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.
That would be Sarah Palin talking nonsense like a puppet.
I actually like this American family woman but she is totally out of her elemnt in world politics.
Shes not a professional liar.
I voted for him in early on in '08. But I honestly don't beleive he will win a relection bid. It all depends on the economy.
A very well trained monkey can do a better job...
While Obama pretty much inherited a hell-storm when he took office, he might now need to demonstrate some concrete progress on sustainable job growth and controlling spending, if he hopes to get re-elected.
On the Republican/independent side, it will also see who turns out – neither Palin nor Bachmann seem to be smart enough to find their way out of paper bags (not to mention that they're extremists). Romney might provide some stiff competition if he can hone his message, as well as overcome Christian bigotry on the extreme right (as he's a mormon).
Finally, while I really liked the John McCain of the 1990s, the current John McCain seems senile – and only happy if we are bombing Muslim countries. In the case of Joe Lieberman, he's basically John McCain x 10. Lieberman is a complete joke – and I have yet to see that he's nearly as dedicated to the USA as he is to Israel.
LOL!!! Yeah he's gonna get elected right out of the White House.
Republicans hate the black president.
The only question is will Obama suffer a greater defeat than Carter did.
Once was enough.
Obama/Biden 2012!!! go ahead mr.president you do deserve a second term and all fair minded rational thinking people know that you have been working hard help the average American. You inherited such a huge mess and the fact we are in a upswing with an economy rapidly improving goes to show u proved the nay-sayers wrong. They have called you names, belittled and insulted you, lied aout your intentions and spread hate and fear also put all kinds road block in the sucess of our nation in hopes to defeat you but u have gradually continued push us ahead. If W got 2 terms u sure deserve one too and with these no ideas, backward thinking republicans running americans gotta be really stupid hand them back the presidency. Everybody already having buyers remorse and regretting voting for them or sitting home in Nov. they have done absolutely nothing to advance our nation or create any jobs or make us more competitive globally all they been doing is focusing on social issues and defunding NPR, bursting unions and telling women what do with thier bodies.
He better be prepared to answer some questions about that birth certificate, then. I'm not saying he wasn't born here because I do think he was born in Hawaii. I just think it's possible he wasn't born in a hospital, but rather at home, and that his hippy/commie mommy didn't want him to be part of the evil "system" and never registered his birth. For all intents and purposes, he's an American citizen in my mind. But I'd still like to know what his GPA was at Occidental, Columbia, and Harvard. After all, whoever the GOP throws out there, we'll all know what that candidate's GPA was, where they finished in their class, the classes they took, etc. And, while we're at it, can we have a look-see at Obama's passport record, too? I know, I know...I'm just a dumb hick racist...right, right, I get it. Excuse me for having questions about this man's past that nobody else seems to care about.
OH GOD!!!!!! NOT AGAIN!!!!!! He's in office illegally now!!!!! He's not a US CITIZEN!!!!!! When is everyone going to accept the facts that he has screwed the US!!!!!
I will vote for Mr Obama anytime
Excellent; let's hope for an electoral landslide. With the current crop of GOP candidates, it's hard to imagine anything but.
Four more to save the country from the garbage eaters.
Geez, maybe he (Obama) could be even more disappointing the second time around.
Only the public sector welfare voter will vote for Obama. They cannot risk losing their gravy train even if it means the death of the private sector in America. Want to see the Obama voter, look at the public sector workers as they wrecked the capital building in Wisconsin.
America would be much better off if this clown does not seek reelection!
I will pledge my money, my time and my loyalty toward relelection of this magnificient Leader. The evil nature of America's right-wing makes this election critical to the survival of Americal. They use hate as a tool to divide us and fear to justify their dishonorable acts. Republicans are out to destroy the middle and lower classes. They're doing a fine job so far.
Where does Barky exhibit his Nobel Peace Prize?
I don't agree with a lot of the things he has done, but he has my loyalty. There is not a single Republican that could convince me they would do a better job come 2013.
please dont run again you suck
Obama has never STOPPED running for president. It is pathetic.
I am with you all the way to 2012 Mr. President. Lets role!
Oh wow! The world is coming to an end. I NEVER thought he would run again. The world must be spinning off its axis from this unbelievable decision. Yes, this is all sarcasm. Never saw this one coming, did we? And this is news????