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WASHINGTON (CNN) – Amid criticism from prominent Republicans that the White House is taking on too much and not focusing enough on fixing the nation’s struggling economy, the Democratic National Committee asked the president’s backers Monday to pledge their support for the three broad policy initiatives highlighted in the White House’s 2010 budget outline.
“The budget is a bold blueprint for our country’s future,” Mitch Stewart, the Director of Organizing for America says in a video message to supporters emailed Monday. “It addresses three of the most pressing challenges facing our nation – health care, energy, and education.”
In the video, Stewart announces the “Organizing for America Pledge Project,” an initiative that seeks to identify support for the president’s economic blueprint by asking individuals to complete an online pledge to support “Obama's bold approach for renewing America's economy.”
“We will show in every state and in every Congressional district the hunger for leadership and long range thinking that’s in too short supply here in Washington,” Stewart says in the video.
The online form allows users to complete the pledge, and to state in their own words why they support Obama’s economic blueprint and to forward the form to their online contacts via e-mail.
“By pledging and building support, you will be taking the first steps towards establishing a nationwide grassroots network,” Stewart says in the video. “Neighborhood by neighborhood, standing side-by-side with President Obama as we bring about our agenda for change.”
A project of the Democratic National Committee, Organizing for America is an effort to maintain and build on the millions of supporters Obama cultivated on- and offline during his presidential campaign. In the video message, Stewart also announced that he was continuing the practice of issuing video updates to the president’s supporters ,as Obama campaign manager David Plouffe had done prior to Inauguration Day. Monday’s video was Stewart’s first “organizing update” to the president’s grassroots network since he was named to head Organizing for America.