The Washington Times - June 17, 2008, 11:42AM

Sen. Barack Obama‘s campaign on June 28 is pulling together more than 1,000 “Unite for Change” house meetings to bring together supporters of “all the Democratic candidates” and prepare for the general election.

“We’ll talk about the common values we share and our strategy for bringing more people into the political process than ever before,” Obama campaign manager David Plouffe tells supporters in an email touting the program, which also features this video from Obama.



I have a story in our Plugged In Politics section today detailing an unexpected boost for the Democrats now that Obama is the presumptive nominee.


Down-ticket Democratic candidates usually limited to stumping for votes along parade routes and shaking hands with 40 people at pancake breakfasts will get a nice boost this year, thanks to the man at the top of the ticket.
Presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama can easily draw 3,000 people for a midday town hall rally - and upwards of 20,000 for evening rallies - and that means city council, congressional and Senate candidates from across the country will have the good fortune over the next four months to be his warm-up acts.
Democrats argue the sheer crowd size will help hopefuls in November, and some are excited they will be treated to captive audiences in the thousands.
“When he comes to Tennessee, we’ll have every significant Democrat running at the event, unless they don’t want to be there, and they are crazy if they don’t want to be there,” said Bob Tuke, a candidate for U.S. Senate and former Tennessee Democratic Party chairman.


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Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter,
The Washington Times