Obama’s new talking point: 2012 may be harder race to win

April 22, 2011

hands_obamaAs part of his strategy to raise money and excitement for his re-election bid, President Barack Obama and his advisers are starting to use a new warning: winning in 2012 may be harder than it was in 2008.

For a incumbent Democratic president who is routinely beating potential Republican rivals in polls, it may seem a bit early to paint oneself as the underdog.

But Obama and his team want to make it clear that it won’t be a cakewalk to hold on to the White House, even though this time around the former Illinois senator is not an unknown figure.

“This is going to be just as hard, if not harder, than 2008,” the president told the first of three fundraising events in Los Angeles on Thursday evening. “Our work is not finished,” he said at the second.

The president was expected to raise about $2 million at the events for his and and the Democratic party’s campaign coffers. Donors spent between $100 and $35,800 to hear him speak — or give him an earful.

Obama listed several issues that he hopes to achieve in the last part of his current White House term — and that he hopes will define the campaign: energy policy, immigration reform, and bringing down the budget deficit.

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/Jim Young (Obama greets supporters at a fundraiser at Soundstage 30 at Sony Picture Studios in Los Angeles

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G.W. Bush II will find that “professional lefties” such as myself have abandoned him for good and will seek out an independent candidate or a possible Democratic primary campaign challenger. After having worked hard to get him elected I will not be a supporter this re-election if it means sitting out the 2012 presidential campaign or voting for a write in candidate.

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What if the Republicans field a ticket featuring Palin, Trump, Gingrich or Bachmann and it looks like they might squeak out a win?

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@seattlesh

What if the Republicans field a ticket featuring Palin, Trump, Gingrich or Bachmann and it looks like they might squeak out a win?

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