Home » Campaign 2012
Category Archives: Campaign 2012
A writer for the Communist Party USA says that “…re-electing Obama is absolutely essential,” and warns that “divisions among Democrats and a potential wave of bad economic news can combine to threaten President Obama’s reelection.”
Marxist John Case, who writes for various CPUSA publications, has written a piece, “The danger of a Romney election,” for the party publication People’s World, which warns that “Re-electing Obama is not sufficient to bring economic recovery or even relief to our people. Only a different class configuration in political power can do necessary minimum reforms to give us a chance. But re-electing Obama is absolutely essential. Now is not the time for hand washing the complexities and tactics away—or failing to triage the most critical questions from those that are less critical. We cannot win everything at once!”
via: The Hill
President Obama is doubling down on his strategy to bash Mitt Romney’s record as CEO of Bain Capital despite squeamishness and even criticism from fellow Democrats.
Obama on Friday called Romney an “outsourcing pioneer,” keying off a report in The Washington Post that found Bain Capital owned companies at the vanguard of the corporate outsourcing trend in the 1980s.
Obama’s campaign followed up with a Web video Friday featuring deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter criticizing Romney from profiting off U.S. layoffs.
“While Romney sent American jobs overseas and American workers out of work, he and his partners made millions,” Cutter says in the video. “So it’s no surprise why he’s so committed to outsourcing.”
Campaign manager Jim Messina posted on Twitter Saturday a map showing that companies affiliated with Bain shipped jobs all over the world during Romney’s tenure.
Also on Saturday, Priorities USA, a super-PAC supporting Obama’s re-election bid and run by former White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton, released a new ad featuring a former employee of American Pad and Paper who was laid off when Bain bought the company.
The ad used tough language against Romney, with the worker saying he build his own “coffin” by constructing the stage from which company officials told workers they were closing the plant.
Romney’s campaign has fired back by accusing the president of “false and discredited attacks” to distract attention from his economic record.
To be fair, we all know how thin-skinned Obama is. (rim-shot) #dadjokes
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. –Does a fork or dinner knife pose an unacceptable danger to President Barack Obama?
One wouldn’t think so, given the hundreds of lunches and dinners he’s attended ranging from state dinners to political fundraisers to run-of-the-mill stops on the rubber-chicken circuit.
However, at one such lunch Friday afternoon, guests heard an unusual announcement that they needed to hand over their silverware for security reasons.
“It’s very important that you use your utensils as soon as possible,” National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials board member Raquel Regalado told about 1000 delegates at the group’s annual conference.
Regalado hurried the diners to finish up their salads and pre-cut chicken breasts, saying that the Secret Service required that there be no knives at the tables and that the forks be rounded up before Obama entered the room.
Oh, come on. He thoroughly blamed Bush for everything, what more do you guys want?
Prior to President Barack Obama’s marathon 54 minute speech in Ohio today, the Obama campaign sent our several statements promising the speech would be a major address framing the campaign going forward. Despite the hype, the speech was mainly a rehash of themes and ideas from the president’s recent stump speeches and his remarks were widely panned as overly long by the political press corps.
In the speech, President Obama outlined his view that this election is a choice between “two fundamentally different views of which direction America should take.” He characterized Mitt Romney’s vision as being the same as the “policies of the last decade,” specifically deregulation and tax cuts for the wealthy while he described his own “vision for America” as boiling down to five things: “Education. Energy. Innovation. Infrastructure. And a tax code focused on American job creation and balanced deficit reduction.” President Obama also stressed that the economic crisis began during the Bush administration and that is “started growing again” after he took office and has since “continued to grow.”
All of these points have already been featured in the president’s other recent speeches. Between the pre-speech hype from the campaign, the lack of new material and the overall length of the speech reporters were clearly dissatisfied with end result. Read on for a sampling of Tweets from the political press slamming the president’s speech.
MSNBC’s Jonathan Alter: One of the Least Successful Speeches I’ve Seen Barack Obama Give
via: Washington Examiner
President Obama today suggested that Mitt Romney doesn’t believe he is rich enough to be president, as he emphasized Romney’s wealth at different times throughout the speech.
“[Romney ads will say] I didn’t make a lot of money in the private sector and I don’t understand it,” Obama said in Ohio, or that “I’m in over my head . . . that’s what the scary voice in the ads will say. That’s what Mr. Romney will say.”
Obama didn’t let his blue-collar audience forget that Romney is wealthy. “I don’t believe that giving someone like Mr. Romney another huge tax cut is worth ending the basic security we’ve always guaranteed [to the poor],” he said. The president argued that Romney’s tax cuts for the wealthy will require spending cuts and tax increases on the middle class due to pressure to reduce the deficit.
You can only BS the public so long.
via: Washington Examiner
Democratic strategists Stanley Greenberg and James Carville have released a striking new report arguing in stark terms that some key voting groups now reject President Obama’s claim that the economy is improving — and may well reject Obama himself in November.
Democracy Corps, the political consulting group run by Greenberg and Carville, showed several Obama campaign commercials to focus groups in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Several of the group members, who were “all independents or weak partisans and ticket-splitters” and included both Obama and McCain voters from 2008, became irritated when shown Obama ads touting economic improvement. They don’t see that improvement in their own lives, the report says, and they don’t believe Obama when he claims things are better.
Tingles seen nodding vigorously in approval.
via: Washington Examiner
Why does the White House seek out interviews with local television affiliates? Maybe it’s because they ask questions like these:
“Mr. President, we’ve heard you sing, we’ve seen you do stand up at the correspondents dinner.” Tom Wills of WJXT in Jacksonville, Fla. stated.
“I was just wondering if you would give any thought to being on ‘American Idol’ or ‘America’s Got Talent’?” he asked. “You’d be a big hit Mr. President.”