Obama talks to Iowa supporters on caucus night
January 3rd, 2012
10:32 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama talks to Iowa supporters on caucus night

(CNN) - President Barack Obama addressed via video conference several Democratic caucus sites in Iowa Tuesday, four years after winning the state's contest in a surprise victory that fueled his campaign on a path to the nomination.

"We've still got a lot of work to do. But think about the change that was accomplished because of those caucuses four years ago," Obama said.

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Among the accomplishments he listed since taking office, Obama touted the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, the passing of health care reform and the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

The president joked that he has since grown more "gray" but said he's more optimistic about the ideas of "hope and change" that he trumpeted in his last run.

"We've already seen change take pace," Obama said. "2012 is about reminding the American people how far we've traveled."

Obama took part in the video conference from the Capital Hilton in Washington, using a system called Adobe Connect.

His comments came as results poured in from the Republican Iowa caucuses, the first GOP presidential nominating contest of the cycle.

Taking questions from supporters, Obama took a shot at Republicans for supporting "tax cuts for the wealthiest among us."

"It's going to be a big battle, though," he added. "I hope you guys are geared up. I'm excited."

While the Republican candidates have been campaigning heavily in the Hawkeye State for much of the last year, national Democrats and the Obama re-election team have also been laying down a strong network across the state ahead of the general election in November.

In 2008, Obama won Iowa by nine percentage points over Sen. John McCain.

According to the Iowa Democratic Party, more than 25,000 Democrats turned out to caucus on Tuesday, with more than 7,500 people signing up to volunteer for the Obama team.

"We not only saw how excited Iowans are to support President Obama, but to also work for his reelection. The Iowa caucus was a great opportunity to test our campaign organization and expand our volunteer base as we move toward November," said the party's Iowa chairwoman, Sue Dvorsky, in a statement.

– CNN's Jessica Yellin contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Democrats • Iowa • President Obama
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Bryce

    If he wants to tout something, he should try something that has had a positive effect on the nation, not his idiotic ideas.

    January 3, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  2. Bugs in Pa

    what a maroon ....

    January 3, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Obama is going to need help. It may come from the Republican candidate messing up and saying the wrong thing. Given all the options so far, I don't think I'd vote for the Republican. I am more inclined to vote for Obama. He's had a rough time with Congress not doing much or stopping his ideas and plans. I don't see the Congressional GOP really doing much other than opposing Obama because they don't like him getting a win.

    January 3, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  4. keith burnett

    the right has lost touch with reality from day one this president has remained solution oriented every day you hear one of the so called canidates talk of failed policies of this adminstration thats their plan to say it until the people believe it.

    January 3, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  5. chris

    Bugs in Pa..what a maroon ....I thought he liked blue. Its maron.. a good example would be G W Bush of some of the current Repub candidates

    January 3, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  6. kelsey jones

    well im ready to mr president ready to help get you re elected you have done a good job so far despite dealing with a do nothing congress and all the new comers trying to get your job are not trustworthy as well go get um obama

    January 3, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  7. Maltese Falcon

    So where is the Democratic vote?
    Did they or did they not have a vote?
    No vote = No democracy.

    January 3, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  8. Miztir E

    Your supporters are waking up Obama!We The People For Ron Paul!!!!

    January 3, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  9. Vicki

    I was at that caucus and it was awesome.

    January 3, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  10. VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA 2012!!!!!!

    Once you go black, Pres. Obama we got your back 2012!!!!!!!

    January 3, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  11. S.positive

    President Obama will win re-election in Nov 2012

    January 3, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  12. Randy

    GO OBAMA GO! I can't wait to see him in action again– debating Republicans and so on. Too bad there's no real challenge to it this time. You're doing a fine job, sir. And it'll get better since you've got 5 years to go!

    January 4, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  13. l.lewis

    I can not trust the GOP right now...considering on what the last POUTUS put us threw..(middle class).....I dont make 50k a ye star, so i dont think they have my best interest in mind, and I have paid close attention to the canda........so I'm sticking with our President......by the way I live in Texas and Rick Perry is making us look so bad....its so bad that Texans really wish that u were not re-elected as gov....I knew their was some good reasons why i did not vote for you

    January 4, 2012 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  14. Vanessa

    President Obama will b reelected! Count on the hispanic vote Mr President.. we're behind you all the way! Fired up & ready to go.. yes we can! Si se puede! Hispanics 4 Obama!

    January 4, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  15. OBAMA WILL WIN IN 2012

    yes oboma will win in 2012 god said it

    January 4, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  16. Anonymous

    Obama you gonna win....

    January 4, 2012 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  17. Skadams

    Obama only listed 3 accomplishments in 3 years. And all of them have had bad outcomes. Obamacare is about to be repealed and the Supreme court is going to find it unconstitutional, unpopular Dont ask don't tell, and the Iraq govt is already in disarray since we've pulled out of there. They are now a sitting target for Iran. Yeah, great job Obama. Let's get this do nothing prez out of here!

    January 4, 2012 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  18. Nicholas

    Judging from whats coming from the right, Obama 2012 is a sure thing

    January 4, 2012 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  19. aPoundOfFlour

    A candid good luck on your candidate my friends on the other side of the aisle it will be interesting to see how 2012 shapes up for better or for worse. The odds are evenly against every candidate and the Incumbent.

    January 4, 2012 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  20. ThinkAgain

    All Dems, Independents and thinking Republicans: Even as the GOP's strategy of trying to get President Obama and our country to fail is revealed more and more with each passing day, don't let this make you complacent.

    The GOP is doing everything they can to suppress the vote, from changing voter registration deadlines to exclude college students, to demanding photo ID where none were required in the past. It is absolutely necessary for every Independent, Democrat and thinking Republican to GET OUT AND VOTE FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA in November 2012.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    January 4, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  21. lebowski1776

    Look at the numbers, it's not that hard to see who's been helping.

    2009 > PRESENT
    Economy (DJI) 6,500 > 12,500
    Jobs (Unemp) 10.5% > 8.6%
    National Debt: 11T- > 13.1-

    2000 > 2008
    Economy(Dji):  11,500 > 6,500
    Jobs(Unemp): 4.0 > 10.5%
    National Debt: 2.5B+ > 11T-

    All Presidents spend money. At least Obama spends it on US.

    January 4, 2012 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  22. George

    You have all lost your minds. These guys are all the same.

    January 4, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  23. JoAnne - God Bless You POTUS

    Keep fighting for the middle class and make sure the party of the super rich mormons dont take over our country!!

    January 4, 2012 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  24. chris

    Everytime some in the GOP opens their mouth it makes me want to go out and vote for Obama. Romney is such a fake.

    January 4, 2012 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  25. Voice of Reason

    Looks like Obama is the only Adult in Congress.

    January 4, 2012 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
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