Obama 2012 targets female vote
November 18th, 2011
12:41 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama 2012 targets female vote

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's reelection campaign launched a new initiative, "Women for Obama," to encourage female voters to get involved in the 2012 race, according to Obama for America.

First lady Michelle Obama will serve as honorary chair of the group, tasked with the expanding the female vote and increasing their participation in the electoral process.

"Women are at the heart of everything we do, and they are at the heart of this campaign," Obama said on a conference call Friday, according to a statement. "You are all at the heart of your families, at the heart of our communities and your neighborhoods."

The new group, an arm of Operation Vote, will enable women to communicate with campaign leadership and have a voice in the campaign strategy, according to the release.

According to CNN National Exit Polls, Obama won 56% of the female vote in the 2008 presidential election.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Sniffit-That explains it pretty well, thanks.

    November 18, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. Mikey

    @Sniffit, @Bill, @ Hall, @Rudy, @Normajean, @ab,
    Isn't it great that Demo Dumbo keeps posting his rightwingnut dribble. He serves two purposes for Obama supporters; (1) he proves over and over how out of touch people like him are,and (2) he continueously serves up softballs we can all hit out ot the park. I hope he keeps up his inane postings. He will help get the President reelected.

    November 18, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The problem with teabagger right wingnuts is that they cling to Misinformation, Ignorance, Treason, and Totalitarianism. (MITT for short) There is little tolerance for seniors, veterans, workers, the middle class, poor, college students, uninsured, Hispanics, Blacks, Muslims, Mormons, and women.

    November 18, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. Mike In Carolina

    Democrats Class Warfare: Your'e simply making stuff up. Obama NEVER said he had answers to all the problems. He did say that the problems were complex and difficult. You are confusing what he said with what Hannity & Co. said he said. Hannity ALWAYS deliberately misquotes Obama because he knows YOU want to hear something negative. So, liike you, he makes up something. A good example is the "America is no longer a Christian nation" statement, which Obama never said. He actually said "America is no longer JUST a Christian nation".

    November 18, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    somebody wrote:
    9% unemployment = "the recovering global economy"??? So you are saying that 9% unemployment is the new "norm"??? I would have to agree, as long as Obama and the Democrats control government, it won't be falling any time soon.
    Unemployment was 7.8% the week Obama was inaugurated. Since we were losing over 700,000 per month at the time, it was over 8% before the new Congress convened following his inauguration. Unemployment rose to over 10% and had dropped to 8.8% before the Tea Party took over the House. Today it stands only 1.2% higher than when Obama took office. That amounts to only a 15.38% increase, and dropping.

    November 18, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. DavidK

    Pretty and very dignified like her husband.

    November 18, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. GAPeach

    Obama has spent more in 2 years than any other president in our nation's history. What happened to his promise of "spreading the wealth around"? Since he has been president, the big banks got bail outs while foreclosures skyrocketed. CEOs got million dollar deals while the middle class taxpayers got furlough days and cut salaries. Good grief, stop blaming Bush! How long are you going to use that line? Jimmy Carter put our country in a hole, so let's blame him! Yet reagan got us out, and yet Obama has done NOTHING. I certainly don't want a Morman running our country, but I also didn't want a Socialist Muslim either! Vote conservative! Vote Ron Paul and let's stop gov. spending! But nobody likes him...because he does not flip-flop; he does not lie; he stands for Truth. Get off the media wagon and do the research yourself.

    November 18, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. Annie, Atlanta

    He's got this female's vote. I'm not ready to vote for any Republicans as long as extremism has taken over the party. They sunk the economy (with help from Clinton and Gramm Bliley) with the policies they've enacted for more than 30 years now, and should not have an opportunity to be in charge of anything until they shake off the extremists.

    November 18, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. FLIndependent

    "Women want lower prices for food to feed their families, not the sky rocketing cost of food and fuel Obama ha sbrought us.

    Sometimes I really do believe Repubs live in another world or were just born yesterday. Don't you think it's peculiar that gas prices skyrocketed after the Repubs took the House. Gas prices were very steady under $3 during Obama's first two years. Food prices have been going up for the past number of years...this is not something that has just happened since Obama. Maybe if Americans weren't so impatient and expect all problems to be solved overnight this country could get somewhere. People haven't even given this President a full two years to try to turn things around, let alone the four that we voted him in for. That's the problem with our political system – it's like Christmas in that it gets earlier every year! We need to give our leaders a fair chance or nothing is ever going to get accomplished.

    November 18, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. ST

    Bravo what a good move. Am also waiting Herb to start his: "Women for Herman Cain"!

    November 18, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    "They're going to get more and more shrill and they get more and mroe desperate. "
    Democrats have traditionally carried the female vote by a comfortable margin. The fact that democrars feel they need to out-fish that pond is showing desparation on their part, really.

    November 18, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. Annie, Atlanta

    Democrat Class Warfare ... and of course the fact that Obama can't get many of his policies to even come to the floor for a vote has nothing whatsoever to do with the GOP's #1 goal, which is to make him a one term president, as expresssed by Mitch McConnell from the very start. It's amazing that one party in our two party system would destroy the US economy just to put one man out of a job. Absolutely amazing. But keep up your Republican talking points. I'm sure you can find someone who will listen to your stupid rants.

    November 18, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. Annie, Atlanta

    Mikey – I have to respectfully disagree with you. Did you see the numbers on how uninformed the right is because of Fox News? The problem with Democrats isn't that they're uninformed, the problem is they haven't yet learned how to fight with low blows like the Republicans have. Let's not offer solutions, let's just accuse and name call, ramp up the hate and fear. Yeah!

    November 18, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. FLIndependent

    "9% unemployment = "the recovering global economy"??? So you are saying that 9% unemployment is the new "norm"??? I would have to agree, as long as Obama and the Democrats control government, it won't be falling any time soon."


    Since the Repubs are always saying that Obama promised his stimulus would assure unemployment wouldn't go above 8% I always wonder that if were 8% instead of 9% what you would use to rail against him. At least we are no longer losing 700,000 jobs a month...what would all be saying then? Please stop with all the hate and be thankful for what you have and that this President is so far keeping us all safe. He's one man and the unemployment situation is global, not just here.

    November 18, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. Gigi

    Obama has this woman's vote as well.

    November 18, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  16. fayse

    I am a woman and I have a distict memory of the financial collapse when the entire World was in a downward spiral. This happened in September 2008, a month before the election. Most of the World leaders scrambled to stop the free fall. President Obama managed to prevent total disastor here in the USA. Yes the economy is recovering slowly and the GOP/ Tea Party are responsible for that. The GOP and the TP needs to get out of the way and stop sabotaging the economy.

    November 18, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    GAPeach-The bank and Wall Street bailout occurred in September, 2008, and Obama was not inaugurated until January 2009. Let Hannity know, because he must have forgot. Jimmy Carter inherited a mess from the Nixon/Ford group. Under Nixon, I had my wages frozen, and sat in gas lines for my 5 gallons. Cater created 11 million jobs in 4 years, compared the the knuckle dragger from Texas, "W" who created 1 million jobs in 8 years, and handed a monthly job loss of over 750,000 when Obama took over. Bush also added over $5.5 trillion to our national debt. Thanks for the misinformation though.

    November 18, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Demo- Ever hear of 'operation wide receiver?
    You mean the program that actually TRACKED the weapons and MADE arrests and that was done with the full knowledge and cooperation of the Mexican government? Yes, and had the incompetents in the Obama administration taken the same approach, I don't think there would be as much of an issue. But the current fools were just using this to try and get stricter gun control laws IN THE USA.

    November 18, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. R

    "The prices for oil and gas still haven't hit pre-Collapse levels. With a Republican in the White House, we are guaranteed to see those levels within 3-4 months."

    Still waiting for your proof that supports this Rudy...

    November 18, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    President Obama has this woman's vote as well! My mother's generation worked long and hard to give me equal rights in the work place and everywhere else. I will be dammmmmed if I let some Teahadist take them away.

    November 18, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. TMV31

    This is one woman that is going to vote for Obama (again) in 2012!! He's looking out for us women and our children unlike the GOP who are gradually trying to take from us women little by little! And to think that the GOP thinks we're stupid....well..come election 2012, I think they will notice that as women we are trying to get ahead, so we vote Democrat straight down the ticket! The GOP are only trying to keeps us behind!!

    November 18, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. SecedingfromTexas

    Amen to that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks to all who speak the truth and make sense at the same time.

    November 18, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. Racksonracksonracks

    RON PAUL 2012

    November 18, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  24. Woman In California

    I'm FULLY engaged First Lady and my vote will once AGAIN go to the current president.

    November 18, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |


    Any woman is nuts to vote for the GOP.

    November 18, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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