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Obama Looks Past W.Va.

Barack Obama speaks in Missouri on Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By Peter Slevin
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Primary? What primary? Did someone say something about West Virginia?

As Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton prepared to celebrate victory in West Virginia's presidential primary, Sen. Barack Obama was halfway across the country staging what might be called the first event of the Democratic general election campaign.

Obama, pointedly paying little attention to a Clinton win that will barely dent his delegate lead, landed in a swing state and trained his fire on Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee. He predicted McCain would offer "four more years of the same approach that has failed the American people over the last eight years."

Delivering a sharp series of criticisms of McCain's record on taxes, Social Security, health care and the Iraq war, Obama said McCain's election would create four more years of "the Bush-McCain program." As he continued a recent focus on the economy, Obama said recent trends reveal "a story of the American dream slipping away."

The Obama campaign calculates that a victory May 20 in Oregon will give the Illinois senator a majority of pledged delegates to go with his lead in the popular vote, permitting him to declare victory despite losing West Virginia tonight and an expected loss in Kentucky on May 20.

Obama chose Cape Girardeau -- a conservative patch of Missouri that happens to be Rush Limbaugh's home town -- and two stops Wednesday in Michigan to send a message that he intends to compete with McCain for independent and Republican votes. He called the November election "a chance to build a new majority."

As he spoke tonight in a sprawling Thorngate Ltd. garment factory before flying to Michigan, Obama noted that he was wearing a union-made suit. He also wore an American flag pin on his left lapel.

By Web Politics Editor  |  May 13, 2008; 7:32 PM ET
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hillary would have won indaia by much more Gary, Indiana votes took for ever to report. they tried to manipulate the numbers but CNN started to complian.
democrat for McCain's 2008

Posted by: Anonymous | May 15, 2008 12:01 AM | Report abuse

The problems with Edwards' endorsement:

1. He is not a superdelegate.
2. He lost his 2004 and 2008 Presidential bid.
3. He was on the losing ticket as VP to John Kerry in 2004.
4. His endorsement proves that Obama cannot win the Dem key constituency.
5. His speech had more praise for Hillary than Barack. How embarassing for Barack.

Posted by: linda | May 14, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

I switched from Democrat party to Republican party this week, and many people Ie know are following suit. Many of us feel Obama is being shoved down our throats by the Democratic party leaders.... it is disgusting and embarassing.... here Hillary just won by 40+ points, albeit WV, and Edwards comes out in support of Obama... how laughable. DNC, hear me and others -- we are NOT voting for YOUR candidate, it is obvious what you are doing .... Here we go MCCAIN 2008!!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

I am upset to see so many people attacking WV. You say you want change and that you support Obama, yet you resort to the same rhetoric used by the bigots who attack Barrack...? I am from WV originally and currently reside in PA, and I support Hillary. She won PA, so is PA uneducated and racist as well?

Posted by: WV | May 14, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

They voted like 99%-1% in Gary, Indiana for Obambi....

99% to 1%

Who is Racist?

economically similar to many poor rural areas in West Virginia....

But nobody is calling Gary, Indiana the most racist city in the country...

Why do people attack whites who have been supporting Obambi to the tune of 44% of the white vote?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

hang on to your guns, folks.

you're gonna need 'em

Posted by: frede | May 14, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: frede | May 14, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

this country is going to the dogs and fast. it may soon be time for patriots to invoke the true theme of the declaration of independence.

Posted by: DON'T TREAD ON ME | May 14, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

The reason for high oil prices is simple. While economists are talking supply and demand, politicians are talking compassion, "change" and being on the side of the angels -- and against drilling for our own oil.

Has any economist ever attracted the kinds of cheering crowds that Barack Obama has -- or even the crowds attracted by Hillary Clinton or John McCain?

If you want cheering crowds, don't bother to study economics. It will only hold you back. Tell people what they want to hear -- and they don't want to hear about supply and demand.

No, supply and demand is not too "complex." It is just not very emotionally satisfying.

Posted by: obama is a joke | May 14, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Hillary won West Virginia because everyone in that state is an uneducated racist.

Posted by: The Truth | May 14, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: GAY4LIFE | May 14, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse


Welcome to the BIG TENT MISS



Posted by: Dems Rule | May 14, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

It's been a blast, this presidential campaign. A great story, full of drama. But no one should think it's been honest. With the possible exception of Iraq -- where candidates are compelled to face real issues -- the campaign has been an exercise in mass merchandising.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

obama will bring the usa to a spiritual rebirth and turn the nation away from the false evils of consumerism. its not about policy its about character.obama has spent his life fighting for the rights of children and bringing healthcare while the republicans are hypocrites who achieve nothing by declring war on sex education and pollute the earth. obama will change the heart of america.

Posted by: josef | May 14, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

The big tent adds 12,000,000 new DEMS
and now has over 10% more registered voters


142 to 2025 Obama
311 to 2025

238 Supers and 194 =
432 delegates left

Posted by: Dems Rule | May 14, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

west virginia is an ignorant, racist state anyways. so, who cares what they think? the truth is, the time for real hope and real change is now. obama and his incredible wife Michelle speak of a worldview that nurtures life, not destroys it, like bush and his evil agenda that kills millions of innocent people. obama will lead a usa in which every single life, every individual, is celebrated, not incarcerated. obama is a president of the future and he will save the planet and give a good life to everyone regardless of race, sex, or religious beliefs. look at how bush destroyed new orleans to kill millions of black people, and how 9/11 was an inside job by bush.

Posted by: josef | May 14, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Mo observer | May 14, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Now, let's turn our attention to the "Truth About McCain". Did you know he called his wife a "c*&nt"?

Those are SOME family values!

Posted by: francislholland | May 13, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Park Ridge did have a mobile home park when
she was born

Posted by: billc | May 13, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Fred - You have it all wrong. Park Ridge does not have a mobile home park. :)

Posted by: tr | May 13, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Hillary was raised in a middle-class family in the middle of a state in the middle of America. From that classic childhood in the Park Ridge, Illinois mobile home park, Hillary went on to become one of America's foremost advocates for children,families, and abortion; an attorney twice voted one of the most the most unethical in America; a First Lady of Arkansas who helped transform the schools into what they are today; a bestselling "ghosted" author; a First Lady for America who helped transform that role into dishonor, becoming a chump for health care and families at home and a champion of women's rights to abortion.

Since her wind-breaking election to the United States Senate, Hillary has been a steadfast advocate for middle-class families, working tiredly to help create jobs, expand children's health care and abortion, and prevent Social Security from realization.

As the only Senator representing New York after 9/11, Hillary has fought to soften our approach to homeland security and to inhibit our communications and intelligence operations. As the first New Yorker ever named to the Senate Armed Services Committee, as well as a bona fide war hero, Hillary, though she voted for the war, and expressing a desire to wage nuclear war on Iran, has been a tough critic of the administration's bungling of Iraq and a fierce advocate for proper equipment, health benefits, and treatment for military families.

Hillary is strongly committed to making sure that every American has the right to vote in fair, accessible, and credible elections. She introduced the Count Every Vote Act of 2005 to ensure better protection of votes and to ensure that every vote is counted. The only time she stepped away from this philosophy was in 2007 during the Democrat party primary, when she agreed that the votes of Florida and Michigan would not count.

She has since, through the rigors of deep soul-searching, decided to change her stance in this issue, and has gone back to her Count Every Vote ethic, proving her flexibility.

Posted by: fred | May 13, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Any of you Hillary supporters who think her win in W. Virginia tonight matters one iota to where this primary campaign is going are drinking from the same cup of delusional flavored kool-aid as Clinton herself.

I mean, c'mon, as if this is even worthy of further discussion: but why is it that every single state Obama won was "insignificant" for one dreamed up reason or another but every state she won is "critical" to November and a "game changer"? If that were really the case, then guess what -- the game would have changed -- a.long.time.ago. If that were the case, then why is Senator Clinton losing by EVERY metric (pledged and super delegates, popular votes, number of states won, and let's not even go there on the fundraising front).

I think all of you should be outraged that she's insulting your intelligence. I mean, let's face it, this woman went to Yale. She's no idiot. She's just banking on the fact that you are.

Posted by: Get real! | May 13, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

How do you explain New York, California, Texas, New Hampshire, Massachussetts and New Mexico? These states have vastly different populations with different groups of people making up these states. No one said that of Obama when he won Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and South Carolina. They are not exactly known for their higher education standards either but we didn't label them as uneducated. What we need to do here is stop labeling people as educated or uneducated and call them what they are AMERICANS!

The mainstream media and the Dem hierarchy just loves to join the Osamobama bandwagon by calling voters for Hillary in PA and WV racists.

We will remember in November.

Posted by: Typical White Person | May 13, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Hillary wins W Virginia by a large margins!

Obama thinks is not a big deal; but what is significant about this election is that the only voting groups left that support Obama are blacks and eggheads.

All the Hillary-haters that voted for Obama originally when they didn't know who the real Obama is, will not vote for Barack Hussein Obama in the general election, because of his close relations to extremists groups that hate America. They will vote for the patriot, John McCain instead.

Posted by: Manolete | May 13, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama looks past West Virginia and notices that he's lost the blue collar vote. Uh oh!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 13, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

I've been asking myself today, if the real reason Clinton supporters were voting for Hillary was indeed only because of her gender.

The problem that I'm having is that I hear from some vocal ones, that they would sooner vote for McCain, than Obama... even though we all know, that Clinton and Obama have very similar platforms and values about our country.

Posted by: wolf | May 13, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Megaduck-And just what was it the REAL "RAT" said that you made a correction about?

I think you actually meant JakeD! ;~)

RAT-The, easily Imitated, Never Replaced! :-)

Hard to Copy! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | May 13, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

You know, all these supposed Hillary supporters who say they will vote for for McCain even if it means sending more Americans to die in Iraq, overturning Wade vs. Roe and more tax incentives for the rich, don't even represent Hillary Clinton; and Hillary Clinton certainly doesn't represent them! Why? Because when Barack Obama receives the nomination for the Democratic Party, Senator Clinton will campaign and work her heart out for him. This is because deep down she knows the Democratic Party is bigger than either her or her husband. She will choose unity over divisive politics and she will choose to end Republican misrule no matter what. So all this talk about abandoning the Democratic Party because Hillary didn't get nominated is bunk - a true Hillary Clinton supporter will line up behind the nominee: just as Senator Clinton will. If not, they were never about supporting Clinton - they were about supporting their own selfish pride.

Posted by: woody | May 13, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

People have short memories. Senator Hillary Clinton won Massachusetts by a margin of 20 to 1 against Obama! The dumbo Senators Ted Kennedy and John Kerry, and the even dumber Governor Deval Patrick, galloped all over the state like Paul Revere on behalf of Obama. Now what does that tell you? Obama supporters claim that Hillary Clinton supporters are uneducated, low-class whites, clutching guns and going to church . . . perhaps we will all go out hunting in November or perhaps we will all go sit in church and pray for tomorrow if Obama wins the Democratic primary. . .

Posted by: Cantabrigian | May 13, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

JakeDummy===Who's going to pay Hillary's people this week? I heard that road kill possum don't buy you much gasoline.

Posted by: oldman&theC | May 13, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

No problem : )

Posted by: JakeD | May 13, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse


Actually I owe you an appology, reading quickly I was confusing your posts with RAT-the's.

Posted by: Megaduck | May 13, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

The margin of victory in West Virgina over Obama shows again his inability to connect with blue collar white males and pink and blue collar white females in America.
Obama must make inroads into this block of voters if he is to win in November.
Obama must relax, be himself and also provide concrete examples of the practical aspects of his plans as president. Ronald Reagan did this. Also he needs to reconsider his health care plan. Insurance is NOT the answer here.
He may want to study the Conservative Plan for Health Care by a working group at
CPAC for a start.

Posted by: Peter Roach | May 13, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Why Obama ignored W Va? Maybe because they have more common sense than all those so called educated young generation? Maybe because they can see through his colors? Maybe because they understand better than the white Obamanist who are pretending not to be racist? Maybe because they are more honest and simple people wity more wisdom than those who go to college and become corrupted. Maybe because ethey did not have the opportunities that Obama himself and his big mouth wife Michelle had? Maybe because they have the right to do what they want because this is America. They what are the blacks doing here? If they can not understand the right that americans have why they don't go to Kenya or somewhere in Africa where do not have to see whites. Blacks are more racist than whites because they do not respect the rights of others.

Posted by: rosalynneus | May 13, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Dandy Don Meredith used to say, "If and but for candy and nuts what a Merry Christmas we'd all have."

This win in West Virginia will net Hillary Clinton 10 delegates. That is more than canceled out by the 18 superdelegates that pledged to Barack Obama this week. After WV, he will lead in pledged delegates by 155, in the popular vote by over 500,000 and with superdelegates by 10.

When Michigan and Florida are added in, Clinton will gain, at most, another 50 delegates on Obama. That will leave Obama with a 100 delegate lead in pledged delegates and a 100,000 vote lead in popular vote (giving him credit for the 40% who voted "uncommitted" in Michigan, since he wasn't on the ballot).

Of the remaining primaries, Obama will be heavily favored in Oregon, Montana, and South Dakota, and Clinton will be heavily favored in Kentucky and slightly favored in Puerto Rico. His lead in delegates is insurmountable and the superdelegates will continue to flow in his direction.

He has run a better race and has beaten her by every measure, though it has been extremely close. Making arguments about November electability is sounding more like sour grapes at this point.

Obama polls about the same as Clinton nationally against McCain and puts different states than she does into play. It is time to get behind the nominee and take back the White House from the Republicans.

Posted by: Chuck | May 13, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse


I wouldn't vote for her in a million years. I just want a little consistency from the EXTREMISTS on both sides. Truth be told, I voted for Obama in the California primary ; )

Posted by: JakeD | May 13, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Facism Rules!!!

Praise the Lord!

We've got McAmnestyForBrownPeople, Hillary Rotten Clinton, and Barack HUSSEIN-THE BUTCHER OF BAGHDAD Obama...

I'm going with my old favorite... The Nazi Party!!

Nazi 08

and God Bless.

Posted by: RAT-The | May 13, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

How do you spot a hypocrite? By the flag pin that he wears:

Obama sporting flag pin as he campaigns in W. Virginia
By Margaret Talev | McClatchy Newspapers
Posted on Monday, May 12, 2008 email | print tool nameclose
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WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama, who labeled discussion of whether he wears a flag pin in his lapel a false issue in a debate with Hillary Clinton, was wearing one Monday as he campaigned in West Virginia ahead of Tuesday's primary vote there.

Obama made no reference to the pin, which could be clearly seen in television images and through telephoto lenses as he spoke in Charleston, W. Va., about veterans issue. There was no public comment from his campaign.

Monday morning, pollster and former Bill Clinton adviser Douglas Schoen wrote in an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal that Obama needs to better define his values heading into the general election. "First, and obviously symbolically, he must start wearing the flag lapel pin," Schoen wrote. "He simply cannot afford to raise doubts about his patriotism."

Posted by: brigittepj | May 13, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

yeah, I'm with you God Willing.

Praise The Lord!


Lord Have Mercy!

God Bless America (just not the ones who don't think it's Super Wonderful)

Posted by: God Willing, Indeed. Mitt is a Joke | May 13, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

God willing, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee will see to it that trend is protected!

Barry Insane O'BombaNation, will be a Senator in February!

So will Hildebeast and McAmnesty! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | May 13, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

West Virginia.

Please. I mean get real. Have any of you BEEN here?

I think Puerto Rico is more relevant than we are. What a collection of inbreds. This state is at least 50 years behind other developed states. Shoot, we're 50 years behind PA, and they're still back woods.

I think the mentality here in West Virginia goes WAAAY beyond "Bitter". I think "Retarded" or just plain "Stupid" work just fine.

At least the land is still cheap, though

: )

Think... "Deliverance".

Posted by: Harvey Davis, Jr - Capon Bridge, WV | May 13, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

jack & Kate wrote:

"NO Democrat has won the Presidency since 1916 without winning in West Virginia. It's a FACT!"


Well, no woman has EVER won the Nomination from either major party, either.

So, nya nya nya nya nya!

Posted by: Nanny Nanny Boo Boo | May 13, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the first candidate I can recall that broke a campaign promise central to the campaign before an election.
Promise "I'll be above the fray"
Fact- Started the fray in the MSNBC debate
with Edwards help..
Does he think his supporters are fools
and not realize he broke a key promise.
They are and they did.What a bonehead and boneheads.

Posted by: Chief | May 13, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, Jack & Kate,

Even if Michigan and Flordia are counted he is still winning in all catagories.

Delegates, Super Delegates, and Voters.

This is what democracy is. It might be tyranny of the majority but it is still about the majority. You might think that she is the best person for the presidency, but she has not been able to convince the majority of the democrates to agree.

Posted by: Megaduck | May 13, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Hillary on a very impressive WIN today in West Virginia! Wow!

Superdelegates take note:

NO Democrat has won the Presidency since 1916 without winning in West Virginia. It's a FACT! Hillary can win West Virginia and Obama cannot. Hillary has won ALL of the must win states for the Dems in November by wide margins.

Hillary is clearly the most qualified and most electable candidate for the Dems. The Dem party would be foolish to nominate an unelectable Obama. It makes NO sense.

Hillary must stay in this race through the convention where with the votes of Florida and MIchigan, she will prevail. A few months is an eternity in politics, ANYTHING can happen and delegates are not "bound" to anyone, they can ALL vote for whichever candidate has the best chance of winning in November. The Dems would be smart to wait until August to determine the most electable nominee who we believe will be Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Posted by: Jack & Kate | May 13, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse


I never STARTED screaming "bloody murder". As for "majority rules" -- the Credentials Committee will probably have to decide whether Florida and Michigan delegates are seated -- so much for the DEMOCRATIC Party.

Posted by: JakeD | May 13, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

JakeD-Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but as of late, I have come to realize the Site I am commenting on, is "Biased".

"Barry" "Empty Suit" Insane O'BombaNation can do no wrong. His very movements are Historical events! Dis-Guarded Items are "Holy Relics" to be placed sacrificially on E-Bay! His Blurps, reverently documented for later abridging! HE, is "Empty Suit"!

Aw Man!

LOL! The Dims are STUCK with him! The bad part is the Bill Richardson Factor! Class Warfare has already won in too many Countries already! We have allowed WAAAYYYYY to many Socialist Wannabees in!

Posted by: RAT-The | May 13, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, have you ever stopped screaming bloody murder?

The people of West Virginia deserve to let their vote be heard and then America as whole gets its vote heard. Unfortunatly for Clinton, in this contest, majority rules.

Posted by: Megaduck | May 13, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse


Didn't the Obamaniacs SCREAM BLOODY MURDER when Hillary "ignored" his wins in all those States? They said she was IMPUGNING the good name and character of all those voters!!!

Posted by: JakeD | May 13, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Don't tell me;

Too many "Bitter White People" clinging Guns and talking about his Religion?! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | May 13, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

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