Obama re-election announcement
April 2nd, 2011
07:28 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama re-election announcement

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama plans to send supporters a text or e-mail message with a video announcing his intention to run for re-election, multiple Democratic sources tell CNN.

The message could come as early as Monday morning. The sources say his campaign team also hopes to file papers with the Federal Election Commission Monday to launch his 2012 re-election campaign.

The timing of the announcement and the filing could change depending on outside events. The White House is closely watching negotiations on Capitol Hill over the 2011 spending bill, which must be resolved this week to avoid a government shutdown.

This would come more than a week before the president hosts his first re-election fund-raiser in Chicago on April 14. These Democrats say no public event is planned because the White House wants to downplay the announcement and minimize the political distraction.

The president is making his campaign official slightly earlier than is typical for an incumbent so he can get a jump on fund-raising in a season that's likely to shatter all records. Obama’s team has been asking campaign bundlers to raise $350,000 each, no easy task since campaign finance laws limit gifts to $2,500 per donor. Two sources tell CNN the campaign team hopes that in total their bundlers will raise $500 million, leaving the campaign to raise another $500 million and amass a record-breaking $1 billion war chest.

According to these sources, the president has made calls to top donors and conference calls are planned this week to supporters and key Democratic groups. Vice President Joe Biden is already planning to be in New Hampshire Monday and will meet with key supporters in that crucial early voting state. For the past few weeks, Jim Messina, who will manage the campaign, and Patrick Gaspard, executive director of the DNC, have been flying around the country meeting with frustrated donors working to get them re-engaged.

So far no Republican contenders have formally announced. But these days the likely Republican presidential contenders are making endless visits to key early voting states and meeting with supporters across the country.

One top Democrat says, "The Republicans are out there day in and day out beating up on the president - they're basically running without filing. So to say we're going first isn't totally fair." This person adds, "No one wants to start running now. The president is engaged in the country, this is about getting (campaign) staff up and running."

Additionally, top Democrats say two former White House staffers are likely to set up a third-party outside spending group. Former Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton and Sean Sweeney, former aide to then-Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, have been approached by Democratic donors who are concerned about countering the influence of Karl Rove and the Koch brothers in the upcoming 2012 election.


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soundoff (123 Responses)
  1. ted

    Obama is the only one qualified for the position. The Repukelican party can just give up now and start thinking 2016. The Repthugs have no one currently considering the job that is qualified to run for dogcatcher or sewer cleaner.

    Obama/Biden 2012
    Clinton/Obama(Michelle) 2016

    April 2, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  2. Johnson

    Awesome President

    April 2, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  3. Tired of the nonsense

    YES! You've got my vote. An intelligent person in the Oval Office for the next four years like we've had for the last four years will help rebuild this country from the damage, disillusionment and degradation that the Bush regime fostered and tried to hammer into place. Things are looking up now thanks to the Obama/Biden administration. We've got momentum of rebuilding America back into the great country it used to be before Bush destroyed it, and we need to keep that momentum going.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 2, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. Jeff Feingold

    Give me a break! Obama never stopped campaigning from 2008. What's the difference? As if he has a chance. If he's reelected, silence will fall.

    April 2, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  5. Bob

    Will the media re-elect him again?

    April 2, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  6. Moe NY

    President Obama...you have my vote once again. I appreciate what you have done for our country, your brilliance, your deplomacy in all arears...USA and foriegn. Looking forward to another four years of your leadership.

    April 2, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  7. ;)

    Good for america he has my vote!

    April 2, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  8. lagunalad

    4 more Years

    April 2, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  9. midwestmatt

    At this point, the Republicans are not even remotely close to winning back this 2 time Reagan Republican. They are in complete disarray, totally void of ideas other than cutting taxes for the wealthiest, bent on screwing them middle class and fighting one culture war after another.

    I'll take Obama over any of their clueless idiots or the dolt from the Tea Party.

    April 2, 2011 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  10. Davey

    Okay Lets start the hating

    April 2, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  11. girly girl

    Good for him. Can't govern worth a sh*t but is real good a smooth talkin' and running for office.

    April 2, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  12. Guest

    Yes we can again! Let's get started!

    April 2, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  13. terry,va

    Oh really? He hasn't come out of campaign mode since he was elected. He hasn't governed. All he has done is run around making pie in the sky speeches. Let's dump this fool in 2012. He has been the worse president since Carter.

    April 2, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  14. nobama

    Oh Thank God!! Now he can concentrate on campaigning (the only thin he seems capable of) and stop hurting the country.

    April 2, 2011 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  15. Gene

    Obama/Biden 2012!!!!!!!!

    April 2, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  16. Peter Wolfe

    People we must unite together disregard our prejudices or disagreements on things. We must defeat the republican/conservatives once and for all. Come on save up money to donate incrementally to Barack Obama's next election. Esepcially don'tlower yoru guad cause of the Supreme Court casein 2009 allows corporations to donate whatever unlimtted amounts to republicans. We must defeat them. So, I'm donating hat I can cause by the I should be out of debt. Its time to unite people to network together to vote not just talk about voting. Also, I think that we must point to the positives like bank regulations, health care reform, alternative energy development and etc to re-elect he best presiden we've had since thirty to fourty years in this coutnry of ours. Voluunteer for the DNC and on my part I'll unite college students in the south at Auburn University! God Obama and Bien 2012!

    April 2, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  17. Tom

    I won't be voting for Obama. He hasn't done many of the things he said he would do.

    Close Guantanamo? No
    Get out of Iraq and Afghanistan? No
    Health Care Reform? You call that mangled mess reform?
    March with Unions when the GOP busts them? No

    What I see is a President who is a lame duck to worried about getting elected while the price of everything goes to the moon because of the mad man behind the printing press.

    April 2, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  18. Steve

    The poor guy is so delusional. He should step aside and let a democrat run who actually has a chance of winning.

    April 2, 2011 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  19. PJinChicago

    And this is what you get. Hope all you libs are happy. Two years of crap disguised as government, and now two more years of campaigning

    April 2, 2011 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  20. Addis

    Great Job Mr. President!
    Cannot wait to campaign for you again.
    Wish you all the best :)

    April 2, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  21. Jon

    I hope the American people take a hard look at who you are as a person. You will destroy this country of the American people. You lie to the American people who do you think you are? You need to be punished to the full extent of the law. If anybody had a brain you will never sit in the White House ever again. You never had my vote and you never will! STAND DOWN FOR THE GOOD OF THIS COUNTRY!

    April 2, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  22. Debra From Georgia

    You better come on Mr. President, you know these damn Republicans can spin the truth in the biggest lie in American History.

    April 2, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  23. BeanerECMO

    Are you better off now than you were a long 2 years ago?

    April 2, 2011 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  24. Mike

    What took him so long? These days politicians of both parties start running for re-election the day after the last election, if not sooner. I know actually filling the office they are elected to can be a distraction from their main purpose (reelection). Maybe it is time for a law that requires them to serve 90% of their term before starting to run for re-election or even start fund-raising.

    April 2, 2011 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  25. NC

    I thought obama announced his re-election run on January 20, 2009. This clown has been campaigning since his first day in office. Vote for the Republican nominee in 2012.

    April 2, 2011 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
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