Barack Obama's camp "is hitting on all cylinders" with TV spots and automated telephone messages. Hillary Clinton's camp, on the other hand, says it's taking more of a grassroots approach and has no immediate plans to run TV ads here. Dems and nonpartisan voters across the state may have received a recorded telephone message in the past week from Rep. Nick Rahall (D), encouraging West Virginians to vote for Obama. Obama spokesperson Tom Bowen: "Along with the live voter contact we do everyday, it's just another way to remind folks to get out and vote. Congressman Rahall is a popular figure in this state." In addition to phone calls, Rahall has also appeared at the grand openings of Obama's Huntington and Beckley offices.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D), another superdelegate, also has "vouched his support" for Obama. Bowen said Rockefeller is helping out the Obama camp nearly everyday. For about a week, Obama has aired a statewide commercial attacking the oil industry for sky-high gas prices and pushing for alternative energy solutions and "green" jobs creation. The Clinton camp doesn't appear too threatened by the rival's recent onslaught. Clinton spokesperson Jessica Santilla: "At this point, we're focused on the early vote and trying to have person-to-person contact rather than electronic phone messages." On 5/1, Bill Clinton stopped in Morgantown and Clarksburg in support of Clinton while "touting her desire" to provide immediate relief at the gas pumps (Stump, Charleston Daily Mail, 5/2).
This article appears in the May 5, 2008, edition of Latest Edition.