Tacoma Urbanist

Feb. 1, 2008 at 12:01am

John Kerry *Goes Local* in Tacoma Today for Obama

(Hillary's team goes local as well)


I am on a number of email lists for presidential candidates.  I don't anticipate positng them.  However, given former presidential candidate John Kerry will be in Tacoma tomorrow, I will make an exception. 




John Kerry in Seattle

Here's what I received:


The race to change our country is at a fever pitch right now heading into Super Tuesday -- and Washington state is right in the middle of the fight to choose the Democratic standard bearer who can make that change possible. The caucuses in the state on Saturday February 9th will be part of the week that may decide our party's nominee for President. Iā€™m coming out because Washington is a special place to me ā€“ I still remember those caucuses which sent me on my way to the nomination, and I want to see Washington do the same for Barack Obama.

I'll be there tomorrow for a couple of events on Friday to talk about my support for Barack Obama. At 9:30, I'll be in Seattle at a town hall meeting at the HUB Auditorium of the University of Washington. Doors open at 9, and the event is free and open to the public. If you can make it, try to RSVP at http://my.barackobama.com/seattletownhall.

And then, just before 4 in the afternoon, I'll be in Tacoma at the Tacoma City Association of Colored Women Club, which is at 2316 S Yakima. Doors open at 3:30 and, again, it's free and open to the public.

The energy around the Barack Obama campaign is just amazing to watch. The polls are moving, the race is tightening, and Washington can play a big role in the choice of our next President.

If you don't live near enough to come out to our events tomorrow ā€“ or if you can't make it for some other reason ā€“ you can still get involved in the campaign. Visit http://wa.barackobama.com and find out more.

Thank you very much, and I hope to see you tomorrow.

Thanks,
John Kerry

Commentary,

The fight for Washington State is now on. The big guns are in Tacoma because they know we matter.   Get ready to caucus.

Here's more information from political expert and Tacoma Urbanist commenter NEAL:

The next two days are packed with Democratic caucus-related events, and visits from very strong surrogates of both remaining Democratic presidential nominee candidates.

Please support your choice by making efforts to be there!

Should you have any questions, please give the Democratic Party Central Committee office a call at 253-473-6812.

Friday, Feb. 1
4 p.m.  Sen. John Kerry to stump for Barack Obama
Colored Women's Club
2316 Yakima Ave. S


Saturday, Feb. 2
10 a.m.   Pierce County Democratic Party maucus at the IBEW hall  call 253-473-6812 for information

1 p.m.  Senator Cantwell and Congressman Inslee rally Hillary Clinton supporters at

King's Books 
218 St. Helens, Tacoma
(and discuss energy policy)

1 p.m. Caucus training for Obama Supporters at Commencement Bay Coffee Company  2354 Jefferson Avenue

2 p.m.  Pierce County Democratic Party maucus at the IBEW hall

call 253-473-6812 for information.

2 p.m. Caucus training for Clinton supporters
King's Books 218 St. Helens, Tacoma

Saturday, Feb. 9
1 p.m. Caucus
www.piercecountydems.org for locations

comments [16]  |  posted under tacoma, washington

Comments

by Jake on 2/1/2008 @ 11:04am
Interesting the TNT isn't really giving the Kerry visit any press other that on the Political Buzz Blog.
I am wondering when they will announce their endorsements.

by Erik on 2/1/2008 @ 11:17am
Interesting the TNT isn't really giving the Kerry visit any press other that on the Political Buzz Blog.

Yeah. John Kerry is coming to Hilltop. Pretty big news. If someone wants to cover it and take some pictures and or video, that would be great.

Isn't this just a few blocks from you Jake?

by Jake on 2/1/2008 @ 11:20am
Yeah i will be there and I will be trying to get my picture taken with John Kerry. I was just told the TNT will have the endorsements out Sunday..

by thriceallamerican on 2/1/2008 @ 11:28am
I'm also planning on taking off early from work to be there. Totally forgot to grab the camera this morning, though.

by thriceallamerican on 2/1/2008 @ 11:29am
Oh, and the TNT printed a bunch of snippets from the Political Buzz blog on page B2 of the print edition this morning, including information about both the "Kerry for Obama" and the "Cantwell/Inslee for Hillary" events. So it's gotten some OK press...

by thriceallamerican on 2/1/2008 @ 12:04pm
Wow, as an aside, MoveOn.org did a member poll on whether they should endorse a presidential candidate. This would be the first time they have done so in a primary race. I believe the decision required a 2/3rds majority of the voters. Obama took over 70% of the vote, earning the MoveOn endorsement, which could be a huge boost going into Super Tuesday, especially for "more blue" states such as California and New York.

by thriceallamerican on 2/1/2008 @ 12:05pm
Also, Greg Nickels officially endorsed Obama. Wonder if any of our local notables will be at the event today... Maybe Baarsma can call someone a beeyotch.

by Erik on 2/1/2008 @ 12:15pm
Obama took over 70% of the vote, earning the MoveOn endorsement, which could be a huge boost going into Super Tuesday, especially for "more blue" states such as California and New York.

Interesting. Of course, Clinton is a Senator in New York so that may give her some votes.

by KevinFreitas on 2/1/2008 @ 3:50pm
Just drove by and saw all the freshly staked Obama signs and someone directing folks to parking. Though I saw Kerry when he was here for his own presidential bid it would've been fun to see him again. If anyone get's any pics feel free to post or link 'em up here!

by Erik on 2/1/2008 @ 3:57pm
If anyone get's any pics feel free to post or link 'em up here!

The blogospere is counting on Jake. He says his goal is to get his picture taken with Kerry. We will see.

by Erik on 2/1/2008 @ 3:59pm
Fresh from the AP. WA momentum going to Obama:

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - John Edwards' Washington state chairwoman, prominent Seattle attorney Jenny Durkan, has shifted to Barack Obama after Edwards' departure from the Democratic race for president this week.

Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels also came out for Obama.

Durkan, a close adviser to Gov. Chris Gregoire, was Edward's state chairwoman for both his 2004 and 2008 races. She says Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, still are shaping the debate after leaving the race.

Durkan says she's now fully supporting Obama in the Feb. 9 Democratic caucuses. She says the Illinois senator has the experience, character and values that America needs.

Her announcement came on the same day Sen. John Kerry, the 2004 nominee, was in Seattle and Tacoma promoting Obama.


by jenyum on 2/1/2008 @ 4:08pm
The kids have a birthday party tomorrow, I think I can actually make the Obama caucus training. It's not Kerry speaking or anything, but I'll bring my camera.

by Erik on 2/1/2008 @ 4:14pm
The kids have a birthday party tomorrow, I think I can actually make the Obama caucus training. It's not Kerry speaking or anything, but I'll bring my camera.

That will be good local content for Tacoma re: presidential politics. Good stuff.

by NEAL on 2/1/2008 @ 9:03pm
Okay, so here's the skinny:


There were about 125+ people at an Obama event today that LITERALLY was not confirmed until 1 p.m yesterday afternoon.

That, is a good turnout (I limit it to 125 because that was the capacity of the room).

The caucus training fro the Obama campaign will be at 1 p.m. tomorrow. Good times.

In the spirit of equal time, the Clinton supporters will have a rally / energy forum at 1 p.m. at King's Books.

I'll be at both events ... though late to one.

The TNT has done a great job given the timelines of the announcements to people who are in the know.

More to come next week after Super Tuesday ... that's a guarantee.


by NEAL on 2/1/2008 @ 9:15pm
The caucus training is at Commencement Bay Coffee Company.

by Erik on 2/2/2008 @ 10:44am
Sounds like there might be alot of people there.