Politics & Government

Obama campaign: N.C. is crucial

David Plouffe, campaign manager for Barack Obama, said this afternoon that the campaign is committed to turning the Southern red states of Virginia and North Carolina blue in November.

“Virginia and North Carolina, from day one, have been key to our strategy of winning the White House and it remains so today,” Plouffe said in a teleconference with reporters from North Carolina and Virginia, reports Rob Christensen.

Plouffe said there was a massive voter registration effort underway in those two states. He said that during the last weekend in September, 100,000 doors will be knocked on in North Carolina. He said early voting should work to Obama's advantage.

The McCain campaign's decision to go on TV in North Carolina, he said, was another indication that the state is competitive.

“We think its a coin flip right now," Plouffe said. "We think it will break our way during the next seven and half weeks.”