One of the reasons I was happy Howard Dean was selected to lead the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was his embrace of a 50 state strategy. For decades my party would put all their resources into winning a few swing states and forget about the rest. I hate this strategy. We should compete in every state, district, and household.
Now as Barack Obama ramps-up his general election machine that is exactly what he plans to do as well:
Senator Barack Obama’s general election plan calls for broadening the electoral map by challenging Senator John McCain in typically Republican states—from North Carolina to Missouri to Montana—as Mr. Obama seeks to take advantage of voter turnout operations built in nearly 50 states in the long Democratic nomination battle, aides said.
On Monday, Mr. Obama will travel to North Carolina—a state that has not voted for a Democratic presidential candidate in 32 years — to start a two-week tour of speeches, town hall forums and other appearances intended to highlight differences with Mr. McCain on the economy. From there, he heads to Missouri, which last voted for a Democrat in 1996. His first campaign swing after securing the Democratic presidential nomination last week was to Virginia, which last voted Democratic in 1964.