April 26th, 2010
08:23 AM ET
11 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. Second chances

    Not to worry. The American people will heading to the polls alright. Still looking for change they can believe in.

    April 26, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  2. Trythefacts

    The suggestion should be 'stop the spending'.

    Budgets do not come from the White House.They come from Congress, and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democratic Party.They controlled the budget process for FY 2008 and FY 2009, as well as FY 2010 and FY 2011. In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases. For FY 2009, though, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the FY 2009 budgets.

    April 26, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  3. izzy

    Well I will never be voting for a democrat EVER AGAIN....so good luck obummer, never been so disappointed in who I voted for

    April 26, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  4. Nelson, Colorado Springs Co

    President Obama you are so right it's time for Democrats to focus on the mid-term election. America has a struggling economy, a national unemployment rate near double digits, the work isn't finished.

    April 26, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  5. Bahama Mamma

    You can make all the speeches you want but remember the majority of Americans are unhappy and Democrats are up for a shocker and will be voted out of office so fast their heads will spin. We are sick of your self centered politics with no fear of where our country will end up in deep debt. There are thousands of Americans wanting to retire who will be forced to remain employed in order to pay for your healthcare reform......we need a new Senate, willing to listen to the views of its constituents.

    April 26, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. Mike

    nobamby has screwed up everything he has touched so far and now he wants to keep the majority so he can continue to screw things up for the next two years. This country has had enough of this clown in the White House.

    April 26, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. joe m

    interesting that the president is putting this effort into these races at this time. it is also a little disturbing that his motivation is not to ensure that the voters are represented by the best people, but b/c democratic defeats will jepordaize his agenda. while i have to admit that the republicans did a poor job when they were in control, some of the most prosperous and succesful periods of our politcal history was when there was a balance of power. the clinton years succeeded best when the president had to work with a republican congress. it may do the country well to regain that balance again. unfortunately, most politicians today are more intersted in addressing their constituent's demands first, rather than what is best for everyone.

    April 26, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  8. whatnextnow

    Oh sure, plead with the people that follow like sheep and don't give a darn what happens to this country as long as they get their free handouts. It is TIME for this Present Government to get voted out of office, enough damage has been done to this country since 2008, and We Need a Major CHANGE NOW from this present Administration.
    Nothing has been done to promote business or jobs, People have been pushed to the wayside and not listened to, The Constitution has been ignored by this administration, Taxes have gone up for everyone, Lies have been told over and over, The country is in turmoil and still this government wants to keep breaking the law. Officials that incite riots, violence and civil disobedience are promoted by this Corrupt government, its is absolutely the time to rid this country of these people that are destroying our country from within. Keeping them in office will mean the total destruction of this once great country that we have known. VOTE THEM OUT FOR THE SAKE OF OUR GREAT COUNTRY, DONT LISTEN TO ANY MORE LIES.

    April 26, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. stephen pagnozzi

    I totally agree. The Dems have to be on the offensive this fall. Here's a guy that's stuck his neck out and put it all on the line(president Obama). These two years are going to be for naught if we let those boneheads back in. Hey, boneheads, who was in office when the meltdown started? Who was in control of the congress for 8 years when no one there was talking about saving our planet? These bimbo's are always harping on lowering taxes and less government, yet when these boneheads are in the whitehouse, nothing gets down except making the rich get richer. I got a clue for all out there! There wouldn't be a civilization without tax, there wouldn't be highways out there without tax, there wouldn't be quality education without tax! I don't particularly like to be taxed but guess what, ITS NECESSARY!!!

    April 26, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. James

    What have you accomplished? You passed a health care reform law that does nothing to decrease the cost of health care. Other than that, what? You took over two months to make a decision that should have taken less than two weeks (Afganistan troop surge). You took a vacation to Hawaii? That was nice.

    I'm not saying that the Republicans did much better. Probably did just as little as you.

    April 26, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  11. mj

    Does anyone at CNN know that the SEC is investigating the timing of the Goldman Sachs civil lawsuit? How come that is not getting reported here?

    Does anyone know that Goldman Sachs is in bed with this Obama Admin and that is the reason why a criminal lawsuit was not filed?
    criminal lawsuit = people go to jail
    civil lawsuit= fine/slap on the wrist to Obama's top contributor.

    And u wonder why your ratings are so low. Really???

    April 26, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  12. Randall in Torrance, CA - The Republican Way: No rules, no oversight, no government regulation = no economy

    White males need to vote for the Democratic ticket in equally large numbers too because America cannot afford to let the United States fall back into the Dark Ages of Republican stupidity and arrogance. Get to the pools and vote to crush old outdated and crippling ideas that only benefit large corporations and a few wealthy bank and insurance CEOs. STOP the REPUBLICAN IDIOCRACY dead cold in its tracks in November!

    April 26, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. Jane

    Don't worry obama, we stand with you. Keep working hard. We support you.

    April 26, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  14. Randall in Torrance, CA - The Republican Way: No rules, no oversight, no government regulation = no economy

    White males need to vote for the Democratic ticket in equally large numbers too because America cannot afford to let the United States fall back into the Dark Ages of Republican stupidity and arrogance. Get to the polls and vote to crush old outdated and crippling ideas that only benefit large corporations and a few wealthy bank and insurance CEOs. STOP the REPUBLICAN IDIOCRACY dead cold in its tracks in November!

    April 26, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  15. mj

    Sorry Obama, the women and young people are unhappy that you have put them & their children in debt up to their eyeballs with nothing to show. Not even the fake tax cut.

    April 26, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  16. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Mr. president forget about midterms health care killed midterms for the democrats and Arizona sealed your ticket .

    April 26, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  17. All the news that is fit to omit

    You might get your easily fooled "base" out there Barry, but the "women" vote is not yours anymore.

    Talk about a party that is marginalizing themselves, latino's, blacks, college aged youngin's who are brainwashed by hippy "perfessors".....

    Your day came and went Barry, and it is noticable that YOU pointed out gender and race here Barry and NOT ME.

    I can see November from my house Barry, and we are coming for anyone that sides with YOU.

    You are ONLY 0-3 for now (Mass, NJ and VA) but come November it is going to be your Waterloo loser.

    Support Rick Rubio in Florida, he is a good man.................

    April 26, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  18. sagebrush

    "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,"
    I guess that the older, white folks who voted for Obama now know where they stand on his list of people who "powered his victory". His statement is an insult to those voters.

    April 26, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Sir if the people had the chance to do it over again you would not be president .

    April 26, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  20. our nation is better than under Bush

    I see this as necessary, but a huge waste

    all this energy, but if we do nothing, the republicans will further send us to third world hell while they continue installing a facist regime

    no good

    too bad, but campaigning is necessary, don't let the repubs in power again, our nation cannot withstand anymore 'family values' illegal wars

    April 26, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  21. Former Republican, now an Independent

    The President is correct. If the republicans (the party of no) gain control of congress, the nation will come to a complete halt and the American middle class will suffer at their political hands.
    The modern day republican party, controlled by the neo-con jihadists, want the wealthy to control the nation and the middle class to become the working class poor.

    April 26, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  22. Ohio Dem

    Now? I think we missed the boat on that a few months ago. We're screwed now... Every week there are more articles about how they underestimated the cost of the health care bill and that more people will be adversely affected by it. Again, we're screwed...

    April 26, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  23. mj

    No better time than now to start revving up for the November elections. After all these years of constant whinning and lying (I'll never understand how these right-wingers who call themselves Christians can comfortably sit in church as if they've never sinned), there is a monumental task to set the record straight and debunk the lies on so many issues.

    April 26, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  24. mother in pa

    I am glad Obama recognizes the fact that his popularity has significantly dropped and those of us who are personally responsible do not like his agenda and work ferverently to stop it. The Federal Election Commission reported that the majority of the campaign funds received by Congressman Partick Murphy (D-Pa) come from out of state. You got to ask who he represents and who will he owe favors. No matter how much Obama and his administration demonize republicans and manipulate the citizens to believe his views, there are smart people who educate themselves to the facts and fight him. Stop the dems and vote for your country and your rights!

    April 26, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  25. barbara

    For some reason, cant put my hand on it, but I am feeling left out. Wonder why?

    April 26, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
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