April 26th, 2010
03:22 AM ET

Obama calls on Dems to focus on midterm elections

President  Obama is urging political supporters to begin preparing for the 2010 midterm elections in a new video message in which he warns that failure to keep Congress in Democratic hands will be a major blow to his agenda.

In the two-minute and 42-second video released Monday, Obama emphasizes that the key to victory for Democrats in November will be convincing the people who helped fuel his 2008 White House bid - first-time voters - to head to the polls for the second time in two years even though he is not on the ballot.

"It will be up to each of you to make sure that the young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women who powered our victory in 2008 stand together once again," Obama says in the video that was sent to the 13 million people on his Organizing for America's email list. OFA was the Obama
presidential campaign organization that is now housed at the Democratic National Committee.

Democratic candidates head into the midterm elections saddled with a struggling economy, a national unemployment rate near double digits, home foreclosures and a nation split over the recently enacted health care reform law.

All of this has contributed to voter antipathy toward incumbent politicians and has prompted predictions that Republicans will pick up seats in the House and Senate.

In the video, Obama touts the health care reform law and highlights his administration's efforts to help revive the economy, but the president also cautions supporters that key parts of his agenda could be reversed if the GOP takes back control of Congress.

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  1. Diane

    it wasn't just African-Americans,Latinos and women that put the 2008 together. how about Americans across the country that did that. I am offended by this statement. I am Native American, German,French and English decent so where do I stand? I guess one could say I am a true American. That was a statement that Obama should have thought about. Even though I didn't vote for him I know plenty of Americans that are not African-American, Latinos or Women that did vote for him. They got left out. This statement shows prejadice in my view. This seperating of nationality has to stop and it starts with the President of the US to be equal with his words.

    April 26, 2010 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. Charles

    This is more of the same stuff. Partyline. Since our voice isnt getting heard, we have no choice but to Vote the Democrats out. That is a VOTE, not an opinion or a poll, but a VOTE. Ignore that. Wont be able to. I never really voted for or aganist a party before, but for the remainder of my time on earth, i will never vote for another democrat as long as i live.

    April 26, 2010 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. Shepdawg

    Apparently the white middle aged independant men that voted for him don't count among those who made it possible for him to win the election. Or he realizes that these men have common sense and no proding will ever win them back to vote for the Democrats in the near future. As president, he shouldn't use racially motivated and divisive rhetoric to make political points.

    April 26, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Demson2010

    Thanks Obama for doing what you said you would do on the campaign trail. As a lifelong Republican voter, I am glad I made the switch. Not only will the Democrats get my vote in November, but you should be processing my check sent to the DNC right about now. (I have no problem putting my money where my mouth is...)

    Very smart to get heath reform out of the way and introduce banking regulations before the campaigning starts...

    April 26, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dem

    If the republican ideology (smaller gov, free market, deregulation of the financial and private sector) was sound, how did we end up in this mess? Eight years of this philosophy had our country on the brink of a modern day depression. If the conservative concept of governing is elected into office in November, then we will essentially start the journey back to financial ruin. Where were the republicans and the fiscal conservatives during the Bush years? I am a democrat and I will be at the polls in Nov of 2010.

    April 26, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. christine

    Change, change, change and more the same. But, he is is trying to turn this country around.....that more than anyone can say for former president Bush.

    April 27, 2010 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. virgo

    This is the worst administration ever, even worse than the Carter administration. For sheer hypocrisy and manipulation of the facts nothing beats this sorry bunch.

    April 27, 2010 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  8. Russ

    Christine, could you be any more naive? He is doing the exact same thing Bush did, just using a different reason. The economy is in shambles because of the Federal Reserve and Washington using it as a blank check. They literally create money out of thin air to fund their never ending social programs and wars. The people of this nation need to shut off their TV and educate themselves on the dangers of centralized banking, it is the root of all our economic problems. But instead, people like Christine just watch a sound bite on the news, listen to some talking points by the president, and take it as fact without educating themselves further.

    "If the republican ideology (smaller gov, free market, deregulation of the financial and private sector) was sound, how did we end up in this mess?"

    This was NEVER the case under Bush. If we truly had smaller government (without the Federal Reserve) and a true free market, this disaster of an economy would be non-existent. But instead, we have given Washington the means to create money anytime they want, and they will never stop doing it. They are literally stealing money right out of our bank accounts and wallets by constantly increasing the money supply. The more money they create, the less our dollar is worth, it is that simple. Every time you hear about the "interest rate being lowered" that is simply them saying they are going to print more money. Both Republicans and Democrats are to blame. But they keep playing us against each other. They keep this two party system in place to make sure we argue amongst each other instead of rally against the corruption and thievery in Washington. Out dollar is growing weaker by the day. We borrow billions from foreign nations every week. Obama has done nothing to stop this, and has only poured more gasoline on an already roaring fire. Educate yourselves on the dangers of centralized banking and the Federal Reserve and you will see, clear as day, how our country is being destroyed.

    April 27, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. andy

    His dictatorship will be over if he looses

    April 27, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jeannie

    Good bye yellow brick road Obama

    April 27, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. PBS Basic Black

    While Obama has been focusing on improving his party’s chances in the midterm elections, has he been doing enough for African Americans? Watch Emmy Award-winning PBS show Basic Black this Thursday for a panel discussion that will seek to answer the question: What is the Black Agenda?

    The conversation will explore such questions as:

    – What is the black agenda?
    – Is the black agenda exclusively for black Americans?
    – What comprises a black agenda for the post-civil rights generation?
    – Who is allowed to set the black agenda?
    – What should be the most important or immediate elements of a black agenda?
    – What might a local black agenda look like for communities in New England?

    Our panelists will be:

    Dr. Charles Ogletree, Harvard Law School
    Reverend Ray Hammond, Bethel AME Church
    Darnell Williams, Executive Director of the Urban League of Massachusetts
    Callie Crossley, The Callie Crossley Show
    Kim McLarin, writer-in-residence, Emerson College

    Basic Black airs this and every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Basicblack.org and on channel 2 in Boston. A live chat accompanies the show on the website. Please join and let us know what you think. Episodes can be downloaded as audio or video podcasts at the same site or via iTunes.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
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