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Obama backs off 50-state strategy
The Washington Times ^ | September 12, 2008 | Donald Lambro and S.A. Miller

Posted on 09/12/2008 2:17:18 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

...In a briefing for reporters Monday, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said they expected to hold all of the states won by Mr. Kerry in 2004, which gave him 251 electoral votes out of the 270 needed to win.

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama has pulled back from Georgia, stepped up his campaign in Pennsylvania and Michigan, and poured attention on Ohio.

The campaign hopes to take Iowa and New Mexico out of the Republican Party's column, which would push its total to 264 - putting it within six electoral votes that the campaign expects to find in at least one of six remaining tossups: Colorado, Indiana, Virginia, Nevada, Nebraska or Florida.

"When you look at the battleground states that will determine the presidency, we feel very good about where we are," Mr. Plouffe told reporters.

But Republicans expect to hold red states that the Obama camp has targeted, and hope to pick off Pennsylvania or Michigan, where the Real Clear Politics average of polls gives Mr. Obama a narrow two percentage point lead. A Republican victory in either state would be devastating for Mr. Obama's chances.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: davidplouffe; electionpresident; lambro; mccain; obama; obamabiden; obamabinbiden; plouffe; swingstates
A good description of how the race is boiling down.
1 posted on 09/12/2008 2:17:19 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

McCain is catching up and Obama’s donations are drying up.

Panic has set in with the Dems.


2 posted on 09/12/2008 2:34:19 AM PDT by Gamecock
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Nebraska??? The Obama Campaign is building castles in the sky.


3 posted on 09/12/2008 2:34:19 AM PDT by lmc12
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To: lmc12

They are eyeing some of the EVs, especially from big city areas. Like Maine, Nebraska splits their EV.


4 posted on 09/12/2008 2:38:01 AM PDT by paudio (Nobody cried 'racism' when Swann, Blackwell, and Steele lost to white guys in 2006)
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To: lmc12
Nebraska??? The Obama Campaign is building castles in the sky.

Nebraska divides its EC votes rather than awarding them winner-take-all. My understanding is that Team Bambi hopes to get one EC vote there.

6 posted on 09/12/2008 2:40:58 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Obama backs off 50-state 57-state strategy

Fixed it for them. We need to keep doing the media's job for them.
7 posted on 09/12/2008 2:41:06 AM PDT by j_k_l
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To: paudio

In Nebraska they’ve targeted Lincoln?, good luck there.


8 posted on 09/12/2008 2:47:50 AM PDT by lmc12
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To: Berlin_Freeper

It’s not about winning anymore. It’s about saving face. Otherwise, Obama WILL be Carter 2.0...in November 1980.


9 posted on 09/12/2008 2:50:21 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: Berlin_Freeper

OBAMA -the hysterical one- hath spoken

I think enough Americans are catching on that he’s a shoddy foreign import. No slave blood. A faker who has been doing a good imitation of competency when he’s really just a stage actor and a Columbia/Harvard affirmative action dunce


10 posted on 09/12/2008 2:52:35 AM PDT by dennisw (Never bet on a false prophet! ::::::|::::: Never bet on Islam!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

No crap! Obama is down to about a five state strategy, as is McCain. For Obama, it’s CO, VA, NH, MI, PA, and maybe OH, although I think he’s figuring out that OH is going to be tough. He doesn’t need us. He does need either CO or VA.


11 posted on 09/12/2008 3:06:15 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Shouldn't the headline read:

Obama backs off 60-state strategy

12 posted on 09/12/2008 3:16:06 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Kill 'em til they're dead, then kill 'em again!)
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To: Bushbacker1

You counting the EU?


13 posted on 09/12/2008 3:41:28 AM PDT by epluribus_2
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Indiana and Florida would be tough for Obama to pick up.

New Mexico and Colorado is his best bets. And if he wins Colorado, McCain better pick up Michigan or PA.


14 posted on 09/12/2008 3:47:13 AM PDT by jerry557
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To: jerry557

If I were barry, I’d pour a whole lot of money into ACORN in order to get the illegal, dead and contrived vote. This number is significant already.


15 posted on 09/12/2008 3:56:28 AM PDT by yorkie01
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Don’t listen to ratmedia push polls and ratmedia wishful thinking. Watch where they set up shops and close down shops.


16 posted on 09/12/2008 3:59:51 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

“Obama backs off 50-state strategy”

is he changing it to a 57 - state strategy?


17 posted on 09/12/2008 4:06:48 AM PDT by blueyon (Every one should get their 15 mins under the bus)
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To: dennisw
Columbia/Harvard affirmative action dunce

This seems to have been on the back burner, but may come home to roost. While Hussein hasn't released any transcripts, the fact that he wasn't included on any honor rolls at Colombia provides a clear indication that he was both unqualified and undeserving (ie the ultimate effect of affirmative action) to be admitted to HL.

That fact that he is NOT descended from slaves, yet is still widely embraced by AAs, is an interesting point. Imagine at some future date, an Hispanic POTUS candidate from Mexico City's ruling European elite, who appeals to descendants of illegals.

18 posted on 09/12/2008 4:11:18 AM PDT by semantic
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To: jerry557

Obama is playing a 270 game. I want McCain to play the 300 game. Go for the gut and knock this phony out once and for all.

They have to show a path to victory otherwise their donors will get depressed and whatnot.


19 posted on 09/12/2008 4:13:40 AM PDT by goodolemr
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To: paudio
from big city areas.

Big city areas? In Nebraska? I guess you mean Omaha?

20 posted on 09/12/2008 4:25:35 AM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (DEATH TO PUTIN!)
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To: Gamecock
McCain is catching up and Obama’s donations are drying up.

Panic has set in with the Dems.


And Barry isn't taking Federal Matching Funds which means he relying solely on donations for his campaign money

If Obama's donations go South his campaign is in deep doo-doo.
21 posted on 09/12/2008 4:41:51 AM PDT by Ticonderoga34
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Meanwhile, Scott Rasmussen’s poll has us only down 2 points in Washington state.

We are gaining momentum.


22 posted on 09/12/2008 4:53:41 AM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative (Reagan conservatism is back ! .. Thank God for Sarah.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Did Senator Obama really mean to call Governor Palin a pig? I don’t know, but the wildly cheering audience reaction was clear on what they interpreted. Of course, his repeated explanations, like on the Letterman show, just dig the hole deeper. The “lip stick” story keeps going on and on. For Sarah’s benefit, many Alaskans welcomed her home on Wednesday night with Palin Is Great (PIG) signs.

Did South Carolina Democratic Party Chairwoman Carol Fowler really say that Sarah Palin’s “primary qualification seems to be that she hasn’t had an abortion”? Yes she did.
Did her husband, former Democratic leader Don Fowler make stupid remarks about God because the hurricane interfered with the Republican convention? Yes he did.

Thank you democratic leadership. Letting us know how you feel about women who have worked their way up to positions of high responsibility. Governor Sarah Palin is an outstanding example of executive leadership. Unknown to many, as leader of the Alaska national guard, she commands the very missile units who face the “Bear” and other enemies across the straights. She is the “tip of the spear”.

Thank you John McCain, for picking an excellent Vice-President to-be. The Republican headquarters here in Cherokee County, Georgia is flooded with volunteers.


23 posted on 09/12/2008 4:56:20 AM PDT by firetruck
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To: lmc12

At RCP McCain is leading in three categories, national polls, approval rating, and intrade. There’s a lag on the electoral college estimates because the polls come in piecemeal state to state. But it looks, assuming he takes Ohio, he just needs one of the following, Colorado or New Mexico, and he’s got it. He’s also in play in Pennsylvania and Michigan and if one of those goes, it will be a rout. Anything can happen, but I’d say right now momentum is with McCain and Palin and they’ll go ahead in the electoral college very soon and won’t be headed.


24 posted on 09/12/2008 4:56:21 AM PDT by idov
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To: Berlin_Freeper
RE: the 50 state or 57 state strategies...

Actually, 0bomba would do better with a 107 state strategy.

The 57 Organisation of the Islamic Conference states, with 0 EV's, which 0Bomba is not going to give up no way no how, AND a good portion, or 270 EV's, of the remaining 50 USA states.

25 posted on 09/12/2008 5:04:16 AM PDT by C210N (The television has mounted the most serious assault on Republicanism since Das Kapital.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
All the joking about 50 or 57 states aside, why would any candidate have a 50-state strategy? This is the kind of hogwash that gets passed by the media, and they never bother to question it. Why not a 270 EV strategy? Claiming to go after all 50 states is just pandering, and no one called him on it.
26 posted on 09/12/2008 5:39:27 AM PDT by Lou L
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To: Lou L
Claiming to go after all 50 states is just pandering, and no one called him on it.

Pandering, at best. Mega-egotistical at worst.

27 posted on 09/12/2008 5:42:25 AM PDT by TexasNative2000 (Obviously, liberals can't handle a strong, independent woman.)
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To: zert_28

Doesn’t B. Hussein have to report soon his August fundraising numbers?


28 posted on 09/12/2008 5:47:13 AM PDT by Boiling Pots (Old and Busted: Barack 0bama, New Hotness: Sarah Palin)
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To: semantic
That fact that he is NOT descended from slaves, yet is still widely embraced by AAs, is an interesting point. Imagine at some future date, an Hispanic POTUS candidate from Mexico City's ruling European elite, who appeals to descendants of illegals.
 

Very few people care that the original intent of affirmative action was to offer redress to Blacks and Indians for past wars, slavery and discrimination. Just spoke with a fiend this morning who could only repeat "I am against all affirmative action"

So am I but meanwhile lets try to narrow it down to exclude Hispanics and other immigrants and women

BTW We get Colombian immigrants (legal and illegal) here who look just like Northern Europeans. Will they get affirmative action? I'll bet they do

29 posted on 09/12/2008 6:46:57 AM PDT by dennisw (Never bet on a false prophet! ::::::|::::: Never bet on Islam!)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

I heard that BO pulled his entire campaign staff out of Texas this week.


30 posted on 09/12/2008 9:26:28 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Sarah Palin is NOT worried about anything being above her pay grade!)
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To: Lou L
Why not a 270 EV strategy?

No margin for error.

That's why it's so important for McCain to work on flipping MN/WI/MI/PA. You don't want to put all your marbles in holding several tossup states.

31 posted on 09/12/2008 10:08:01 AM PDT by JohnnyZ (This gun for hire)
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To: JohnnyZ
No margin for error.

Well, of course you're not going to shoot for 270 on the nose. But all 50 states? You know darn well that unless they had the election sewn up (or completely lost), the only reason any candidate would go to Hawaii is for a little R&R.

There aren't really many options as far as swing states go. If you're Obama, you're not going to spend much time in states like Utah, Arizona, the Dakotas, and probably much of the south. Those areas are firmly in McCain's camp. Likewise if you're McCain, you're not typically going to spend a lot of time in New York, Massachusetts, and probably not even California, unless the polls show it very close there.

It costs money to campaign, and you don't just thrown around money in states where you don't need to spend.

32 posted on 09/12/2008 10:15:25 AM PDT by Lou L
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To: Lou L

I thought it was his 57 state strategy


33 posted on 09/12/2008 10:16:46 AM PDT by Moby Grape
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I thought Barry had a fifty-SEVEN State strategy!,,,,LOL


34 posted on 09/12/2008 12:49:36 PM PDT by PhillyRepublican
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