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.

Interactive: CNN's electoral map

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. George Johnston

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

    If you knew anything about New Mexico/Arizona rivalry over everything from Mexican food to statehood day then being from Arizona probably hurts McCain in New Mexico.

    June 21, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. sneaky and sleazy

    Unite, vote for Obama... and send the message that hate and swiftboating another democrat is the way to win a primary.

    I will not sell my soul to this smooth talking liar.

    June 21, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. bk

    Obama does have trouble telling the truth. He is also trying to avoid Town Hall Meetings and debates. When he is not given a prepared speech everyone finds out he doesn't know what he is talking about. I hope the media puts pressure on Obama about hiding from debates and town hall meetings with McCain. He sure can't say they have had 20 debates and he doesn't want to debate anymore.

    June 21, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. V Chandler

    Yes, but is McCain any better. He might as well go to the courthouse and change his name to McSame. I was a Republican for a long time but I switched after the ridiculous liberties taken by this administration. Vote for McSame and you sign this country's death warrant.

    June 21, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. Joe Reed

    Obama is closer to turning a few red states to blue states and the die hard Republicans are getting nervous. ... He is way ahead in a few red states than John Kerry ever was at any point in time...this has got to be a game changer and it will be. Go Obama! Iam fired and ready to go!

    June 21, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |

    I too loved the logo and don't listen to posters about there so called Latin knowledge. I will tell you about Latinos not Latin and I am proud to say that these folks who resemble me are for Obama 78 to 25% in any and all polls. Mc War has offended our troops by not supporting Jim Webbs GI Bill. He does not want our troops to enjoy the same benefit he did? Mc Shame should be more like it. Hillary supporters are coming round and there will be lots of states turning blue. I am predicting a landslide.




    June 21, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. Kevin

    Obama has been the most honest candidate this country has had for President in years. He has admitted his mistakes and has provided tremendous amounts of information on his background–more so than any other candidate I can think of.

    By-the-way in the last general election, New Mexico was a "blue" state and wouldn't be much of a surprise in my view. Utah, now there would be a surprise.

    June 21, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. Citizen

    Jan wrote:

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

    Hey Jan,

    I fixed it for you. You're welcome.

    June 21, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. Citizen

    BTW Jan,

    In the latest Newsweek poll Obama is up 51% to 36% on McCain.

    June 21, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. For freedom

    He stole the nomination.

    Greed and being full of himself caused him to fast track himself into the presidency.

    No experience required. No track record necessary. Just promises and smiles. Promises that he has already broken.

    Obama and the DNC need to face the consequences of their recklessness.

    June 21, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. ron

    Sounds like another racistloser to me. I wonder whay you and the others out there like you are going to do on Wednesday morning, when you see the result of the election, and see that you have a Black leader who'll wind up being the best President in American History. No more unwarranted wiretaps , No more terrorist acts by our Government. Unilaterally declaring other world leaders evil, then invading their country for no reason whatsoever., Are you afraid of honesty and integrity, in the highest office in this land. I used to be amazed at how afraid caucasian men were that they denied Black men access to so many areas, but now that I see the results of the Black man gaing access ,maybe they were right to be afraid. Blocked from baseball until Jackie Robinson broke through, now some of he biggest names in the game are Black. My all-time favorite, Blacks can not play the Quarterback position, because they can't lead Caucasian men. Today, almost every team has a Black QB or is trying to get one, and let's not forget golf, a Black man now totally dominates that game Obama's going to bring a fresh look at the way things get done,repair the country, and resyore America's perception around the world. There's nothing to be afraid of, he's a brilliant strategist, not many could beat a Clinton, but all the campaign inexperience talk is history.

    June 21, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. V Chandler

    Obama = real hope for change
    campaign seal = ingenuity (which the current administrator severely lacks)

    McCain = disingenious
    flip flopper
    polar opposite of himself in 2000
    sell out to Bush

    Although McCain is an honorable man and truly a patriot for going through what he did, he is very disingenuous. He also appears to be a male chauvinist. As soon as he got back into the states he left his faithful first wife (who was probably worried sick about him) for a much younger, more attractive second one. Typical male chauvinist. I never in a million years thought that the repugnant-icans would nominate an adulterous flip flopper but I never thought that this country would lie its way into war either.

    June 21, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. Peter E

    Yes... Nevada and New Mexico... that will gain back the electoral votes he's lost having alienated Florida with insults... "we don't need you, we don't want to hear from you, you should go home and shut up!"

    June 21, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. Bush or Obama

    overly self-confident
    dismisive of others
    demeans his opponents
    prematurely declares mission accomplished
    full of himself
    Blind to his own arrogance

    Bush or Obama?

    June 21, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. NoMcSame

    Go on Utube and pull up John McCain and see who tells the most lies out of McCain and Obama. They have the old goat on tape telling flip-flop after flip-flop.
    Obama08 with or without PUMA people.

    June 21, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. No socialist regime

    Please be smart NM....

    see this charlatan for what he is.

    Don't let Richardson and his vitriolic endorsement of Obama- or was it an anti-Clinton tirade... sway you.

    Obama is a dirty, rotten, sneaky politician in a nice package.

    June 21, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |




    June 21, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. selected not elected

    Race-card playing divisive race baiter out for personal gain and he doesn't care if he destroys the country to get his way.

    Say no to this pompous hypocrit.

    No to fixed primaries.

    No to installed nominees.

    June 21, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  19. Ted

    Yeah Barack!

    June 21, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. unity thru division and hate

    Proved himself to be just another pompous windbag that panders for votes and offers the country nothing but lies and contradictions.

    The divisive uniter...goading his followers into hating and insulting and denigrating those who dare to disagree.

    The false messiah.

    June 21, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. Paul

    I can't spin off the same harsh out-right lies and labels some people put forth about anything and everyone they don't like or agree with.

    So I do my best to just read between the lines of what people say.

    So I question why would you care if Obama has a pretty little symbol for his campain buttons. Do you really think it makes a difference? Does it really matter!? There are huge problems ahead for this country, why don't you talk and write about those things instead of doing a BIBLIO DRIVE-BY every time Obama puts his shoes on in the morning.

    June 21, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. unity thru division and hate

    Proved himself to be just another pompous windbag that panders for votes and offers the country nothing but lies and contradictions.

    The divisive uniter...goading his followers into hating and insulting and denigrating those who dare to disagree.

    The false messiah.

    June 21, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. saga for Obama

    come on Obama...oh excuse me folks while i make another donation to the next President of the United States, Mr. Obama.... teee hee tee hee tee hee...a Change is commin. and thankl God for it these Repubs have all but nailed the coffin.... is that a hammer in Mccains hand?

    June 21, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. PCS / North Carolina

    aware wrote June 21st, 2008 1:35 pm ET

    "Obama has significant problems with telling the truth, obfuscating and having two identities."

    Yeah right. LISTEN TO FOX NEWS, RUSH, ANN, SEAN HANIBAL, AND BIGOT O'REILY. YOU WILL GET A BRAINWASHING ON RACE BAITING AND HATE MONGERING. That is what thruth is right !!!! GOP's, the party of shame, lives in a different planet.

    June 21, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. kevin

    While examining a 75 year old Texas rancher, a doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually the topic got around to Obama and his bid to be our President. The old rancher said, “Well, ya know, Obama is a “post turtle”. Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a “post turtle” was. The old rancher said, “When you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a “post turtle”. The old rancher saw a puzzled look on the doctor's face, so he continued to explain. “You know he didn't get up there by himself, he doesn't belong up there, he doesn't know what to do while he is up there, and you just gotta’ wonder what kind of a dumb -ss put him up there.”

    June 21, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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