October 20th, 2010
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The Sweep: Governors' races are 'main event' in 2010

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Columbus, Ohio (CNN) - When President Obama flew into Columbus, Ohio, this past Sunday, party organizers turned out a crowd of 35,000 people, the largest gathering he'd addressed since his inauguration.

It was Obama's 11th trip to the state since becoming president and the only political rally to which he brought his top draw - Michelle Obama.
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  1. stufit

    Yes, the big redistricting. The "Obama effect" should be felt in these races also. Sounds like the Democrat liberal party will lose a lot of them too.

    October 20, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. gt

    the govenors are paying the price for obama, pelosi ,and reid,,,

    October 20, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. vic nashville tn

    Real Republicans worried about the party future now especially who work hard for the party 80s 90s

    October 20, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. Nevada Senior

    Things are hard now for a lot of Americans, Jack. A lot of people are
    out of work. That is why Democrats should stay focused and get to the polls and vote, and vote hard.

    You think you're having problems now? If Rand paul is voted into senate, if O'Donnell is voted into senate, if the woman who is
    trying to take Reid's seat in Nevada is voted to Senate, do you think your problems are going to get better? These are all
    extremist. Do we want extremists in control of us. Or stopping social security and the dept. of education!

    If you think you are angry now, let these zealots get control of things like your social security and cut out
    everything the middle class stands for. Never underestimate the stupidity of the American people to cut off their noses to
    spite their faces based on their prejudices and propaganda. None of these extremists is capable of finding jobs, only obstructing progress of the ones who are actually doing something. Harry Reid has done more for Nevada in its history.
    President Obama has done more in two years than the republicans messed up in eight. Before you follow ignorance over
    the cliff, you had better first of all VOTE democrats, secondly ask yourself at the polls are you voting your own interests
    or are you reversing the progress taking place by voting for people who have no answers at all. We must stay the course, Jack. If not , only blame the person in the mirror.

    October 20, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. T'SAH from Virginia

    Oh WOW – like McDonnell is going to PREVENT Virginians from voting for President Obama in 2012 – or any other Governor!!!!! Give me a BREAK!!!

    Yes, the Governor of a state should matter but what are they going to run on in 2012???? The RepubliCAN'Ts are BATTLING within their own party and they are going to SCREW UP trying to PUSH THROUGH the EXTREME agenda the FAR-RIGHT is promising. The American people would SCREAM "Oh My Gosh – why in the HELL did we put THEM back in control!!!"

    The RepubliCAN'Ts are going to begin their CAMPAIGN the day after November 2nd and their main concern is going to be focused on 2012! In the meantime, TWO YEARS will fly by before you can BLINK your eyes and it will be discovered that the OBSTRUCTIONIST are still being obstructive and could care less about the American people – the lower middle American People!!!

    DEMOCRATS – Get out and vote like we did in 2008!!! We must allow President Obama to continue his agenda and we refuse to allow the FAR-RIGHT ‘terminate’ him after a ‘two-year’ effort – his term is FOUR YEARS!!!!!

    This is T’SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!

    October 20, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. A Dem

    They all came out to see the big draw... his wife.
    11th trip to this state since he took office. Wow. Way to waste money.
    So sick of this administration already.

    October 20, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. The Unsub

    president obama is a true leader!

    October 20, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. Rush Gibbs

    Stupid Republicans and TEA party people, do they not realize that a Republican congress will mean the end of handing out stimulus money for the repair of union executive golf courses and could even mean that Viagara won't be available to NEA members. The messiah, Hussein Obozo, had better go out to California and warn all of the dopers and Oprah watchers this could happen if they don't vote for Democrat liberals.

    October 20, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  9. SAY WHAT!!!

    the handshake looks funny...

    October 20, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Indeed...looks to be about 30 states that will have Republican governors after November...and I'm predicting at least 20 of them will have their redistricting efforts (and, potentially, changes they attempt to make to their in-state election laws) challenged in court next year for being discriminatory and violating civil and voting rights. Just watch...they just can't help themselves. Why don't you report on the DOJ's investigation of widespread reports that the "Truth the Vote" people in Harris County, TX are engaging in harassing, threating and intimidating behavior at the early polling centers and that they are causing delays to slow the flow of votes...AND THAT IT'S HAPPENING MAINLY IN MINORITY COMMUNITIES' VOTING CENTERS. The "voter fraud" demagoguery is a targeted effort from the GOP and conservatives to provide cover for voter suppression efforts: there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud. All they have is a base of people who are angry and afraid that darky is taking over, who believe deep down that a minority voting is inherently fraud in the first place and who are ready, willing and able to believe nonsensical conspiracy theories about groups like ACORN and accusations of widespread illegal immigrant voting. There is NO EVIDENCE of any of it. The believe it because it affirms their bigotted assumption that the only way for minorities to exert influence and voices in this country is to cheat...and it's because they believe that those minorities shouldn't be exerting influence or having voices in the first place. Suits against and investigations of ACORN produced not a single conviction and were all thrown out of court for lack of evidence....illegal immigrants aren't being bused in to vote Dem...and there is no "voting merry-go-round" at minority polling places. The whole thing is ridiculous, racist and should be a major story CNN focuses on instead of the he-said-she-said-the-polls-say garbage.

    October 20, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. PalmReader

    If you think this past two years of non-stop bickering was bad, wait until the TeaPers are elected. Repealing Health Care? Eliminating Social Security? Lowering the minimum wage, or eliminating it altogether? Eliminating the Department of Education - our local school systems? Raising the minimum deduction for Medicare? These are the TeaPers wants. ( I'm sure I've left many of their issues out, there are so too many of them to keep track of.) You better believe the government will be shut down. No GOPer unity, no GOPer leadership, and a bunch of fools all vying for top leadership positions won't be able to just say HELL NO anymore. It will be THEIR constituents demanding action, and fast. Not a pretty picture and definitely not the direction I want this country moving in. We are barely out of the recession. Going back isn't an alternative. Not for me.

    October 20, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |