Obama: Democrats “sleepy” during midterms
March 5th, 2014
05:18 AM ET
5 months ago

Obama: Democrats “sleepy” during midterms

President Barack Obama is hoping to send a wake-up call to “sleepy” Democrats this November.

Obama called out his party for what he says it’s lacking during midterm elections.

“It’s something about midterms. I don’t know what it is about us. We get a little sleepy, we get a little distracted. We don’t turn out to vote. We don’t fund campaigns as passionately,” the president said during a Democratic fundraiser in Virginia on Tuesday night.

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Filed under: 2014 • Democrats • President Obama
Clinton: Voters under 'assault'
February 27th, 2014
09:18 AM ET
5 months ago

Clinton: Voters under 'assault'

Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Party is showcasing former President Bill Clinton to help launch a new program to expand voters' access to polls.

An announcement Thursday by the Democratic National Committee comes as the party committee kicks off its Winter Meeting here in the nation's capital. During three days of meetings, the DNC has its eyes on this year's midterm elections, as the party aims to hold onto its majority in the Senate, attempts the extremely challenging effort to recapture control of the House of Representatives, and tries to make gains in governors' offices.

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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Bill Clinton • Democratic National Committee • Democrats • DNC
Republicans pounce on Obamacare report; Democrats cry foul
February 24th, 2014
08:04 PM ET
5 months ago

Republicans pounce on Obamacare report; Democrats cry foul

Updated 3:19 p.m. ET, 2/25/2014

Washington (CNN) -- Republicans are seizing on a new report in which the Obama administration itself concludes that the President's signature health care law would raise premiums for roughly two-thirds of small companies.

But Democrats point out that Republicans designed and ordered the report, which they say ignores billions of dollars in small business tax credits that will decrease those premiums for some companies.

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Filed under: Democrats • Obamacare • President Obama • Republicans
February 14th, 2014
12:22 PM ET
5 months ago

Obama rallies House Democrats

Washington (CNN) - President Obama visited the House Democratic Issues Conference in Cambridge, Maryland on Friday, delivering what amounted to a quick 10-minute version of his State of the Union Speech, and thanking lawmakers for sticking with him through some tough legislative battles.

Telling the gathering of congressional Democrats that he’s “proud” of them, Obama repeatedly praised the group for their unity on legislative fights with the House Republican majority.

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Filed under: Democratic Party • Democrats • President Obama
House Dems disagree with Obama on trade issue
February 13th, 2014
03:30 PM ET
5 months ago

House Dems disagree with Obama on trade issue

Cambridge, Maryland (CNN) – A snowstorm Thursday prompted the White House to call off a keynote speech by Vice President Joe Biden at the House Democrats' policy retreat, and President Obama could get the cold shoulder from lawmakers during his planned visit Friday - at least on one pending trade issue.

The President wants Congress to give him fast track trade authority, which would make it easier for him to negotiate major trade deals, by limiting congressional input to a yes/no vote on a final bill.
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Filed under: Congress • Democrats • House • President Obama • Uncategorized
Hoyer predicts Democrats positioned to win back the House in 2014
February 10th, 2014
04:39 PM ET
6 months ago

Hoyer predicts Democrats positioned to win back the House in 2014

Washington (CNN) – The second ranking House Democrat predicted his party was in good position to retake control of the House of Representatives in the 2014 midterm election.

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer pointed to a fundraising advantage for Democrats, lower poll numbers for congressional Republicans, divisions inside the GOP ranks, and a good recruiting class of Democratic challengers, and said "all of those combined in my view give me great optimism that we're going to win back the House."

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Filed under: 2014 • Democrats • House Democrats • Steny Hoyer
January 30th, 2014
06:08 PM ET
6 months ago

Obama's State of the Union themes seek to boost Democrats in November

Washington (CNN) – Equal pay for women, raising the minimum wage, immigration reform, combating climate change and virtually swearing off extended wars.

All are catnip for the political left, and all were highlighted by President Barack Obama this week as he informally launched the November election campaign for 36 Senate seats and a new House of Representatives.

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January 28th, 2014
01:39 PM ET
6 months ago

Reid says vulnerable Democrats should not run away from Obama

Updated 2:09 p.m. ET, 1/28/2014

Washington (CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid embraced President Barack Obama's standing in an exclusive interview with CNN on Tuesday, stating that he encourages vulnerable Senate Democrats running for re-election in 2014 to invite the President to campaign with them even in states where he is unpopular.

Reid's exclusive comments to CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash come just hours ahead of the President's State of the Union address on Tuesday night and months ahead the 2014 midterm elections, where Democrats will fight to keep the majority in the Senate.
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Filed under: 2014 • Democrats • Harry Reid • President Obama
January 26th, 2014
01:56 PM ET
6 months ago

Frustrated progressives start to look beyond Obama

Washington (CNN) – "I am not a member of any organized political party," Will Rogers once joked. "I am a Democrat."

Plenty has been written on the current fight for the soul of the Republican Party. But as President Barack Obama unofficially rings in the sixth year of his administration with Tuesday's State of the Union address, another intriguing struggle may be emerging - between moderates and progressives on the Democratic side.

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Filed under: Democrats • President Obama
Poll: Record percentage of Americans say they're independents
January 8th, 2014
11:00 AM ET
7 months ago

Poll: Record percentage of Americans say they're independents

(CNN) - The percentage of Americans who identify themselves as political independents is at an all-time high and the number who identify as Republicans is at an all-time low, according to new numbers by Gallup.

Forty-two percent of Americans identified themselves as independents last year, the highest level Gallup's measured since it switched from in-person to telephone interviews a quarter century ago.

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Filed under: Democratic Party • Democrats • independents • Polls • Republican • Republican Party
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