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Bill Clinton is writing his own speech
The former president is still a Big Enchilada in the Democratic Party. He’s always capable of making news. People are speculating that Clinton will defend Obama against GOP charges the president is trying to undo some of Clinton’s welfare reforms.
Elizabeth Warren knows red meat
Warren is a hard-edged Democrat from Massachusetts who is the party’s best hope for unseating Republican Sen. Scott Brown. Polls currently show Brown with an edge, so this is a big night for Warren, both nationally and back home.
– Robynn Tysver
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In 2008, Barack Obama's campaign chief told reporters at the Democratic National Convention that Omaha and its single electoral vote were on the campaign's radar.
This year, not even a blip.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who chairs the Democratic National Committee, showed little interest Tuesday in talking about Omaha during or after her speech to Nebraska's delegation.
Reporters asked her whether Democrats still plan to aggressively pursue the electoral vote in Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District — a district the president won last time.
Wasserman Schultz declined to say whether Obama and the Democrats would specifically target Omaha, saying they plan to compete everywhere. She also indicated that Democrats are banking on Bob Kerrey, the party's U.S. Senate nominee, to lead the party's efforts in the district.
For his part, Kerrey says he has seen no evidence that Obama intends to compete in Omaha as strongly as he did in 2008, that he's seen no evidence of Obama mobilizing supporters or organizing a get-out-the-vote plan.
The numbers make plain that Obama has diverted fewer resources to Omaha.
In 2008, Obama opened three campaign offices in Omaha and employed 15 full-time staffers to help knock on doors and call voters. This year, Obama has hired a single campaign worker and opened one office.
Some Nebraska delegates said, however, that they believe Obama is going to do well with the help of volunteers.
Kieran McCarney, an Omaha delegate, said the Obama office recently held a block party in Omaha for 750 people. Many were involved in Obama's 2008 campaign and are intent on helping him win re-election, he said.
“They really took ownership of that electoral vote in 2008, and they're really coming out in droves for us,” said McCarney, who also works on Democrat John Ewing's 2nd District congressional campaign.
McCarney said Obama doesn't need to hire as many people this year because he has a base.
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