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Plouffe, Obama's campaign manager, looking ahead to November.

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WASHINGTON -- Not that the Obama campaign is taking its eye off the main goal -- clinching the Democratic presidential nomination with fierce contests ahead -- but some planning for the November election is already under way, campaign manager David Plouffe told the Chicago Sun-Times.

(this Lynn Sweet column ran April 1 in the print Chicago Sun-Times. )

"Obviously, you don't want to enter a general election completely unprepared. So we are doing what planning we can now. But you know, it's kind of supplemental, it's not core to our mission every day," said Plouffe in a Monday phone interview from the Chicago Obama headquarters.

Plouffe predicted the protracted battle between Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) would wind up after the June contests, even as Clinton is saying the race might extend to the Denver convention in August. A major issue remains how to seat Michigan and Florida delegations -- stripped of seats by the Democratic National Committee because of unauthorized January primary votes -- in a way that is fair to Obama and Clinton.

Meanwhile, the campaign of presumptive GOP nominee Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is in general election mode and is "planning 24/7 right now. And we just don't have that luxury," said Plouffe.

The byproduct of the extra innings is that both Clinton and Obama will have run campaigns in more states than McCain -- who wrapped up last month -- and have an organizational running start for November.

Plouffe described some of the "small things in the wee hours" the Obama campaign was doing for November, assuming that Obama will be the nominee.

• • Build an organization in Michigan and Florida. "You have to treat those two states initially with a little bit more intensity than the rest of the battleground states because Barack has not spent a lot of time in them from a campaign perspective" Plouffe said.

• Continue precinct-level organizing. Last year there was Obama U. The campaign is already launching the "Obama Organizing Fellows" program to train students or recent graduates to work this summer. An "underappreciated part of what happens in the fall, which is, in all the battleground states, the Obama organization is going to be stronger than the McCain organization at the grass roots level," said Plouffe.

• Reassess. We are looking at budgets, we are looking at potential personnel, we are looking at our organization in these states," Plouffe said. Another source said Pete Rouse, Obama's Senate office chief of staff -- now working part-time on the campaign -- will take on an even bigger role in the general.

Meanwhile, Obama campaign chief operating officer Betsy Myers, who also heads Women for Obama, returned to her Boston area home earlier this year. Myers said the move back was done for her family. She remains the COO of the campaign and "still oversees that department," said Plouffe. She returns to Chicago for meetings and has a heavy surrogate schedule.

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Interesting read: Obama's Mentor's Mentor http://www.americanthinker.com The Trinity United Church of Christ has updated it website early this year due to the controversy of Rev. Wright. Before that, Cone's book 'Black Theology and Black Power', as singled out as required reading for Trinity parishioners who wished to more through understand the church's theology and mission. That highlight was removed. Michelle Obama's recent statement about pride-in-country is thoroughly consistent with both the Africentric theology of Trinity UCC and with the black theology of their spiritual (Wright) mentor (Cone). Barack Obama campaign states he never read the book, going there for 20 years and fully involved in the church, it doubt it!

IN ALL FAIRNESS IT WAS REMOVED BECAUSE REV. WRIGHT IS NO LONGER
THE PASTOR OF THE CHURCH, AND SECONDLY THEY KNEW YOU WOULD BE
LOOKING FOR THE WEBSITE.
WHAT WERE YOU LOOKING FOR?
ARE YOU A SPY?
DO YOU UNDERSTAND PROPHETIC PREACHING?
ARE YOU JUST A PERSON LOOKING FOR TROUBLE ON A CHURCH WEBSITE
THAT YOU DIDN'T EVEN KNOW EXISTED ABOUT A MONTH AGO!
STOP CAUSING TROUBLE AND THE WORLD WILL BE A BETTER PLACE!
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND, AND GROW UP!

I HAVE MET DR. WRIGHT. HE HAS COME TO CALIFORNIA ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS TO PREACH AT MY CHURCH. HE IS A PERSONAL FRIEND OF MY PASTOR. HE AND MY PASTOR WERE "LEATHERNECKS", MY PASTORS STYLE OF PREACHING IS LIKE DR. WRIGHT. HOW COULD A MAN WHO SERVED IN THE MILITARY HATE HIS COUNTRY? IN THE BLACK CHURCHES OF TODAY PASTORS OF DR.WRIGHT'S AGE GROUP PREACH ALIKE. IT STEMS FROM THE FRUSTRATIONS OF THEIR LIVES FROM ALL THE THINGS THAT HAPPEN TO THEM WHILE THEY WERE SERVING THEIR COUNTRY.AND RETURN HOME TO FIND SO MANY INJUSTICES ,AND RACISMS. OBAMA HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS PASTOR'S PREACHING. HE CAN ACCEPT AND REJECT WHAT EVER HE HEARS. IT DOES NOT CHANGE HIS FEELINGS FOR HIS PASTOR. IN MY BIBLE IT SAYS LOVE YOUR ENEMY .I KEEP GETTING E=MAILS FROM "PLOUFFE" IS HE REALLY OBAMA'S MANAGER? I MAILED A CONTRIBUTION TO A POST OFFICE BOX IN CHICAGO IS THIS A CORRECT ADDRESS? I WILL HELP AS LONG AS I AS KNOW THAT THIS A "HONEST SYSTEM" THE INTERNET CAN BE VERY DANGEROUSLY USED THING. I AM A NEGRO ,AGE 76, I REGISTERED TO VOTE AT AGE 19. I HAVE BEEN A POLL-WORKER WITH THREE PRECINCTS FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS. WHICH FRATERNIY DOES BARACK BELONG TO IS HE AN ALPHA PHI ALPHA MAN? LET ME KNOW. HIS CHANCES LOOK GOOD. THERE IS A LOT OF WORK AHEAD TO DO. LET KEEP BUSY.LET ME KNOW WHEN HE RETURNS TO CALIFORNIA. THANKS MARTIN

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