Obama headed to Oregon

The Oregonian is reporting that Barack Obama is headed to Oregon on Friday.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama appears headed for Oregon this week. Sources close to the campaign say he's planning to visit the state Friday, with a number of stops.

Mentioned were Portland, Eugene, Salem and Medford. It's unclear how much time he plans to spend at each place, or what sort of events he plans to hold. He typically holds at least one big all-comer rally when he campaigns.

When details are available, we'll have 'em right here at BlueOregon. (Same for the Clinton campaign.)


  • Taylor M (unverified)

    Thanks for the update! My family still has the front page photo from 1968's Register Guard with my dad, then only 16, shaking Robert Kennedy's hand as the campaign train passed through Springfield. Four words: here we go again!

    By the way, if you're reading this Peter DeFazio, Friday would be an opportune time to stand up and endorse Obama, the Democrat who's running for the Democratic nomination!

  • Cleavenger (unverified)

    He'll be at the University of Oregon's Mac Court (the basketball arena) at 8pm on Friday.

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    AP says Friday morning in Portland is definite.

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    Yo, Cleavenger.... care to share a source on that? Or provide details like: is it open to the public? Is there a cost? Where can people sign up? Or do they just show up?

    Without those details, it just looks like you're starting a rumor that may not be true.

  • Dan (unverified)

    This is exciting news! My wife met him last September when he was in Portland - just happened to run into him and his entourage on Saturday morning. They shook hands and chatted for several minutes. She was so impressed with him then and remains so today. Still hasn't washed her hand, either! :)

  • TR (unverified)

    How much oil and energy are both Obama and Hilary using while gallivanting around the country in chartered jests and with their gas guzzling motorcade vehicles? Just like Kulongaski who travels the state in a big full sized sedan and lives in the Governor’s McMansion, and Al Gore who is also always on the move and has a huge home and estate – buying off their own usage with credits and thereby do not include themselves in the energy conservation rhetoric they preach – they should either walk their talk or not be listened to. It is as if their own rhetoric does not apply to their own self prescribed elite class. Most common folk, even those who drive daily to earn a paycheck individually use a minimal amount energy and oil compared to the excessive use by these politicians. Most people could drive their cars everyday for a lifetime with the amount of fuel the Presidential campaign is using. Until the candidates are consciously required to reduce their own travel and energy use; and until the Oregon Governor’s residence is mandated to be small compact energy efficient living quarters within walking distance of the State Capitol and his only transportation is a bicycle, mass transit and an itty bitty American made powerless sub-compact car, only used for travel outside Salem, that today gets the unrealistic gas mileage that meet the California standards he wants to impose on the public; and until Al Gore follows the same type of requirement, energy mandates ought NOT to be discriminately imposed on the rest of the people.

  • verasoie (unverified)

    So long as he doesn't talk during the Ducks game, this is great news.

  • Bill R. (unverified)

    Anything about Salem??

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    At this point they've confirmed that Obama will be coming into town on Friday and leaving Saturday and that there will be a Portland event. They said they're working on events in other cities as well.

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    Bill R, KPTV says, "Salem police also said they've been told to prepare for a brief appearance by Obama."

  • Matthew Sutton (unverified)

    Come on down to Medford Senator! We are fired up and ready to go!!

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    Yippee! An Oregon for Obama headquarters...


  • Admiral Naismith (unverified)

    Why Mac Court? Obama could fill Autzen Stadium without breaking a sweat. MacCourt's too small--we won't all be able to get in to watch him speak!

  • blake (unverified)

    Survey USA just called my house.

    Question 1: Will you vote in the dem primary

    Question 2: Clinton or Obama

    Anyone else get this call? Crazy, I thought I'd never see the day where pollsters give a shit about Oregonians!

  • Trollbot9000 (unverified)

    Will his personal spiritual adviser the good Reverend Wright be joining him on this junket? Can I still wear my Che Guevara gear to the rally or this that now frowned upon too?

    Enjoy the remainder of your voyage on the S.S. Obama my progressive friends. Just remember, it's women & children first. ;)

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    And that's a troll donation to the Obama campaign. It'll be my first donation to the campaign (although I'm sure there will be more).

  • Daniel Spiro (unverified)

    Why come to Oregon? He needs to fight for states like PA and Indiana. Oregon should be 100% in Barack's corner.

    Seriously, I thought you guys were enlightened up there. Hillary? Over Barack? For the Democratic nomination? He is calling on our better angels and she is trying to mud wrestle. Not a tough choice.

  • Bill R. (unverified)

    Why come to Oregon? 50 state strategy.. that's why. Every state counts, develop the campaign human infrastructure for the general. That's why Obama is now winning a lot of the party regulars.

    Tomorrow and Thurs- Two more big speeches! From the Field- http://ruralvotes.com/thefield/

    Now that he's got everybody listening to his speeches, Obama has two more big, substantive ones, coming up over the next 48 hours…

    Wednesday, March 19, 2008, five years after the Iraq war began, Senator Barack Obama will deliver a major speech on the war in Iraq and our national security in Fayetteville, NC. Senator Obama will discuss how ending the war in Iraq is necessary for the United States to meet the national security challenges of the 21st century, and to advance American interests throughout the world.

    On Thursday, March 20, 2008, Senator Barack Obama will deliver a major speech on Iraq and the economy in Charleston, West Virginia, where he will address the costs of the war in Iraq on our economy.

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    Rallying the supporters in states like Oregon means more people who are making calls into other states, giving money, volunteering in other states, etc.

    It will also help to increase Obama's lead in Oregon. While the information I've seen shows Obama winning Oregon, the more he wins it by the more delegates he'll get.

    Not only that, but there are thousands of volunteers here in Oregon looking for a way to get involved locally. These events will kick off the opening of the office.

    From what I've heard, so far there is going to be a private fundraiser in the morning, which was apparently confirmed last night. The schedule other than that hasn't been set yet (but of course is being worked on as we speak).

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    Just got the email:

    Senator Barack Obama to Visit Oregon

    Chicago, IL – The Obama campaign announced today that Senator Obama will visit Oregon on Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22.

    Senator Obama will hold Stand for Change Rallies in Portland and Eugene. Further details will be announced as they become available.



    Memorial Coliseum 500 North Winning Way Portland, OR 97227 Doors Open: 7:30 AM Program Begins: 9:30 AM

    This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For your free ticket, please visit http://or.barackobama.com/portland or visit our Portland headquarters:

    Obama for America Portland HQ 3016 Division Street Portland, OR 97202 Wednesday 2:00pm to 8:00pm Thursday 10:00am to 8:00pm

  • Matthew Sutton (unverified)

    OK folks, so far there are two events confirmed:

    Portland at the Coliseum in the morning, info and RSVP here: Portland event

    University of Oregon at Mac Court in the evening, here is the link:
    Eugene event

    Please RSVP, and by all means arrive early!!

    We are keeping our fingers crossed for another visit for Medford. Not sure if they can squeeze that in this time around.

  • BCM (unverified)

    Thank you, Matthew and Jenni.

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    No problem. I know I'm looking forward to the rally on Friday and doing some volunteering in the office later this week.

  • trishka (unverified)

    please those in the know do keep us posted about a mid-day date somewhere in the mid-valley (salem? we here in corvallis are hearing rumors he may come here even...)

    thanks so much. i won't be able to make it to eugene but might be able to do a salem thing mid-day.

  • Bill R. (unverified)

    Just in:

    Obama to visit Salem on Friday

    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama is planning a stop in Salem on Friday during his trip to Oregon. He's planning a 1 p.m. event at the Salem Armory. Admission to the event is free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available at the Coffee House Cafe in downtown Salem, 135 Liberty St. NE, at 5:30 p.m. More information will be posted when available. Click Here for more.

  • nannibobanni (unverified)

    Do have any idea how to get tickets for his thing in portland? ive been searching and cant find it on his website. and does it cost money, people are telling me its free and others are telling me it cost money... help please

  • Patrick M (unverified)

    Just got my tickets for Salem Armory town hall meeting! Got one for my 101 year grandmother too. AND I volunteered so I get to Meet him!!

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