Is Obama ready to mess with Texas? 'Not a chance'
April 19th, 2011
05:06 PM ET
11 years ago

Is Obama ready to mess with Texas? 'Not a chance'

(CNN) - When President Obama sat down at the White House with a Texas television station Monday, one of the four interviews he did with local TV reporters, he may have also raised speculation that Democrats think solidly red Texas might be in play in 2012.

Democrats think the state's surging Latino population, 37.6 percent of Texans in the 2010 Census, which voted nearly 2-1 for Obama in 2008, could be the key to victory.


Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Texas
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. once upon a horse

    sorry but Texas is about the REDDEST state in the union and they even have local radio stations down here owned by FoxNews that are anti-Obama so don't count on it. Doubt if the Latinos and African Americans can pull that one out of the hat here.

    April 19, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. gt

    wishfull thinking .... save your money for ohio,virgina and wisconson... i dont think obama will carry one state south of the mason/dixon line...thats florida , virgina and nc carolina who he won last time will turn red ...

    April 19, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. gt

    hispanic voters are not like the black voters... there not lemings....they wont vote for a person just because of there pigment out new mexico and flordia..

    April 19, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. Mikey

    The GOP "big tent", which never really was, has now shrunk down to a pup tent. They have alianated large portions of hispanics and other minorities, public employees, blue collar workers (whether in a union or not), women, and pretty much any family living on less than $40,000. They are now going after soon-to-be retirees who may need social security and medicare to have a decent retirement.

    Add to that, their ideological purification movement (i.e. – the Tea Party) and they may be lucky to win an election for dog catcher in most parts of the country. The best cure for the desire to have Republicans running the country, or even a state government, is to actually give them a little power. We are not witnessing how quickly they turn on their own citizens. Even more scary is that they are now on a mission to clense the memory of Joe McCarthy. That speaks volumes about what may be in store if they get control of the White House, Senate, and House of Reps, along with their activist Supreme Court.

    April 19, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. barb

    Texas stupidity runs just as "Large as Texas! Some parts of Texas, is probably 45 years behind the times? The differance between Texas and the rest of the country, their "Mars" and we are "Earth"?

    April 19, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    President Obama will campaign ANYWHERE. Alaska, Mississippi, and Texas included. They are all part of the United States, and he'll bring much needed decency, forward movement, and viable alternatives to the election and campaign process. Don't try to keep these folks from experiencing what a POSITVE, and well conducted campaign looks like. President Obama is welcomed EVERYWHERE he goes. People actually keep their shoes on!!!

    April 19, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. Patricia

    There are too many KKK's down there. They would't give a black man a drink of water!
    I bet that reporter is part of fox news. If the republicans didn't fight Obama every step of the way, we would be so much more better off then we are. But no, we just can't have a black man doing a better job then a white man. Say what you want, but it's the true. It's just not the American way.

    April 19, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    Folks from Texas get rejected in Mississippi and South Carolina. Get the message? They are a bunch of beer-drinking, cigarette smoking, cussing idiots. It's one of the most backward states in the US, except for Austin.

    April 19, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    I forgot - AUSTIN, TX is BLUE TO THE BONE!!

    April 19, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. Stan the Man

    The WFAA interview was a hit job on the President nothing more. The Red state press has very little respect for him while he holds the office. It was a shameful display.

    April 19, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    I agree Stan the Man. They interrupt as soon as they get enough that they can twist and spin into a negative of some sort. I have no respect for them. Journalists? NO WAY. COMMON GOSSIPS AND PROPAGANDA SPREADERS, ALL OF THEM.

    April 19, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Aaaah gt.
    What are we to do with you gt?
    It's not fair to respond to your simple baits're so simple.

    April 19, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Patricia
    But no, we just can't have a black man doing a better job then a white man. Say what you want, but it's the true. It's just not the American way
    Tell the truth and shame the devil!

    April 19, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  14. fayse

    I have been a life long Texan and the sad fact that this is considered to be a red State is an embarrassment to me. The right wing extremists have given our State a bad name. In the entire history of Statehood, there have been only 6 Republican Governors. Bush is not a Texan and he gave us Perry. LBJ did a lot for this State and so did Ann Richards. Its too bad that Texas has gone so far downhill and I blame the Republicans for that.

    April 19, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  15. Albo58

    Fortunately, most Texans do not believe that the federal government is the answer to all their issues and prayers! The self-responsibility pool water is warm so you libs should dive on in!

    April 19, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  16. Charlie in Maine

    If the GOP selects one of the idiotes that CNN goes on and on about..Donald Trump Sarah Palin etc. Evry state will be in play These idiots could even get Wyoming and Idaho into the Dems collumn. Can't wait to see........

    April 19, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  17. Al-NY,NY

    Even though he has little chance there, the GOP slander machine will be in high gear as well as the intimidation crews at the polling places. They'll make sure Latinos are not allowed in by either physically threatening them, or purposefully make it impossible to even reach the polling stations.

    April 19, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  18. once upon a horse

    @ gt....
    I don't know what black people you know but the ones I know are NOT's insults like that I would expect from right wingers who think it's ok for a white person to vote for a white candidate but if a black person votes for a black candidate it's always due to race....PATHETIC

    April 19, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  19. Captain Awesome

    Gas prices are up. Food prices are up. We've invaded a third Muslim country (Libya). Guantanamo (Club Gitmo) is still open for business. The unemployment rate has dropped by 1 percentage point in almost three years. Our nation's credit rating is in jeopardy. Our national debt is at 14 trillion dollars. People are suffering.....So no, I don't think Texas will be drinking the Obama Kool-Aid anytime soon.

    April 19, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  20. Please go away

    gt, don't count on NC going red, as a matter of fact, FL and VA will stay blue on the presidential level thanks to their republican governors.

    April 19, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |

    Hold on one doggone minute! I am from Texas and Dallas is blue. Bluer than Austin. I take offense. Not all of us here are a bunch of dimwads, but, yeah, there's lot of them here. I miss Ann Richards.

    April 19, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |