Saturday, Oct 18, 2008
Barack Obama has vowed that he will “change the world” even as he urged his supporters to guard against complacency.
The supremely confident demeanour and exalted rhetoric of the Democratic nominee at a New Hampshire event betrayed that he is a man convinced he is poised to make history.
While his Republican opponent John McCain, trailing in the polls, is pursuing a strategy of eking out a victory in traditional swing states, Mr Obama is transferring resources to conservative strongholds like Georgia, West Virginia and even Kentucky in pursuit of a landslide victory.
Speaking in an apple orchard against the picture-perfect New England backdrop of an red, green and yellow autumn foliage on a stage adorned with pumpkins and hay bales, Mr Obama reminded voters of the dangers of hubris.
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Polls indicated that the young Illinois senator was cruising towards a crushing victory over Hillary Clinton in the state’s Democratic primary. His rallies were two or three times the size of hers. The media had declared him the victor, a conclusion shared by Obama aides.
On election day, however, Mrs Clinton won. “We are 19 days away from changing this country. Nineteen days away. But for those who are getting a little cocky, I’ve got two words for you: New Hampshire,” said Mr Obama.
“I learned right here, with the help of my great friend and supporter Hillary Clinton, that you cannot let up, you can’t pay too much attention to polls. We’ve got to keep making our case for change. We’ve got to keep fighting for every single vote. We’ve got to keep running through the finish line.”
This article was posted: Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 4:46 am