October 31st, 2008
11:12 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama targets McCain's home state

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(CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will start advertising for the first time in rival John McCain's home state just days before the November 4 election, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe told reporters Friday.

Plouffe said the campaign will broadcast its positive spot, "Something," in Arizona.

"We're running a positive ad there. It's Sen. McCain's home state. We're cognizant of that," Plouffe said.

All the same, the campaign considers Arizona worth fighting for.

"If someone else had been the Republican nominee, it would have been a core battleground like its neighbor Western states," Plouffe said, adding "Our internal data suggests this could be a very, very close race."

The latest CNN national Poll of Polls, released Friday morning, finds McCain leading by 4 percentage points in Arizona, which he has represented in Congress for 25 years. The poll of polls found the Republican leading Obama 49 percent to 45 percent, with 6 percent of the state's voters undecided.

Thursday's poll of polls showed Obama leading McCain by 5 percentage points, 49 percent to 44 percent, with 7 percent undecided.

A McCain spokesman dismissed Obama's advertising as a "waste of his resources."

"Voters in Arizona won't accept job-killing tax increases, won't accept a trillion dollars in new federal spending and won't accept Barack Obama," Tucker Bounds said.

But Plouffe said Arizona was in play, partly because the Obama campaign was "doing very well" with Hispanic voters and suburban voters.

He said the campaign was going back on the airwaves in Georgia and North Dakota with its negative advertisement, "Rearview Mirror," which ties McCain to President Bush.

CNN's new Georgia poll of polls shows McCain still leading Obama by 6 points, 50 to 44 percent, amid reports of overwhelming early voter turnout. There is no reliable recent North Dakota polling.

On Thursday, MoveOn.org announced it was targeting the Arizona senator with ad buys in each of the state's major media markets. The Obama camp issued a call for volunteers there, citing tightening polls in the state.

Earlier this week, the McCain campaign and the Republican National Committee paid for negative robo-calls in Arizona, telling voters Obama's election "invites a major international crisis he will be unprepared to handle alone."

CNN's electoral map suggests Obama leads McCain 291 to 163 in the Electoral College, with 84 votes there up for grabs. A candidate needs 270 electoral votes to win the presidency.

Filed under: Arizona • Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (185 Responses)
  1. BobH

    All the national endorsements have a big effect, even in red states. It's hard to argue Obama's a socialist when The Economist backs him. Plus the latest endorsement: 70 American Nobel Prize winners. That has to be most of the living US citizen Nobel laureates. All for Obama. Unprecedented (and oddly uncovered in the media)

    October 31, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. OBAMA for Leader

    The American peopel are wising up to the fear and tare down tactics being used by the RNC, and concuding that this is unamerican.

    They say they are Christian, but christians do not behave this way. The RNC is far from being brotherly. They divide and spread hate for purpose of power.

    Now because someone has stated they would like to help people in need, they interpret this as socialism.

    I am sick and tired of this hateful group. If they are belivers of the bible....well they have another thing coming their way....and it's not good.

    Obama 08 for a Unites Sates !!!!!!

    October 31, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. JoE-Republican for Democrats

    Lets make the whole MAP, BLUE!!!!

    Lets send a message out to those who have mocked, n ran a very very negative campaign.

    Lets tell McCain, Shame on you for not having control of your campaign.

    Lets tell Sarah–we DO NOT like who incites violence, calling Obama a "palling with terrorist".

    Lets send a message to Sarah McPain that–THERE IS NO BLUE PRO AMERICAN CITY AND NON PRO AMERICAN CITY,,,

    Republicans ran a very bad campaign, Sarah Pain was a mistake...They do not have any substance at all..


    October 31, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. Montana Mama

    We all deserve a leader that is committed to unity rather than division and exclusion. We are a stronger country when we stand united. There is only one ticket that will lead is in the right direction. God Bless Senator Obama and Senator Biden as they continue their fight to lead us all to a better, brighter future!

    Obama/Biden 08'

    October 31, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. Amy

    Where in the world is McCain's flag pin? I thought that was THE sign you were patriot?

    October 31, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |

    That's a clear indication what's going to come.

    October 31, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. gigi,nc

    obama /biden 08. please go vote

    October 31, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. ErniePF

    It's time for McCail'n and Pain to wobble off into their respective sunsets.

    October 31, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. Annette

    That's the way to do it, GO FOR IT! Nice to see my dollars at work!

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 31, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. mb

    Good call Obama Camp, also go to Alaska too.

    October 31, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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