11 June 2008

Election 2008: President

Gov. Joe Manchin was in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to promote Barack Obama's candidacy as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.

Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., flanked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at the Democratic National Committee as she "dismissed concerns that disappointed Hillary Clinton supporters might turn to John McCain, whose campaign has stepped up efforts to woo them," CNN reported.

The New York Times also noted Manchin's presence at the press event, while The Hill reported that he said "that the 28 Democratic governors have already talked of providing Obama with a blueprint for how he can win in their states."

The Hill also reported:

Manchin told a few reporters after the press conference that a majority of the governors will meet with Obama sometime this month.

He said he expects 20 governors to be in attendance — those who don’t have special legislative sessions in their states — and there are tentative plans to meet “somewhere in the Midwest.”

Manchin said that the 28 states represented by Democratic governors equate to 294 electoral votes, and that eight of the 10 “so-called swing states” have Democratic governors.

(DNC Chairman Howard) Dean and other Democrats present declined to specify which states they’re viewing as swing states this year.

The Associated Press, meanwhile, updates on Obama's search for a running mate but offers no potential names.

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