August 27th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama-Biden bus tour announced

(CNN) – Barack Obama and Joe Biden are set to hit several battleground states following the conclusion of the Democratic Nation Convention Thursday evening, the Obama campaign announced Wednesday.

The tour is dubbed "On the Road to Change,” and will feature stops in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania – all states expected to play a critical roll this fall.

The trip will be the first extended campaign leg featuring Obama and Biden together, as well as both candidates’ spouses.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Joe Biden
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  1. Pick Me! Pick Me!

    Things that make you go ummmmmmm......

    Why is it that all these people who moan and grown about Obama not having any, "experience" chose to elect Bush over McCain in 2000? Was it because Bush had more EXPERIENCE than McCain? And if so, in what besides the experience in the dumbing down of America?

    McCain wasn't good enough in 2000, what makes him good enough now?

    August 27, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. anon

    Will the credit card companies that bought Biden pay for this trip? Why is NO ONE covering Biden's ties to the credit card industry?

    August 27, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. nightmax

    To all you folks who want to call yourselves AMERICAN'S - HERE IS YOU BIG CHANCE! VOTE DEMOCRATE FOR THIS NEXT ELECTION.

    We are in desperate times and its gonna get WORSE BEFORE IT GETS ANY BETTER! I have watched the Democratic presidential convention this week and although I had my doubts in the very beginning, they are pulling it together.

    On one hand, I too wanted Hillary Clinton of the choices I was given as President. But this is not about race, creed, color . . . Obama may be inexperienced in a lot of things, but he has done his homework and has stepped up to the plate in this election. That's one of the main reasons he went after an olfer, more mature candidate for the VP. In Joe Binden, I believe he will do all that he has hoped, and dreamed for the American people.

    How many of you can honestly say that you, your parents, or even quite possibly your grandparents Aren't suffering from eight years of the Bush trails? Enough!

    What I do care about right now, TODAy is healing this country. It's heart wrenching to see and hear about people who have worked hard being laid off because their jobs have been sent elsewhere like to India or Argentina because they can hire employees for next to nothing, and didn't want to pay an employee who had already given them ten or more years at less.
    For the woman above who is unsure whether Obama is one of US . I realize this may be a new experience for you - the opportunity to vote is a serious one and should not be taken lightly. If you have a news paper, READ IT! If you have television - WATCH IT. Listen to what people are saying. Do you honestly want four more years of this? Lynn, come on, think about this, and review yesterday's convention.

    Mr. Kuchinch told us American's HOW IT REALLY IS - if that didn't or doesn;'t bring it all forward, ask yourself this, do you want your children to inherit the deficit left from the Bush Administration?

    Trillions of dollars that although is borrowed no doubt from CHINA can you imagine the stress and strain they will have to bear?

    Ridiculous!! If we don't make a decision now, it will affect/effect us for many, many years to come. Obama and Michelle are no different than the Mighty Hillary and Bill Clinton. Sometimes, pride doesn't allow us to bow out gracifully and when you see people like Bill ranting and raving about a man who basically did exactly what he did so many years ago, a new Governor at that, it's honestly upsetting.

    But the truth of the matter is this, a man with a vision, who is seeing thing much clearer than the Clintons might be is making his stand in the political arena. He isn't chasing young girls who wear rose colored underwear, the same age as his daughter, he isn't allowing his wife to suffer at home with breast cancer while he is on the presidential road looking for fresh meat, he isn't at some friends home in Texas shooting wild birds and accidently shoots the friend in the face (they were all probably drinking anyway). He isn't in the White house behind closed doors making deals with foreign leaders about oil fiields they hope to acquire - he is standing up for CHANGE and Bringing BACK TO America those things that the ones in government now, those same elected officials who swear they are for the American people, but can't remember how many houses they own, when in realiity they aren't all condemiums, but actual homes in places like Arizona!

    I want change, and I want a government that is for the People. Remember that New Orleans was a tremendous gaff on the Bush Administration, the crime rate in America is at an ALL TIME HIGH, many of us might be living in great neighborhoods and do not see people 85 years old going into a Check Cashing place in California and being robbed immediately the minute their foot stepped outside the door, or what about the drug level in America? There are so many, many people on drugs here in California that contrary to what you or anyone else might think - its not the Black man or his momma, or his family, its the whites in America who are on METH.

    I can't tell you how many white young women I run into who are on the transit system, with more than one child ON WELFARE! It isn't the people of color who are on welfare as is what's normally reported. I am just appalled at all of this now, and can't really understand the hurtful, misconceptions, and untruths that are being reported about Barack Obama. What I see and all I see if that Mr. Obama is cultured, he might be of mixed race but by 2013 all of America will be mixed race. He is a Harvard Law graduate, he had every oppportunity to work for a large law firm but chose to work with the people.

    What is it about all of this that is all on television, the radio, the Internet, and in Newspapers. Forget Bill Clinton's temper tantrums, please! I will never forgive him for going after a young college student when Hillary was at out working harder than any woman has in her life (probably out doing all she could to get women, and Americans on the road for change). He lost all crediability with me when he did this. I had hoped that John Edwards would make a wonderful choose also, but he omitted the seual affair he had with a common televsion producer. What? Are you kidding?

    See my point? You vote for whomever, but for me, its Barack Obama and Joe Biden!

    August 27, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. Jeff

    Oh! Lucky us!!

    August 27, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. Bob

    Can not wait to see them in the city near me!!

    August 27, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. Annette

    Folks we all are upset, frustrated, disappointed and just plain want this contest over. But the reality is we have two choices in November whether we like it or not. If you decide not to exercise your right to vote. Then stop complaining you get what you deserve NOTHING! Let's finally defeat the repubs!

    August 27, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. Willie Horton

    I'm voting McCain, because:

    1) They'll never let a non-white man be president.
    2) If we change, it will show the terrorists we're weak.
    3) McCain got caught by the enemy, so that gives him more experience to lead.
    3) Obama may inspire people around the world, but he only inspires the majority of people here.
    4) Even though Hillary ran a horrible campaign, with an ex-president as an advisor, and is still 20 skillion in debt, she would obviously apply here ecomomic experience to fix our problems if she were president.
    5) Michelle Obama is smart like Hillary. She's also only 44 years old, which means she'll pull a Hillary Clinton and come back as president in 12 years. Then that's another non white and a woman we'll have to deal with.
    6) People that think $4.00 a gallon gas, and high food prices are bad are just crybabies. People in the Great Depression didn't whine like this.
    7) The Republican Party, more specifically the religious right and neo-conservatives are gaga over McCain. McCain and whomever he chooses will bring out more votes than a Obama/Biden ticket could even imagine.
    8) The guy that left his wife when she was ill for barbie looks better than a bunch of non-whites in a white house.

    August 27, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. Obama/Biden

    John McCaim is dangerous for the country because four more years of Bush liking will bring more threat to our country. Obama/Biden ticket is very strong on national security and Biden as well as Obama is well respected around the world. Obama has better judgment on every single issues that we need on a president than mccain. That is why we must vote Democratic this November to prevent a second 9/11 and have someone who is ready for what ever decission to defend our national security in case of any plot.

    August 27, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. Jim - Catholic male

    Obama/Biden are smart to concentrate on states like Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania – where McCain doesn't own any houses!

    Choosing Biden helps Obama enormously because Biden has a background similar to many working people in these three states.

    Am I correct to say Joe Biden would be the FIRST Catholic Vice President in US history? That connection also helps in these three states.

    August 27, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. Baze

    This whole election process is turning into a black eye for America. It's bringing out all the undercover racism, chaveunism, and just plain ignorance still plaguing this country. Hopefully the end result will unite the country, but it sure doesn't look that way right now.

    August 27, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. proud army and navy mom

    As an Obama/Biden supporter, I have to say I am really proud of some of Hillary's supporters today.

    I would like to personally welcome them back home. I understand that it takes time to adjust and that's fine. You make me feel like you really do care about our troops and our economy.

    I appreciate your efforts at unity in realizing that we must put a democrat in the whitehouse. thank you!

    August 27, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. LLM from MD

    NO WAY, NO HOW, NO MCCAIN!!!! It's amazing how the republicans are trying to divide our party–simplay amazing. The should not get away with this. Selecting a VP was Obama's decision NOT theirs. How dare they criticize because Hillary was not selected as his running mate-MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS GOP!! Concentrate on how many seats will be empty at your convention. At least we are trying to unite. Now what's interesting is how UN-UNITED the repugs are....I mean how many folks have refused to be seen celebrating with McWAR????? I've lost count.

    August 27, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. LLM from MD

    CAUGHT MY TYPOS:

    NO WAY, NO HOW, NO MCCAIN!!!! It's amazing how the republicans are trying to divide our party–simply amazing. They should not get away with this. Selecting a VP was Obama's decision NOT theirs. How dare they criticize because Hillary was not selected as his running mate—MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS GOP!! Concentrate on how many seats will be empty at your convention. At least we are trying to unite. Now what's interesting is how UN-UNITED the repugs are….I mean how many folks have refused to be seen celebrating with McWAR????? I've lost count

    August 27, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. alvino

    Have you noticed?
    McCain was against Off-Shore Drilling before he was for it.

    McCain is now for Family Values but broke a promise to God and his first wife.

    McCain was against the Bush Tax Cuts before he was for it.

    Against MLK Day before he was for it.

    Against big government until he and Bush were for it. (more later)

    August 27, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. Sick & Tired of Nobama

    How can they possibly drive it with all those people under it that Nobama has thrown there??
    hahahahahahahaha

    August 27, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. Arkansas Undertaker

    “I want you to ask yourselves: Were you in this campaign just for me?

    Or were you in it for that young Marine and others like him? Were you in it for that mom struggling with cancer while raising her kids? Were you in it for that young boy and his mom surviving on the minimum wage? Were you in it for all the people in this country who feel invisible?”

    …No way. No how. No McCain.”

    – Hillary Rodham Clinton DNC 8/26/08
    Obama/Biden 2008 HRC Secretary of State

    August 27, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. CopperGal

    Spent 20+ years in AZ feeling like I was the only Democrat in the whole state. Am in Texas now and hope Obama and Biden come to Dallas/Ft Worth. Yes part of this area is major Bush country but there are quite a few Democrats here too. PLEASE COME TO THE DFW AREA BARAK AND JOE. I'm 50+ years old and have never felt like I had any say in the political process until this year. There are quite a few independant voters here (being independant is a part of Texas history) . Texas has quite a few Electorial College votes. O and B can make a BIG difference here. PLEASE COME!!!!

    August 27, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. Barbara - GA

    Georgia on my mind....

    August 27, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. CM

    'Sick and Tired'

    Glad you laugh at your own jokes. You should do stand-up. Really

    No way. No how. No McCain!

    August 27, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. Mike in an RNC war room

    Mike in Texas, Mike in Arizona, Mike in Syracuse New York, yeah, they're all me.

    I can't believe there are people who actually buy what I'm peddling. I can't believe there are people willing to vote for my boss McCain. But hey, sucker born every minute, and doing this pays my bills.

    I don't even have to change my posting name! These people are so gullible!

    August 27, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. James Fuchs

    While everyone is bemoaning the fact of the dispirited economy, could someone explain why people are still taking vacations? Apparently, the Disney corporation hasn't had to shut the doors to their amusement parks because of lack of attendance. Notably, Americans have suffered with their "staycations" while the cost of gas (up to today) dropped.
    Yup. We're in the tank because of the economy... and now, we cringe holding our guns and bibles, etc. etc. etc.
    Folks, for my two cents (which apparently cost 7 cents to produce), politicians are politicians. They are not public servants. I say this because they're there for themselves and if oh, something good happens for their area, well then, so much the better.
    A public servant is a police officer, a fire fighter, a teacher, a medical specialist (doctor, nurse, EMT).
    It's time we let our "elected officials" know who they work for and they'd better get on the job, because just like at the turn of the 20th century, there's always someone waiting more desirous of the job.

    Oh, and Joe Biden is, was and forever shall be in my mind a PLAGARIST! I guess that means he can't concieve of an independent thought.

    August 27, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA

    GOOD, WONDERFUL! SOMETHING POSITIVE AT LAST, ON CNN ABOUT SEN. OBAMA!

    WITH THE FAILURES OF BUSH/CHENEY/MCCAIN! AND THE FACT, THAT ONLY........31% OF THE PEOPLE SUPPORT BUSH/CHENEY! YOU'D THINK CNN WOULD BE FOCUSING ON THOSE FAILURES RATHER THAN PUTTING DOWN...... PUBLISHING RUMORS........ AND NOT............FOCUSING ON THE HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE OF THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN!

    SHAME ON YOU CNN...........WE HAVE EXPECTED BETTER.......OR ARE YOU NOW.............FOX NEWS?

    August 27, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  23. Mike in an RNC war room

    McCain got his party's nomination clinched three months before Obama... how come it's taken him a week longer then Obama to pick a running mate?

    Oh yeah, because McCain, surprise surprise, is the stuffed shirt. He's the empty suit. He's the one who has to follow whatever Obama does. He's the one without any original ideas.

    And people are planning to vote for him? Wow.

    August 27, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. Ron Ft. Myers

    Biden has been in politics forever, just like McCain and he has not done a thing of significance. Also, he is an "old" man by the current definition. So what does he bring to the table but a loud mouth and a bunch of useless rhetoric, much like Queen Nancy and chamber maid Barbara Boxer.

    All three are windbags. Obama should have sucked up and really made a change, as he professes and not recruit an old has been like Biden. I wonder if Biden would give up his over inflated pension and attempt to live on social security like all of us blue collar slobs he says he represents.

    How does anyone buy into the program that any of these politicians can relate to the "common" man?

    They voted huge pension increase for themselves over the years ,while we keep paying more and more into social security. That doesn't sound like the actions of people that say,"They're just like us." They always court the elderly regarding social security, yet they do not participate in the program. I wonder why?

    August 27, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. Olivia

    NO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 27, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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