“Obama said Clinton’s effort as first lady failed largely because most of the planning was done in secret and there was little effort to build political support,” Glover wrote. “That left the final product vulnerable to an assault from drug and insurance companies that eventually doomed the effort.”
The Obama campaign also announced the formation of a Latino steering committee in Iowa to help Obama reach out to Hispanics and Latinos across the state. And in another example of Obama’s full-court press in the Hawkeye State, the senator announced Thursday that he is sending several of his top advisers to Iowa for meetings with voters about key issues.
“As I continue to flesh out my policy agenda to change America, I want my senior advisers to get advice and insight from people in the Heartland — not Washington special interests,” Obama said in a statement. “Our campaign is building a grassroots movement for change, and I don’t just want Iowan’s support — I want their ideas.”
Obama also released an ad in Iowa this week called “Change.”
One political pundit, however, criticized Obama’s message of change over experience. Maureen Dowd wrote in Wednesday’s New York Times that “Obama doesn’t understand that his new approach — obliquely attacking Hillary by dismissing ‘those who tout their experience working the system in Washington’ — cedes ground to her by admitting she has more experience working the system.”
Coming up, Obama has appearances in Nevada on Thursday and Oregon and California on Friday and Saturday. But the event generating the most buzz is Saturday’s celebrity-filled fund raiser at the Montecito, Calif. home of Oprah Winfrey. The fund raiser is expected to net up to $3 million for the Illinois senator.
“How powerful can an association with Winfrey be?” Mosk asked. “On Sept. 19, 2000, George W. Bush trailed Gore in the Gallup-CNN-USA Today poll by 10 percentage points, and struggled particularly with women voters. Then he sat down on Winfrey’s couch. … The following week, the same poll showed Bush with a 2-point advantage — a statistical tie. News reports called it the ‘Oprah bounce.’”
Finally, the Obama campaign announced a new grassroots initiative called “Countdown to Change.” Beginning Friday in Portland, Ore., Obama will make several campaign appearances complemented by smaller house parties and gatherings by volunteers and Obama supporters around the country.
“Together, we are counting down the days until the early primaries and caucuses — in Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina — and now is the time to leverage our national movement to make the maximum impact in the early states,” wrote campaign manager David Plouffe in an e-mail to supporters.
“Countdown to Change” will culminate Sept. 15 with house parties around the country. Supporters will be encouraged to donate based on how many days remain until the primary in a particular state. For example, a party that focuses on New Hampshire will be asked to raise $129, one dollar per day until its primary.