Obama: Democrats “sleepy” during midterms
March 5th, 2014
05:18 AM ET
9 years ago

Obama: Democrats “sleepy” during midterms

President Barack Obama is hoping to send a wake-up call to “sleepy” Democrats this November.

Obama called out his party for what he says it’s lacking during midterm elections.

“It’s something about midterms. I don’t know what it is about us. We get a little sleepy, we get a little distracted. We don’t turn out to vote. We don’t fund campaigns as passionately,” the president said during a Democratic fundraiser in Virginia on Tuesday night.

“That has to change and has got to change right here, because too much is at stake for us to let this opportunity slip by,” Obama added.

As the 2014 election season got underway with Tuesday’s Texas primaries, Democrats are hoping to hold on to their slim majority in the Senate and attempt to pick up 17 GOP-held seats to win back control of the House of Representatives, which Republicans won during the 2010 midterm elections.

“The last time we had a midterm in a very difficult situation is we were right at the very trough of the recession,” Obama said. “We paid a dear price for not paying enough attention to these midterm elections.”

This is not the first time the President has made this criticism toward Democrats.

While addressing the Democratic Governors Association last month, he referred to the lack of voter turnout as a result of the midterm elections not being seen as “sexy” as national contests.

"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.

Filed under: 2014 • Democrats • President Obama
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Jetranger

    Mr. Obama, a lot of us have WOKE up, and realized your a Bag of Hott Air !!!!!

    March 5, 2014 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  2. Jan Nappylotto

    Obama just needs to continue to illegally push back Obamacare deadlines to help Democrats this November. People get so upset when they lose their healthcare policies, especially after Obama said "You can keep your policy. Period." over and over and over again.

    March 5, 2014 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  3. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Dems will come out in DROVES in November to put these GOP incompetent clowns out of business once and for all.. Get ready for a wake up call in November GOP with your total REJECTION by the Erica's people AGAIN!!!!!!

    March 5, 2014 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  4. Steve

    They're not asleep. They are actually waking up and changing party affiliation.

    March 5, 2014 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  5. Marie MD

    I hope Dems woke up after 2010 when the teaklans took over the repug party and gave us rafaelito the Canadian terrorist and so many others who have shut down the government, lied about jobs, jobs, jobs and want to take away all human rights for women, seniors, veterans, children, the poor . . . . . 99% of the US population while making sure the 1% continues to thrive.
    What is going to take this country down is not a war it's the ever increasing gap between the haves and have nots because the haves want it all.

    March 5, 2014 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  6. @RI_Roger

    Wow! Now it's all the other Democrats fault but not his! While the Democrats are out there being "Sleepy" the President is out there being "Dopey". When it's time to show leadership, he turns on the blame game spigot. The world is watching and looking to us to provide leadership, and we can't get out of our own way....pitiful.

    March 5, 2014 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  7. Tony in Maine

    President Obama is being kind, Democrats and moderates are downright lazy come the midterms. The reason we end up with eyeball spinners is that conservatives aren't too lazy to turn off Honey Boo Boo or stop reading the WSJ, get up and go to the polls.

    March 5, 2014 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Obama wants to have his total dictatorship back.........but I think the poeple now see him for what he is......a fake.

    March 5, 2014 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  9. Gurgyl

    --to all democrats, you need to be United on a single-rope. Nothing wrong with Obamacare, because of it–you are NOT denied to IHealth Insurance, and can keep your kid till 26. Premiums will EVENTUALLY come down with deductions. True. Nothing wrong with Benghazi either. Third one is This Nation is on right track, RECUPERATING FROM MONSTROUS FISCAL MESS BY GOP. Ask for funds, use them wisely, tell all to vote, god bless. I will campaign for USA sake. God bless!!!!

    March 5, 2014 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  10. king

    folks who are sleeping this election, will pay the price of a all repub obstructionis congress. the red states will be jumping for joy, when millions will be without left without health insurance, they will be saying halleluiah when minimum wage hike is thrown through the window, and tens of millions will be left in poverty. at the same time they will be praising red states repubs to gang up on Obama and push corporate tax cuts to big corporations to outsource their jobs. dems its in your hands to keep money in America, and not make the rich richer and the poor and middle class just fade off into nothingness. we are a capitalistic country and if we keep losing spending power to countries like china and India, the supply lines will slowly move where the spenders are.

    March 5, 2014 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  11. smith

    During the national elections the focus is on just two people, kinda like the super bowl. Look at the youth vote, most don`t care about the mid-terms. It`s not some conspiracy theory, more or less people care about the big one.

    March 5, 2014 07:55 am at 7:55 am |