A field office for presidential hopeful Barack Obama opened in Bloomington last Monday night, joining six others across the state. The crowd included many local office holders who’ve pledged to help a Democrat win the state for the first time since 1964. State Representative Matt Pierce of Bloomington says the long losing streak has simply been a case of Democrats failing to try.
“You’re not going to win if you don’t compete,” Pierce said. “This is the real deal. It’s been so long that it’s hard for people to believe that, that he’s going to actually compete here. That Indiana for once will have a say in the general election for the presidency. We won’t have to pack our bags and go to Ohio or Michigan or some other battleground state.”
Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan says his optimism for Obama’s Hoosier State prospects mirrors the optimism he has for his favorite underdog baseball team.
“Here we are in the summer. You know, being a Cubs fan I’m used to, at the All-Star break, the season being over,” Kruzan said. “The same has been about being a Democrat in Indiana. It’s a lot different in both cases this year.”
Both Pierce and Kruzan say they’ve made the race a priority in the fall, pledging to spend time volunteering for Obama around Bloomington in the coming months.