April 26th, 2010
08:23 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama says now is time for Dems to get focused midterms

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/26/art.obama2010vid.youtube.jpg caption="President Obama is urging his political supporters to begin preparing for the 2010 midterm elections in a new video message."]Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is urging political supporters to begin preparing for the 2010 midterm elections in a new video message in which he warns that failure to keep Congress in Democratic hands will be a major blow to his agenda.

In the two-minute and 42-second video released Monday, Obama emphasizes that the key to victory for Democrats in November will be convincing the people who helped fuel his 2008 White House bid - first-time voters - to head to the polls for the second time in two years even though he is not on the ballot.

"It will be up to each of you to make sure that the young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women who powered our victory in 2008 stand together once again," Obama says in the video that was sent to the 13 million people on his Organizing for America's email list. OFA was the Obama presidential campaign organization that is now housed at the Democratic National Committee.

Democratic candidates head into the midterm elections saddled with a struggling economy, a national unemployment rate near double digits, home foreclosures and a nation split over the recently enacted health care reform law. All of this has contributed to voter antipathy toward incumbent politicians and has prompted predictions that Republicans will pick up seats in the House and Senate.

In the video, Obama touts the health care reform law and highlights his administration's efforts to help revive the economy, but the president also cautions supporters that key parts of his agenda could be reversed if the GOP takes back control of Congress.

"But despite everything we've done, our work isn't finished," Obama says in the video. "Today, the health insurance companies, the Wall Street banks, and the special interests who have ruled Washington for too long are already focused on November's congressional elections.

"They see these elections as a chance to put their allies back in power, and undo all that we have accomplished. So this year, I need your help once more."

The DNC is expected to pump $50 million into the midterm elections to try and help House, Senate and gubernatorial candidates.

Still, Obama focuses on the importance of the 2008 first-time voter to Democrats' electoral success in his political video message.

"[I]f you help us make sure that first-time voters in 2008 make their voices heard again in November, then together we will deliver on the promise of change, and hope, and prosperity for generations to come," he says.

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soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. Michael from Ventura

    After watching the obstructionists since the President's inauguration, I'll be out and about helping to get Dems elected this year- I've already started!

    April 26, 2010 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  2. ZipinSC

    I at least hope the Dems keep their majority and we the people get to keep our country safe and sane for at least 2 more years. The first time I've felt good about this country in 8 years.

    April 26, 2010 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  3. Lynn

    Yes, Sir Mr. President. I will support the Democratic agenda.
    1. Stimulus to save the economy. check!
    2.Dow Jones over 11,000. Check!
    3.Over 100,000 per month jobs growth. check!
    4.Health care. check!
    5.Financial Aid Reform. Check!
    6. Nuclear Deal wtih Russia. Check!
    7.TARP ACT monies return with interest. Check!
    Next Wall ST Reform and Immigration Reform and the list keeps growing. Who said goverment is the problem?

    April 26, 2010 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  4. cph9680

    They better focus on being unemployed come next January!

    April 26, 2010 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  5. alvinjh

    It is going to be a major blow to his agenda.

    And that is all for the good.

    April 26, 2010 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  6. Patriot in West Virginia

    Yea, we really don't want to blow his agenda. We can't afford his agenda. Our children can't afford his agenda. Our grandchildren can't afford his agenda.

    Vote the demwits out is Nov.

    April 26, 2010 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  7. Robert -- Palm Desert, CA

    I am a lifelong democrat. Normally, I vote the straight party ticket. However, it is unlikely that I will do so in 2010. I am still peeved at the way the slobbering-love-affair-media, the African American community, and other establishment democrats (Teddy - Kerry - Dodd - Pelosi, John Lewis, among them), conspired against Hillary in the 2008 primaries. Any elected democratic official that did not support Hillary in 2008 will not get my support in 2010. This is not meant as a slap at Obama. Although I don't like the guy, I believe he is trying to do the right things He and Hillary are the hardest working people in the government. I will vote for him again in 2012.

    April 26, 2010 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  8. Bunnibee

    Will do!!! Mr. President.

    April 26, 2010 04:19 am at 4:19 am |
  9. terry,va

    Obummie fooled the kids in 2008. It will be very interesting to see if they come out to support his socialist agenda this time. If they do, we as a country are headed straight down the toilet.

    April 26, 2010 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  10. Black Viper

    Does it even make sense to you if you have a brain?

    1. You pass a law to profile hispanics, arrest and deport illegal immigrants while the border is not secured yet.
    2. You want to reduce crime and feel safe in your house but at the same time you want to take away the right for some people to work for food and survive. Well I got news for you a hangry man is an angry man and will do what it takes to find food.
    3. You say illegals are the reason you are unemployed but when i pull orange pickers, hotel cleaners, janitors when unemployment rate is at 5% 90% are the illegals.
    4. You complain about budget deficit and government expenditure but you want to spend billions to deport people who can actually pay taxes and help bring the deficit down.
    5. The next time you want to vote use your brain not your emotion.

    April 26, 2010 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  11. Brian

    Let me encourage all of you Obama supporters to stay home. Your messiah is a bust and you will be much happier watching MTV or Judge Judy. Let those of us who work and pay taxes handle this one.

    April 26, 2010 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  12. Jim Collins

    Not again Mr. President! Take me off the list of those that were caught up in your unrealistic enthusiam. I do not blame you I blame myself for wanting to believe in a realistic change.

    April 26, 2010 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  13. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Vote Congress out, “you are fired” if they are in. Vote them out this fall no matter what party they belong to and in the next election and every election going forward until they become the servants of the people once more.

    Tell Congress "You Are Fired!"

    April 26, 2010 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  14. Dan

    A year and a half since elected, the president only did continued campaigning and now it will be intensified with populism and rhetorics at their highest level in years! When are real issues going to be dealt with? When solving problems rather than creating and exploiting them for the hidden "agenda" will start? What about America, jobs, economy, deficit, our children's future?

    April 26, 2010 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  15. Alex

    Talk all you want Mr. President! Actions speak louder than words. I'm not a Republican nor a Tea Partier. But there is a storm coming and you and the liberals have been and continue to fan the winds of it. Our country does not need nor deserve either the far right nor the far left agenda which you are pushing.

    April 26, 2010 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  16. Liz the First

    It won't just be a blow to his agenda, it'll be a possibly fatal blow to the country. we barely survived the 8 horrendous years under the bush regime. this vote will keep us on track to clean up that mess or plunge us right back into it. if Democrats can't vote to keep us out of the hands of power-hungry fascists who care nothing about the people of fthis country then maybe we deserve to have it go under. every Democrat needs to go to the polls in November, whether you're 'excited' or 'enthusiastic' or not. it's your duty to your country to keep responsible adults in charge.

    April 26, 2010 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  17. Gordon Shumway

    Obama will say anything to anybody and do anything for anybody to get their vote, but then you will have to sit in the back bleachers while he basks in his glory and vacations in style.

    April 26, 2010 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  18. johnnyhouse

    Another words, if you want them checks to keep coming you better get off your rear ends and roust up some more votes. At least he tells it like it is. Look out for immigration reform before mid terms. Our population is about to increase.

    April 26, 2010 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  19. Moderate

    With the pick-up in the economy, housing coming back, jobless rate going down, health care reform, wall street reform, banking reform, VA bill for benefits, closing the Iraq war, gains in Afganistand, climate change legislation, nuclear arms treaty, world engagement again and other policies completed, you have been the most sucessful President in his first 1.5 years in history. Thank you Mr. President. It's nice to have brains back in the white house.

    I believe if we tout it in the media every day like the party of no governing, the Moderates and Independents will understand something is finally getting done in washington

    April 26, 2010 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  20. Obama Mama In Minnesota

    Thas right Mr President Yes we can Yes we can do it again

    April 26, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  21. John Merenda

    So far president Obama is a one-man show for selling his agenda to the voting public. Where are his congressional allies? Why are they so silent? Do they fear their own success will backfire? Step up Democrats and fight for your president and party. Stand up for reform and let the public know how important legislation for changing the status quo is now more than ever. You may not get another chance, so help yourselves and the president by speaking up. Take advantage of your incumbency. Your president cannot do it by himself.

    April 26, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  22. Save my state

    Welllllllllllllllllllll I'm not going to vote for the Dems this time. Because I don't like their form of goverment.

    Take choice away from the people.
    Take money away from the people that earn it.
    Take away the people's history ,and rewrite it.

    Socialism is the sharing of the misery.
    Winston Churchill

    April 26, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  23. John

    Another slap in the face to the gay community. I guess we had nothing t6o do with his being elected. Guess I'll stay home. Won't make a difference because there bhas been no real changes since thew Republicans controlled everything.

    April 26, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  24. Mike

    As a life long democrat, I will be fully supporting our state's democratic candidates, but not because I support President Obama's agenda. I worked for President Obama's candidacy, but am seriously concerned regarding his education agenda, and a perception that he is not listening to his constituents, but mostly to his Chicago friends who are appearing as arrogant and having blinders regarding individuals outside of Chicago.

    April 26, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  25. SethC

    Why ask this, I pray this man see the error of his ways, and turns from them. What is he so afraid of? Why is he so good at talking, yet does not walk the talk.

    April 26, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
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