Obama's road trips: More than just jobs?
September 9th, 2011
03:18 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama's road trips: More than just jobs?

(CNN) – President Barack Obama took his jobs plan to Virginia Friday during the first of two upcoming visits planned in the 2012 battleground.

The president traveled to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's district in Richmond to talk up his jobs recovery proposal, which is expected to be put before Congress next week.

"The time for gridlock and games is over," he said. “Now is not the time for people in Washington to be worrying about their jobs. It's time for them to be worrying about your jobs."

Political Notebook: Listen as CNN Contributor John Avlon and CNN’s Bob Costantini look at the political ups and down of the president’s address to Congress. And the White House Communications Director talks sales.


Bob McDonnell took the Virginia governor's mansion from Democratic hands in 2009, defeating opponent Creigh Deeds after then-Gov. Tim Kaine was picked to head the Democratic National Committee.

But the state broke narrowly for Obama in 2008 and may factor heavily in whether he'll be able to get re-elected.

President Obama will travel to Ohio Monday-after commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11 in Pennsylvania, DC, and New York, Sunday-to continue touting is $447 billion jobs plan that includes some tax cuts, infrastructure spending, and job training assistance.

He carried Ohio by five percentage points over McCain in 2008, and will likely attempt to recapture state again in 2012.

Like Virginia, Ohio elected a Republican following four years of Democratic gubernatorial leadership, but Gov. John Kasich recently stirred up controversy by spearheading a move to limit collective bargaining rights for workers in an effort to battle the state's budget deficits. Kasich saw his approval ratings fall as a result, and the state is expected to be competitive in electing the next president.

And though the White House spokesman Jay Carney said Friday that Obama's agenda in both battleground states is focused on drumming up support for his "American Jobs Act," by going “all over the country urging Americans to urge their representatives to take action on this essential package of proposals to help grow the economy, Ohio and Virginia are also states he'll need to make a play for in 2012.


Filed under: 2012 • Jobs • Ohio • President Obama • Virginia
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    He's taking his message to the people who need to hear it the most. He's taking direct aim a Cantor and Boehner, right in their home districts. That message is clear.

    Now I would like to see one of the GOP hopefuls pull a similar trick in Chicago, or any Democrtic district in Illinois. But, I would be really impressed if one of them had the courage to go to Grant Park (where Obama was Election Night 2008) and give a speech bemoaning the President.

    September 9, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. gt

    thats all he has done for 3 yrs....run for office

    September 9, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. Max

    Thank you Mr. President for the words well spoken. Jobs are very, very important. Don't let the spinners spoil the hopes and dreams you are giving to the middle class and the poor, no matter who you are. It also shows, to all the spinners, that Obama Cares. I wish I could say the same about Ms Bachmann.

    September 9, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. TEA PARTY Mike

    Obama tried taking it to the people before over and over and over and over and over and over again some more to try and sell the first stimulus and Obamacare. But it never worked and Obama kept dropping in the polls. Even today polls show the a majority of voters do not support the first stimulus or Obamacare. But all Obama knows how to do is go out and give a speech in front of a friendly partisan crowd. His speeches don't change anything.
    Obama's whole political gambit with stimulus two hinges on a majority of voters supporting it and wanting Republicans to pass it.
    We will see the polling results in the coming days and I do not suspect Obama will find his new plan is supported by a majority of voters. It is just a rerun of stimulus 1 which is viewed as a failure by a majority and it will cost over 400 billion. And while Obama is saying it is all paid for, it really is 400 billion of new debt, voters are not going to be fooled. He wants to pay for it with long term deficit reduction measures which simply means we borrow now and pay for it later, just like all the other debt. It means 400 billion in deficit reduction can not actually be used to pay down a portion of the current 14 trillion dollar debt because it will be used to pay of this new 400 billion dollar debt. So it is not paid for without borrowing and it adds to the debt. If it was paid for by cutting 400 billion in spending from the current budget and shift it to pay for stimulus two without borrowing any new money, that would be paying for it.
    So if a majority of voters do not like it, they will not want Republicans to pass it. They will instead want Obama to work with Republicans to come up with a better plan that tries a different approach, one that has not already failed.

    September 9, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. ricky vee

    This guy is so bad. Funny how he says the rich have to pay thier fair share yet 47 million low income americans dont pay federal income tax. His whole speach was a charade and consisted of the typical slight of hand the liberals always play. No one is falling for it.

    September 9, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    President Obama we are fired up and ready to help you take on these demons and devils that has taken over the gop.

    September 9, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    After the predictably poor results from so many of these Obama Administration economic programs, it just seems awkward to see him out there again talking about spending $400 billion more to put everyone back to work. C'mon. Really? What, are they not satisfied until American national debt is a "B" grade?

    September 9, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. MedaBlkman

    OK folks CAN'Tor and Boehner jus an FYI..................are NOT GOD, nor are they the President of the U.S. That said, my President can travel (like anyone else in America) any place he wants to and he does NOT need my permission or yours. All of these racist repuks/KKKers/teabaggers really need to get over themselves and try real hard to the job they were sent to Congress to do...............stop with the games already your wasting time and $$ and guess what America has neither time nor any money.............dayummmmmmmmmm!

    September 9, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    Squirm, GOPer, squirm.

    "Funny how he says the rich have to pay thier fair share yet 47 million low income americans dont pay federal income tax"

    That's because while and because the very tiny percentage of the population who are rich watched their share of the wealth, income and assets of the nation rise by tens of percentage opints over the past several decades...IT HAD TO COME FROM SOMEWHERE. It's like squeezing one end of a water baloon and the accelerating rapidity with which the income, wealth and assets of the nation continue to be redistributed upwards in that manner, while the income, wealth and assets available and attainable by the middle-class and poor have been more and more attenunated, has left a good 6th of this country barely able to survive on their wages and salaries and the consumer debt products they use to supplement them. The talking point about 50%+/- of the country "having no skin in the game" is total BS...they have no "skin in the game" BECAUSE THEY'VE ALREADY BEEN FLAYED.

    September 9, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    ...and guess who's running around wearing their skin Buffalo Bill style....

    September 9, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. TEA PARTY Mike

    @ ricky vee,

    Well said, I'm with you. Have you ever heard or seen what the definition of the fair share of the rich is? All we know is it is more than they are paying now. And if we don't know what the definition of the fair share of the rich is, how can we make sure we don't raise their taxes so high that they are paying more than their fair share? It is just an abstract phrase designed to stimulate class warfare and get votes.

    September 9, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. Mikey

    @ ricky vee – almost all of those 47 million pay a much higher share of their disposable income (income over the poverty level) than all other income groups. They pay SS tax, Medicare tax, sales taxes, etc. Further, the two biggest groups that comprise that 47 million are the elderly poor living on inadequate fixed incomes and the working poor, many families and single parents at or near the poverty level.

    Since you took a swipe at liberals – I will say that most Americans expect that conservative Scrooges think people living in poverty should pay more taxes, so they, the selfish, can pay less and afford even more luxuries. This country did not get great based on selfish behavior, but it will be ruined by it.

    September 9, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Obama and the Democrats have put a roadblock in front of the private business sector in the form of a mountain of new regulations and mandates passed over the last 3 years."

    Name them.

    September 9, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  14. Wes

    We need jobs, so continued the message, until it's being resolved.

    September 9, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    It's a campaign tour.........always was. On the public's nickle......of course!

    September 9, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Tea Party Mike wrote:
    It is just a rerun of stimulus 1 which is viewed as a failure by a majority and it will cost over 400 billion.
    -------------
    Only a majority of conservatives think the Recovery Act was a failure. Gov. Perry sure turned it to his advantage, as did Jindal, Barbour, and several others. I know you have seen the pictures of them holding up the big checks with big cheshire cat grins.

    And, I thought you were supposed to be against raising taxes. I guess you are "all in" with raising taxes on the middle class. President Obama beat the Republicans with a proverbial club over their heads. Didn't you see the shock and awe in the faces when he challenged Republicans not to raise taxes on the middle class? The Republicans were too shocked to frown, as most of them had been doing.

    September 9, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. Hammerer

    Sure the trips are more than jobs!
    In fact jobs have nothing to do with obama's tour. It is all about re-election. His numbers are dropping like a rock and all he knows is to go out and read bedtime stories( fantasies) and hope someone will believe him one more time. Fat chance!

    September 9, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. Ed Texas

    Obama is offering some good proposals in creating jobs. He needs to push his agenda and remember not to compromise with the Tea Bagging GOP. His proposals are a lot better than the usual GOP/Tea Bagger "trickle down, vodoo tax breaks for the rich, economics from the Hoover-Bush eras. Also, The current GOP/tea bagger candidates like Perry, Flip Flopper Mitt or Homophobic Michelle Bachmann are taking their cues from the Karl Rove playbook of dividing and conquering. None of these people even have original ideas about how to get VOTES, let alone run the government, so they do what has been tried and tested. The GOP is the party of yesterday with nothing to offer a progressive country!

    September 9, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. terry,va

    @ rudy,nyc.... you are amazingly ignorant. Obummie was in Richmond Va, aka Obummie land. People in NVA vote for Obummie for obivous reasons. Fortunately Cantor's district expands much past Richmond. Same thing for Boehner. The inner cities are Obummie's strong hold as his thugs are there. You know about the inner cities don't you Rudy? As to a Repub going to Grant Park or Chicago, whay would they waste their time? You can't fix stupid. The Repubs will go to the heartland of this country to get away from thugs and degenerates. NY and Illinois is a waste of time for any Repub Presidential candidate to camapign in.

    September 9, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. Tree

    In your face all of you OBAMA HATERS ...........this man is for the people and the GOP is not. The stimulas did work so know the facts. Obama Care well work......... Let me ask you what has the GOP done for you .......... your post is crazy .
    ricky vee....this guy is so bad.......you don't have a reason why he is so bad what you saying has been going on for many
    many years so you not talking about nothing. Look into the mirror and give the real reason vee . Are you upset because he is smarter than YOU. And he is getting things done. OBAMA 2012

    September 9, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. jacq

    The typical Republican hoopla not even worth reading the blogs today,just same old talking points no new ideas no solutions. Its truly becoming asinine. Republicans robots need to be unplug.

    September 9, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    ricky vee wrote:
    This guy is so bad. Funny how he says the rich have to pay thier fair share yet 47 million low income americans dont pay federal income tax.
    -------------
    That's patently false. Most of those who do not pay taxes are simply too poor to have to pay taxes. Most of them are seniors living off of SSI at $15k/year. Most of the rest who do not pay taxes are people who do not normally pay taxes anyway; like your kids. Maybe 50 million do not pay taxes, but it is not because they are tax cheats.

    You should be ashamed of yourself for telling that lie.

    September 9, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    ricky vee

    This guy is so bad. Funny how he says the rich have to pay thier fair share yet 47 million low income americans dont pay federal income tax.
    -------------
    Yes, I said lie. Because if you had 47 million people working in this country, unemployment would be -20%.

    September 9, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  24. Maggie

    Why did it take Obama nearly 3 years to get involved in trying to solve the job crisis. He is only thinking of his re-election. He does not really care about the american people or this would have been his first priority and not Obamacare. Americans have to vote this man out of office because he is no good for this country. I really think he does not like our country and he is doing everything possible to bankrupt it. I wonder what is really on his agenda!!!!!!!!!! You never know!!!!!!!

    September 9, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  25. vic , nashville ,tn

    More Americans concern about Jobs than deficits but republicans don’t get that

    More Americans feel federal government should address jobs

    I think Obama is on the right track

    We don’t consider Rasmussen polls

    September 9, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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