Obama on the 'fights that need to be had'
November 3rd, 2012
06:13 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama on the 'fights that need to be had'

Milwaukee, Wisconsin (CNN) - Despite a strained voice and a hectic campaign schedule, President Obama's rhetoric was as lofty as ever when he took the stage before 20,000 supporters here Saturday afternoon.

Promising to be a voice in Washington, D.C. for voiceless Americans, the president told the crowd that those who listened closely to his speeches in 2008 should remember that "change we believe in is not just changing the president."

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"It's changing our politics," he said. "It's changing the system. I ran because the voices of the American people, your voices had been shut out of our democracy for way too long."

Using his message from 2008 to push back against Mitt Romney's claim that he's the true change candidate in this race, Obama said he's not done fighting for the change he promised four years ago.

"Kids dreaming of becoming scientists or doctors, engineers or entrepreneurs, diplomats, maybe a president they need a champion, because the future will never have lobbyists like the status quo does," the president said, exciting the crowd. "But the dreams of those kids will be our saving grace. That's what we're fighting for. That's what this election's about. That's why I need you."

At a time when fights in Washington are far from popular, Obama said that some fights are "fights that need to be had." And foreshadowing his approach to a budget showdown that looms over whichever candidate wins on Tuesday, the president pledged that if "the price of peace in Washington is cutting deals" that cut federal funding for student loans, Planned Parenthood or Medicaid than he'll continue to fight rather than seeking peace.

"That's not a price you should want your president to pay," Obama said. "That's not bipartisanship. That's not change. That's surrender to a status quo that doesn't work for middle class families and I'm not ready to give up on the fight."

Before the president took the stage, pop star Katy Perry riled up the crowd with a 30-minute performance that included a cover of Al Green's "I'm so in love with you." Participating in her third rally for the president's re-election campaign, Perry wore a blue dress adorned with the Obama campaign's "Forward" logo and performed in front of a huge video screen playing images of Obama.

Also participating in the pre-show was Wisconsin Democratic Congresswoman Gwen Moore, who reprised a controversial statement the president made at an event in Ohio on Friday by telling people who were angry about voter suppression efforts to "vote for revenge."

"Vote to avenge the fact that Republicans have tried to stop you from voting for the over two years," Moore said.

The Romney campaign has already produced a television ad featuring the president telling a crowd to "vote for revenge," spliced with a clip of Romney telling a crowd to vote for their country.

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  1. Thomas

    Romney and Ryan sure don't have much new to say .

    Al the Romney surrogates that used to work for GW Bush haven't changed .

    November 3, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. 2020

    To make congress work with President

    round up the tea bagger, boil them

    round up Beohner and Canter, let them swing at each other

    round up the rest, and pray people maintain reasonable and responsible.

    November 3, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. jkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Romney Ryan gop train wreck Nov 6.,no more lieing ads from Carl rove and the bushes !!!!!

    November 3, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  4. bill pike

    fights to stay on a government check–but would not even help the real fighters in Libya. This is as cowardly act as I have ever seen-and then the coverup. IMPEACH OBAMA and all his clan.
    signed: bill pike, vets against someone who not even try to help our people and then the cover up-6 times in his speech at the united natiions he said it was a video, he spent thousand of dollars to run a video overseas saying it was not terror it was a video??? wow

    November 3, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. Pippa

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2O12 🙂
    there! I voted.

    November 3, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  6. anonoymous

    Must make the gop mad to see the president bring in crowds like this. Hope Ryan has his resume ready maybe looking for a new line of work come jan....

    November 3, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  7. Norma Vessels

    The Republicans know how to twist and turn everything .. taken out of content. There should be a law against that.

    November 3, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  8. fastrack1

    Anyone out there still unconvinced, think of where we would be if McCain had been allowed to continue taking us down the path Dubya was traveling. Do you really believe it would would have gotten better doing THAT? Well, pay attention because THAT is exactly what the Repugs and Teabags will demand of their puppet MittBot, who only wants the title and will sell us all as soon as he has it.

    November 3, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  9. Ancient Texan

    The fight for America is happening now and the return to the America we all know and love will start after the present occupant of the White House moves back to Chicago.

    November 3, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  10. Name fight the fight

    We have a good man with a lot of things on the table so lets stand behind him and give all our supports.God bless America

    November 3, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  11. Gitonga George Kairithia

    Obama has a edge.. But who knows?

    November 3, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  12. fernace

    Thank's President Obama for being a pioneer! I can only imagine what it's like for the 1st Black president of our nation, by the 4 years of crazy attacks from the GOT-Party & its supporters! Probably the same for the 1st woman! Obama has been & continues to work for all Americans, Romney continues to work for a percentage! Obama 12!!

    November 4, 2012 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  13. plain&simple

    If someone said they loved their mother, Romney and his worms would find a way to say you never loved her. What kind of world does he want? He never has expressed a vision.....other than say he will get people off food stamps so they won't take any more money out of the budget. How would boy genius put America's working class to work? More money for the people with more than enough....get real!!!!

    November 4, 2012 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  14. LIP

    Can we really afford four more years of racial and class division and a President that can't work with our congres, both Republican and Democrat. Four more years of this and the hole we are in will be so deep that there will be no climbing out. While we are at it, let's also vote out the Demcratic majority in the Senate so we can finally move in the right direction. It's now or never...

    November 4, 2012 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  15. J.V.Hodgson

    How stupid does Romney et al think we are when he takes a three word phrase totally out of context to tries to score points.
    Well heres something from me Mitt, its that kind of twisting truth, changing your mind repeatedly and if you are telling me you had to do step one to get the Republican nomination all it does is convince me the other 47 % ( me included) really dont matter to you... but you will flip flop and lie to that 47 %. to get votes
    How anyone can trust you or vote for you with a tax reduction plan and defense spending plan without saying exactly how its paid for as Republicans have demanded for the last 3 years almost is unbeliveable. And if it is the Ryan budget cuts that went down like a lead balloon with general populace, that does not get you votes, only real debt reduction polices also needed to get us off the fiscal cliff.
    Obama Biden 2012 because what they have done is working and our Economic growth is better than most in this GLOBAL RECESSION AND THATS SOMETHING NO PERSON OR ANY AMERICAN PRESIDENT "ALONE" CAN FIX.

    November 4, 2012 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  16. Marry

    The President worked for us all and fought the fights that needed to be fought! I thank him for that! I want to be proud of my country and I am proud of my President to work for the middle class with his good values, with decency and honesty! So this one is easy – I vote for the President and a strait "D" ticket! FOR THE LOVE OF MY COUNTRY!

    November 4, 2012 03:58 am at 3:58 am |
  17. it must be said

    Just what the country needs...4 more years of fights. No thanks Obama. You have made a great case for voting for Romney. It is far more likely Romney will be able to get things done. People looking for a fight usually find it and that means nothing will get done. Again, not what this country needs.

    November 4, 2012 05:06 am at 5:06 am |
  18. joe escarole

    Fighting for the middle class
    give me a break small buisness
    that makes 250 grand are considered
    rich and theyre taxes should be
    raised few of obamas promises
    have been kept he said he would
    get us out of iraq and did but the
    timetable for withdrawal was
    already in place he braggs about
    getting osama bin laden but what
    president wouldnt have his lack
    of economic experience has turne
    millions of americans from middle
    class into lower class
    wake up america

    November 4, 2012 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  19. Anonymous

    When Obama says "Voting is the best revenge" I wonder who he has in mind. Revenge against whom?

    November 4, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  20. Steve- Illinois

    Hello Wisconsin! Don't forget the "fight" that Obama couldn't be bothered with 6 months ago. He had time to fund raise in Minnesota, and Chicago, when you needed him in Wisconsin, and he turned his back on you. Now he shows up with his hand out.
    Only a fool refuses to believe what his own eyes see.

    November 4, 2012 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  21. J

    This article is a snowjob.

    November 4, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  22. Bill

    Obama leads Romney in Romney's home state of Massachusetts by a whopping 15 points. Yes, Mass. is a liberal state, but if Romney had done such a great job at governor, this lead should not be in double-digits. When Romney touts his record as governor, he fails to mention he had a disapproval rating of 60% when he left office. That's George W. Bush territory (Bush ended up with 61% when he left office).

    Not only does Obama lead Romney in his home state, but he also leads him in Romney's other home state of Michigan as well as Paul Ryan's home state of Wisconsin. I don't think anyone has ever won the presidency while losing the home states of both the presidential candidate as well as the vice-presidential candidate, but either way, it says quite a lot about Romney and Ryan that the people who know them best don't want them anywhere near the White House.

    November 4, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. Thomas

    Romney can't even carry Massachusetts or Michigan ..

    why would I vote for him if people in his own stats don't want him ?

    November 4, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. Name

    Lets not forget the republication voted down.the jobs bill meant to help veterans. But they're sure to get a tax.break for the.rich$$

    November 4, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  25. 111Dave111

    Voting for Real Change is the best revenge.
    Moving Forward is the best revenge.
    Replacing Obstruction is the best revenge.
    Supporting our Dreams is the best revenge.
    Believing in the American People is the best revenge.

    November 5, 2012 01:58 am at 1:58 am |