Oh, let the silly child keep it. I choke up with mirth every time I see it, with him behind it. It is hilarious. Looks like a monkey. Who ever came up with this idea did him a disservice.

    June 21, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. vic nashville,Tn

    Long way to November
    Nearly 60% they want to vote for Democratic party In November
    But Obama is still under 50%
    Some thing is wrong
    Yes Hillary 08 or Mc Cain 08

    June 21, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Michael Sherer

    Jan, I guess we see what we want to see. In Obama, I see the embodiment of the American dream, someone who against overwhelming odds his risen to national prominence due to hard work, intelligence, charisma, and general decency. His policies are reasonable and populist (certainly moreso than McCain's). He opposed the war in Iraq when it was unpopular to do so and promises to bring the troops home and put an end to the money pit that is the Iraq War.

    That's enough for me.

    June 21, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |


    AMERICA is NOT a LEARNERS-PERMIT for a POLITICIAN and, what ever happened to standing for no "POLITICS as USUAL"?

    June 21, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  17. Robert

    Wow, I havent seen this much HATE from the right since Clinton was in office. Remember those days people? Back when a man's private sex life was the only bad thing that was worth reporting in America. Even though I won't vote for McCain, I don't hate the man. This is what your party has done for you, so keep on hating, America is waking up finally.

    June 21, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. Barack Uda

    He's gonna win 'em. ..after all, he's the only viable candidate in the race!!

    June 21, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. UpperMich

    The more Obama is badmouthed the more I want him in office...

    June 21, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. DJ, Los Angeles

    Very close contest in both states. Could go either way. Arizona even is not a sure thing for McCain.

    June 21, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. Janet, American via Canada

    Senator Obama, just keep on Track and the rest is history!

    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama!

    June 21, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |

    The Republicans are trying to pull wool over the face of the majority of Americans, since they can't seem to find real bait for the RELENTLESS OBAMA. Americans would not and never settle for less. The Bush Administration (ably supported by the Republicans) has clearly failed the American People. Lost wars in Iraq, a down economy, a looming recession, Americans are clearing tired of the GOPs and their clear mind games. Five months to November and it’s a shame that McBush (Oh sorry McCain) has clearly refused to debate boiling issues. Rather he would saddle himself with Michelle, Obama been Black, and very luckstre issues. Good enough Americans know better. Not after a miserable 7 Bush Years and an arrogant self seeking Republican Party
    You should vote McCain if you're-
    Tired of your job and you clearly wouldn't mind been fired
    You're of Draft Age, You love War (You're engrossed in XMEN, 3000 and the rest of them) and would not mind been sent to Iran, Syria
    You don't mind losing your house
    You would not mind at all paying 10 dollar per Gallon (At least your wallet's as filled as Bono's)

    Americans know better and so therefore are standing for CHANGE.
    Are You?


    June 21, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  23. vijay menon

    Americans are fed up with president Bush and Republicans. They have destroyed this great nation. We need real change. Obama is the only person who can do this.

    June 21, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  24. Manny

    To (Jan),
    It seems you have your brain upside down because you sure don't know anything.

    June 21, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  25. puff

    Gee, why won't he debate McCain? Scared of old Grampa are you obama?? What a clown him and the DNC are.
    They think the American people are stupid. Come November they will all be crying and it will be their fault totally.
    MCCAIN 08

    June 21, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
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