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. southerncousin

    And the loyal liberal media is following his advice by touting how great the economy is in spite of unemployment. If the Republicans were in power, they would be saying how bad it is and telling the truth. The GAO and all of these organizations are coming out and telling how bad Obamacare really is going to hit us financially (Remember the Obozo "not one dime more" lie). I think what the slimeball in the White House is really saying is we have to lie more if we want to hold on to this power.

    April 26, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  2. Monrob

    When we were telling him about the Public Option; did he listen to us?

    April 26, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    There needs to be a huge turnout. I hope democrats ask the President to campaign for them. They may not be popular, but he certainly is. I want to see republicans out of Congress.

    April 26, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  4. Peace

    We are getting it Mr. Pres. Our tireless work of 2008 can not end up in vain.

    April 26, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  5. frankie duke

    I hope the people have learned by their mistakes and not vote anymore idiots to the highest of offices. Obama is scared now that he won't be able to continue his ability of taking America down the wrong road.

    April 26, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  6. Ronnie from New Orleans,La

    The President is correct, all this BS, the Repubs has been talking about a Republican sweep in Novemmber is nonsence, Republicans vote Republicans always, but Democrats are vast in number and many/

    April 26, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |

    I'm fired up and ready to go. DEMS for the house 2010.

    April 26, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  8. Anonymous

    I can only hope that he is dealt a severe blow to his liberal big spending entitlement agenda!!!!

    April 26, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  9. Claudia Blairsville

    I support Obama 100% , but the reality is that every single incumbent in Congress needs to go , both sides of the isle. this is the American public's one opportunity to send the message to them to get things DONE !, And to the lobbiest to stay out! The Democrats in Congress did not optimize thier chance they did not live up to thier responsiblity by letting so much pork in, they didn't push back on the party of NO , so the message became muddled, thier fault , thier responsiblity. when it comes to health care. Now the party of NO is doing the same thing on financial reform, and immigration, who is controling the MESSAGE??? Get your act together !

    April 26, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  10. Dawn Ada, Ohio

    I'll be there with Bells on!! We have yet to fix the massive screw up the Republicans left us with and if people actually believe they have repented their old ways......think again. Republicans have done nothing for 8 years. They tackled no real issues except to help corporations or the rich avoid paying taxes. They don't want to reform anything because if they do that means there will be less money in their coffers. We have only just begun.......

    April 26, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  11. Jim in St. Johns, FL

    I wasn't aware that we desperately needed a change to sociialist policies.

    Obama remains to this day in the campaign mode.

    April 26, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  12. Bill

    Obama should know. He's never stopped campaigning. It's what he does.

    April 26, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  13. nalini

    majority america will probably vote the dems out to hurt Prez Obama. At this point i really dont care one way or the other. I am going to be voting for the Dems but i truly feels that Prez Obama is too smart to govern this country, they probably want a hilbilly up in the whitehouse.

    It doesn't matter what Prez Obama does, thet keeps finding fault as though they can do better, gimme me a break.

    Honestly, i feel that alot of white americans realized that we got a black president and they cant fathom and i know they cant wait to vote him out but you know what, if that ever happen, AMERICA will go to the dogs.

    April 26, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  14. sifto77

    Obviously, older people, whites and men do not count in Obama's radical agenda–this man needs to be voted out along with his liberal cronies–or we who have worked hard all of our lives will suffer. He wants us to not only raise our own families, but to raise other people's children who choose not to work....note the people he is targeting.....

    April 26, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  15. annie s

    The problem with the midterm elections is twofold – one is that Americans apparently expected Mr. Obama to wave a magic wand and fix every problem overnight, and two is that the Republicans have been very effective in spreading lies about the great work done by the Dems. Health care reform is NOT a government takeover, the Stimulus has worked, the bailout of the auto industry was a success...and overall, we are far better off than we were two years ago. The fact that Americans would consider bringing back the party that nearly caused our downfall is incredulously stupid.

    April 26, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  16. ac

    The answer to the President call should be: You fool me once shame on you, but if you fool me twice then shame on me.
    Only someone who is living in a buble will be able to answer Obama's call. I guess that he doesn't understand yet that there are millions upon millions of people just waiting for November to come so they can vote out of the office all these inepts and corructed politicians.

    April 26, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  17. dora

    The Democrats should have hit the ground running in January of 2009, they didn't. Instead of extending a hand to the other side of the aisle, they should have extended their "requests". The election of 2008 was won by a landslide. It was a mandate. The momentum has been lost, I don't know if it can be regained. Those first time voters in 2008 would be ready to go now, if campaign promises had been kept, or at least attempted to have been kept. To have rolled over for the other side was a show of weakness, not a perceived weakness, but a real weakness. The Democrats should have said (publically, on record) "this is what we want to do, either help us to achieve this goal, or step aside while we do it." Then they should have kept their word. Bring back the Fairness Doctrine so I don't have to see the Sunday Morning Republican talk shows. I've seen John McCain more on Sunday since he lost the election than I saw him before the election. Really. Who won and who lost??? Oh, that's right we all lose when the corporations call the shots.

    April 26, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  18. The_Traveler

    My advice, do your homework folks. Educate yourself. Learn as much FACTUAL information as you can and when the mid-terms come, vote for the man or woman who you think will do the job best on the issues. Don't sweat voting along "party lines". We're Americans FIRST, and Republicans, Democrats or Independents second...

    It shouldn't matter how much $$$ gets pumped into campaigns, personal appearances, etc. Politics in this country have become more like voting for an American Idol contestant than anything else. Don;t sweat the

    If you REALLY want to take the country, do it by being well informed and intelligent about your choice(s) on the ballot.

    April 26, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  19. phoenix86

    Democrats need to get focused now so that they can try and get the voters to forget everything they have just voted for and get re-elected so that they can continue to lead the US into the Thirdl World.

    Vote Republican and lets get rid of Pelosi and Reid.

    Time to put Obama's agenda where it belongs; next to Stalin's 5 Year Plans in the dumpster.

    April 26, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  20. Ruben

    lets work together as one all minorities as one force to keep our representatives in charge so the president can continue his agenda that so far is amazing what had been done in a short period of time is unprecedented what our president achieve taking in few different bill at time making the other party go crazy and becoming the party of not knowing that every thing that they oppose is for the well been of the country and the people sometime logic work amazing things so lets go out and vote to finish what we started my kid just make 18 he going to vote for the first time in his life and that vote would be democrat May God continue Blessing the President of the United State of America.

    April 26, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  21. juanbojab

    I believe that people already know who Barack Obama is and the democrats. I believe their song for victory of yes we can has been played too many times and is not in the most listened to list lately. For democrats and the lies of Obama I think its over. Obama's agenda is lies and more lies on top of doing nothingness to help the country. personally every time he apologizes to the world for what he says we do its an insult to me since we in this country do more for the rest of the world than all the other country together and he is apoligizing for that? enough of this character who brings shame to our country.

    April 26, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  22. Michele

    If we Democrats and independents get lazy and let the party of No regain control in any way, our country is doomed. These folks have an agenda that will disregard any separation of church and state, will once again increase the distance between rich and poor, and will take away our rights under the Constitution. C Street and Palin want a theocrac...we need to vote!

    April 26, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  23. Marcus

    No truer words could be said, neither more obvious.
    If the majority of VOTERS wants that he keeps his policies going on and on, they'll vote DEM.
    If not, they'll vote GOP.
    Come November we'll know the answer for this question.

    April 26, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  24. Dan

    His message sent out to the young voters; A-American, Latino, and women, but not the Middle class, Men, or White. I believe only those people whom are bennefit from this Adm now. Is that mean the President is only working for these people but not for others?.

    April 26, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  25. Brandon

    sounds like politics as usual...let's vote them all out of there!

    April 26, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
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