Obama Says He'll Strive to Break Republican Grip
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says he will be ``greedy'' in his quest to break the Republican Party's decades-long hold on the South. ``I can't guarantee we are going to win any Southern state,'' Obama, a first-term Illinois senator, told reporters on his campaign plane today. ``I can guarantee we are going to give it a good shot.''
Obama's campaign has bought television advertising time in states including Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia as part of a broader 50-state strategy to win the White House in November. Obama said Democrats' failure to show up and fight for what are considered Republican strongholds has contributed to a false belief that Democratic candidates can't win in those states.
``For a bunch of election cycles we have had such a narrow path to victory that one thing went wrong we were going to lose,'' Obama said today. ``The `Solid South' with the Republicans is part of that shrinkage of the map. I want to expand it.''
The so-called Solid South refers to Democrats' dominance in the Southeast for almost a century, from just after the American Civil War until Democratic President Lyndon Johnson supported passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
David Plouffe, Obama's campaign manager, said last week that registering new voters in the South, particularly within the black community, will be a crucial part of the strategy to end Republican dominance in the region..
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``We are all absolutely committed to ending this war, but on Thursday Barack Obama's words indicated that he also shared John McCain's commitment to securing the peace beforehand,'' McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said in a statement.
``What's really puzzling is that Barack Obama still doesn't understand that his words matter.''