Obama to target 14 Bush states plus local races

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/060 8/11320_Page2.html

Politico interviews Deputy Campaign Manager Steve Hildebrand who tells Ben Smith "[Obama] will focus his resources largely in 14 states George W. Bush won in 2004... hoping to score upsets in places like Virginia, Indiana, and Georgia."

"In an unusual move, Obama's campaign will also devote some resources to states it's unlikely to win, with the goal of influencing specific local contests in places like Texas and Wyoming."

Which leads to perhaps the greatest spin of the cycle. McCain spokesman Brian Rogers: "It's revealing that Barack Obama has now been forced to expand the states on his map because he's so weak in traditional Democratic targets such as West Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee and Florida, not to mention his ongoing problems in Pennsylvania and Ohio,".

Hilarious. The whole article is very revealing of how the campaign is thinking. Also from the Chicago Tribune:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/natio nworld/chi-turnoutjun25,0,3852013.story

Sen. Barack Obama "could make major gains in at least nine states the Democratic ticket lost in 2004 if he can achieve a relatively modest increase in turnout among young and African-American voters,"

Long way to go yet but it is encouraging to read about all this offense.

Tags: Barack Obama, strategy, White House 2008 (all tags)

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Re: Obama to target 14 Bush states

I loved the quote from the McCain campaign, with Obama aggressively targeting deep red states because he's backed into a corner in the blue states.  Flat out lie.  Obama's initial ad buy covered only 4 blue states (WI, MI, PA, NH).  Even in those states Obama has been generally up in the high single digits in recent polling.  The other blue states appear genuinely safe.

Obama is going after 14 red states precisely because he does NOT have a lot of blue states to defend.  With superior resources, this is Obama's luxury.  

It is McCain who is backed in a deep, deep corner.  It is ironic that on the day McCain's staffer made this arrogant statement, a SUSA poll showed Obama up IN INDIANA!!! As Mickey Cantor would say, "These people [the McCain Camp] are shitting..."

And what problems in Ohio and Pennsylvania?  RCP averages are 5.3 Obama and 7.7 Obama, respectively.  WTF are these people talking about?

by SpideyDem 2008-06-25 05:43AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama to target 14 Bush states

SpideyDem said Mickey Kantor! Oh, the memories!

by conspiracy 2008-06-25 06:36AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama to target 14 Bush states plus local race

Funniest thing from article is the McCain spokesperson who reminds me of Comical Ali, who once said about the advancing Americans: "We have them surrounded in their tanks."

Comical McCain Spokesperson said:

"It's revealing that Barack Obama has now been forced to expand the states on his map because he's so weak in traditional Democratic targets such as West Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee and Florida, not to mention his ongoing problems in Pennsylvania and Ohio," said McCain spokesman Brian Rogers.

by niksder 2008-06-25 05:43AM | 0 recs
Obama to target 14 Bush states plus local races

"traditional Democratic targets such as West Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee and Florida"

WTH ?!? LOL....

Man, the hits keep comming. Kerry and Gore both lost all of these states and they are traditional Democratic targets?

Man, it feels good to have a candidate that isn't taking orders from the other team. I mean, was Obama supposed to run out and pour money into these states after hearing this statement?

by xodus1914 2008-06-25 06:15AM | 0 recs

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