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. Just Me

    Our country cannot withstand another term of Obama. Seriosly, anyone would be better...really. I'd even take Trump over Obama. At least Trump has experience running something other than a campaign and organizing the community. (I'm not a fan of Trump's)

    April 3, 2011 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  2. vince86

    The president can take his time. The GOP has done NOTHING to prove their case. Easy victory.

    April 3, 2011 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  3. Truth Hurts

    It comes down to this – Unless Obama gives the LONG OVERDUE smack-down on the GOP that has successfully sabotaged everything he's tried to do... I would rather vote for a democrat who CAN.

    April 3, 2011 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  4. Dave NY USA

    I wasn't aware that he ever stopped campaigning.

    April 3, 2011 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  5. DaveFL

    Again (yawn) the Clash of the Well-Connected Begins, with the American people cast as extras.

    $500 million? $1 billion? ...which could be used to feed American families who are starving in their own homes (if they have one), pay for medical care for their kids, repair a crumbling infrastructure. The Disconnect List goes on.

    And our vote matters because...?

    No, your vote doesn't matter because both parties are going to do pretty much as they please – 2008 and 2010 elections being the most recent proof – according to their narrow, self-interested agendas.

    April 3, 2011 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  6. MARTY

    in these times of war, runaway debt, joblessness, radiation from japan, we need a president that does not have an intellectual capacity of barney fife. Do we really want to re elect a president who gave BP oil a safety award? Im just saying.

    April 3, 2011 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  7. Lee Oates

    Good. America needs an an intelligent, educated man in office, after suffering though a long string of losers. I don't think that the average ignorant American can handle having a blackman win another election, but we can always hope for a miracle.

    April 3, 2011 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  8. poafster

    Say it isn't so. 4 years of Carter brought us malaise...4 years of Obama has brought us poverty.

    April 3, 2011 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  9. Angry

    If unemployment keeps falling and those gas prices go down he's got my vote...

    April 3, 2011 03:42 am at 3:42 am |
  10. Thomas

    Given the pool of potential Republican "contenders", the only thing Obama will have to worry about in 2012 is overconfidence among Democrats.

    April 3, 2011 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  11. Marry

    Of cause, this was expected. But still, I am happy the President is willing to continue to serve the American people and have a very positive influence on the world.
    I would wish for more appreciation for his work under very difficult circumstances by the American people! Of cause, one can and should discuss political directions and not everything is to everyone’s liking. However, I have never seen a person that works so hard and still reacts with so much grace, understanding and coolness to the really terrible, untrue, and meant to personally hurt criticism that he encounters every day. I very much hope for real and fact based discussions for a better future of our country. Of cause, for this to happen, the GOP would have to drastically change! The people that are “talking” there these days are just too much!

    April 3, 2011 04:09 am at 4:09 am |
  12. leprince

    Pleaaaase DON'T !!!!

    April 3, 2011 04:22 am at 4:22 am |
  13. T'sah from Virginia

    ["The Republicans are out there day in and day out...
    …beating up on the president - they're basically running without…
    …filing”] because they know they’re up against a powerful force
    And once they get out there President Obama will show them who’s BOSS!!!

    CHICKENS and COWARDS – They all rather hide behind Fox News and spit out LIES and HATE knowing that the Democrats is NOT going to WASTE MONEY to fight against ALL of the “WANNABES” who know damn well they would NEVER be President of the United States… I don’t even have to mention any names because they are in the news EVERY DAY!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!! Yes We Can!!

    April 3, 2011 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  14. Mountainman

    You're kidding, right? Screw me one once, shame on you. Screw me twice, shame on me. Ferstein sie?

    April 3, 2011 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
  15. u kidding me

    Using Corn for fuel is So Smart to drive prices up for Americans. Increasing Jobs in China and Brazil, Brilliant. Protecting the Muslims as he said he would do, now in Lybia, as people ask why. HE Said He Would. Destroying Wall Street and Banking another Wish of George Soros who Obama is puppet to. Smartest Prez we have ever had.

    April 3, 2011 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  16. DRoper

    God help us if this man is reelected.

    April 3, 2011 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  17. Bruce

    Ummm....yeah...good luck with that re-election chance....as small as it is.

    April 3, 2011 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  18. Dena

    Sign me up for a donation. Thanks to administration's programs, I was able to save my house and my company was able to withstand the economic downturn. A true, leader...you have my vote!!!! OBAMA 2012!!! OBAMA 2012!!! OBAMA 2012!!!

    April 3, 2011 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  19. katy Heys

    Considering the cast of cartoon characters the Republicans have to offer as potential Presidential nominees, I will vote for Obama.

    April 3, 2011 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  20. Aeromechanic.

    Well, I guess it was to be expected. While President Obama surely hasn't accomplished as much as we would have liked, there is no doubting that he has done better than his opponent would have done.

    It's a shame that he has had to face infighting within the democratic party as well as the "The Party of No". I guess the democrats should have just taken a page out of the republicans playbook and rammed bills through when we had majorities in both houses.

    Instead, we opted for compromise and it got us nowhere, except a healthcare bill that is so watered down, it may as well be nonexistant. Couple that no-backbone attitude with the republican's "if it wasn't our idea, it's a bad idea" attitude and you have what amounts to a puppet presidency.

    Oh well, after the crap the knucklehead republiucans pulled in Wisconsin, Ohio and elsewhere, the democrats should make some health gains next time around. I just hope they go for real change and quit messing around.

    April 3, 2011 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  21. Elizabeth

    It's too stinking early for all this. I'd rather this all started and ended in 2012 and we left the candidates, most of whom are already in office for something...do their jobs, rather than campaign to do them again next time. What a lousy system we have.
    As for Obama running, eh, whatever. If there's anything the last bunch of years has taught me it's that this country is going downhill no matter who lives in the white house. I'm more interested in who is in Congress.

    April 3, 2011 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  22. Amber

    God, please help us. This country cannot take another 4 years of this president. This president hates this country, wants to destroy it financially, economically and spiritually. The Democratic party wants nothing more than to take the people down the communist path. Conservatives have tried to expose them and their agenda at every angle. But, to them it's not about the PEOPLE. It's about power and control...similar to a growing baby dictatorship. To think that there are so many uneducated, uninformed people in this country willing to give up their freedoms and liberties is nothing less than appalling. To think that the Democratic party pays these people to show up at rallies, protests, voter precincts is so unethical beyond words. My hope is that the majority of the American people have woken up to the horrors of the Democrats and will vote for nothing with a "D" behind it. Their agenda has been rutted out of the closet. It's time for Americans who love this country to get to work on defeating this narcissistic, egotistical, game playing, political strategist. We've had enough of his hope and change.

    April 3, 2011 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  23. dj

    The last thing this country needs is another 4 years of this president. The Democrats can't be stupid enough to run him again??? Can they?

    We need an American, to look out for American citizens... no more Demented Democrats and Rabid Republicans... An American for Americans is what we need.

    April 3, 2011 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
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