Obama's 2012 campaign makes moves
May 28th, 2011
03:22 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama's 2012 campaign makes moves

(CNN)– There are 531 days to go until the 2012 presidential election, and a new web video released today by the Obama campaign promises a jump start for a campaign designed to reignite President Obama's backers and build grassroots support.

"In September and October we will see a sea of volunteers come into our offices. We know we have to have an infrastructure in place, an organization in place to properly channel that energy," Obama's Battleground Director Mitch Stewart says in the video.

"What we've learned is that the best way is to have a team up where we empower local volunteers to take leadership roles within our campaign [and] make decisions within our campaign in their neighborhood or in their community based off of the work they have done leading up to the election, but also because of their experience."

"But we have a lot of work to do," Stewart admitted.

A summer organizer program will have supporters going door-to-door, registering voters to build group support within neighborhoods throughout the country, a function that Stewart says will make up the heart and soul of the campaign.

The campaign also plans to make the standard telephone calls, meet with past supporters and prospective new ones individually in a "One-on-One Program."

"The results are a massive army of newly energized volunteers, plus thousands of pages of ideas and feedback that will inform how we shape our organization nationally," Stewart said. "We're going to build it from the ground up. And we're going to use this summer to roll out our team model and organizing structure through grassroots planning sessions in homes and by videoconference."

Such grassroots efforts were also part of Obama's successful 2008 campaign, which incorporated the internet and social networking to rally new supporters and made strides with the help of their "Yes We Can" slogan.

Numbers show the energy is still there for Obama's 2012 reelection. Applications to work on the president's campaign this time around have already exceeded the numbers at this point in the 2008 campaign.

Obama's re-election campaign is headquartered in One Prudential Plaza in downtown Chicago. In his 2008 campaign for president, Obama hauled in a record breaking $750 million dollars.

The president has the potential to raise up to $1 billion in his bid for re-election.


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soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. Not fooled

    Ask yourselves: What have the Republicans done for me? They are in there for 4 months and absolutely nothing has been done. Everything they want the majority of people don't want. The choice is easy. At least with President Obama and the democrats things were beng accomplished not taken away. Obama- Biden 2012 . Fired up – ready to go.

    May 28, 2011 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  2. Not fooled

    @ Howard - you seem to be way out numbered. Just like you will be in 2012.

    May 28, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Obama/Biden 2012; you've got my vote!

    May 28, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  4. Albo58

    This President will have a most difficult time trying to get taxPAYERS' votes, no matter who the Republicans choose to run! This President is a proven failure and over the last 2.5 years, even with a Congressional majority, only confirmed that he would eagerly work against the American Majority. Fact is, we simply can NOT afford this President's welfare state plan of wealth redistribution for liberal cause and Democrat Party political paybacks!

    May 28, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  5. nobody special

    FOUR MORE YEARS!!!!!!!
    Obama/Biden 2012

    (it was less than a year ago that many of us here would say "Palin/Bachmann 2012" in jest. To think this is combination is actually possible is amazing, and scary)!

    May 28, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  6. keylargo

    It'll be a "cold day in hell" when I vote for any Republican. Republicans have a goal, America with two classes, rich and poor, they can't stand seeing guys like myself grow up dirt poor, go to college and make a life solidly in middle class. It kills the GOP types to see men like t Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama who started poor and because they were smart and energetic they made it to the top.

    May 28, 2011 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  7. Nana

    Should he win I will leave the country.

    May 28, 2011 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  8. Palin Power

    Obozo is destined to be a 1 term Epic Fail and he will lose to Sarah Palin in 2012. It is the word and will of God herself. We need President Palin for only she has the power from God herself to completely fix and save this world economy. She will make America truly great again and she will bring real change and hope that is lost for 12 years.

    May 28, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  9. Joe

    The president can count on my vote and my voice.

    May 28, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  10. Brian from NJ

    @ hannah

    What a bunch of leftist crap... Just what the country needs.. a bunch of lying Democrats scaring Senior Citizens into thinking they will be put out on the street... and the Dems do it just to get a vote... Got a news flash for you... SS and Medicare are already going down the drain, the oil companies give more $$ to the gov't for the right to drill than the subsidies they receive, the financial deregulation was done under a Democrat (Clinton), Obama started the 3rd war and expanded the Afghanistan war, and 47% of the people in this country DO NOT pay any federal taxes... tax them first then we can talk about raising someone else's taxes...

    May 28, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  11. zippy 61

    Obama wont win next election, no way, no how. For the idiot followers, what has he done good for this country. If Obama were to win the election even the Obamatron's will suffer.

    May 28, 2011 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  12. DORRIE

    I hope an pray that Obama isn't re-elected. He is the worst president that this country has ever hard. He hates America and so does his lovely bride, Michelle (who wears designer clothes). People who have to work for a living will not vote for him for sure. If you are on the government payroll or welfare (same difference), you will vote for him. God will see us through no matter what happens though.

    May 28, 2011 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  13. jeff

    You people are out of your minds to vote for this idiot!! He is ruining this country and destroying the middle class that keeps this country moving.

    May 28, 2011 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  14. addon

    Count me and mine in Mr. President!

    May 28, 2011 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  15. L. Snyder

    I sincerely believe there is NOTHING that can stop President Obama...in spite of the hate-filled, racist, and lie-filled rhetoric from the repub/t-bag side, he has quietly gone about the business of the American people...the opposition has, so far, been unbelievable, but one would suspect that the rhetoric is going to become so vocally repulsive in the months to come that those of us who truly believe in our president's goals for the betterment of this country should hold him in our thoughts and prayers for strength to carry on. There are too many who might even want to do harm to him, so let's surround him with a hedge of protection and make our voices heard not only in the run-up to the 2012 election, but to resolve to give him another four years by casting our votes in the polling booth!

    May 28, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  16. REP

    All the welfare, non-taxpaying, I want your money, people here....Can't wait for Obuma to loss and then I will be able to keep more of my money for me.

    May 28, 2011 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  17. jamesthedog

    Presidency for sale, a true obamanation. Woof Woof.

    May 28, 2011 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  18. hih

    It hardly matters who among either party sits in the oval office the same end results.... The corruption of our system should be called something else at this point, it has become so common and accepted.

    May 28, 2011 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  19. hih

    How anyone can blindly support this President is beyond anything other then party loyalty. Based on promises kept which are few if any, no change or transparency in goverment and the same cronienisim as always continues

    May 28, 2011 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  20. hih

    The my team menatality is the largest cause of the continued erosion of Washington. There has never been a time when our country needs and deserves better.

    May 28, 2011 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  21. hih

    Amazing or perhpas not , how the moderation in this forum is so blatantly supportive of a candidate.

    May 28, 2011 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  22. tom mathew

    Obama got Osama that is enough to get reelected as president
    abu dhabi

    May 28, 2011 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  23. jerry

    I voted for Obama in 2008. I will not vote for him in 2012. He's in big business' pocket – take a look at his political appointments, all former industry reps.Where are the consumer advocates? As far as the military-industrial complex – how much are we spending now? Unfortunately the Republicans are worse, so it looks like a third party candidate for me.

    May 28, 2011 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  24. Are you kidding

    Why would you vote for obama...gas prices high, unemployment high, the economy is barely moving, the debt is the highest in history, and he cannot be trusted with our allies. So what Bin Laden is dead. We still have 2 wars, a third started by Obama in Libya, and the middle east is up in smoke. He is blind to the problems and has done nothing to improve personal responsibility.

    May 28, 2011 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  25. Marla

    I've been a liberal all of my life, but was never very interested in voting.
    This time, I feel that it is very important to vote so that we can get as many Democrats into every office possible.
    We need to give our president a super-majority in both houses this time so that he can accomplish what he has started during his second term.
    We also need to defeat the conservatives on the local level to save such things as science teaching in our schools.

    May 28, 2011 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
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