August 24th, 2008
06:20 PM ET
13 years ago

Camping out for the Obama speech

DENVER, Colorado (CNN) –
Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is preparing for supporters to sleep outside of Invesco Field the night before he formally accepts the Democratic presidential nomination before more than 75,000 people.

Obama campaign officials said they are taking steps should attendees pitch tents Wednesday night outside the home of the NFL’s Denver Broncos. One Obama official said the campaign is hoping to turn the speech into a grassroots organizing event, with training sessions taking place while people wait in line to get into the stadium and when they take their seats.

The attendees will also be encouraged to text message friends and families in the hours leading up to the speech urging them to watch it, Obama campaign officials told CNN Sunday.

"We want them to watch it,” an Obama advisor said. "We want to tell them to vote. This is a training exercise.”

Obama campaign officials also said they hoped to capitalize on the location of this year’s convention - they've distributed a large chunk of tickets to voters in the battleground state of Colorado, which has nine electoral votes.

"It’s not going to be 76,000 people sitting somewhere watching a speech,” said the Obama advisor. “It’s going to be 76,000 people attending a speech, and they will be turned loose … for the next 60 to 70 days.”

Gates for Thursday evening’s speech will open at 1 p.m. MT.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • DNC
soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. OBA-DEN 08... all the way!!

    I wish I could be there, but I will rooting from my television!

    August 24, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  2. Democrats Unite - Obama/ Biden 08!! Whoop whoop!!! :-)

    Bitter "Human Beings" like John Smith... Democrat for Mccain.... GROW UP and STOP BEING SO DARN IGNORANT!!!

    OBAMA WILL WIN!!! Regardless of all you haters! I was for Clinton and she lost... but as a loyal Democrat I am 100% for Obama!! Get over your feraking selves.... sheesh!

    OBAMA/ BIDEN 08.... 😀

    August 24, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  3. Betty

    Ron Paul vs Clintons coming soon – you heard it first from National Enquirer

    August 24, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  4. Tracy

    Obama/Biden 08 and 12

    Yes we can!

    August 24, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  5. Betty

    remember the fraud case against the clintons?

    August 24th, 2008 9:09 pm ET
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    Ron Paul vs Clintons coming soon – you heard it first from National Enquirer

    August 24, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  6. willieC

    Wrong pick for VP, I will now vote for McCain

    August 24, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  7. Astonished

    I am shocked to discover how a nation who is suffering from the hardship of 8 years of Bush/republicans are still voting for MCain.
    Seriously it must be something in the american water, air, etc.

    What`s wrong with you people!!! Fight the ignorance and come to the light... Serously I don`t know what to said... eduacte yourself!!!!

    August 24, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  8. Delaware

    vote Democratic for a real change.

    August 24, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  9. TN for Obama

    Sounds like somebody's jealous of Obama's appeal. Just wait until November and you'll see what this country does. You thought Europe loved does America. The whole world will love him AND gain respect for the U.S. abroad once again. We are hated by the world now because of the G.O.P.

    Nurses at the G.O.P. convention will outnumber the delegates.

    August 24, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  10. Joyce

    Hillary supporters "GET OVER IT" Vote for McCain if you want but don't say it was becasuse Hillary got cheated. She thought she desrved to be president and the public showed her she didn't..

    August 24, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  11. waiting2xhale

    I have had enough of the whining from the Clinton camp. Those that say they would rather vote for McCain than supporting the Democratic ticket, would have never supported Obama in the first place. I would have more respect for them if they said they were voting on the issues that concerned them and who best represents their interests. Let's get on with it.

    August 24, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  12. dennis from chicago

    put it simply filed 8 23 08 obama as of yet has not told anybody what hospital he was born in......ever wonder why........Is this a difficult question i want to know is alleged he was born in KENYA and not eligible to run for PRESIDENT WONDER WHY THE VACATION TO HAWAII......there are three [3] forged birth certificates........O BAMA WHAT HOSPITAL WERE YOU BORN IN.........SIMPLE ARE YOU OUT OF TOUCH,......

    August 24, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  13. Wade Ens

    If only 13 yr old kids could vote, with these juvenile antics.

    Obama please text us why you slammed the door in Hillary's face

    Were you rejecting Hillary or her Policies??

    August 24, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  14. waiting2xhale

    Yes Biden has been in the senate a long time, however he has fought the rights for those less fortunate. I think it is smart to pick someone who is willing to fight, knows the players, and has some political clout. I think he is a good balance for Obama. One last thing, he can be the bulldog when the attacks come again from McCain. I would rather have a president who actually weighs the pros and cons, and not afraid to change his mind if there is a valid reason. We have too many in office willing to jump in any countries fight, even without being invited.

    August 24, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  15. Texans for Obama

    Stop hating on Obama! He is going to win by a landslide so get ready for change in America! As far as the republican's are concerned, they are the biggest bunch of crooks! Look at Bush and cronies. They have broken every law in the book. I have no respect for republicans.

    Please, Colin Powell is not going to be McCain's running mate. Powell is going to end up endorsing Obama. You can take that all the way to the bank! GO OBAMA /BIDEN, YES WE CAN AND BELIEVE ME, WILL!

    August 24, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  16. ATG

    I am amazed and dumbfounded by the wisdom of American voters. How can a party (republican) ruin the country for eight years and still get its candidate elected. Its a shame that majority of americans do not undertsand what is happening to this great country and its worst if they know and do not care !

    August 24, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  17. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    Thank you Rick in AZ! That's about the truth of it all.

    August 24, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  18. RJ, CA

    "Tedious," you're getting to be really tedious! And I doubt that Dr. King had Obama in mind when he talked about character!

    August 24, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  19. BK

    Obama couldn't have his acceptance speech like everyone else. He has to go Rock Star status in the stadium. "The Citizen of the World" This is so stupid its funny. How could any one fall for that crap.

    August 24, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  20. Charlene, CA

    Obama is still the man! And they closed the comments in the other thread about Obama/McCain dead heat, so I have to post this here. shows that Obama is actually leading by 3%. Who the heck are you polling CNN? Why do you keep on trying to stir up trouble? Every other news network, including fox news suprisingly still shows Obama in a lead.

    August 24, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  21. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Barack Obama is not just smart, he is brillant!
    McCain's instant ads show that he is scared.
    He will lose. Back to the ranch bud.

    August 24, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  22. Jeffer65

    To "Colin Powell" – I can't see the real Powell wanting to be McCain's VP especially after the way Bush misinformed and mistreated him when he was Secretary of State. We don't even know who he would support for the election.

    August 24, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  23. Bill, Covington

    " This is a Training session" ??
    Sounds as tho it is more related to university style BRAIN-WASHING,
    indroctrination into the Democratic cult.

    One year of that trashy pair and their followers will be drinking the kool-ade and anything else they can find to end their agony.

    For me, I'll just sit back with my Beefeters Martini and congratulate myself for casting a vote for the caucasian male candidate.

    August 24, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  24. Debby

    What bands are playing before the speech hahaha.

    August 24, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  25. Matt

    what a bunch of loser!

    August 24, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
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