White House adviser says Obama to energize his base for November
President Barack Obama adds a new item to his first-term to-do list: energize his most loyal supporters in a national get-out-the-vote campaign for the November congressional midterm elections.
That’s the message Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett delivered on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, where she predicted a robust White House campaign to encourage voters including blacks and Hispanics to get to the polls next month.
Obama has already been out trying to stir up enthusiasm among the younger voters. But that was just for starters.
“He’s going to be energizing his base. He’s going to be energizing the entire country to come out and participate in this election,” Jarrett said.
“The president may not be on the ballot. But it’s very important that everybody come out and vote and that will be his message going forward.”
Democrats hope to limit the loss of House and Senate seats in an election widely expected to yield Republican gains.
Some Democratic incumbents have sought to save their jobs by distancing themselves from the president and some of his more unpopular programs including healthcare reform.
But analysts say Obama could help compensate for Republican strengths among white and independent voters by reaching out to voting blocs that enthusiastically supported him in 2008 and convincing them to come out to the polls on Election Day.
A Gallup poll released on Monday showed that the president’s GOTV campaign may face challenges with some segments of its intended audience, however.
Obama’s approval ratings stand at 91 percent among blacks, 79 percent among Democrats and 75 percent among liberals.
But Hispanic’s give him only a 55 percent approval rating, according to findings based on interviews with 15,200 adults conducted Sept 1-30 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The results have a 1 percentage point error margin.
The presidential approval rating was 47 percent among women and 54 percent among moderates.
Obama’s overall approval rating has firmed a bit from an August low of 44 percent — but only to 45 percent.
Gallup says Obama’s overall approval rating is similar to midterm results of Democrat Bill Clinton (45 percent) and Republican Ronald Reagan (42 percent), whose parties suffered substantial congressional losses at the same juncture in their presidencies.
Photo credits: Reuters/Jim Young (Obama); Reuters/Denis Balibouse (Jarrett); Reuters/Jim Young (Obama supporters).