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. Peter E

    Yeah, the dems forgot to thank him for their own victories in 2008. You think Americans actually wanted Reid or Pelosi? No, they voted for Obama! Reid and Pelosi just hijacked the party and now act like monarchs of their chambers! If anything, Obama should be begging for voters to finally throw those two idiots out! They've screwed up his agenda more than the entire opposing republican party!

    April 26, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. Cosmo

    Keep the light focused on the fact that The GOP led us into this morass and has offered nothing but obstruction in the attempt to fix the nation's problems. I don't think that you are getting the message out with regard to the economy that you cannot rebuild the economy without manufacturing jobs and the "free market economy" sends them overseas where people will work for nothing and the corporations can reap huge profits. Ask the GOP what the solution is to that problem. Go on the offensive with the truth instead of waiting for the GOP dirty ticks machinery to kick into high gear forcing you to try to correct disinformation and outright lies.

    April 26, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. Steve (the real one)

    I thought jobs was priority 1 as per the SOTU speech! I guess it just was the jobs of the politicians! A promise kept?

    April 26, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. Tired Ant

    Dems... you are sunk in the midterms.

    Your aggressive lunge to socialism is better than the best advertising conservatives could have bought. You've finally exposed yourselves for who you truly are and what you truly seek...

    ... and the American voting public has taken note.

    If the modern American Socialist Democrat party loses only 50 house seats and 10 Senate seats, you should consider yourselves very, very lucky.

    April 26, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. tim

    It's pretty remarkable what this man has accomplished in the first year after being left an insanely horrible situation by Bush and Cheney. Factor in the Right wing party of NO and the ignorance of the Teabaggers and you can see he has perservered against tremendous odds.

    Keep up the good work Obama! You are the change we needed. The bail outs are paid back, the health care bill is passed, we will regulate Wall Street. Excellent stuff.

    April 26, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. Mike

    Yes Obama lets remeber how the DNC refused to count Hilary in.,. Lets remeber you ignoring imagration reforum until it can benifet you..
    You have lied over and over and have done nothing but make us weaker..

    April 26, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. truthseeker

    That video translated says, "Be sure to focus all your campaign dollars on pandering (lying) to minorities cause we don't care how white middle class Americans vote"!

    April 26, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. slimjim66

    Help keep the party of No with a No vote . Teach these homegrown
    corporate loving thieves that Republicans are all yes to iraqis
    and all no to Americans ...SUPPORT AMERICANS 1st .

    April 26, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. Bill from GA

    Republicans can get away with outright lying. contradicting their established position for political gain while accusing dems of playing politics. Their followers will believe anything said against the dems.

    "Immigration reform" could start with enforcing the current laws, but big business (agriculture, construction, and in GA, carpeting mills and chicken production, for start) doesn't want anything done. In the 90's, Georgia's onion growers complained to Senator Paul Coverdell (R-GA) when immigration officials raided the farms (after the crop was picked, but before final payment to workers); some say that was the beginning of modern "Immigration reform", Republican style (leave em alone; their cheap labor).

    Yesterday's talk tv had 2 Republicans saying the dems finance reform didn't go far enough; one, in the same sentence, saying the people don't want government regulation of banks.

    April 26, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. Dave

    Gitmo – still open
    Afghanistan and Iraq – still there
    Iran – developing weapons
    Bills – no review period or media coverage
    Deficits/Debt – mounting four fold
    Unemployment – higher in spite of stimulus
    Health care – that most Americans don't want

    2010? . . . good luck with that one!

    April 26, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  11. Bret

    too late, they will get voted out 2 years before you do.

    April 26, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. stevegee

    Cheerlead all you want Obama, but the Democrats are going to lose by a landslide all across this country.

    The American people have awakened from their "change" coma –and your Socialist agenda has been revealed, and rejected!

    We want less government, and more freedom and liberty. And November 2010 will be a landmark victory for the conservative movement.

    April 26, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. lola - fl

    Bravo Obama,

    it's about time !!!!!!!!!

    April 26, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. Chipster

    Some voters claim to have election fatigue but we worked so hard to stop the assault on our constitutional rights, Treasury plundering for corporate interests, bluster substituted for diplomacy, cronyism, and unprecedented abuses of power by the previous administration. Now is not the time to rest! We must find the strength to provide the support the President needs to complete the economic recovery and continue to improve our International relationships.

    Are you willing to return power to those who allowed a CIA agent to be outed for political retribution? ...who misplaced more than $10 million in cash in Iraq? ...who exploited the victims of 9/11 for personal revenge? Get energized! Get organized! And Get out the vote!

    April 26, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. petermas

    I voted for Obama and I believed in change. Where is the promised reform of the political system, the Lobbists, Wall Street, border control and immigration, etc? Where is the promised help to middle class? What we got in more than one year of Dems in power is a health reform bill that has upset everyone. I am very hesitant in voting for Dems again, actually I am so disappointed I probably will not vote at all. Dems have to do much more than another nice speech to convince us to vote for them again.

    April 26, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. Richard

    Hey DNC, while you're at it, be sure to inform voters of the projected tripling of the national debt in 10 years.

    April 26, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. Obama the liar

    Running scared B.O.???

    April 26, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. denis

    President Obama energized people who have watched his machine put future generations into hopeless debt. And when they came out of their houses to complain, he and the Democrats belittled and demonized them as angry, irrational, possible terrorists and racists. Now he is counting on the unions, minorities and the poor( enemies of the evil rich?) to help him maintain his expansion of federal power and undermining of the private sector. He may have awakened a sleeping giant of people who weren't previously paying attention to the importance of voting in America. He has reason to worry..

    April 26, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. 2012 can't come soon enough

    So much for Obama's promise to work for ALL Americans...........BS, this man is in constant campaign mode for Democrats only.........another campaign lie down the tubes from this dude.

    April 26, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. mike

    I will vote with you and your vison for America, Mr President!

    April 26, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. Lillie

    I'm focused Mr.President and ready for FALL 2010! It's all about you and your administration!! Dems can't afford not to be "fired up and ready to GO!!!! Yes we can and Yes we will!!!!

    April 26, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. Cederico

    It is very wise of the DEMS to start these efforts now. I think they realize that if the DEMS base voters dont come out and vote in large numbers...thier majorities in Congress will be lost.

    April 26, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  23. disgusted independent

    All Obama and the Dems need to do is get amnesty for illegal aliens and put them on the fast track to citizenship in time for the November elections. This starts by heeding calls by some Arizona Democrats to have the Federal government disregard state laws that were recently passed there. If they were able to ram an insufficient health care bill through congress, they'll certainly be able to ram an insufficient immigration reform bill through. I won't vote for any incumbent (D or R) come November, none of them deserve to keep their jobs.

    April 26, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. Charles W. Skinner

    If Pres. Obama is coming out THIS early making a plea for help, the internal poll number must be absolutely dreadful. The Democrat voter antipathy and the enthusiasm gap must be a LOT higher than has been publicly reported.

    The Democrat party is going to get creamed in the November elections. Personally, I'm looking forward to the forced retirement of a couple of closet socialists (like Rep. Obey from Wisconsin).

    April 26, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  25. Franklin

    This wasn't a very cleaver disguise from our desparate-in-chief. There are more tactful ways for him to tell the DNC to go get the votes that he can't count on Acorn to get for him this time around. Looks like someone is skeered!

    April 26, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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