Heads Up: President Obama speaking in Maumee, Ohio

Arriving in Toledo, Ohio

11:40: President Obama delivers remarks at the Wolcott House Museum Complex in Maumee, Ohio


CNN live streaming

CBS live streaming


(Hopefully the full speech will be on C-Span later)


3:40: Delivers remarks at Washington Park in Sandusky, Ohio

7:15: Delivers remarks at James Day Park in Parma, Ohio

211 Responses to “Heads Up: President Obama speaking in Maumee, Ohio”

  1. July 5, 2012 at 11:31 am

  2. 10 desertflower
    July 5, 2012 at 11:31 am


  3. July 5, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Hey Chips,
    Is it cool for me to use my twitter account to post comments – tried yesterday and hit a speed bump 🙂

  4. 26 Proud Former White House Intern
    July 5, 2012 at 11:32 am


  5. 28 vcprezofan2
    July 5, 2012 at 11:33 am

    😛 Frozen frame! What have I missed?

  6. 31 hopefruit2
    July 5, 2012 at 11:35 am

    CSPAN one is televising the speech live from 11:40ET 🙂

  7. 33 anniebella
    July 5, 2012 at 11:38 am

    You mean TeaNN is covering the President stop in Ohio. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 34 anniebella
      July 5, 2012 at 11:47 am

      You hear people in the crowd shouting “Fired Up” Ready To Go”

    • 35 57andfemale
      July 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      c-span. Not TeaNN.

      I heard some jackass from the WSJ on Bill Press this morning opine that Obama only goes to ‘friendly’ areas of OH and other swing states. They also had TIm Ryan of OH on — a great surrogate and a great Democrat — who schooled the idiot that he assumed PBO would be back in OH before the election.

      And when has Mittens or any other Republican faced their critics? How about ‘never’.

      • 36 anniebella
        July 5, 2012 at 3:16 pm

        57andfemale, Mitt Romney only goes to FOX for interviews, and if he goes anywhere else it these interviews where he can get away with lying, or just not answering the questions like he did on Face the Nation. I hope President Obama continue to go to friendly places, I don’t want him to go anywhere near those racists radical hate fill Republicans.

  8. July 5, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Senator Brown is calling out the billionaires, big time … a theme that is going to play better each day as we approach the election by being unrelenting in tying every Republican to their #KOCHSTER roots and contrast them to those truly defending our Democracy, our Republic and the majority of American citizens.


  9. July 5, 2012 at 11:45 am

    I love this crowd!! I’m feelin’ kinda fired up!!

  10. 50 anniebella
    July 5, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Is that Jennefer Hudson singing that song? By the way Serena is in the championship Saturday. Go Serena. Now alittle Earth Wind and Fire, alright.

    • 51 anniebella
      July 5, 2012 at 11:54 am

      I wish POTUS would walk down those steps as he is leaving AF1. He’s like he is running, be careful POTUS.

      • 52 donna dem 4 obama
        July 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm

        I know poor Chips Mom!

        • 53 miss pat
          July 5, 2012 at 12:57 pm

          Or at least hold on to the handrail. I don’t want him to hurt himself. You guys remember Gerald Ford? That man used sto fall down, tumble, fumble. I think something was wrong with his foot.

  11. July 5, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Oh, good grief, these people are insufferable.

    The Romney Family Fairy Tale Hits the Slipstream
    By Charles P. Pierce

    Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/romney-fairy-tale-10350080#ixzz1zlQAhMvA

    • 55 Debz
      July 5, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      LOL that pic of Miss Ann fits her nasty personality!!

      • 56 57andfemale
        July 5, 2012 at 1:07 pm

        I’m sick to death of Ann just expecting the black boy to step aside and let her husband ascend (to the Presidency, to the Planet Kobal? I get confused). Mitt gets to lie every time he mentions PBO’s name but he should be nice to THEM? That would turn this country into a third world country?!?!

  12. 57 vitaminlover
    July 5, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Lord have mercy but the man looks good in those khakis and that blue shirt.

  13. 60 donna dem 4 obama
    July 5, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I think we are sporting a new shirt this morning!

    • 61 vcprezofan2
      July 5, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      You know, I don’t care what PBO wears! He could go shirtless for all I care. 😆

      • 62 Dudette
        July 5, 2012 at 12:02 pm

        I would care very much to see him shirtless. 😉

        • 63 vcprezofan2
          July 5, 2012 at 12:08 pm

          Okay, Dudette, you are right. I can see now how I should be concerned about PBO getting sunburned. I take it back. Keep your shirt on, Mr. P

  14. 64 vcprezofan2
    July 5, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Okay. Okay. My face is hurting from the grin! I’m holding up my jaws. Fired up! 😀 😀

  15. July 5, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Looks like that crowd isn’t letting the heat bother them—-they’re fired up and chanting “4 More Years!”

  16. 67 Eveingeorgia
    July 5, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Chips, would you please post this speech as soon as possible. Can’t view it on any of my devices(:

  17. 68 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    July 5, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Just checking in to say “HI!” to the fam. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday. My 10 year old grandson, Lance, is lurking right now. Please give him a big ole TOD welcomeHe’s a big Obama supporter. His visit ends tomorrow and he is a little ticked because as I’ve been on bed rest, we’ve not been able to volunteer during this visit. Guess Grandée will have to bring him back before school starts so that he can pull a few shifts.

    • July 5, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      HELLLLLOOOOOOOO, Lance!! Four more years for President Obama!!!!

    • 70 Judith Fardig
      July 5, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      Hey Lance – we like Obama supporters of all ages here at TOD!

    • 72 PhillyinJA
      July 5, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      Hello Lance!! I’m saying hi from all the way in Jamaica and we are very big President Obama fans here. 🙂

    • 73 Dudette
      July 5, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      Hi Alycee’s Grandson! Welcome to TOD!

      Hope you’re taking good care of your Grandée while you’re visiting (and having a little fun)!
      Glad to see you’re interested in being a good citizen and keeping up with what our greatest public servant, President Obama, is doing on our behalf. Your Grandée is proud of you and so are we! 🙂

      Enjoy the rest of your summer!

    • July 5, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      Alycee,Have you seen the link for my daughter’s shave event when I have shared it? I know you wanted to donate.

    • 78 vcprezofan2
      July 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      Hi Lance, welcome! 😆 Don’t be ticked at not being able to go volunteering. We have to have Grandée Alycee well rested so that she can bounce back and be on track for when the Obama campaign heats up. Lance, you probably haven’t thought of it this way, but your being with Grandma at home this time was one way of supporting the President, because President Obama always reminds us that we are in this battle TOGETHER. Have a good summer!

    • 79 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      July 5, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      Thanks for welcoming Lance. His reply to all is stuck in “TOD Jail”

    • July 5, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      Hi Lance, all the way from England! My 11 year old son is also a big time President Obama supporter along with me. Good to hear you are lurking. Enjoy the summer.

    • 81 57andfemale
      July 5, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      What a wonderful kid — Lance, you’re the future!

  18. July 5, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    “Here you are in the heat!”—–not “losing interest” in the campaign as some are betting on.

  19. 83 yardarm756
    July 5, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Listen to them. Such a small base of support……NOT! Every time I see him speak somebody turns on me water works.

  20. 84 Linda
    July 5, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    ” Where’s Michelle ” ? How cute

  21. 87 Sharon
    July 5, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    This shirt is what he wore during the 2007-2008 campaign–well documented. And he wore it for the first July 4 event at the White House. Sentimental guy on his clothing.

    • 88 COS
      July 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      I remember that shirt. I love his simplicity and down-to-earth clothing. Unlike Robney, he did not have to go out and buy a whole new fake wadrobe and jeans for campaigning. 🙂

  22. 89 ChristiMTL
    July 5, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    How respectful….

    : In statement, Romney campaign refers to POTUS as “Candidate Obama.”

  23. 100 lenny
    July 5, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I volunteered when I was six. Hello thanks for the greetings

  24. 104 anniebella
    July 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Where’s Michelle someone in the crowd yell? We love her. Then someone yell, we love you too. Next time POTUS have a bus tour he need to bring FLOTUS.

  25. 108 amk for obama
    July 5, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Any crowd shot ? Is it a big crowd ?

  26. July 5, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    You’ve got a love it … he’s describing reality of how much work we still have to do to dig out of the GWB/Neoconster/Kochster mess and folk in the audience are shouting ‘it takes time’!!! 🙂 Love it!!

  27. July 5, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I’m not a Democrat first, I’m an American first …. crowd goes wild!!!

    • 112 Linda
      July 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      emoprgs heads are exploding….

      • 113 anniebella
        July 5, 2012 at 12:41 pm

        Linda,Let their heads explode. We who truly love this country are Americans first and foremost. Romney wouldn’t have the guts to say something like that. This President would have never done what the Republicans did by sabotaging this economy just so they could win.

  28. 115 vcprezofan2
    July 5, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I really like this message, and this tone. I really, really LOVE this President!

  29. July 5, 2012 at 12:28 pm

  30. 117 Melanie
    July 5, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Nothing can stop you Mommy, nothing can stop you America. I love it!!

  31. 121 vcprezofan2
    July 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Okay, what’s the next stop? I’m all fired up, and ready to NOT go shopping as I had planned this morning. 😀

  32. July 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Nothing can stop me … nothing can stop us, America …..

    BRUCE …………… We take care of our own ….. IN_DEED!

  33. 123 amk for obama
    July 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm

  34. 124 amk for obama
    July 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm

  35. 125 Asher in Boston
    July 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Ha, my President was on fire and he looked damn hawt.

  36. 126 lenny
    July 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    The president speech was good.

  37. 127 amk for obama
    July 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    • 128 susanne
      July 5, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      last paragraph of the article notes that in the vanity fair piece, robme is remembered by a former employee for having encouraged this new hire to lie in the course of business. chilling and damning.

  38. 129 PhillyinJA
    July 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I love when he does the rope line…gosh he’s amazing how he just stops and listen to what you have to say.

  39. 130 amk for obama
    July 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Why the fuck even give him the bail then especially after his lies?

    • 131 lenny
      July 5, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      No need for bad words ok. I will give it to you I am going with you

      • 132 0388jojothecat
        July 5, 2012 at 1:17 pm

        It’s just aggrevating that a judge in Florida would give a murderer bail for stand your ground and another Florida Judge/Jury would put an african american women in prison for shooting in the ceiling to make her attacker back off from beating her…..

      • 133 donna dem 4 obama
        July 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm

        Hi lenny. Welcome aboard the TOD train. We are so proud of the work you have done volunteering with your grandmother for the campaign. Keep up the good work and excuse our sometimes salty language.

        Cough, Cough amk 😉

    • 134 Dudette
      July 5, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      ‘Cause he’s family, dear — a lying, murderous thug with connections. That’s all that counts. What country do you think this is?

  40. 135 Asher in Boston
    July 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    We take care of our own is very appropriate. Singing along.

  41. July 5, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I love watching PBO interacting with people.

  42. 137 amk for obama
    July 5, 2012 at 12:34 pm

  43. 142 amk for obama
    July 5, 2012 at 12:34 pm

  44. 143 Eveingeorgia
    July 5, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I don’t even want to think about hugging a sweaty President Obama….!!!

  45. 146 Debz
    July 5, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I love watching our POTUS in campaign mode!!! He looks good too. Great speech and great crowd!!

  46. 147 donna dem 4 obama
    July 5, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Well after that I’m ALL Fired Up and Ready to Go!

    Chips, tomorrow is Money-Bomb Friday. Can we get the fundraising links up pretty please 🙂

  47. July 5, 2012 at 12:40 pm

  48. July 5, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    If people would just put on their “thinking caps” (elementary school), this presidential campaign should be a NO CONTEST everywhere.

  49. 152 Eveingeorgia
    July 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Ah, this is too true and spot-on, from The Washington Monthly

    Werewolf on July 04, 2012 11:45 AM:

    Republican version of “This Land is Your Land”:

    This land ain’t your land, this land is my land,
    I got a shotgun, and you ain’t got one,
    If you don’t get off I’ll blow your head off,
    This land was only made for me.

  50. 153 ChristiMTL
    July 5, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Obama Campaign Co-Chair in Ohio Slams Romney’s Off-Shore Accounts

    ”Think about it, think of this, a man who wants to be the president of the United States took his great wealth, and instead of investing that great wealth in America, the country he hopes to lead, he somehow chose to find the tax haven, Switzerland, where he opened up a bank account,” Strickland said. “He invested in the Cayman islands, has a corporation in Bermuda, and he took money from shadowy south American investors when he started Bain Capital and now my friends, he conveniently has decided that he will not release his income tax returns. Doesn’t it make you wonder what Mitt Romney is trying to hide from the American people?”


    • 154 donna dem 4 obama
      July 5, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      That right there is the 30 second ad that Strickland should do for the campaign and run it in a loop over and over again. If this gets ingrained in peoples heads, Ohio will be a slam dunk for PBO.

  51. July 5, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    • 156 carla4obama
      July 5, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      My bad..but what does RT stand for?

      • 157 donna dem 4 obama
        July 5, 2012 at 1:04 pm


        • 158 carla4obama
          July 5, 2012 at 1:10 pm

          Thanks Donna! This new lingo is hard to keep up with. I tell my kids in my day LOL meant “Lots of Love”, how we signed our yearbooks. So when I was told what LOL now means..well I felt “old”. We learn something new everyday.

      • 159 Cha
        July 5, 2012 at 8:10 pm

        Thx for asking, carla..this non tweeter bird wanted to know, too.

    • 160 isonprize
      July 5, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      Gobrooklyn. Can you explain this tweet? I don’t understand it. Thanks.

      • 161 donna dem 4 obama
        July 5, 2012 at 1:43 pm

        In politics bracketing is apparently when you follow or surround something to counter it. The Williard campaign has been stalking the Obama Campaign at all of their campaign events and today he sent T-Paw and Jindal to “bracket” the O-Campaign in Ohio. Well the O-Campaign responded with surrogates going after T-Paw and Jindal. So the bracketing got bracketed by us. At least that’s the way I read that tweet.

      • July 5, 2012 at 2:52 pm

        While Pres.Obama is in Ohio, the Romney camp dispatched Jindal and Pawlenty to counter attack. So the DNC sent their own to attack Jindal and Pawlenty.

  52. 166 Byo
    July 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Mr President is back in his lucky shirt from 2008 elections. We have been registering new voters and canvassing here in the Waynesboro/Fishersville, VA area. Now we are really ready to go.

    • 167 57andfemale
      July 5, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      I’m using my lucky coffee mug from 2008. I am sure it made a difference in PBO’s historic win.

      As long as my clumsy husband doesn’t break it………

  53. July 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    I read that Sandusky native, Orlando Pace, will introduce President Obama in Sandusky—-played football at Oh. St. and for the Rams and the Bears.

  54. 169 Bill
    July 5, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Mrs. Greenspan is going to talk with Chris Cillizza and Chuck Todd about “a tax or a penalty”. Can there be a bigger joke and waste of time?

  55. 170 desertflower
    July 5, 2012 at 1:07 pm


    All these good things he has decided he doesn’t like anymore. Romney: Against the people he wants to govern.

  56. 171 desertflower
    July 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I hope PBO has lawyers on the ground in PA..


    If they don’t lie, cheat, and steal…they would be obsolete by now.

  57. July 5, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), who took a leave of absence from Congress, is suffering from a medical condition more serious than “initially believed,” according to a statement from his office.

    The nine-term lawmaker is receiving “in-patient” treatment for “certain physical and emotional ailments,” the statement noted. It did not provide additional details about his illness or how long he would be absent from Capital Hill.


    Sounds like he had a nervous breakdown.

  58. 176 desertflower
    July 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Tell me again how private companies do a better job? What BS this is! I’m showing this to my lifeguard daughter. She’ll be pissed. The fact that they paid this guy $8.25/hour to watch an entire swath of beach and save lives, is sinful. All about the profit, baby! All about the profit.


  59. 177 Liberal Librarian
    July 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Morning all.

    Recovering from a day of laziness. Hope everyone had a great Fourth!

    This is why the GOP is in panic mode:

  60. July 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Jesse Jackson’s Jr.’s condition said to be more serious than initially believed. His office reports that he is receiving treatment at an in-patient treatment facility for physical and emotional ailments and will need extended care.

  61. 186 0388jojothecat
    July 5, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    OT: PBO’s joke about telling Malia when she was little that he arranged for all the fireworks for her past birthdays and how he can’t sell that anymore now that she’s older. A friend of mine tells the story of telling his daughter (as a joke) that they were going to Wally World for the summer…..when she told her classmates, they all laughed at her, apparently he did not think she would tell anyone else or that she did not know about the movie National Lampoon Family Vacation.

    When he told me, I had no idea what he was talking about because I never watched the whole movie all the way through until recently. I always came in at the very beginning or middle of the movie but never watched it to the end.

    • July 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      That’s a fave movie in our fam. We still reference all the funny scenes and laugh again for the 1000th time. Just yesterday, in fact, I said “Want a cold one?” and handed a friend my half drunk beer, as Cousin Eddie so generously did in the movie.

      • 188 0388jojothecat
        July 5, 2012 at 2:14 pm

        Hey dotster3. I wish I can catch that movie and sit long enought to watch it all the way through without channel surfing. I have such a bad habit of channel surfing going back and forth between two different shows. I know, I should just get a dvr machine.

  62. July 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    MAUMEE, Ohio (Reuters) – President Barack Obama took a shot against China and Republican rival Mitt Romney on Thursday, complaining to the World Trade Organization that Beijing is abusing trade laws by imposing more than $3 billion in duties on U.S. automobile exports.

    “Americans aren’t afraid to compete,” Obama told an enthusiastic crowd in this northern Ohio city hours after his administration filed the complaint with the WTO. “As long as we’re competing on a fair playing field instead of an unfair playing field, we’re going to do just fine. We’re going to make sure that competition is fair.”

    The Democratic president’s speech kicked off a two-day campaign bus tour aimed largely at blue-collar workers in Pennsylvania and Ohio, crucial battleground states in the November 6 presidential election.


  63. July 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Following a live blog at Sandusky newspaper and picking up some amusing tidbits. Some heard there were going to be protesters, but another said she just walked her dog in the park where Obama will appear and said there’s just 2 guys holding up a sign that says “Ice Cream Socialism”.

  64. July 5, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    CNN reports on the Shadow Bus tour, more than the Presidents Bus tour.

  65. 193 desertflower
    July 5, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    U.S. private employers stepped up hiring in June and the number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits last week fell by the most in two months, hopeful signs for the struggling labor market.

  66. July 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    DGA raised 11 million in June. That is nice.

    • July 5, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      The Democratic Governors Association raised $11 million in the first six months of 2011, setting a record for the DGA but trailing well behind the fundraising of the Republican Governors Association.

      The DGA’s $11 million intake doubles what the committee raised in the first half of 2007, when the same set of governorships were up for election. In that cycle, the DGA raised $5.38 million in the first six months of 2007 and ended the reporting period with $3.7 million in the bank.

      • July 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm

        This time, the DGA finished June with $8.6 million cash on hand for this year’s elections in Kentucky, West Virginia, Louisiana and Mississippi, and the larger set of races coming in 2012.

        Well, the RGA raised 22 million and has 16 million COH.

      • 197 donna dem 4 obama
        July 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm

        Gov O’Malley is doing one great job as Chairman of the DGA.

  67. 199 donna dem 4 obama
    July 5, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    The rest of today’s schedule…so plan ahead so that you don’t miss it.

    3:40: Delivers remarks at Washington Park in Sandusky, Ohio

    7:15: Delivers remarks at James Day Park in Parma, Ohio

    • July 5, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      Good Day Chips and my TOD Family. It has been a long journey since Tues., morning. So much to catch up on with TODers. However, I first want to say, “((((((((((( Thank you all for keeping me in your thoughts, prayers and meditations.)))))))))))))) This was a serious procedure with my heart, but I have a Great heart specialist!!! The heart is even weaker than what we expected, But I do Not Give Up. Not HZ. A lot of good thoughts and supporters with your prayers also will keep me pushing forward.

      I am still in a lot of pain, but a great nurse. I begged(really did) my cardiologist to give me a little time today. I was okayed by his office. Seriously. Not to be on very long were the directions. My wonderful angel of a nurse is so sweet, but very strict, but gave me time to write to my TOD family. She is blown away when she is reading the comments. “What a group of wonderful people still in the world,” were her words. Yes, thanks to our Chips.

      Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. I will only be able to continue to do my work for our beautiful POTUS, if I take it easy and follow the nurse. I Will Do that because this election is too important.

      I want to shout out some love and hugs to others who are going through some medical journeys right now as well. I also want to thank all who help me with my fundraising page. It looks like that is all that I will be able to do for the next 6 weeks/ so thanks for keeping me going. I hope that I can reach $1000.

      I miss you all so much that my nurse has to quiet my spirit with more meds because I beg to get the computer., but I will be a good patient. I am always, but we were not having a presidential relection during those time. Please lift me up in your prayers and thoughts. I miss you all so much. I love you Ms. Chips and All of my beautiful family here.((((Love, HZ))))

      • 201 desertflower
        July 5, 2012 at 2:48 pm

        Much love to you, HZ. You are a fighter and have such an unbeatable spirit about you. All my prayers, love and good wishes for you. FORWARD!!!

      • July 5, 2012 at 5:43 pm

        HZ I send you healing thoughts and prayers. PLEASE take care of yourself you are such a wonderful person. ((((hugs)))) to you.
        God bless you and please know that you are loved greatly. Love Sam.

        • July 7, 2012 at 12:11 am

          Sam UK, ((((((((((((((( My heart is in a state of gratefulness for your thoughts and prayers. Thank you so much.))))))))))))))))))))))))))))HZ

      • 205 Betsy
        July 6, 2012 at 12:57 am

        You are in my prayers HZ. I wish you a great recovery, but in the meantime, keep being careful. You are so precious to this board. Keep up your spirits.

        • July 7, 2012 at 12:13 am

          Betsy, your gentle words will keep my heart ever grateful. ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Thanks for your prayers. I need them all.)))))))))))))))) HZ

  68. July 5, 2012 at 1:55 pm


    Burton and Sweeney’s creation now appears to be on relatively solid footing. As of late June, the super PAC has amassed a total of $40 million, with almost $20 million in the bank and about a dozen million-dollar donors onboard. Among the most recent is Qualcomm’s co-founder Irwin M. Jacobs and his wife, Joan, newcomers to the world of political mega-giving, whom Burton and other Priorities surrogates spent a year courting in person, on the phone and by e-mail before the couple relented and gave $2 million. Priorities’ $100 million goal is within reach but by no means assured. “In order to do that,” Ickes says, “we’re going to have go get some $5 million and $10 million donors.” Another Priorities representative says wistfully: “Maybe there’s someone we never heard of. Is there a Charles Koch out there on our side?”


    • July 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      The story is also a great account of the shifting mind-set among Democrats on attacking Mitt Romney’s business record — which has gone from real discomfort over the idea of targeting Bain Capital, to recognition of the fact that the tactics seem to be working:

      “They’re spending ridiculous amounts of money on the other side,” [potential donor] Amber Mostyn said. “All the crazy commercials they’re going to put up — how do you combat that?”

      Burton was ready for this question. “You don’t do it dollar for dollar,” he said. He whipped out his iPad and showed the Mostyns a few slides from his PowerPoint presentation. The slides included polling data indicating voters’ lack of familiarity with Romney’s business record at the private-equity firm Bain Capital, as well as financial figures from the 2010 midterm election showing how well-spent donations could help a Democrat prevail over a better-financed Republican opponent.

      Then Burton pulled up something else on his screen: raw video footage that Priorities intended to use for attack ads against Romney. Appearing were the somber images of several men and women who were laid off by Bain. The individuals were tracked down by Brennan Bilberry, the super PAC’s 26-year-old research director, and persuaded to tell their stories on camera. One of these was a middle-aged paper-mill worker named Mike Earnest, who had been asked to help build a 30-foot stage that Bain officials would later stand upon while announcing to Earnest and other millworkers that they were being laid off. “Turns out that when we built that stage,” Earnest said in a flat Midwestern cadence, “it was like building my own coffin.”

      Steve Mostyn was impressed by their research. He asked them what sort of donation they were talking about.

      Glad Bill is on our side!

  69. 210 donna dem 4 obama
    July 5, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I’d love to have a cup of joe with our Joe. Wouldn’t YOU?

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