Obama, McCain head west to pickup votes, support

Sen. Obama has returned to the campaign trail after taking a couple days to reportedly visit his ailing Grandmother in Hawaii. The next stop for both campaigns this weekend is the Western swing states such as Nevada and Colorado. Both campaigns need to pick off a few western states on their way to the magic 270 electoral vote number.

Report from Fox News:

Barack Obama and John McCain headed out West on the next-to-last weekend of their presidential race, seeking victories in the battleground states of Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico, which could determine the winner on Election Day just over a week away.

But not all Western states are getting equal attention. The candidates have spent little time, for example, in California, Arizona, or Oregon despite the combined 72 electoral votes in play in those states.

And without campaign stops there, local voters have been left without the opportunity to talk with the candidates about key issues in their states, such as immigration in California and Arizona and the environment in Oregon.

Polls undoubtedly are a factor in the candidates’ absence.

According to Real Clear Politics polling, Obama has comfortable leads in California (by 21 percentage points) and in Oregon (by 14.7 points). McCain is well ahead in his home state of Arizona by 11.3 points.

Even so, McCain has been campaigning in Pennsylvania, where he trails by 11 percentage points in some polls.

As for Obama, his campaign pointed to his broad travels during the primaries.

“Senator Obama campaigned in 48 states, which is frankly unprecedented for a presidential campaign,” Obama campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor said.”He has held rallies and town hall meetings in nearly every state in the country. It’s one of the benefits of having a contentious primary.”

Vietor added McCain has been forced by Obama in the general election to defend Republican turf in states such as Missouri, Virginia and North Carolina.

“That’s a good thing for democracy and a good thing for the electorate and a good thing for the candidates,” he said.

Obama was resuming his campaign in Nevada on Saturday with rallies in Reno and Las Vegas before holding one at night in Albuquerque, N.M. The Democrat put aside political events on Thursday night and Friday to spend time with his grandmother in Hawaii, whom he described as gravely ill.

McCain, pivoting from his three stops in Colorado on Friday, also will be pushing hard in New Mexico on Saturday. He is holding rallies in Albuquerque and in Mesilla, farther south.

The California Republican Party is also helping McCain, but, like the candidate’s travels, much of the state party’s efforts are aimed outside the state. It is sending $2 million to Colorado and $1 million to Nevada to help get-out-the-vote efforts there.

“The California Republican party’s aggressive fundraising and campaign programs continue to have a major national role in this critical election,” the state GOP said in a written statement.

“Since February 2007, the CRP has raised over $36 million for the programs that are working to benefit all of our candidates, from John McCain and Sarah Palin to our congressional, legislative and local candidates.”

The state GOP party is also sending busloads of volunteers to Nevada for the final weekend push.

Certainly McCain cannot match Obama’s travel schedule, perhaps even due to the money game which is now giving Obama much more flexibility on where to campaign and where to blanket the media with ads.

McCain is relying much more on surrogates like Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, Tom Ridge, and even Todd Palin, dropping them in swing states around the country to hold rallies and spread the campaign’s message.

Obama’s biggest surrogates may be Bill and Hillary Clinton, who I’m betting will spent some more time in Pennsylvania with the hopes of ensuring it does not slip into the red column this year as McCain is hitting it hard.

I’d love to be a fly on the wall during strategy meetings of each campaign about where they believe they need to hit the hardest.

Update

Video of Obama returning to the trail:

Video of McCain employing the “Spread the Wealth” criticism of Obama which has now become a staple:

  • JD

    Nate – “Obama’s biggest surrogates may be Bill and Hillary Clinton”

    The former president (Clinton) and the Democratic nominee (Obama) will campaign together “within the week,” a source close to one of the men say.

    It will be their first appearance on the campaign trail together.

    An Obama spokeswoman says they’ll appear together Wednesday in Orlando, Fla

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1008/Bill_Clinton_and_Obama_plan_joint_appearance.html

  • Brittanicus

    Just speaking for myself and my family circle. Neither party or potential President has me standing up to cheer. Neither Obama or McCain has convinced me, who I should vote for? Yet I’m voting for Obama. I’m terrified that he will give ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS a path to citizenship, even the they violated our laws. However, he will have a nasty battle trying to get it past the House, Senate and 80 percent of the American people.

    1. The number of illegal aliens already here – an estimated 37 million according to the Tucson sector Border Patrol union local 2544 (with an additional half-million coming every year) a massive financial impact on our economy by importing the worlds poor.

    2. The Americans who are losing jobs to cheap immigrant labor. In a 1996 study, a Rice University economist estimated that illegal aliens were then displacing 730,000 American workers a year.

    3. The costs to taxpayer for welfare, emergency medical services, education, law enforcement and incarceration for “illegal immigrants” and their dependents -and thousands of State, county welfare is estimated at more than a Trillion dollars.

    4. The opportunities for terrorists to spend some time in Mexico, learn Spanish and infiltrate our borders.

    The border fence has never built to original planned because the Democrats in a secret session, gutted funding.

    However I will compromise for Health care for my sick family, members, building up our U.S.infrastructure which is falling apart, stopping job outsourcing and selling America to foreign governments. Taking our economy back from China, India and other cheap labor lands. Fighting for Americans, instead of the International globalists who have no loyalty to this nation. I am a small business owner, but I believe that Obama can change the direction of our nation. I just hope over a period of time he doesn’t become corrupted like Speaker pelosi or Harry Reid. Most party members never delve into the deeper recesses of the Internet, to extract information other than the national newspapers.

    I guess my main annoyance with both parties is the bickering amongst themselves? Every time it’s about the issue of taxation, which we all know we must pay. It’s to keep our fire departments fully manned and other mandatory services. What I don’t like is my tax money being waylaid and going to anti-sovereignty entities like the ACLU, Maldef, Mecha and La Raza. These groups are against our society and the freedoms our constitution offers and promotes hate in many way.

    I am and always will be any form of AMNESTY for illegal aliens. The truth of actual costs to the American taxpayer is astronomical and our corrupt Governors, Mayors or elected official lie to us. The future disaster of unceasing illegal immigration and it’s menace of OVERPOPULATION and it’s consequences.

    If they violated our law to cross the border, they will not think twice about voting–specially in Sanctuary cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco? As an example Los Angeles, Sanctuary city residents in LA paid out $11. billion dollars to support illegal alien welfare.

    US taxpayers are supporting parasite businesses that hire illegal aliens. The middle class already overburdened with war appropriation funds, is still force to pay for the education, free health-care and Federal, state welfare handouts for illegal criminals.

    SIGN UP FOR THE SAVE ACT(H.R.4088) at http://www.numbersusa.com.

    SIGN JUDICIAL WATCH, A LEGAL ORGANIZATIONS PETITION, to stop Sanctuary Cities & States. http://www.sanctuarybusters.org/?source

  • jacksmith

    I see you all have not lost your fight :

    GOOD! Because we have a lot to do. You! (the American people) are going to have to take back control of your elected government at every level, and set your government back on the right path of service to you, and the greater good of the World.

    Barack Obama and the democrats are your best hope of doing that now. Tell your family, friends, and everyone you know to support them as best they can. Because the Bush McCain vote fraud, vote cheating, vote buying, vote manipulation machine is already hard at work to cheat you again. And we all know what a disaster that has been the past 8 years of Bush McCain.

    Barack Obama and the democrats will need all the power you can give them at every level of government (Federal, State, County, and local City elected governments). Obama and the democrats will have an enormous mess to fix for the American people, and the rest of the World. A mess caused by the corrupt Bush McCain administration.

    You see, starting back in 2000, and before 911, it was mostly the Republican governors, Republican legislatures, and county elected Republican officials that conspired with the corrupt Bush McCain administration to raise college, and university tuitions by the fastest, and highest rate increases in American history. Some state tuitions went up by as much as a WHOPPING! 30% in one year.

    The reason the Bush McCain administration did this was to force struggling working class kids into the military to pay for the sudden jump in tuition. Which was forced on them by the corrupt Bush McCain administration, and their corrupt Republican Governors, and republican controlled state legislatures.

    See, Bush McCain had plans to get us into all these immoral, foolish, criminal, and unnecessary wars from the start. So they could use these wars to seize power, and later to get reelected. But, for their evil plan to work they needed more volunteer soldiers struggling to pay for an education whose blood they could spill to help them seize more power. Remember Bush McCain’s “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!” theatrics.

    The exploitation, and lost lives of these finest Americans is despicable, disgusting, immoral, corrupt and criminal. And it makes me SICK, and ANGRY!

    You will have to vote for Obama, and the democrats in overwhelming numbers to overcome the Bush McCain vote fraud machine. Vote early if you can. Then help your fellow Americans cast their votes now, and on through election day. Vote for Obama, and the democrats like your life, and the lives of your loved ones depends on it. Because it does. You will not survive 4 more years of “Let Them Eat Cake” Bush McCain, and their republican allies.

    Just look at the mess we have now.

    You can fix this mess with your votes for Obama, and the democrats. And REMEMBER, no matter which of us may stumble or fall, the rest of you must continue to surge forward for Barack Obama, and the democrats, and for your-selves most of all. The children, and the World are counting on us.

    It’s in your hands now. And I know you will get it done.

    God bless all of you.

    JACK SMITH – WORKING CLASS… 🙂

  • Bill Hedges

    Barack Obama and the democrats are your best hope of doing that now. Tell your family, friends, and everyone you know to support them as best they can. Because the Bush McCain vote fraud, vote cheating, vote buying, vote manipulation machine is already hard at work to cheat you again. And we all know what a disaster that has been the past 8 years of Bush McCa….so say jacksmith… Wow….So I suppose it was the Republican that tried to add $ billions in the bail out bill for ACORN. ACORN which backs Obama. Which has been guilty of fruad. Which lead to sub-prime with leadersp from Democrats Dodd and Frank.

  • It is better for America if McCain loses because the Republican Party is an absolute mess at the moment and they need a jolly good kick up the A-Hole to sort themselves out.