Soledad Reports: Obama supporter set to caucus
January 3rd, 2012
10:34 AM ET
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Soledad Reports: Obama supporter set to caucus

Note: Watch "Starting Point" with Soledad O'Brien weekdays from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET on CNN and check back here as she files reports from Iowa.

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN)
- Michael Smith is an Obama supporter, stumping for his candidate in a state where the Democratic caucus is already decided. He worked on the last campaign and he thinks Democrats need to hear from the campaign to strengthen support.

He is an African American from Chicago, a demographic unfamiliar in the areas where he's campaigning.

"But a lot of the country sees this the same, that the president is waiting with pen in hand to sign important legislation because of Congress," he said. "Our constituency is kind of solid."

He sees Rick Santorum as the biggest threat to his candidate and Michele Bachman is the least.

He will spend Monday evening at precincts telling people to stay strong for the president, that there is an election to be won after these primaries end. He particularly wants to focus on first time voters to see what they care about.

"Reducing the deficit, going back to our platform" should be the issue in this campaign, he said. "Taxing the wealthy."

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • President Obama
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Maryabb

    Glad this Obama supporter will show up to make a contrast with the GOP candidates. It will remind people of why they should NOT be interested in giving Mr. Obama a second term.

    January 3, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Obayashi

    Go Team Obama Biden 2012 Full Steam Ahead!

    January 3, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. gt

    another chicago about go back to the south side and work on all the gang related killings ....there you might do some good....

    January 3, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. george of the jungle

    OK lets rock and roll. Heard santorum on GMA this morning bashing the president. When pinned down on foreign policy he couldn't give a definative answer. Time to get busy.

    January 3, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. tymleu

    Stay strong,stay focused.know that there are and have been alot of ideals and proposals that the President have brought to Congress but thier main goal is to and always been to make him a one time President and they don't care what they do to make it happen. I HAVE NOT seen or heard any of the candiats actually give a plan to help the 99% of Americans that really need help,and oh yes America,Obama Care is working,most of the Republicans are so still heavy laden and predudice that you would agree on something that would hurt you by trying to hurt him,when will it actually end!. THE WORLD IS WATCHING,and so is GOD

    January 3, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. Fair is Fair

    If anyone could come in second in a 1-horse race, it would be Obama.

    January 3, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I believe that this is one of the biggest challenges that the Democratic base is facing in this election: the Republican candidates are so woefully inadequate that the Democrats have to be mindful of thinking that the election is "in the bag" for President Obama. Those of us campaigning for Obama must remain vigilant, and just as motivated if not more than we were in 2008. We MUST give this President the time and the Congress that he needs to put the country on firmer ground and save our middle class.

    January 3, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. Phil in KC

    Obama is running unopposed, so there is little incentive to go out. However – in Iowa, one can vote 'none of the above', in a sense. You can go and caucus with the 'uncommitted' group. I know that sounds strange to so many of you who live in primary states. But remember that "uncommitted" was the winner in the 1976 Democrat caucuses. It's was Jimmy Carter's surprise 2nd place showing that vaulted him to national attention and, ultimately, the presidency.
    To those who wonder how that works, those 'uncommitted' delegates do eventually commit to a candidate. They go from the local precinct caucuses up to the next level with a certain amount of instruction from those they represent.

    January 3, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I agree with him about Bachmann not being a real threat. I don't see that Santorum is a huge threat but is more than Bachmann. The last statement about taxing the wealthy is a point that needs to be done. Why was there a need to get these wealthy people any tax cut? They haven't done enough to create jobs that are here in the US.

    January 3, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. encore

    Prez Obama win again in Iowa You can bet your last dollar. Young ppl not buying that crap like those old redneck their.

    January 3, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. Rickster

    How do you defend Obama's failed presidency?

    January 3, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |