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Obama makes last campaign stop before Tuesday; GOP confident of victory

November 1, 2010


— President Barack Obama made Ohio his final campaign stop Sunday in the tumultuous midterm elections, trying to help hard-pressed Democrats in a state that could prove crucial to his fortunes in two years.

Republicans said it was too little and too late, confident their party will pick up more than 40 House seats and regain the majority they lost four years ago. Republican control of the Senate seems less likely, although they expect to gain several seats there, as well as numerous governors’ seats.

Obama, bracing for perhaps one of the biggest midterm setbacks in recent times, made a four-state weekend sprint to help embattled Democrats as best he can. He said their chances are good if their supporters turn out heavily on Tuesday.

But Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, predicted voters will send a sobering message: “You blew it, President Obama. We gave you the two years to fulfill your promise of making sure that our economy starts roaring back to life again.”

As he did in three other states this weekend, the president implored voters in Ohio to recall how poorly the Republicans handled the economy when they were in control, and to give Democrats more time.

“It’s up to you to remember that this election is a choice between the policies that got us into this mess and the policies that are leading us out of this mess,” he told about 8,000 people at Cleveland State University.

Obama said Republicans would return to policies that cut taxes for billionaires, cut regulations for special interests and “cut loose” middle-class families to fend for themselves.

But Republicans see Tuesday’s vote shaping up as a stern public rejection of two more years of Democratic control on Capitol Hill.

“What the American people are looking at and they’re saying is, ’The Obama policies aren’t working. We need new policies, we need an economic-growth agenda,”’ said Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, chairman of the Republican Governors Association. “If Republicans win, that’s what it will be, a repudiation of Obama’s policies.”

Obama carried Ohio easily in 2008, and Democrats once had high hopes of re-electing Gov. Ted Strickland this year and taking the Senate seat being vacated by Republican George Voinovich. But with the recession barely losing its grip in the state, and the president’s approval ratings sagging, Democrats have all but given up on the Senate race and are desperate to save Strickland and several imperiled House members.

Obama campaigned Saturday in Philadelphia, Connecticut and Chicago. All are generally friendly locations for Democrats, and the White House strategy is to fire up core voters who may feel despondent in this GOP-trending year.

In Portland, Maine, former President Bill Clinton campaigned again Sunday for Democrat Libby Mitchell as she and four other candidates for governor ramped up their get-out-the-vote efforts. It was Clinton’s second stop in Maine in five weeks to help Mitchell, who’s sagging in polls to third in the five-way race, behind Republican front-runner Paul LePage and independent Eliot Cutler.

Alaska is perhaps the most unsettled state politically this weekend, and Democrats say it’s conceivable they could score an upset Senate win there. With GOP nominee Joe Miller stumbling badly, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski making a rare write-in effort after losing the primary to Miller, little-noticed Democrat Scott McAdams might find a way to sneak through to victory.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has poured more than $160,000 into the once-ignored race.

“We believe that Scott McAdams actually has a real chance of winning this race,” committee chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., said Sunday.

In Ohio, a Strickland loss to Republican John Kasich would have many ramifications beyond the state. Ohio will lose two House seats because of the 2010 census, and its governor will help oversee a redistricting process that may be fiercely partisan. Governors also can direct substantial political resources to the presidential contender of their choice.

Should Obama lose Ohio in 2012, it would make it all the more important for him to win other highly contested states such as Pennsylvania and Florida.


Tom Shewmon 7 years, 7 months ago

I hope The Anointed One teaches America a good lesson----the hysterical anointing of him that is. America was told by the crooked and willfully uninformed liberal establishment media that he was going to make all of America's boo-boo's all better. I think many of us knew what a fraudulent Marxist disaster he was and was going to be.

This time, may a cool, calm and collected god, bless.

Scott Drummond 7 years, 7 months ago

This would be the media made up of huge corporate entities that have have been beating the drum about impending huge Democratic losses for at least the last three months, right? Yeah, real liberal bunch.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 7 months ago

The Obamatanic is plowing through growlers and the captain is still calling for full speed ahead.

Butterflies 7 years, 7 months ago

growlers.......inhaled my nectar laughing.

monkeyhawk 7 years, 7 months ago

"Before leaving Philadelphia, the president stopped at the Famous Fourth Street Deli and shook hands with customers before sitting at a table and ordering a corned beef reuben with a side of potato pancakes and a sweet tea."

Reuben = Calories 463.97, Total Fat 28.79g

And the first wife has the nerve to tell us what to eat??? Especially when he washes it down with a smoke. Gee, wonder why the tsunami is coming??

"At his next stop, in Bridgeport, Conn., the president’s speech was interrupted at one point by what appeared to be a small group of AIDS activists. “Excuse me, young people,” he said. “You’ve been appearing at every rally. We’ve been funding global AIDS, the other side hasn’t. It would make a lot more sense to go to the other side.”

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He is so lame that he even blames those who are disgusted and heckling him on someone else. My "hope" is that his narcissism wears off one day and that he sees himself the same way that most see him. Ineffective and undignified.

monkeyhawk 7 years, 7 months ago

BTW - George W. Bush, in his 2003 State of the Union Address, presented the world with The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The initiative was institutionalized by an Act of the US Congress later that same year, and funded for $15 billion to help with global AIDS treatment.

And ...GWB threw out a first pitch that actually went over the plate and he didn't look like Michelle doing it.

Scott Drummond 7 years, 7 months ago

And gwb was about as good at running the Rangers as he was at running the country.

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