Same-sex decision may signal significant shift in Obama's strategy, analysts say
May 10th, 2012
02:29 PM ET
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Same-sex decision may signal significant shift in Obama's strategy, analysts say

(CNN) - In the political fallout of President Barack Obama's shift to support same-sex marriage, analysts say the move may signal a remarkable change in his campaign's re-election strategy, one that no longer courts the moderate part of his Democratic base.

The president could see his steepest loss of support with more conservative Democrats or the so-called Reagan Democrats - those who are typically white, older and living in rural areas, said Ron Brownstein, CNN contributor and the National Journal's editorial director.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Conservative democrats were going to vote for the white guy, anyway. I do think there will be a change for more Obama support from the educated independents. As for the south, they prefer Mittens, a money launderer, who has a history of bullying gay young people.

    May 10, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. Brad

    Mr.President,America is extremely proud of your honesty,integrity, and most of all, human dignity!! Obama-Biden 2012

    May 10, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Keeping it Real

    Deflecting from the economy to this will only cost Obama more voters. He's proving once again that he can't deal with the big problem by making this his divisive issue.

    May 10, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If Reagan or any of the Bushes could have accomplished a fraction of the positive things that President Obama has accomplished in averting the republican near depression, right wingnuts would be demanding a new right wingnut face on Mt. Rushmore.

    May 10, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. Dean

    Lose the moderates and you lose the election. Won in 2008 because you were black. Lose in 2012 because you are stupid.

    May 10, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Wire Palladin, S. F.– Conservative democrats were going to vote for the white guy, anyway.
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    WOW! A brutal admission that many Democrats are racists and bigots. But we already knew that.

    May 10, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. A mn

    Obama flip flops are supposed to be worn to the beach not for your change in views this guy is a joke not a leader, he will do and say anything to get votes, he should take a break and go golfing, he earned it, ya right

    Vote for a better America, vote for Romney

    May 10, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    BEND – Normally I enjoy your idiocy, but even someone with your shortsightedness, should be aware that it is your party will carry the banner of racist and bigots with you attacks on Hispanics, Muslims, Arabs, gays, Blacks, the poor, seniors, college students, veterans, and workers. Look at who wrote the Arizona Papers republican legislation as a model for your red states.

    May 10, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. California Conservative

    All other types of marriages. Who do they hurt? NOBODY.

    May 10, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Have we thanked President Obama for the lower gas prices, down 28 cents in less than a month.

    May 10, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    Real joke is people who back GOP idiots. 2 wars trickle down= GM alive, Bin Laden killed????????

    May 10, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. IndependentMom

    I am grateful that our president who was elected by a large majority stand up for FREEDOM.

    Some of the comments posted by Conservatives just prove that they are not Christians.

    May 10, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. California Conservative

    Interesting how the race card is yet again played on this article.Democrats say they're against racial profiling yet support racial profiling when it comes to affirmative action.

    HYPOCRITES.

    May 10, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |