Obama: Midterms not seen as 'sexy enough'
February 20th, 2014
09:44 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama: Midterms not seen as 'sexy enough'

(CNN) - Rallying Democratic governors Thursday, President Barack Obama urged his party not to overlook state-level elections because they aren't as "sexy" as national contests.

"So often, the action - how our policies are actually impacting our constituents day to day - are being determined by governors and state legislatures," Obama said at the Democratic Governors Association fundraiser at the St. Regis hotel in Washington.

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"We know how to win national elections, but all too often, it's during these midterms where we end up getting ourselves into trouble, because I guess we don't think it's sexy enough," Obama said. "If there's one message that I want to deliver today to every Democrat and every person who's interested in supporting Democratic policies, is that you've got to pay attention to the states."

Obama glossed over the main points of his 2014 agenda, including income inequality, health care and the minimum wage.

There are 36 gubernatorial contests this year. Republicans are defending 22 of the 36 seats.

On the federal level, in the Senate, Democrats hold a 55-45 majority. But 21 Democratic-controlled seats are up this year, compared to only 15 Republican seats. Making matters worse for Democrats is the consensus view that the overwhelming majority of vulnerable seats are currently held by Democrats.

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are scheduled to meet with Democratic governors at the White House Friday.

This is the first fundraiser Obama has attended for the DGA this election cycle. The President headlined one fundraiser in the 2012 cycle.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. NoBama

    Breaking CNN News ! Obama writes a letter !!! America Rejoice !

    February 20, 2014 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  2. wendel

    vote all repos out.

    February 20, 2014 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  3. S. B. Stein

    The problem is that people don't want to vote or understand that it is what every American citizen should be done. If enough people knew of the importance of voting, conservatives wouldn't be running and winning the midterms.

    February 20, 2014 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  4. J.V.Hodgson

    Lets state the numbers simply:-
    22 Republican governors up for re-election 14 Democrats
    Senate 21 Democrats up for re-election and 15 Republicans.
    Same rightly proportional negative risk?
    I would humbly suggest that some governors are more at risk than Senate Democrats and that will feed in to less.
    CNN chooses to comment on the risks re senate For democrats but not on gubernatorial seat risks only senatorial risk for Democrats. Naieve, biased I don't know which!?? Decide for yourselves!?

    February 20, 2014 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  5. American Worker

    I'm hearing that talking point theme too often from the collective that is loyal to the President.

    February 20, 2014 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  6. HenryMiller

    "...you've got to pay attention to the states."

    So says the Big Federal Government would-be tyrant who wants all political control centred in Washington and particularly in the White House.

    February 21, 2014 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  7. Marie MD

    After the shutdown I hope people wake up.
    The two states around DC, MD and VA, are now the lowest in people feeling safe as to jobs. That was never the case before the Canadian terrorist, rafaelito, and the UT rep, ayn rand's long lost brothers and others shutdown the government.

    February 21, 2014 06:31 am at 6:31 am |