Nervous Dems get cash boost–and pep talk–from Obama
November 25th, 2013
07:19 AM ET
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Nervous Dems get cash boost–and pep talk–from Obama

Updated 10:34 a.m. ET, 11/25/2013

Seattle (CNN) - Congressional Democrats, many downright scared of the political fallout from the botched rollout of Obamacare, are getting a boost this week as the President completes a month-long fundraising sprint a year ahead of 2014's midterm elections.

Obama–who has jetted to New York, Boston, Miami, Dallas and Philadelphia in the past several weeks to help add millions of dollars to Democrats' campaign coffers–is spending three days on the West Coast convincing donors his falling popularity and the faulty implementation of his signature legislation don't mean all is lost for the Democratic Party next year.

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His stops in the Seattle and San Francisco areas, each near the respective homes of tech giants Microsoft and Apple, come a week ahead of his administration's deadline for getting the troubled back running for most users. The website's initial failures caused widespread consternation among Democratic lawmakers, many of whom vocally pushed for the Affordable Care Act ahead of its passage in 2010.

In the liberal Pacific Northwest, Obama also faces questions about spying by the National Security Agency and his environmental record. Protesters met him at his first event loudly opposing the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, which his administration has yet to approve.

"It's understandable I think that sometimes people feel disturbed or concerned about whether or not we can continue to make progress," Obama told donors at one event in Medina, the wealthy Seattle enclave.

"One thing that I always try to emphasize is that if you look at American history, there have been frequent occasions in which it looked like we had insolvable problems–either economic, political, security–and as long as there were those who stayed steady and clear-eyed and persistent, eventually we came up with an answer," he continued. "Eventually we were able to work through these challenges and come out better on the other end."

It's Obamacare, however, that's proving to be the most worrisome for Democrats in Congress, many of whom are expressing open concern about the failed rollout of the health website. The digital snafu also served to highlight the number of Americans whose health insurance plans were being canceled under the new law. In 2010, many Democratic lawmakers echoed the President's vow that if Americans liked their health care plans, they could keep them–a pledge the President has since had to apologize for.

It's an all-but-certain campaign trail issue for Democrats facing tight races, and while the party's leaders say their candidates will be able run successfully on the issue, many Democrats seem less certain. Earlier this month, nearly 40 vulnerable House Democrats voted against the President to allow health plans that don't comply with Obamacare's standards to continue into 2014.

Speaking Sunday, a White House spokesman said the President remained "very confident" that Democrats could win control of the House in 2014.

"The President thinks there's good reason for that–specifically, Democrats have laid out a very clear agenda for what they hope to achieve in the next Congress," Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One.

In Seattle, the President attended a pair of events that benefited Democrats–the first, at the home of retailing mogul Tom Campion, raised money for the Democratic National Committee; the second, hosted by former Microsoft executive Jon Shirley, brought in money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Washington State's Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, as well as House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelsoi, both attended the later event.

When he heads south to California, the President will attend a set of receptions in San Francisco and Los Angeles, including one hosted by Magic Johnson that benefits the DCCC and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

The standard prices for Obama's receptions were between $16,000 and $32,000, though an event in San Francisco had tickets available for as little as $500.

He'll also make remarks on immigration at the Betty Ong Chinese Recreation Center in San Francisco Monday, and talk economic matters during a stop at DreamWorks animation in Los Angeles on Tuesday. DreamWorks' top executive Jeffrey Katzenberg was a top fundraising "bundler" for Obama during his election campaigns, and contributed millions to the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA during the 2012 contest.

Earnest, speaking Sunday, said Obama's fundraising efforts were the best way for the President to ensure a favorable outcome for Democrats next year.

"In an off-year–in the year before an election like this, I think the most tangible way that an incumbent President of either party, frankly, can benefit his party's prospects in congressional races is to try to help them raise money," Earnest said, adding he anticipated Obama would maintain his fundraising efforts for Democrats next year.

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soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Tommy G

    So how many millions, billions or trillions will Obama need to raise to fix these poll numbers? When he, asd the leader of the Democrat Party, takes a hit, everybody in the Democrat Party takes a hit. The fish rots from the head. Ain't THAT the truth!

    1. According to the survey, conducted last Monday through Wednesday, 40% say the President can manage the government effectively. That 40% figure is down 12 percentage points from June and is the worst score Obama received among the nine personal characteristics tested in the new poll.

    2. CNN/ORC International survey released Monday morning also indicates that 53% of Americans now believe that Obama is not honest and trustworthy.

    3. Obama's woes are not limited to honesty and his managerial skills. 56% say he is not a person they admire, and an equal number say he does not agree with them on important issues.

    4. 56% also say he does not inspire confidence

    5. 53% don't view him as a strong and decisive leader

    The poll was conducted November 18-20 for CNN by ORC International, with 843 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

    November 25, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair


    @ria,abbey, where we're you when Koch, Sheldon Adelson pouted six billion dollars for Mittens election
    Six billion, you say? Six billion? All righty, then... and people wonder why no one takes you seriously.

    November 25, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. TONE

    Dems you better stand behind my President or else.

    November 25, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. southerngent

    If obamacare is so great why are you liberals so worried? Don't say that the republicans are holding it back it is law and once it implemented they could not do anything. The truth is you know in your heart that America got screwed. Better stock up on Vaseline, because conservatives are not the only ones getting the shaft. My 20 something son voted for obama both times and just told me that he's sorry. Sadly, I am as well because I didn't try to get him to see what a true liberal agenda means.

    November 25, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. just saying

    Dominican mama 4 Obama
    Democrats have got to do something about this tendency towards being nervous Nellies.

    yeah, why are all you lefties scaredy cats? i mean its not like you lied to the entire country and in the process wrecked the healthcare coverage of tens of millions of americans just so you could take over the healthcare industry and control our lives.

    Circle the wagons Lefties; learn how to weather a storm without running screaming into the night.

    oh but the storm is just starting obama mama! circling the wagons and doubling down on your lies will only further infuriate the tens of millions of americans you have damaged and they will do more than circle those wagons of yours. come 2014, they intend to take democrats scalps!

    November 25, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Hector Slagg

    Why are people still running against Obama? Well, maybe it is because the Web Site looks just like Obama, or maybe it is because millions have lost their Health Care Policies, or, maybe it is because millions have lost their jobs, or maybe it is because, millions are on Food Stamps, or millions are losing their mortgages, or.............
    Or, maybe it's because the Republicans top priority is still to destroy the presidency of Barack Obama. Jobs? Who cares. Health Care Reform? Can't do that Immigration? Can't touch that.

    November 25, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. Malory Archer


    If obamacare is so great why are you liberals so worried?


    If it's so horrible, why does CNN and every other "librul" media outlet refuse to acknowlege all of the positive stories – and believe me, there are far more Americans being helped by the ACA than the .06% of people who had their junk policies "cancelled".

    November 25, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    truth hurts but reality bites

    OK, here's a few questions for all of the lefties on this board.

    Just how many Americans that had their healthcare insurance cancelled because of Obamacare (and the lies of Obama) will turn around and vote for Democrats in 2014?
    Nowhere near as many that head the healthcare insurance cancelled because they got sick.

    November 25, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Oh puleeze, just sprayin', you guys have been creating storms in a Teapot for the past five years hoping it will tip the ark over.
    Your storms lack import, and impact.
    We call them NONTROVERSIES.
    This too shall pass son.

    November 25, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Six billion, you say? Six billion? All righty, then... and people wonder why no one takes you seriously.
    But who cares, six million or six billion all wasted on Mittens. He lost. Big time.
    Gurgyl's posts are held in very high regards on this thread because she, unlike those that criticize her, does not equivocate.

    November 25, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. A True Conservative

    A cash boost? Did they all get an Obama phone?

    November 25, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. southerngent

    You've have to be kidding! You need help with math. CNN , ABC, MSNBC, CBS just to name a few have done a great job of covering up the problems with OBAMACARE, but since you appear to be liberal minded, please explain how forced distribution of wealth is not socialism.

    November 25, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. Silence DoGood

    @Malory Archer
    " and believe me, there are far more Americans being helped by the ACA than the .06% of people who had their junk policies "cancelled"."

    Thanks for pointing this out. The Tea-trolls are so busy running down every isolated case of doom, that the obvious benefits are overlooked. No cap and no preexisting alone was huge. I know people who's lives were ruined because of caps and preexisting.

    And even that woman who claimed she got "screw"ed by the ACA – that story has now been debunked. Rush and everyone jumped on a false story without even checking it out. They're focus is clear and it has nothing to do with helping Americans, but everything to do with destroying a man they don't like. My question is: if ACA is so horrible for so many people, why do negative stories have to be made up?

    November 25, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. Scott

    Obama's poll numbers are worsening, and what's he going to do? He's stuck with Obamacare, a loser of his own making. Obamacare is not going away. Obama's slide is not going away.

    November 25, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. just saying

    Dominican mama 4 Obama
    Oh puleeze, just sprayin', you guys have been creating storms in a Teapot for the past five years hoping it will tip the ark over.
    Your storms lack import, and impact.
    We call them NONTROVERSIES.
    This too shall pass son.

    yes, we know.... tens of millions of americans being lied to repeatedly by a pathological liar president and his party and as a consequence losing their healthcare coverage and/or paying thousands more for healthcare coverage is a real 'nontroversy'. nice to see that liberals and democrats don't care one iota about all of the damage they do do the american people with their lies and their insane policies.

    and I do agree, it will pass. like a tsunami passes an island. it will wash all democrat office holders out to sea along with their insane leftist agenda. republicans have been honest with the american people and tried to stop this disaster but demorcats continued their lies and forced it on us.

    November 25, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. Tony

    Obama is giving them a pep talk??? Yeah, just what they need from a President that went around the country lying to the American people for over 3 years. Did it start off with.... "So, Do you all have backup plans for jobs after the 2014 elections?"

    November 25, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. southerngent

    Malory and silence
    You would be saying these things if you were 1 of those who lost their insurance.

    November 25, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. Obama-Democrats: Doubling Down on Lies and Deceit

    Does Obama actually think that further conning and deceiving the American people by delaying the Obamacare enrollment period in 2014 for one month (until after the election) will help the Democrat cause? It is outright politcial deceit in order to keep the American people in the dark about the rolling disaster knwn as Obamacare.

    Young people are NOT signing up in the numbers they need so the costs of the policies on the exchanges are going to go through the roof. People wer already paying 2-3 times what they were now. That could very well go up another 50% or more. But don't worry, Obama has done his best to keep you in the dark America. Don't let him get away with yet more deceit. Vote all Democrats out. They simply cannot be trusted.

    November 25, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. Malory Archer


    You've have to be kidding! You need help with math. CNN , ABC, MSNBC, CBS just to name a few have done a great job of covering up the problems with OBAMACARE


    Howsabout YOU stop attempting to delfect and answer my question. Then howsabout you follow THAT by posting PROOF of your claim that CNN , ABC, MSNBC, CBS are covering up ANYTHING? With the exception of MSNBC, the other that you mentioned and ESPECIALLY FAUX noise have done nothing attempt to sell opinion pieces as "news".

    November 25, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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