April 27th, 2010
02:45 PM ET
8 years ago

In Iowa, White House says Obama not campaigning yet


Obama traveled to Iowa Tuesday, but the campaign for 2012 has yet to begin, the White House said.  (Getty Images)

Ottumwa, Iowa (CNN) - President Obama may be focusing on the 2010 midterm elections, but the White House says don't look for any 2012 campaigning - yet.

On the way to Iowa for Obama's third visit to the state since taking office, White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton was asked if the president is getting an early start on the 2012 reelection campaign in Iowa.

"God, I hope it's not," Burton told the traveling press aboard Air Force One.

At an event in Ft. Madison, Iowa, the president himself was asked, "Why Iowa today?"

His response? "I love Iowa!"

Obama's two day trip to Iowa, Indiana, and Missouri includes stops at an alternative energy plant and a family farm, where the president will have a "kitchen table" discussion with the family - an event that is often characteristic of a presidential candidate on the stump.

Obama released a nearly-three minute video on Monday urging Democrats to start working on the 2010 midterm elections to ensure the party retains control of both houses.

"It will be up to each of you to make sure that the young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women who powered our victory in 2008 stand together once again," Obama said in the video that was sent to the 13 million members of his presidential campaign action committee, Organizing for America.

While urging his supporters to start focusing on the 2010 campaign, Obama warned opponents would seize the opportunity to undo his administration's accomplishments, including health care.

"They see these elections as a chance to put their allies back in power, and undo all that we have accomplished. So this year, I need your help once more," he said in the video.

Filed under: 2010 • 2012 • Iowa • President Obama
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Dan

    Yeh yeh, not campaigning, and he will never raise taxes on healthcare either, yeh yeh yeh....

    April 27, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Mikey

    Give us a break. Obama never stopped campaigning because it's the only part of the job he does well. He has already heavily focused his travel on states he'll need to win a second term, and everything he does is based on his desired political outcome. "He's not campaigning" ranks right up there with other Obama fabrications, like "I'm post-racial" and "I'll be bipartisan."

    April 27, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. Steph

    I like that our president takes the time to talk with average Americans, or as some call us...the real America. Too bad past presidents didn't do more of this. Think of how much more George W Bush would have understood the Katrina disaster if he would have met with people affected by the floods instead of flying over the ruined area or if he would have spoke at the services of the people who died in the Sago mine disaster instead of making a short, vague statement.

    That family will have the ear of the president of the United States, amazing!

    Promoting alternative energy in the wake of the mine collapse and the oil rig explosion is just smart. When was the last time you heard of a horrendous solar energy plant disaster or a wind farm collapsing and killing 20plus workers or a major biofuel explosion that continues to leak, affecting industries in at least two states????

    April 27, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I've supported President Obama when the bottom was falling out knowing and praying that if anyone could stop this mess he could and he did. Despite all the adversity against him God is not done with him and that's why we must continue to pray.

    April 27, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. stevegee

    Obama can campaign all he wants, but he'll never be anything but a one-term mistake!

    April 27, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. Fed Up

    Who do they think they are kidding. Obama has NEVER quit campaigning, that's all he knows how to do. He is our constant campaigner in chief.

    April 27, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. Dano

    I guess to molify the skeptics President Obama should avoid visiting Iowa & New Hampshire until 2012 at the earliest.

    April 27, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  8. are we there yet...?

    Not campaigning yet...? When did Obama stop campaigning in the last three years....??????????????????????????????????????

    April 27, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. Bob in PA

    He has been campaigning since 6 months after his election.

    April 27, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. rachel

    Please he's been campaigning for the last 2 years.

    April 27, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. If it sounds, looks, and smells like a campaign visit

    Mr. President, we are not STUPID, please do not treat us that way.
    To use the President's words, you can put lipstick on a pig but it is still a pig. And if it looks like a campaign trip; sounds like a campaign trip; and smells like a campaign trip - it IS a campaign trip.

    This junior Senator-turned President would serve the country better if he did his job and stop campaigning.

    April 27, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. TCM

    haha..."Obama not campaigning?": That's right up there with saying he's not racist, a socialist or that he's a US-born citizen....fairy tales from the dark side

    April 27, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. plainfact

    And the Republicans have sleepless nights. It will be another "blackout".

    April 27, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. plainfact

    Palin said that Obama "Blacked Out John McCain".

    April 27, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    All of us that voted Obama in have a special place in our hearts for never-before-thought-of Iowa!!!

    And for you lunatics out there with nothing better to lie about: Obama is asking the Dems to revitalize the same gorup of people that propelled him into the Presidency. That includes young people of ALL COLORS, and the rest on the list. This is why polls and census are done, so that demographics can be broken down. He is NOT excluding anyone, but the bottom line is that it was these groups in particular that voted for Obama in '08. They need to get FIRED UP! and READY TO GO! once again.

    That is all!

    April 27, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    Oh boy...I can see it now...Faux Noise posting that picture with a caption about Obama making gang signs or using secret muslim handtalk.

    April 27, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. jenn, philadelphia

    Of course he's not campaigning. He's on vacation. I mean, it isn't like he has anything to do in Washington DC.

    April 27, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. Mark from Louisiana

    All he done since he's been in office is campaign, that's one reason we have no jobs, because we have no leader.

    April 27, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Yet another lie from the Obama Administration–the Dolt in Chief never stops campaigning. Or, at least, he never stops trying to pander to unions and welfare bums.

    April 27, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  20. Obama the liar

    Lie a day obama. It's habit forming.

    April 27, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  21. Ken

    And who believes anything that comes out of this White House?

    April 27, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. ib

    Not started yet; when did he ever stop???????????

    April 27, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  23. AJ

    Oh please, he's never stopped campaigning.

    April 27, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |