September 7th, 2010
04:29 PM ET
4 years ago

Boccieri on the fence regarding Obama visit

Ohio Rep. John Boccieri has not decided whether he will accept an invitation to attend Obama's speech in Cleveland on Wednesday.
Ohio Rep. John Boccieri has not decided whether he will accept an invitation to attend Obama's speech in Cleveland on Wednesday.

Canton, Ohio (CNN) – A source close to Ohio Democratic Congressman John Boccieri tells CNN that although the White House invited him to President Obama's speech in Cleveland Wednesday, he has not yet decided whether he will attend.

The source says the first term Democrat, who is in a neck and neck race in his conservative district, has his own plan for R&D tax credits for small businesses, and he is waiting for details about the president's. Boccieri already has events scheduled Wednesday, including one with the local police, which the source called "local priorities."

Boccieri's 16th district is about an hour's drive from Cleveland. Although voters there elected Boccieri in 2008, they went for John McCain over Barack Obama. His opponent, Jim Renacci, is following the GOP playbook this year, trying to tie Boccieri to President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.


Filed under: 2010 • John Boccieri • President Obama
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Wilt

    Boccieri will be a no show. The only real success Obama has had is the "lets double your healthcare costs bill" and you know Boccieri doesn't want spend his time on that goat.

    September 7, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Nando

    Thats Fine when he needs Obama in 2012 The President will return the favor .

    September 7, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. Sgt. USMC

    This would be the only reason that Dems will lose the majority in November because of politicians who have no loyalty to their base. As a Democrat I wouldn't vote for this guy if he has the nerve to snub our President like that. Grow some cojones and stop listening to the fox, tea party b.s.

    September 7, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. rdepontb

    To John Boccieri:

    Don't let the Republicans scare you off. They would like nothing better than to show a stampeding Democratic party speeding away from President Obama; they have been on this negative kick since it was clear McCain was going to lose the election.

    September 7, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Obama has that "kill the encumbent" disease. Everyone is avoiding contact with him.

    September 7, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. aunt Bea and Opie

    Conservative district is code for WASP,bedroom community.He has to watch his step or the birthbaggers will hide under his bed.

    September 7, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Obama is not the reason this man is in the heated race he is. Along with all his fellow Congesspeople, they have proven to be useless.
    The Democrats have control yet can't get anything done because they are too afriad a Republican will say something about them.
    Congressman- do your job- earn respect- you will get re-elected.
    I'm a Democrat, and right now you're all losers in my book and the farther you distance yourself from the President, the less I like you.

    September 7, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    John Boccieri:

    Grow a backbone and fight for your seat!

    @ Wilt: Your healthcare costs, IF they have risen are the fault of the greedy Insurance Companies who see CHANGE coming!

    NO longer can a Healthcare Company deny you insurance ( I am assuming you have paid for years for your healthcare) because you get critically ill or if one of your family members gets critically ill.

    NO longer can Healthcare Companies deny covering a person with a preexisting condition, like asthma, diabetes, etc.,

    SO now Big Insurance is gauging consumers, as they always have, because the Healthcare Reform Bill is going into affect.

    One day, Wilt, when you are sick, you may understand why President Obama & the Democrats in Congress passed Healthcare & Healthcare Reform!

    September 7, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. McLean

    He could go. Its never too late for a new career.

    September 7, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  10. Ponder this.,....

    i would seriously suggest that he RSVP as quick as he can. To all the naysayers today... Check the Gallup Poll JUST RELEASED. Dems and Repubs in DEAD TIE in generic poll of Registered Voters. Don't count President Obama out!... rattle the chains.. pull on some leashes, and let loose the hounds!

    September 7, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  11. Raj

    I was little doubtful about this president intially but hoped he would keep his promise and govern in a non partisan way .. remember..
    there no blue states .. red states but united states.

    This president has not shown even an ounce of non partisanship, nore has he taken any decision that would secure long term economic stability of USA. This white house has pursued handsoff policy towards legislation, they are written by ultra liberal members of the house.

    Why didn't they do more infrastructure spending instead of giving payroll tax cuts of everyone. Not everyone needs a tax cut.. the people who have lost construction jobs have lost the most...

    The stimulus has transferred more money to China by allowing people to consume more on the money printed by government.. where is the multiplier effect .. in China?

    This president is out of touch.. why the comments on mosque.. why so much focus on health care which is going to add billions of dollars in spending rather than bending cost curve

    Where was the leadership during BP oil spill... why couldnt BP figure out the solution earlier... ? The government was sleeping the initial few days .. it had no idea how big the spill was

    And then the vacation to Spain.. what is he thinking.??????

    I really wish we had a hands on president like Clinton, or Bush senior. He can talk the talk but does he really understand what needs
    to be done.

    This president puts personal political consideration above any thing else.

    September 7, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. Mark

    John Boccieri is a little back stabbing twit.

    September 7, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  13. Independant Vet

    Biggest problem , is not the Democrats , the problem ly's with
    our leader. He is not only a problem with job;s , he also is the biggest threat to our National Security , Barack Obama , admitts he is a Muslim , an sooner than later you are going to be under the muslim rule, You won;t fly our flag , you will learn the quarm . It is here , for they done have told you over an over Death to America . Not by Bom's , not by terrorist , by just over populating you .

    Wake up an enjoy what era is left of it.

    God Bless America , an Empeach Barack Obama biggest 1"st class liar. Think about then you can hit Delete. Or are you ready to play Cowboys an Muslims.

    September 7, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    This is exactly what a lot us of mean when we talk about self-serving, cowardly Democrats.

    You should stand behind your President. It is bad enough that you're playing into the GOP game plan, out of sheer stupidity. Do you think the GOP are going to UNITE Democraps in congress? No, you have to do that for yourselves, regardless of your PERSONAL beliefs and aspirations. If someone is trying to destroy your Party, your country and your President who will fight for these if not YOU?

    You can't fight and present a united front to one and all if YOU ARE NOT THERE!!

    Wake up Democrats! You're acting like sissifed punks!

    THERE IS STRENGHT IN UNITY!!!!! Grow a pair, and stand TOGETHER!!!!!!!

    September 7, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. The Mayans were right,the republicans are coming back

    Time to get to the levy and start drinking whiskey and rye.Bye bye American pie.

    September 7, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. ddt

    I promise you whoever voted against HealthCare and was a Dem deserved to lose this election period

    September 7, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. Danel

    If there's nothing on his agenda that day and he's no show. Forget him. That means he is not a strong democrat and he is a wuzzy. What turns around comes around.

    September 7, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  18. Eric

    No no... don't run away!

    Obama is YOUR guy! Be proud!

    You wanted him!
    You got him...
    Now you stand by him... socialist, job-clobbering warts and all.

    At least be a freaking man about it and stand by your principles. I don't like liberals, I vehemently disagree with their policies, but I have a hell of a lot more respect for fire-breathing liberals who are willing to stand by what they believe, than I do for Obama and this bunch of limp-wristed political weathervanes.

    September 7, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  19. lforlegend

    Democrats are pure wimps, scared that the repug/terrorist will tell a lie that might stick. I'm tired of the spineless bunch!!! I bad as I hate to admit it, maybe they should lose.

    September 7, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. Definitely not a rich guy

    I thought President Obama and strech Pelosi were good for the country...what happened? May be people started to know exactly how bad they are for this country...

    September 7, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  21. Hunter of the lib hunter

    I stand with our president, and say 'no' to the Fox/republican party of lies. If a democrat will not stand with the president who has accomplished more in his 20 months than any previous president, (health reform, Wall Street reform, equal pay, an end to the error in Iraq, tax cuts for those of us making less than $200k, home buying credit, energy credits, helping the American auto industry survive), then that democrat should not be reelected.

    September 7, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  22. Hunter of the lib hunter

    Republican are gutless scum that cannot run on truth; only lies, hate and fear.

    September 7, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  23. Chicago Joe

    Please change the headline to "Not even with a 10-foot pole"

    September 7, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  24. JK Ashburn, VA

    "has not yet decided". Typical congresscreature. Keeping options open until the last moment to see which way the wind blows. It's no wonder this country is in such deep trouble. He probably struggles with whether to stand up or sit down in the bathroom, too.

    Man up, dude!

    September 7, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  25. Danny Cali

    Boccieri don't be a chicken stand strong please, your Democratic party doing the right thing for the most Americans in this Country.

    September 7, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
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