Progressive group makes a rally call directed at Obama
July 11th, 2011
07:31 PM ET
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Progressive group makes a rally call directed at Obama

Washington (CNN) - In the midst of ongoing debt talks, the liberal-leaning Progressive Change Campaign Committee is urging people not to donate their time or money to President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign if he agrees to cuts in Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.

More than 160,000 people have pledged to withhold support for Obama in 2012 if concessions in Social Security or health care are made, according to the PCCC.

Obama stressed the importance for negotiators on both sides of the aisle to step out of their comfort zone and make political sacrifices during his weekly address Saturday.

The liberal group launches its campaign in the wake of a new Club for Growth ad released Monday, advising Republicans to hold onto the "Cut, Cap, and Balance" pledge, which supports increases to the debt ceiling only if paired with a balanced-budget amendment, spending cuts and statutory spending caps.

PCCC co-founder Adam Green theorized that if Obama doesn't fulfill the requests of his supporters during debt negotiations, he may be more poised to run as an independent in 2012 instead of in the Democratic primary.

An overwhelming majority of Democratic voters oppose cutting Social Security to deal with debt, according to PCCC polling.

"If he's running as a Democrat, antagonizing the base like that is a pretty bad strategy," Green told CNN.

The liberal PCCC contributes to and endorses campaigns of progressive candidates and legislation.

No agreement was reached during Monday's debt ceiling talks between Obama and congressional leaders but discussions are scheduled to reconvene on Tuesday.

Filed under: 2012 • Debt • President Obama
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Peter s

    A leaders job is to do what is right for the country! don't bend over to the right nor left noise machines. We come and go! but United States will live forever! today please lets remember John F Kennedy who observed "Ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country." Both Democrats and Republicans Congress men and women you have a responsibity of serving "Her" petty politicking wont solve the current problems.

    July 11, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  2. independent voter

    That would be a shame because that is exactly what the republicans want. They are going to do whatever it takes for Obama to lose. That has been theyre main focus since he was elected. I know the President is trying.

    July 11, 2011 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  3. Marlon

    This is stupid. Don't vote for Obama and see what this country turns into. Planned Parenthood disbanded, more tax cuts for rich, end of middle class, end of all unions. This is pure irresponsibility.

    July 11, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  4. Liberal Fool

    You can take every dime of the top 10% of tax payers and you still will have a budget problem. On a liberal cannot understand that the big three entitlement cows are a huge part of the problem. Liberals spend other people's money as if it is their own.

    July 11, 2011 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  5. Ed

    Here is what you need to do.

    Balance the budget, stop playing the blame game, listen to the majority of the people, and stop spending.

    Everyone of you are acting like you are two years old. We don't want anymore debt, more taxes, and our SS funds should have never been put in with the general funds anyway. We can thank Gore for that one when cast the finial vote in favor of moving it to the general fund.

    I think we can all say never mind WWJD or anything else but term limits and a balanced budget by law is about the only way we might see daylight.

    Now get off your butts and get the job done we elected you to do. There is anothe election coming in 2012 and we don't need the people who are not acting in our best interest and no it's not the REPUB it's our dictor and all his puppets.

    Any questions?

    July 11, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |

    I hope he doesn't cave in to these bullying Rethuglicans!!! They want it all their own way. Make them compromise and hands off the entitlement programs. The poor and middle class need them.

    July 11, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  7. JP

    With Obama in office Greece is a preview of coming attractions for the U.S. Progressives are financially retarded.

    July 11, 2011 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  8. lynn

    The public has no idea what goes on during these critical economic talks and it's not for us to second guess him. I feel Obama can handle himself against the GOP and Boehner plus I already have donated to his campaign, and probably will again.

    July 11, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  9. skokie

    It should not be about who win their seat in the next election it should be about what is good for America.

    July 11, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  10. Arizona7

    President Obama is a brilliant man. I support his judgment, and respect his leadership.

    July 11, 2011 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  11. Tony

    I am a supporter of President Obama, and a contributor to his campaign.

    I have already notfified the campaign that if he or the Democrats do anything that substantially changes Social Security or Medicare they will lose my money, and my vote.

    There are many things both the Republicans and the Democrats can do to balance the budget. Here's a thought, put the tax rate back where it was in January 2001!

    July 11, 2011 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  12. Renee

    Will the real Tea party please stand up.

    July 11, 2011 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  13. A Real American

    By the way, how exactly does social security contribute to the debt? Isn't it independent from the federal budget? Wouldn't eliminating the cap fund it for a mighty long time to come? Just wonderin'.

    July 11, 2011 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  14. Renee

    President Obama is the only president at this time in history to stand up for all the people, and now you want to hold back your money to support the president. It sounds like you are the horse that came into the democratic party, and later turned out to be the tea bagger party. If you are against President Obama, you must be for the republicans, so will the real tea party please stand up?

    P.S. Dont forget, these are the same people that folled you in Wisconsin! ,Much love, Obama 2012!

    July 11, 2011 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  15. A Real American

    He's a corporatist sellout. Don't listen to what he says. Watch what he does and observe who he surrounds himself with. Where is that Elizabeth Warren these days anyway?

    July 11, 2011 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  16. Richard T.

    Just like he did in December I feel Obama will once again fulfill the GOP economic wet dreams of screwing the middle-class, the poor, seniors, and women. Or perhaps he will come out of this as a stronger President.

    My real feeling is that he is little more than a shill for the GOP and a phony liberal facist fraud.

    July 11, 2011 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  17. A Real Patriot

    Groups like this are what cost us Democrats the last congressional election and brought on the current stalemate and war on the middle class that we see coming from John Boner and his Tea Party pals. Get a clue Progressives! You think by sitting this out and perhaps allowing a Republican in the White House your priorities will be more closely met than they are now? That thinking is no better than the Tea Party on the other side-willing to destroy the village in order to save it. Get a clue before it is too late.

    July 11, 2011 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  18. BeverlyNC

    I think President Obama would not touch Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. He is showing, however, his willingness to be reasonable, his willingness to be flexible, his common sense and leadership in ensuring America does not default on our loans.

    Republicans are showing they are not leaders and just pawns of the corporations. They are refusing to compromise on anything and clinging to ridiculous spending areas like oil subsidies to the most profitable industry in America, tax loopholes so corporations pay ZERO taxes, and absurd items like tax credits for corporate jets. It's all about protecting the wealth of corporations – not about serious debt reduction.

    Republicans don't care what destruction they are causing to the lives of the average American. They want America to fail for greedy corrupt political gain – or so they think.

    We the PEOPLE still have our vote, at least for the moment, and we will rid Congress and all local seats of ALL Republicans in 2012. We will get back to governing and not playing games for corporations. We will refund education and programs for the PEOPLE. We will regain our DEMOCRACY and get rid of voter suppression laws, anti-abortion laws, and union-breaking laws. We will regain our rights and restore education, innovation, science, technology investments and make America well prepared for a successful future. We will end Republican racism, lies and hate. We will again become the America we believe in, the values we cherish, and the American dream we all will again have the opportunity to reach.

    July 11, 2011 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I usually like the progressives in what they aim to do. This time, I think that everyone needs to pay into cover this mess. I think taxes on the highest income earners need to go up. Also, Medicare should have some means testing for those earning over say $1 million or more. That might start to save something. I don't like it, but it needs to be looked at if everyone is going to do something for to solve this mess.

    July 11, 2011 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  20. James Feagans

    I would rather see the so called debt roof; default than to not tax the ultra wealthy a little bit! Damn the torpedoes that is why we voted for Obama!!!!!!!!!!I

    July 11, 2011 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  21. s kel

    pccc please fire that tea party insert in your organization. what a bunch of stupid fools in the pccc.

    July 11, 2011 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  22. Walter

    So what exactly would these leftists have the country do? Obama's own fiscal commission has said that by 2025 every single dollar the government takes in will be used only for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and required payments on the debt. This path is clearly unsustainable. The Democrats think squawking about "not making entitlement cuts that affect the poor and middle class" will get them re-elected. Unfortunately, all it will get us is closer to insolvency. Either come up with a plan or step aside.

    July 11, 2011 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  23. D-Nice

    Ahhh, more partisan politics. The right won't budge and the left won't budge. Why would Obama even want to run in 2012? Obviously there aren't any adults there. They want to put their party and ideology in front of the good of the country. The average Amerian is screwed.

    July 12, 2011 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  24. Bud Tarken

    How in the world does anybody believe cutting our own social programs over aid to foreign countries and or tax breaks to the wealthy?

    I just don't get how stupid this is, you cut things that don't affect people in need first then what's left over you work on breaks for wealthy people and foreign countries. Crazy no way could vote for a Republican right now.

    July 12, 2011 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  25. saralollis

    I learnt from "Penny Health" that Instead, try saying, "There's medically necessary treatment that I'm seeking." Remember, words have power and insurers are all about finding limitations and exclusions if you say the wrong thing.

    July 12, 2011 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
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