October 12th, 2010
08:41 AM ET
8 years ago

Obama hosts townhall to try and energize Democrats

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will host a webcast townhall Tuesday night, in the latest bid by party leaders to motivate Democrats to vote in the midterm elections.

The president will travel a few blocks from the White House to George Washington University, to headline a "Moving America Forward" town hall sponsored by the Democratic National Committee.

DNC spokeswoman Lynda Tran says the president will take questions from the estimated 125 people in attendance, as well as through Facebook, Twitter and what the party touts as the first time ever use of Skype in such a setting. The event will be live-streamed on http://www.barackobama.com/live.

The DNC says there will be hundreds of party supporters who will host house parties across the country to watch the event and to "engage" their friends and neighbors to vote in the November elections.

DNC Chairman Tim Kaine, the former Virginia governor, is expected to join the town hall via satellite from a watch party in New Hampshire.

This is the third DNC event in the past two weeks that the president has headlined. He was the main attraction at a party rally at the University of Wisconsin in Madison on Sept. 28 and he headlined a similar DNC event Sunday in Philadelphia. Later this week, Obama will take part in a town hall being broadcast on MTV, BET and CMT. And next week, the president is the main attraction at another DNC rally in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Polls suggest that the Democrats are facing an enthusiasm gap. Accruing to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national survey released Friday, most Republicans say they are extremely or very enthusiastic about voting this year, but only a third of Democrats feel the same way.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I just hope the President keeps slamming the U.S. Chamber of China/Commerce. I think the base is pretty fired up and ready to go.

    October 12, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  2. Barry

    Seems like every picture the Media puts up of the President shows him angry. I guess knowing his majorities are gone would probably anger him. He needs to take a page out of President Clinton's book and stop being just a Democrat complaining about Republicans and work with them to pass things that the majority of Americans agree with. It will be hard for him because he has done nothing so far but play the victim. If he doesn't even MSNBC will turn their back on him.

    October 12, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  3. stufit

    You know there will be some real "slamming" and "blasting" and of course heavy duty lying going on at that rally. Naturally he will choose his vehicle, young people who don't know better and are products of an NEA dominated education system, which is more concerned about getting free Viagra for their members than their competency. All in all keep talking Obozo, make us madder and more energized, you idiot.

    October 12, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  4. Dale

    Only the party faithful give a crap about what Obama says as every word is a politically motivated stretch of the truth.

    October 12, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. ThinkAgain

    We have a simple choice on November 2:

    Put the country in drive (D) or in reverse (R).

    Vote for moving America forward – vote Democratic!

    October 12, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  6. ThinkAgain

    Everyone needs to look at their own life and ask themselves this question:

    When the going gets tough, are you a quitter like Palin and the Republicans?

    Or do you tackle your problems head-on like President Obama and the Democrats, sticking with it and accepting as an adult that pulling our country out of the ditch the Republicans drove us into WILL TAKE TIME!

    Better yet, ask yourself this:

    Why in the WORLD would you return power to the very people and their policies that are PROVEN FAILURES that got us into this mess in the first place?

    October 12, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. ThinkAgain

    Why would anyone vote for a Republican? Their latest Contract on America offers nothing new; they've promised they're going to do the same-old, same-old stuff that we all know DOESN'T WORK!

    What do you really think the Republicans are going to do if they regain control? One thing is for sure: They'll give even more tax cuts to the wealthy, even though after 10 years it's been proven that doesn't result in job creation here in the U.S.

    They'll probably start another war ... they certainly don't know what they're doing in Afghanistan ... their idea of wealth creation is to de-regulate Wall Street and reward companies that ship jobs overseas ... their idea of free speech is to allow foreign corporations to secretly donate to our elections ...

    You really want that, folks? Grow and accept the fact that it's going to take a long time to fix the mess that the Republicans left us the last time they were in power.

    Vote for America = Vote Democratic!

    October 12, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. King

    Obama need stop letting the repugs stop taking jobs from the demand side of the supply and demand economy. Which are the poor and middle class. They are the ones buys from our local economy that creats demnd and jobs.

    October 12, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. ST

    Go Oboma Go! You are a President of new technology!

    October 12, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. Dave

    The more he tries, especially with Joe at his side, the less ethusiasm happens. There would be more enthusiam; if Hillary was at his side. Of course, she is smart enough to keep her distance from the sinking ship.

    October 12, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. Dean

    Obama has motivated voters of all parties. Motivated them to vote against him and those who support his poiciies.

    October 12, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  12. MacTooley

    In the words of Bevis and Butthead "Cant polish a turd"

    October 12, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. PalmReader

    Many of my family members are Republican. Not one of them have been contacted this year by a GOP candidate. There have not been any *get out and vote* calls by Republican Committees. No one has stopped by to talk or solicit a vote. On the other hand, we all have been receiving Democratic candidate brochures, phone calls, and E-mails almost daily. So much for the enthusiasm gap . . .

    October 12, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  14. Jane

    All he wants to do in "moving America forward" is put it in drive and run it into the toilet. This president is doing more to destroy the middle class than any other clown we have elected (well congress is shoulder to shoulder with him). Not giving social security COLA increases (for retirees – middle class), now the rumor is that the retired military will not get a COLA increase this year as well (another middle class factor). He thinks that people making 200-250k are rich. I cannot for the life of me figure out how you can lump these people in with the people who make millions and make it fair. They do not have accountants and lawyers to shelter the $$ like the really wealthy. Most are small business owners who constantly get audited by the IRS cause the IRS thinks they all are ripping of the gov by not paying taxes. I honestly believe the democrats want to destroy the middle class so they will still be the rich elite and the rest of us will be poor and dumbed down.

    October 12, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. Bob in PA

    "The estimated 125 people in attendance" – I didn't know it was possible to get all the tzars in one place at same time.

    October 12, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |