Heads Up: President Obama in Iowa

11:10 ET: President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, Davenport, Iowa

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12:45 ET: VP Biden delivers remarks at a campaign event at Marion Harding High School, Ohio

145 Responses to “Heads Up: President Obama in Iowa”

  1. 1 taiping1
    October 24, 2012 at 10:41 am


  2. 11 Proud Former White House Intern
    October 24, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Cool is FLOTUS on break?

  3. 12 taiping1
    October 24, 2012 at 10:43 am

    First! Phone banking today, have contributed daily since last week. Still working for a landslide! Let’s repudiate the Neanderthal GOP

    • October 24, 2012 at 10:49 am

      That’s both the spirit and a great way to make it happen, taiping!!!


      Yes We Can

    • 14 vcprezofan2
      October 24, 2012 at 10:52 am

      Good Morning and congrats on 1st, Taiping! I’m praying for #LANDSLIDE too. Thank YOU for WORKING for one! Have a good day in all respects.

      • 15 Tracy
        October 24, 2012 at 11:34 am

        I think many pollsters will be surprised and it will become clear that they were pushing GOP narrative. Think about it: who answers their phones to unrecognized numbers? How many pollsters call Latinos or conduct polls in Spanish. How many young people are polled. Just as in Iowa in 2008 OFA changed the equation by expanding the electorate I think that will happen again this election. People are waking up. So much is at stake. Yes we can!

    • 16 Mae who love our CIC
      October 24, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      Hi Taip
      You’re kind of peeps that this campaign needs. Congrats on first.
      Most of my family have absentee voted here in FL, a few more to go.

      Good luck phone banking.

    • 17 a4alice
      October 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      woo-hoo Taiping way to work it! #1936LANDSLIDE

  4. October 24, 2012 at 10:48 am

    #FORWARD, indeed, taiping – CONGRATS on 1st!!

  5. 19 desertflower
    October 24, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Have to go to work…hold down the fort 🙂 Phonebanking to swing states tonight…can hardly wait to make those calls!!!

  6. 21 Ladyhawke
    October 24, 2012 at 10:51 am



    Romney’s disdain for foreign policy risks Bush-level disaster

    Rachel Maddow expresses her outrage at Mitt Romney’s apparent lack of interest in America’s foreign policy and national security with his last minute reversal of policy on Afghanistan and not mentioning veterans at all in the third presidential debate. She cautions that no president has the luxury of choosing not to have a foreign policy presidency.


    Romney signals he’s not serious about Commander-In-Chief

    Dan Rather, managing editor of “Dan Rather Reports” on AXS TV talks with Rachel Maddow about the impression Mitt Romney gives with his disinterest in foreign policy that he does not take the role of Commander-In-Chief seriously.


  7. 22 LadyTNT
    October 24, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Top 10!! databases at work are running slow, so what else is there to do but get on TOD. Have a great day peeps!!!

  8. October 24, 2012 at 10:52 am

  9. 26 xtine
    October 24, 2012 at 10:53 am

    “A cold shower for the GOP: Most polling shows Romney trailing in Ohio, Wisconsin, Nevada, New Hampshire and Iowa – by MORE than Obama trails in North Carolina. Glenn Thrush and Jonathan Martin reminded of us of the 2008 primary analogy: Whatever else Hillary Clinton had, Barack Obama had the math. And math, not momentum, gets you the big house, the bulletproof car, the cool plane.”


  10. 32 xtine
    October 24, 2012 at 10:58 am

    [Let’s keep at them! 🙂 ]:

    “News orgs have been too credulous in reporting on Mitt Romney’s supposedly continuing “surge.” The Romney campaign has carefully orchestrated the appearance of “momentum,” and even though tracking polls suggest the race has stabilized, the “momentum” storyline persists.

    But little by little, a new storyline is taking hold: Whatever is happening on the national level, the fact remains that Romney faces a more daunting climb in the electoral math than Obama does — meaning the President is currently leading.”


    • 33 xtine
      October 24, 2012 at 11:11 am

      Also from same article:

      “Even Florida is still in play: Yes, Florida is a state where Romney clearly does have momentum. But as Scott Conroy notes, even Romney’s supporters say Romney still has to fight to win it. And this:

      Florida is a must-win state for him. If he were to fall short, he would have to sweep the remaining eight battlegrounds in order to win the presidency — a scenario that not even his rosiest spinmeister would deem credible. For Obama, on the other hand, Florida is a prime opportunity to seal the deal rather than a necessity for political survival.”

    • 34 jacquelineoboomer
      October 24, 2012 at 11:15 am

      The only momentum Romney-Ryan are gaining is one day closer to getting the American electorate’s collective foot up their butts. And I’m being “ladylike.” #LANDSLIDE #OBAMA-BIDEN

    • 37 xtine
      October 24, 2012 at 11:13 am

      Hi JER! Left you a message on earlier thread! Love your AF1 links & will pop in from time to time to see if you have the next one! Many thanks! 🙂

  11. 38 99ts
    October 24, 2012 at 11:11 am

    C-Span is calling it the “PBO in Las Vegas” – the President is way ahead of C-Span!

  12. October 24, 2012 at 11:13 am

  13. 47 forus50
    October 24, 2012 at 11:18 am

    That’s where I was canvassing on Saturday – Davenport Iowa! I wonder if he will stop by the OFA office….they are working so hard there.

  14. 48 Melissa
    October 24, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Just read somewhere that The White house released the transcript for that “off the record” interview PBO gave to that IOWA paper so that hissy fit they threw is a moot point.
    Read quickly some excerpts and it was good stuff! If anyone can post a link ( using my fone right now), that’d be great!

  15. 63 dotster3
    October 24, 2012 at 11:19 am

  16. October 24, 2012 at 11:41 am

  17. 65 Ladyhawke
    October 24, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Obama Debunks the Myth that He had a Supermajority in Congress for Two Years

    By: Jason Easley


    Because Republicans contested the election of Al Franken, when Obama was sworn into office there were 58 Democrats. A supermajority is composed of 2/3 the Senate, and since 60 voters are required to overcome the filibuster rules, Obama didn’t even have the basic majority that he needed in order to pass legislation when he took office.

    This timeline from The War Room with Jennifer Granholm illustrates why Obama only had 60 Democratic votes for a brief period during his first year in office:
    The idea that Obama had a two year supermajority is a lie wrapped around a Republican delusion.

    Just like there are no numbers in Mitt Romney’s tax plan, and there is not a Republican jobs bill that isn’t a tax cut in disguise, Barack Obama never had a two year supermajority in Congress.

    Obama never had a two year supermajority.

    The President never had a one year supermajority.

    There was never a supermajority for Obama.



    • 66 Ladyhawke
      October 24, 2012 at 11:46 am

      This post includes a ‘DEBUNKING ‘SUPERMAJORITY MYTH’ chart.

    • 67 Obama Grandmama
      October 24, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      Didn’t read the article cuz all of us remember Al Franken’s atleast 6 month fight in courts and recounts to make it to the Senate. I also remember that 2 of the so called majority votes were Independents who sometimes vote with the Dems. Wasn’t one of them Lieberman who just campaigned with McCain? I also remember when the ACA was voted for an older Dem had to be brought in either in his wheelchair or stretcher to make the vote. Kennedy was diagnosed with cancer and out most of the time too. Dems don’t usually vote as a block like GOP has managed with their party. There are many conservative Dems that are more closely aligned with the GOP and vote with them. Hard to say they really could ever have a majority based on Dems history.

    • 69 Ladyhawke
      October 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm


      Dan Rather called out the press last night on The Rachel Maddow Show and Joan Walsh of Salon called out the press in her article about Romney after the third debate. Mitt Romney’s first campaign ad about President Obama was a lie and he has been lying nonstop since then. Two weeks before the election a few journalists are calling out their colleagues. This is just appalling. Talk about a delayed reaction.

      I have to give props to Rachel Maddow because she has said on so many occasions during the campaign that a particular issue (fill in the blank) is a test for the media. But the beltway CW trumps everything. And Steve Benen is constantly waiting articles where he wonders why the media is not picking up on obvious lies, contradictions and distortions. They can’t seem to connect the dots because they are too busy trying to create their desired narrative or carry water for the GOP.

      Bottom line, President Obama has been running against the mainstream media. An inept bunch of lazy stenographers afraid to call a lie a lie. There is not much resembling journalist integrity these days. The mainstream media has failed the American public. It makes me sick to my stomach to see such “SLOUTH”. It’s inexcusable. The need to get back to the basics of journalism could not be more urgent. Facts matter.



      1. Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth

      Democracy depends on citizens having reliable, accurate facts put in a meaningful context. Journalism does not pursue truth in an absolute or philosophical sense, but it can–and must–pursue it in a practical sense. This “journalistic truth” is a process that begins with the professional discipline of assembling and verifying facts. Then journalists try to convey a fair and reliable account of their meaning, valid for now, subject to further investigation. Journalists should be as transparent as possible about sources and methods so audiences can make their own assessment of the information. Even in a world of expanding voices, accuracy is the foundation upon which everything else is built–context, interpretation, comment, criticism, analysis and debate. The truth, over time, emerges from this forum. As citizens encounter an ever greater flow of data, they have more need–not less–for identifiable sources dedicated to verifying that information and putting it in context.

      2. Its first loyalty is to citizens

      While news organizations answer to many constituencies, including advertisers and shareholders, the journalists in those organizations must maintain allegiance to citizens and the larger public interest above any other if they are to provide the news without fear or favor. This commitment to citizens first is the basis of a news organization’s credibility, the implied covenant that tells the audience the coverage is not slanted for friends or advertisers. Commitment to citizens also means journalism should present a representative picture of all constituent groups in society. Ignoring certain citizens has the effect of disenfranchising them. The theory underlying the modern news industry has been the belief that credibility builds a broad and loyal audience, and that economic success follows in turn. In that regard, the business people in a news organization also must nurture–not exploit–their allegiance to the audience ahead of other considerations.



      • 70 0388jojothecat
        October 24, 2012 at 12:35 pm

        Unfortunately The SCOTUS led then by Scalia said that the news DID not have the obligation to tell the truth. When Faux Noise was sued for firing reporters that refused to lie in a report the SCOTUS said that the reporters obligation was to their employer and if their employer told them to lie they had to lie.

        • 71 debz
          October 24, 2012 at 12:55 pm

          Dan Rather, Joan Walsh, Rachel? The “press” is calling out the “press?” What hypocrites!! This is what we will be hearing for the next week, while they try to defend themselves.

  18. 73 LB4Obama
    October 24, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Put a fork in Mitt, he’s toast.

    Just breaking, Mitt lied under oath. What a surprise, he’s been lying all along, but to do it under oath? This is a great October surprise.


  19. 81 dotster3
    October 24, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Has anyone posted this, because it is really worth the read? It’s all here, every reason to re-elect President Obama, in his own words. I have no idea why this was initially supposed to be off the record, but after the Des Moines Register stomped their feet, the Obama campaign allowed them to release the transcript. It’s excellent.


  20. October 24, 2012 at 12:02 pm

  21. 90 99ts
    October 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Trump is demented – hahahahahaha – birtherism plus

  22. 92 57andfemale
    October 24, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    I’m about to waste 10 seconds of my life posting this:

    Big Trump announcement: If Obama will release all of his school records and passport applications, Trump will contribute $5 million to the charity of Obama’s choice.

    That’s it.

    Wish I could donate to PBO at the office. It will have to wait until tonight.

  23. October 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    So, Ryan is giving s speech on how to care for the Poor? Laughable! They are just fucking with the American Press and the American People. Very cynical.
    But, where us Tavis and Cornell? Where is Van Jones? To talk about this speech by Ryan?

    • 98 carla4obama
      October 24, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      We are living in a world filled with Bull Shit artists and we have no MSM to separate the BS from the truth. The like of Cornell/Tavis …well their egos are more important to them then the poor. A house built of cards may fall …but a country built with bull shit !

      • 99 Obama Grandmama
        October 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm

        One of the MSNBC commentators had something on his show since Romney has been the one running for the GOP about how his tactics are in line with the mafia protection bosses of olden days. It might have been LOD. It was amazing how he nailed it.

  24. October 24, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    The interview to the DES Moines register has been allowed to go public, from the Obama camp.

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  28. October 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Thank you President Obama and AG Holder ….

  29. 108 donna dem 4 obama
    October 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Can we please not give anymore of this beautiful blog space to that Racist Pig Trump!! 🙄

  30. October 24, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    • 116 Ladyhawke
      October 24, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      Brilliant, the carnival barkers big ransom announcement backfires because all it has done is provide a premise for more focus on the fact that Mitt Romney lacks transparency about his tax returns. I have seen very creative and hilarious ransom notes piling up on twitter for his guy’s tax returns. Now the carnival barker extraordinaire joins Todd Akin and Richard Murdock causing serious headaches for Willard.

  31. 117 dotster3
    October 24, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    OK, this explains the Des Moines Register rant and problems the Obama campaign may have had regarding their reporting. I have also noticed the continual Republican partisan reporting at that paper for the entirety of the presidential campaign—–lots of praise for any Romney appearance, always cynical comments about anything Obama related.

  32. 118 Don
    October 24, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    The Des Moines Register complained that President Obama wanted his interview with them to be off the record. Funny thing though, if the Register didn’t complain I would not have known that President Obama even did an interview with them. Seems to me that Team Chicago out foxed the Register into almost forcing people to read the transcript of the interview in which President Obama outlines all of his accomplishments.

  33. October 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I have been in and out of OFA office, lots of energy, parking lot full of supporters and we are getting ready for early vote GOTV.

  34. October 24, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Colorado early vote update-

    Colorado pdf 325,810
    Party Reg
    Dem 37.1%
    Rep 38.8%
    None/Oth 24.0%

    Tied up, so far.

  35. 126 donna dem 4 obama
    October 24, 2012 at 12:44 pm

  36. 127 JER
    October 24, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    LIVE NOW: Vice President Biden Rally – Marion, OH – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  37. October 24, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    And just recently PPP pulled a Gallup and changed their methodology.

  38. 130 anniebella
    October 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Now some wealthy friend of the President need to make a announcement that they would donate 10 million dollars to a charity of Mitt Romney choice, if Mitt would release his tax returns.

  39. 131 Ladyhawke
    October 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Many Unanswered Questions About Romney’s Taxes

    Ari Berman on October 24, 2012 – 11:21 AM ET


    Why does this matter? “We can see in the Romneys’ returns a myriad of ways that high-income taxpayers can reduce their tax rates that just aren’t available to ordinary taxpayers,” says Wilkins. “The returns confirm what most Americans believe about the federal income tax system — that it’s rigged in favor of the rich. And we know from Romney’s tax proposals that he has no plans to change that.”

    Under Romney and Ryan’s tax plans, people making over $1 million would get an average tax cut of between $250,000 to $400,000 a year, according to Citizens for Tax Justice. Romney can only pay for that massive tax cut for the wealthy by exploding the deficit, like George W. Bush did, or by drastically cutting the social safety net, as Ryan has proposed to do. Either policy would be unpopular, which is why Romney has released so few details about how he’d pay for his tax cuts. Romney’s tax history gives us a clue as to how he would govern – and that’s why the candidate wants to leave us in the dark.



  40. October 24, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    UPDATED AT 9:45 AM: The SOS now has the following state numbers after a morning tally (not all numbers in for Day 4): 210,484 have voted by mail or early voting. 48 percent are Democrats and 35.5 percent are Republicans. The raw vote lead is about 21,000 votes. So if 90 percent of partisans vote for each guy and let’s say Romney wins indies by 10 points (which would be big), he would stillbe behind by 13,000 votes.

    After four days of early/mail voting, the Democrats have a massive lead in Clark County and the Republicans are not doing as well as they need to in Washoe County.

    The Democrats added about 5,000 voters to their lead in Clark while the GOP won Washoe by about 200 voters out of more than 9,000 cast. The Democrats now have a 25,000-voter lead in Clark and about 1,200 in Washoe. 

    It’s still relatively early, but the trend keeps looking familiar to those of us who have watched this cycle after cycle. The only difference this cycle is how huge the turnout is — 30 percent higher in Clark than four years ago. The Republicans are doing better than the 2008 disaster, but not well enough yet to indicate they can stop the Democrats from banking enough votes to hold off any advantage for the GOP on Election Day. The real question is whether this high turnout presages that Election Day will mean even less than it usually does, or whether we are headed for a record turnout this election. Or both.

    It was 80 percent in 2008. But with almost a fifth of voters already having cast ballots only four days in — and the second week of early voting is usually larger — it may well be higher than that. I don’t want to extrapolate too much with this much data, but it seems clear the Republicans need either a larger turnout differential and a substantial win for Mitt Romney among unaffiliated and third-party voters.

    The numbers in Clark, with early and absentees tallied:

    Democrats — 73,531, or 50 percent

    Republicans — 48,169, or 33 percent

    Others — 24,637, or 17 percent

    So Democrats are 4 points above their Clark registration and Republicans are about 2 points above. One quick scenario: Suppose each candidate is holding 90 percent of the base and Romney is winning others by 10 points. That would mean President Obama already has a 19,000 vote lead in Clark — after four days! (Have I mentioned no poll shows Romney winning idies by that much — indeed, some show it even or Obama ahead.)

    Ralston Reports-

  41. 133 JER
    October 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm


    Williams will follow the President as he sets out on a seven-state campaign swing … An excerpt will air as Williams reports from the trail for “NBC Nightly News” on Wednesday, October 24, followed by clips on “TODAY” and “NBC Nightly News” and extended coverage on “Rock Center with Brian Williams” on Thursday, October 25.


  42. 134 jacquelineoboomer
    October 24, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Ha! Just heard Romney say President Obama’s campaign is “taking on water,” but his campaign is “full speed ahead,” right before tears squirted out of his dead-lookin’ eyes. Romney would jump off his yacht at this point, I’m sure, but I hear the Coast Guard doesn’t answer SOS calls for “Robot Overboard.” Nor would I. Just sayin’.

    • 135 PoliticalJunkessa
      October 24, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      >>>>>>right before tears squirted out of his dead-lookin’ eyes<<<<<

      😆 😆 You have a way with words, JOB!

      Willard always looks on the verge of a breakdown with me — watery eyes, spiked sideburns, gray under-eye circles, sweating, melting…..

  43. 138 Melissa
    October 24, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Probably posted somewhere but …Again, electoral college. Always. As per Charlie Cook

    ” But if the national polls are looking even, that doesn’t mean that the election is an even-money contest. Although this race is very close, the road to 270 electoral votes is considerably more difficult for Romney than it is for Obama. The president starts off with undisputed leads in 16 states and the District of Columbia with 237 electoral votes, 33 short of the 270 needed to win. Romney begins with equally clear leads in 23 states with 191 electoral votes, 79 short of a victory. Nine states with 110 electoral votes are in the admittedly broad Toss-Up column (Colorado, Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin). Obama needs to win 30 percent of those Toss-Up electoral votes; Romney needs 72 percent of those votes.”


  44. 139 squarepeg
    October 24, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    So the big announcement wasn’t about the Obama divorce papers?

  45. 141 japa21
    October 24, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Okay folks, Gallup is busy slowly adjusting their numbers.

    Current PBO favorability 53/42 gain of 5 points from yesterday
    Regitered voters O48/R47 gain of 2 from yesterday
    LV R50/O47 gain of 2 for obama from yesterday.

    Here’s the thing, no incumbent with 53% favorability is going to lose. Just isn’t going to happen.

  46. 143 Carolyn
    October 24, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I want to say a big THANK YOU to all the people doing hard work in OFA offices, canvassing, calling…..My contribution this year has been giving. That is what I could do, and have been doing this regularly, and just made another donation to the President.
    I am 72 and believe this election is the most important of my lifetime…….If 2000 had gone another way, we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in now with the President working so hard against high odds.
    I so admire the work his Chicago team does, and know that “God is in the details” and that committee is good at details. Here’s what I hope happens after the big win. The OFA morphs into an organization which will help build Democratic organizations in now red states. I know they will be working in what are now purple states. The only way the good can be sustained, and not overturned in the future, is to root out the tea party and put in good progressives. I fully believe the Obama organization to take this on. He is always looking to the future.
    I’ve also made choices for giving determined by where I was born and where I’ve lived: Sherrod Brown, Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Duckworth, Debbie Stabenow, and our two democratic candidates here in Oklahoma. I will be proud to say I had a small bit in their wins.

  47. 144 57andfemale
    October 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    And in the news that really matters:

  48. October 24, 2012 at 2:02 pm


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