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. Proud American

    Hey Swannie,
    Not to question your knowledge but I'll put my money on Obama. he did teach American law at Harvard. So I'm sure he knows that and then some. anyway you slice it... "Yes We Can!"

    June 21, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. cynthia

    What are you talking about. I am an elderly white woman and I would not think of voting for anyone other that Obama. He inspires people. I have not seen someone with this grasp as to what people want in a leader since JFK. WE WILL NOT GET COLD FEET

    June 21, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. Gonzelaz

    I am voting for Obama!

    June 21, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. willchap

    I believe if macsame win this election the right wing crap of the repugs will be all ready to messup this contry again. I also believe god is good, he will not allow that to happen to this great contry. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    June 21, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. brenda

    I am for Obama all the way!

    June 21, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. jimmy

    Great swannie, you just proved even an idot has a brain.

    June 21, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. Nt

    So how would you rate Bush Mr. Aware ?? There is absolutely nothing in his history that suggests that. You are just grasping at straws to find reason not to vote for him. Good luck. lol lol. McCain will put our country in a state of even further disrepair.

    June 21, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Swanie, you need to go take latin again, and it don't take a rocket scientist to look at the logo and tell that it is not identical to the Presidential Seal. What people must remember is that Obama is a Harvard Law Graduate who majored and taught Constitutional Law, he of all people would not break the constitutional law.

    Remember you have only one vote!

    Go get um! Obama

    June 21, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. Justin from West Haven, CT

    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.

    there was no false impression as he is a candidate for the united states presidency, only a moron wouldn't be able to figure that out. like you.

    June 21, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. King

    The pundits will never stop taking, Keep wishing States are painted red or blue, while Obama takes his message across the nation. Soon he will be leading with about 25 points, just watch you will see. and on the tuesday first week of November he will win the election.

    June 21, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Wow, a day where the Obama haters are out.
    Well, in my humble opinion, New Mexico is almost certain to go to Senator Obama.
    Nevada is a toss up between Senator McCain and Obama.
    Colorado is already moving to blue.
    IT's still early though, let's see what it looks like 90 days from now. That's a much better gauge.

    June 21, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. Obama Supporter

    All I have to say here to an ignorant person is...."JAN" Be quiet. You have no clue what OBAMA has done nor any clue to his accomplishments because you never read anything to understand it. You and others like you need to sit down, shutup and drink some coffee to sober your slow, ignorant minds... only the educated ones that are non-racist or openminded understand that OBAMA is the ONLY ONE running who should be in office!

    OBAMA SUPPORTER!!!!!!!!!!

    June 21st, 2008 1:28 pm ET

    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 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. Obama Supporter

    ALL YOU ignorant anti-obamas need to really sit down, do some reading and look up each word you read in the dictionary and encyclopedia to understand them!!

    OBAMA 2008!

    June 21, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. David, NY

    Guys, if you have personal problems with Barack, may be you should tell us, people who criticize Barack here, whether they don't know him and what he wants to do for the country, or they're just bitter against him.

    If we look at the the ideas and the policies we have to implement for the next 5 or 10 years for our country, Barack is 95% the guy for us, there's no doubt.

    McCain't is tied with Bush-Cheney on everything, every issue, how can he claim to be an agent of change when he copies almost all his policies from Bush-Cheney ? This guy is a joke, he's completely out of touch, he talks about Iraq when he can't even make the difference between the Suni and the Shia !!

    People really need to look at the policies to decide this election, vote according to the issues, not according to your feeelings because feelings are exactly what got us into the Iraq mess that McBush wants to perpetuate for as long as 100 years...

    June 21, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. Priscilla

    Obama is honorable and I trust him. He will win the red states.

    Go Obama – I trust you!

    June 21, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. Bishop

    Politicians in GENERAL have truth problems. STOP thinking that McCain is perfect and hasn't had his own share of issues...Get real!!!

    June 21, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. Philip, West Covina, California


    Oh so true! It's like little boys riding in plastic black-and-white cars - they like pretending they're cops.

    Like you, I took Latin in high school - and "vero possumus" does NOT mean "Yes we can."

    June 21, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. Ruth

    McCain try to return by yourself in irak and about your wife does she still steal DRUGS ? this is bad for you MCCain i will never vote for you cause i oppose war and oppose drugs. OBAMA 08-16

    June 21, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  19. Redneck from Kentucky

    The people in Arizona have probably had a belly full of John McCain. McCain will be lucky if Obama doesn't carry Arizona in the general election. McCain's age is certainly becoming a key factor in this election and it's McCain's owm missteps that are bringing his age front and center.

    June 21, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    When giving good direction to our youngsters, do we illustrate with poor examples or purposeless goals? Then why would a nation want to remain with a non productive status quo by continuing down an erronous path. History is replete with need for progressive changes. And, if you don't adapt, you get run over-quickly!

    June 21, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. James A. Melchign

    When giving good direction to our youngsters, do we illustrate with poor examples or purposeless goals? Then why would a nation want to remain with a non productive status quo by continuing down an erronous path. History is replete with need for progressive changes. And, if you don't adapt, you get run over-quickly!

    June 21, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. Nevada Independant

    I live in Nevada and everyday I hear people talking about Obama in such a positive way. The people out here are for new and exciting... which bodes very well for Obama and not so much for McCain.
    Nevadans will surely go Obama's way.

    June 21, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  23. Tyrone

    Wow!!! It seems as though Republicans on this blog are either JEALOUS or down right SCARED of the proepect of Barack Obama winning this thing. You guys sure are complaining a lot now that little Johnnie McCain is losing. Well you should be afraid....

    Be Afraid... Be Very Afraid....

    June 21, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. Joe Reg

    With President OBAMA

    The Democrats will win by a landslide.

    Obama/Clinton 08 & 12

    June 21, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  25. Bryon

    Is anyone as excited to shutup the ignorant and fear mongers as much as I am? It will be a beautiful day in this country when the neverending negative right in this country is defeated and burying us for 8 years

    Yea, I'll pay attention to McCain as soon as he stops flip-flopping and show he is competent. Intelligence > experience

    Obama 08/12!

    June 21, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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