Dem: Obama wouldn't win Virginia today
September 3rd, 2011
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Dem: Obama wouldn't win Virginia today

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said if the 2012 presidential election was held today, President Barack Obama wouldn't win Virginia, a state he carried in 2008.

Speaking on local Washington radio station WTOP Friday, Connolly said, "In my opinion, no, today he would not win the state."

But, with more than a year before Election Day, Connolly said Obama still has time to regain the momentum he had in the last election.

"The growing diversity, especially in Northern Virginia, has changed the polity of Virginia permanently," said Connolly on The Politics Program With Mark Plotkin. "There is no question in my mind that President Obama can make a comeback and win Virginia."

Prior to Obama winning Virginia in 2008, the state had not voted for a presidential Democrat since former president Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. The last time Virginia voted for a Democratic president two elections in a row was in 1944 and 1948.

Connolly said that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney would have the best chance of beating Obama in 2012 but that all White House hopefuls, including Obama, come with imperfections.

"I think that all of the Republican candidates, as does President Obama, have serious baggage," said Connolly.

Obama will visit Richmond, Va. on Sept. 9, the day after unveiling his jobs plan to a joint session on Congress.

- CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Gerry Connolly • President Obama
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. A

    Since Eric Cantor wants spending cuts so badly, the 7th district of Virginia can start saving money by eliminating his salary in 2012!


    September 3, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. DENNA

    If we do not stand with President Obama, the Rethugs win what they want – to make him a one-term president. Then they will proceed to dismantle unions, safety nets for the poor and install a system where the wealthy will continue to pay less than everyone else. Propped up by the Tea Party Regime, there will be no protection at all against what these people propose. Haven't we seen enough? The Democratic-controlled Senate is the ONLY THING standing in the way of the Rethugs (a.k.a The Tea Party) from taking this country apart. Give President Obama a Congress that will work with him and things will turn around. Obama/Biden 2012/Hillary Clinton 2016.

    September 3, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. Tony

    If Romney wins the Republican nomination, Obama would have a shot in Virginia, because many Republicans would throw up if they have to choose between Obama and a Mormon (who also came up with the blueprint for Obama's health care plan). If Bachmann wins the Republican nomination (unlikely), Obama would also have a shot in Virginia, because many Republicans would throw up if they have to choose between Obama and a woman (they still have not gotten over losing the 2008 election to a black man, so asking them to choose a female president in 2012 is just too much). If Perry wins the Republican nomination, Obama would have a shot in Florida, because Perry is on the record saying that Social Security is unconstitutional. Republicans would need divine intervention winning the senior vote in Florida.

    September 3, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. Annie, Atlanta

    Mitch McConnell proudly stated the GOP's #1 goal was to make sure the President served only one term. And it is increasingly obvious that they are willing to destroy our country, and all of us in the process, to see that through. It's as plain as the noses on our faces, yet we blame the President. Without the House, who holds the purse strings, nothing will be done to improve our economic situation. It's very frustrating to watch, and frightening that the Republicans would destroy our economy to win, knowing full well no matter how powerless the President is, the buck stops with him (the President can't enact laws without Congress People – have you forgotten?). They know how we think, and are taking full advantage of it. Have we forgotten that the GOP destroyed our economy in the first place – with an assist from Clinton – doing away with the Glass Stegall Act and allowing the mortgage meltdown to happen. Deregulate deregulate deregulate. That way their friends can get rich while we pick up the bill and the pieces. So what if we lose our jobs, our homes, our lives. Collateral damage, after all.

    September 3, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. Tony

    To summarize my post above, Obama is in big trouble, unless his opponent is a Republican.

    September 3, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. Annie, Atlanta

    @Henry Miller, Libertarian – and these disasters have no foundation in the GOP's #1 goal of making the President a one-termer? The secret holds, the filibusters, the refusal of the house to deal with anything but women's reproductive rights – instead of the jobs they campaigned on? Seriously? The tea baggers who brought us to the brink of economic disaster which resulted in a down-grade of our bonds? They hold no responsibility, either? The small stimulus, which included 40% in tax breaks, which everyone knew wasn't big enough to kick start the economy? None of this matters to you. Yet the President is the disaster? The GOP has set out to destroy him, and will destroy us in the process, yet this is all the President's fault? I want some of what you're smoking, because I'd like to be oblivious instead of watching the destruction of my country and my people at the hands of a party where winning is everything and losing means they get to destroy us in order to win again. Please pass the joint because I need to escape from the secition, treason, and economic terrorism I've witnessed from people who proclaim to love their country, and would do everything in their power including lie to win.

    September 3, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. Annie, Atlanta

    Henry Miller – that'ssedition, not secition.

    September 3, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. n

    Republican do not have good candidates for president. They have no vision to get the country back these tea party are no good they nearly got our country to default. President Obama will win but he has to work hard. And I hope these tea party congressman lose there election.

    September 3, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. Justin

    I agree with a kickin donkey. Couldnt have said it better myself.

    September 3, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. TheTraveler

    Don't care really. This is today, and tomorrow could bring something entirely different. Remember the Gulf Oil spill and the furor against BP? Where is that now? Gone, out of the public spotlight and no one is making a ruckus ... Obama pulled the trigger on bin Laden and people were lauding him for his nerve and resolve. For what? About a week? Where are those accolades now? lol ...

    Folks, instead of reading the political "news", read the weather report instead. Public sentiment blows hot and cold on the winds anyway ...

    September 3, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. BigSixx

    The only failures of this Presidency are the ones the GOP have manufactured with their total disregard for the the American people. Don't think we are stupid enough to watch you disrespect and undercut everything President Obama has tried to do for the people; not for himself. Some think they can brainwash us into believing their propaganda. Won't work in 2012!! Go President Obama!!!

    September 3, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. ahetch

    Spoken like a true BLUE DOG. They are the worst of the worst. They infiltrate the democratic party with their republican ideas. He's one of the reasons that we couldn't get anything done before 2012.

    September 3, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. Hall for Obama

    Voting for Obama 2012

    September 3, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. Neo

    Yes he won't win because America has been swayed by the GOP's lies and refusal to work with this government. It will then only show how you can win future election. 'GRIDLOCK POLITICS' Good luck to all of us then

    September 3, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. Joe

    Yeah I really really wish Hillary would run

    September 3, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. Larry L

    Gutless politicians are a dime a dozen – and Connelly is worth even less. He wants to suck up to Republicans in his district and starting this wishy-washy dialogue is ridiculous.

    I see lots of comments about skin color. I've noticed racists always want to tell you they aren't racist – but they always start the next part of the sentence with "but...". I voted for President Obama because the Republicans had all but destroyed America with the corrupt and innept Bush Administration. He was (and is) articulate, diplomatic, and highly talented as a pragmatic leader. Bush was (and is) a goober.

    September 3, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. mb2010a

    Since the election is 15 months away, I think Obama has more than enough time to win back Virginia. If or after the Republicans / tea party ever pick their candidate, the American voters will be so sick of hearing about the Republicans and their obstructionism that the actual election will be a cake walk for President Obama. I look forward to biggest Democratic landslide in the history of the US...Obama 2012. Clinton 2016 & 2020.

    September 3, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Marie,San Diego

    Still patiently waiting for repub nominee.

    BO 2012

    September 3, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. Ron

    That's right. VA wants more like Eric Cantor! LOL Laughing stock of the country. On the one hand they want Cantor. On the other they want to keep ALL of those sweet GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING jobs.....AND FEMA support for those hurt by Hurricane Irene. What a bunch of bafoons! Go ahead, vote for a re-thug-tea-partier.

    September 3, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. AlaskaPalin

    Obamas problem is that he's 50% black (on the outside) and 50% white (on the inside)! If Obama was 50% white (on the outside) and 50% black on the inside; he will have won again.

    September 3, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. CBR

    Rep. Connelly certainly has the right to express his opinion. Certainly Rep. Cantor would agree with him. However, are Virginians as conservative as one might believe? Are their beliefs so far to the right that they would not listen to both sides?

    Beyond that, who knows how populations will vote in 2012. Just another headline that CNN wants us to believe.

    September 3, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. cindy

    Obama-Biden 2012.

    September 3, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  23. Pat

    Sounds like a democRat is jumping the sining ship.
    Obama is a failed President. His only hope in Virginia is to round up all those who live off the Government teat, Govt workers and welfare dependents, and get them to come out in droves.
    If you work in the private sector and/or if you have been unemployed during Obama's error, its really nuts to vote for "4 more years" of the economy misery of this failed President.
    Most of us cant wait for Nov 2012.

    September 3, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. ObamaCares

    Has this guy heard the way Cantor talks? I hope Cantor can't/doesn't win either, the joker is scary. This just proves that some Dems ought to grow a spine. Connelly better look back at 2010 to see how many Dems lost seats because they caved in to the t-te(a)rds.

    September 3, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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