Coming Up

What an entrance! (Will have the full speech in a while)


Coming Up:

 12:45 ET: VP Biden delivers remarks at West Middle School in Muscatine, Iowa (listed by CNN)

5:0 ET: VP Biden delivers remarks in Fort Dodge, Iowa

5:10 ET: President Obama delivers remarks at Cheyenne Sports Complex, Las Vegas (listed by CNN)

9:0 ET: President Obama delivers remarks at Coors Events Center, Denver


Chat away, back in a bit.

241 Responses to “Coming Up”

  1. 6 Jewelz
    November 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Team Obama.

  2. 7 utaustinliberal
    November 1, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    I absolutely LOVED that speech. It was about big things. It was about our accomplishments, about what makes America great, about what makes us stronger, about a vision where everyone is treated fairly and equally, about where we need and want to go over the next four years. Pres. Obama’s America is a great one indeed.

  3. 8 dotster3
    November 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    There should be some BEE—YOO–TEE–FUL photos from that appearance. PBO looking especially handsome in that leather AF1 jacket, sounding great, making the clear case for his re-election.

  4. 9 utaustinliberal
    November 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    For those who missed the speech, here are a few snippets. It was awe inspiring.

  5. 12 Kreen
    November 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Top 10!!!!!

  6. 13 utaustinliberal
    November 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm

  7. 15 Nena20409
    November 1, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Wow, Chips, every time I go and come back to check in, a New Post awaits……Thanks you.

    Congratulations LL for being 1st.

    VC was 1st on the last post.

    I listen to a goo portion of the speech……Wow….wow, WOW…..Just awesome.

  8. 16 utaustinliberal
    November 1, 2012 at 12:22 pm

  9. November 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    President Obama delivered a powerful encouraging speech today in Greenbay, WI

  10. 19 xtine
    November 1, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Over at Princeton Election Consortium”

    Probability of Obama re-election: Random Drift 96%, Bayesian Prediction 99.1%


  11. 23 yardarm756
    November 1, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Ah. I see you lot are stepping lively today. Congrats there LL.

  12. November 1, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Perfect timing ….


    Toledo, Ohio – Wednesday Evening October 31, 2012

    For Mitt Romney, it’s one scary Halloween. The Presidential candidate has just learned that tomorrow afternoon (November 1) he will be charged by the United Automobile Workers (UAW) and other public interest groups with violating the federal ethics in government law by improperly concealing his multi-million dollar windfall from the auto industry bailout.

    At a press conference in Toledo, Bob King, President of the United Automobile Workers, will announce that his union and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) have filed a formal complaint with the US Office of Government Ethics in Washington stating that Gov. Romney improperly hid a profit of $15.3 million to $115.0 million in Ann Romney’s so-called “blind” trust.


  13. 26 xtine
    November 1, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    We know Willard can’t go anywhere near this because he would totally screw it up:

    “Mostafa Dolatyar, a career Iranian diplomat who heads the Iranian foreign ministry think tank, the Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS), was tapped by Iran’s leadership to coordinate contacts with American outside-government policy experts, including those with former senior US officials involved unofficially in relaying ideas for shaping a possible nuclear compromise, the analysts told Al-Monitor in interviews this week. The IPIS channel is for coordinating non-official US contacts, which in the absence of formal diplomatic ties, have formed an important, if not unproblematic, part of Iran’s diplomatic scouting and Washington’s and Tehran’s imperfect efforts to understand and influence each others’ policy positions.

    The appointment is the result of a desire “on the Iranian side for a more structured approach to dealing with America,” Mark Fitzpatrick, an Iran nuclear expert at the Institute for International and Strategic Studies (IISS) in London, told Al-Monitor in an interview Monday, adding that he now doubts that there are agreed plans for direct US-Iran talks after the elections.”


  14. 27 xtine
    November 1, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    President Obama has five days of full-time campaigning ahead of him, and aides say he will use them to make a “closing argument” for a second term.

    “Middle-class security — which has been undercut by the policies and decisions of the last decade — is what’s at stake in this election, and the president will talk about our fight to reclaim it,” says a statement from the Obama campaign.

  15. 28 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 1, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Bringing this over…

    “We’ve come to far to turn back now. We’ve come to far to let our heart go faint…”

  16. 29 Lovepolitics2008
    November 1, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Ok, I just have to gush again. This speech was marvelous. Pure vintage Obama. His best speech of the campaign. A savant mix of realism and idealism. Dealing with the world as it is but always pushing for the world as it should be. I could go on an on…

    Awesome, awesome…

    LOL I think we all agree, don’t we ?

    • 30 hopefruit2
      November 1, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      I agree, however I notice that every time PBO gives a speech – people come out and say “This was his best speech yet!” etc,. etc. It turns out that he gives so many of these top-notch campaign speeches – that we take them for granted and easily forget.

      • 31 daisydem
        November 1, 2012 at 1:16 pm

        When he first started campaigning in 2008, every speech he made I listened to on the edge of my seat, and usually with tears in my eyes and/or yelling out yes, yes, yes … hasn’t changed. HIs speeches are awesome.

  17. 32 Ladyhawke
    November 1, 2012 at 12:36 pm


    Mitt Romney’s Kamikaze strategy

    By Greg Sargent


    There’s been quite a bit of consternation among reporters lately about Mitt Romney’s refusal to answer their questions. And rightly so. But let’s be clear on why Romney is refusing to engage reporters. If he did, he’d face questions about the mounting instances of dishonesty his campaign has resorted to in the final stretch — potentially tripping him up and placing all the dissembling into even sharper relief.

    In the race’s final days, Romney has adopted what you might call a Kamikaze strategy. His campaign is cranking out a startling number of falsehoods and sleazy attacks, drawing widespread condemnation in the media that could ultimately crash his campaign, because that condemnation dovetails with Obama’s closing character argument against him.



  18. 33 dotster3
    November 1, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    • 34 xtine
      November 1, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      Dotster3, this tweet had me confused, esp. w/ Luke’s name in there. Went over & read the Economist sort of endorsement. What tripe! Here’s comment that sums up my feelings:

      “This article insults my intelligence on so many levels. Obama “followed events rather than shaping them” in the Middle East during the Arab Spring is the kind of observation I’d expect from a third grader on Ritalin complaining about sharing play-doh with a classmate. What an incoherent disgrace. As if Obama is a tyrant who chose not to do more, rather than a president handcuffed by the most egregious abuse of power by the republican minority (filibustering everything) since the New Deal. Imagine if Obama could have passed bills with 51 Senators instead of 60? Every criticism in this article would no longer apply.’ — JayLouis

    • 35 hopefruit2
      November 1, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      I didn’t want to link it but I just gave them a piece of my mind. Their endorsement was lukewarm and their premise for this “better of two evils” endorsement was based on a lot of factually incorrect details about PBO’s record in the last four years. Their first two paragraphs were nothing more than a shitty set of complaints about PBO’s “woefully negative campaign.” And this sentence right there tells you about the Economist’s agenda:

      “A man who once personified hope and centrism set a new low by unleashing attacks on Mitt Romney even before the first Republican primary.”

      In my opinion they should have just endorsed Romney like their friends at Des Moines Register and called it a day. But they are COWARDS and want to have it both ways. They don’t want to be on the wrong side of history, but at the same time want to get in a few digs at the President.

      • 36 dotster3
        November 1, 2012 at 12:55 pm

        I should have read before I posted, I guess. Was too much in a hurry after I saw “Economist endorses Obama”. Sounds like they were trying to keep their friends on the right from being too angry about endorsing Obama. Not courageous. Get almost no stars for that endorsement.

      • 37 xtine
        November 1, 2012 at 12:58 pm

        Exactly, HF! At least for the Des Moines Register one could believe their nuts were being squeezed by Bain ownership. What’s the Economist’s BS here and who forced them to endorse anybody? Come to think of it, why do any papers/magazines have to endorse anyone?

    • November 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      All that matters is that they endorsed President Obama. You know Mitt’s gang did everything they could to get that endorsement, and they failed. ‘nuf said.


    • 39 Bill R.
      November 1, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      Actually this is a big deal! The Economist is a RW conservative publication. The fact they endorse PBO is a huge reversal for BainMItt. It means not even his own crowd likes him or believes him. Don’t expect this magazine to be an Obot.

      • 40 amk for obama
        November 1, 2012 at 1:26 pm

        Agree. More than endorsement of Obama, it is the scathing attack on mittbot that stands out here.

      • 41 collegekay
        November 1, 2012 at 1:36 pm


        We read the Economist in my policy class. They’re VERY conservative. I’ll take it.

      • 42 ouapiti
        November 1, 2012 at 2:06 pm

        Echo the above sentiments — an Economist endorsement for Obama over a big-business candidate is a big deal, even if the Economist is annoying in some of their comments.

      • 43 hopefruit2
        November 1, 2012 at 2:37 pm

        They are conservative but they endorsed him in 2008 (enthusiastically) over John McCain. But I guess the fact that they didn’t endorse Romney bodes well for PBO and poorly for Willard.

    • November 1, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      This is a very very conservative magazine. For them to endorse Barack, how ever tepid is is, it’s a BFD.

  19. 45 Soca Sweet
    November 1, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Hi Folks,

    This is the first time I am saying this: For me,this is the best speech of the 2012 campaign; and I have listened to every one of them. Not his best speech ever. That would be too difficult to judge. But 2012, Yes I love the speech today very much.

  20. 46 amk for obama
    November 1, 2012 at 12:49 pm

  21. 47 amk for obama
    November 1, 2012 at 12:52 pm

  22. 48 hopefruit2
    November 1, 2012 at 12:53 pm

  23. 49 amk for obama
    November 1, 2012 at 12:56 pm

  24. November 1, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    For the nerds among us!!

  25. 55 hopefruit2
    November 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    And this was accomplished while we were in the midst of dealing with a hurricane!! Congrats to collegekay, donna dem 4, claire, and all my other fellow TOD Marylanders who voted early 🙂

  26. 60 xtine
    November 1, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    //Ssshh, Fox is the propaganda arm of GOP:

    “Ailes sent the note, which I obtained from the State Department via the Freedom of Information Act, to Condoleezza Rice in March 2005, shortly after she was confirmed as Secretary of State in the Bush Administration. It reads in full:

    Madam Secretary:

    Great first month. You handled hearing beautifully. If I can be of help off the record—just call.

    Warm Regards,


    [Hand written note at link too]:

    • 61 theo67
      November 1, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      What kind of “help” and why “off the record”? These people are so corrupt – I don’t know how they live with themselves. If I recall, that hearing was full of lies and nonsense. And her performance as both National Security Advisor and Secretary of State were abysmal.

  27. 62 marubione
    November 1, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    PBO will land in Denver, but the event will be in Boulder! Very excited to go!

  28. 64 Ladyhawke
    November 1, 2012 at 1:20 pm


    Chris Christie Outshines Mitt Romney in Wake of Hurricane

    By Bob Cesca


    By the way, we witnessed once again the president’s mensch-like ability to reach out to any political enemy who’s willing to return the handshake. It’s a character trait for which he’s never given proper credit by many in the press and on the right. Stack this up alongside his rock solid leadership and management of the crisis — his steady, constructive efforts to make sure federal emergency aid was expedited to the places that needed it most. But this should come as no surprise to anyone who’s rationally observed this president in action from the 2008 financial collapse on through Hurricane Sandy. The president has repeatedly proved his leadership skills and crisis management acumen while Romney bungled his response to the Benghazi attack and staged a phony food drive for a couple of hours in Ohio then resumed his campaign strategy of lies and shape-shifting. But because Romney comported himself well-enough for 90 short minutes in the first debate, he’s given a pass by voters who possess backwards priorities, and so the race has become much closer that it ought to be. A 90 minute debate performance (in which Romney mostly lied and shift his positions) should not be confused with actual leadership skills. Romney has displayed none of those skills and can’t even get a grip on his flailing staffers.

    And when even the governor of New Jersey outshines the Republican nominee for president on overall comportment and willingness to set aside partisan disagreements during a major crisis, voters ought to take a very serious look at their ballots and vote accordingly.



    • 65 veryslowwriter
      November 1, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      The President is not “mensch-like” — he’s a mensch!
      From the Urban Dictionary’s definition: A mensch is a someone to admire and emulate, someone of noble character. The key to being “a real mensch” is nothing less than character, rectitude, dignity, a sense of what is right, responsible,

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  30. November 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm

  31. 70 hopefruit2
    November 1, 2012 at 1:28 pm


    We have been Vindicated…Howard fineman issuing a mea culpa ? I thought I just saw some pigs flying outside the window….

  32. 85 JER
    November 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    First lady Michelle #Obama speaks at a campaign event in Daytona Beach, #Florida. Watch live on http://CNN.com/live3

  33. November 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    I forgot to mention that the huge uprooted oak tree that fell across my street in RI and rested on power lines was taken down by a tree company from Alabama. Thanks to FEMA and National Grid and POTUS for getting resources in place early!

  34. 87 hopefruit2
    November 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I think that scenario is more common that we think.

    • November 1, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      Yes, hf. And, that’s one of the reasons that all the early voting reports of % R & D could well be missing the fact that while people will say they are R that does not mean they voted R – particularly that R named Mitt 🙂


    • 90 amk for obama
      November 1, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      I toldja. Reverse Bradley. For once, it will be proved right.

    • 91 Ladyhawke
      November 1, 2012 at 2:03 pm


      At long last, I certainly hope this flipping to President Obama is catching. It’s about time Mitt Romney paid a price for his mendacity. He has shown nothing but contempt for the voters. He needs a resounding defeat. His brand of politics is disgusting and repugnant. He has not earned an ounce of respect during the entire campaign. He has blown every opportunity to show any dignity or leadership. He started his campaign ugly and he is ending it ugly.

    • 93 utaustinliberal
      November 1, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      DAMN……..I bet there are many more all over the country who are quietly doing the same.

  35. 94 JER
    November 1, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Vice President #JoeBiden speaks at a campaign event in Muscatine, Iowa. Live: http://CNN.com/live4

  36. November 1, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    FLOTUS is pouring her heart out. Stunning.

  37. November 1, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    OMG what a huge crowd for FLOTUS!

    • 99 itgurl_29
      November 1, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      Just read on Twitter that there were over 4,000 people there to see FLOTUS. That last time Mitt Romney was in Jacksonville, he only got about 1,000 folks out to see him.

      • 100 hopefruit2
        November 1, 2012 at 1:58 pm

        And I also read on Twitter that Romney had a “small” crowd in Richmond Virginia, seeing that it was his 2nd rally of the day.

  38. 103 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 1, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Dang, they cut-off the rope line at the Biden rally. Must say, in addition to the best Candidates and surrogates, we damn sure have the best soundtrack. Was sitting here jamming, playing my air-Hammond organ and they cut-off my sidemen… ;-(

  39. 104 jeff
    November 1, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    anyone besides me see Bloomberg trying to speak Spanish? LOL Oh my god that guy is a complete idiot!

  40. 107 amk for obama
    November 1, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    The day microsoft makes something that doesn’t suck is probably the day they start making vacuum cleaners. 🙂

    Gunnite folks.

  41. November 1, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Well helllllllllllooooo O’s!!!! Wassup on this great getting up day on the TODmobile! PBO has outdone himself this week. He’s risen above the heights of expectations in his response to Sandy and in his ability to lead a non-partisan effort to help those in need.

    The count down of my daily political takes has begun. Number 6 is the bell has rung indicating we’re in our last lap. It’s time to kick it into overdrive. Time to lean forward and break the tape at the finish line. We don’t want any photo finishes either, we want a win by mile, leave them in the dust, smoke ’em, I tells ya!

  42. 111 hopefruit2
    November 1, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Where are Willard’s surrogates – besides Ryan, Trump, Miss Ann?

    Where are Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Mankini, Huckabee, Pawlenty, etc?
    Where have all the surrogates gone?

  43. 124 hopefruit2
    November 1, 2012 at 2:10 pm

  44. November 1, 2012 at 2:16 pm



    Unions, good government groups to file ethics complaint against Romney for failing to disclose his big auto rescue profit
    Groups urge Office of Government Ethics to make Romney disclose or divest

    WASHINGTON — A coalition of community, labor and good-government organizations is calling on the U.S. Office of Government Ethics to investigate GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for noncompliance with the Ethics in Government Act and compel him to either disclose his investments or divest them.

    “The American people have a right to know about Governor Romney’s potential conflicts of interest, such as the profits his family made from the auto rescue,” said UAW President Bob King. “It’s time for Governor Romney to disclose or divest.”

    “While Romney was opposing the rescue of one of the nation’s most important manufacturing sectors, he was building his fortunes with his Delphi investor group, making his fortunes off the misfortunes of others,” King added.

    The groups sending the complaint letter, including SEIU, UAW, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Public Citizen, Public Campaign, People for the American Way and The Social Equity Group, believe that Romney’s undisclosed stock holdings create serious conflicts of interest. They point to the auto rescue as a key example.

    The Nation recently reported that the Romney family personally profited by at least $15.3 million from the auto loans of 2009 through his investment in the Delphi Corp. auto parts company. Yet Romney’s June 1, 2012, Public Financial Disclosure Report to the Office of Government Ethics did not reveal this windfall because he did not disclose the underlying holdings of his private equity and limited partnership funds.

    Here are details of a joint news conference to be held Thursday in Toledo, Ohio:

    WHO: UAW President Bob King
    SEIU Executive Vice President Tom Woodruff
    Investigative reporter Greg Palast, author of “Mitt Romney’s Bailout Bonanza” in The Nation, and the book, “Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps.”
    Delphi workers

    WHAT: News conference on Mitt Romney’s conflicts of interest with his investments, including his profiting from the auto bailout.

    WHERE: UAW Local 12, 2300 Ashland Ave., Toledo, Ohio 43620

    WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 1, 2 p.m.

  45. November 1, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Another straw man from Robney. Now, his whole campaign is saying that the President wants to appoint a Sec of Business!
    No he does not! That was a sarcastic comment about naming Bill Clinton Sec of Explaining stuff.
    This is a red herring and Ad Hoc attack wrapped into one.
    Robney is being Specious again!

    • November 1, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      Also, Boner will have a GOTV bus tour this weekend, all over Ohio.
      Just who is the strategist over there?

    • November 1, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      No, PBO did indeed say that it would make sense to consolidate many of the departments that impact businesses into a Secretary of Business to eliminate duplication and streamline services, reduce any unnecessary costs. I heard him, but can’t what the situation was.

      • November 1, 2012 at 2:35 pm

        Well, then Ribney is making fun of that saying he already knows business.
        Big sound bite for media, so I guess I was wrong.

        • November 1, 2012 at 2:37 pm

          Our dear PBO can’t say anything that they won’t twist. If Robme said he wanted to create a Sec of Biz to streamline all government agencies serving businesses, they’d think he walked on water!

  46. November 1, 2012 at 2:23 pm

  47. 135 hopefruit2
    November 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    The whole world has its eyes on Tuesday.

  48. November 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    The change candidate?

  49. 137 utaustinliberal
    November 1, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Eva Longoria will introduce Pres. Obama at his Nevada rally.

  50. November 1, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Hi TOD, I wanted to share with you that I voted this morning in Georgia for Obama/Biden and Rep. John Lewis. Everyone was all smiles and waited in the cold patiently. I am the last to vote in my family. All my people in Florida and Georgia have already voted. I can tell you that the people in Florida are very tuned in to this election. If the president doesn’t win FL, it will be a shock to everyone. I work for the airlines and I travel all over the country. It’s my policy not to talk politic at work. However, I’ve had so many people commenting to me about how disrespectful they think Mitt was at the debate. The tone and body language of Mitt and the president made a bigger impression on folks than the media realized. The only other time I had people bringing up politic as much at work was right after that big tea “bagger” rally in DC.

    I am tired of Mitt the liar. Now, he’s a “change candidate”. When he’s not lying, he’s copying the president. I’m excited and November 6th can not come sooner. I have not been able to volunteer like 2008 but I donate as much as I can and encourage others to get involved. My
    family in Florida have been volunteering nonstop, and my mom is the only one of them who volunteered in 2008. #Obama/Biden2012

    • 139 Cheryllou
      November 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      Nice to hear the personal stories of people volunteering for President Obama. It’s people like you and your family that will make a difference in this election. Thank you!

    • November 1, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      Very much appreciating your sharing that you and your family have voted! Could not agree with you more about the impression Mitt made during the debates – lots of folk saw his behavior and were offended by it. The contrast with the President’s calm and respectful tone could not have been greater.


  51. 142 donna dem 4 obama
    November 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm


  52. 148 anniebella
    November 1, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Any pictures of FLOTUS event today? I missed it, and I missed POTUS in Wisconsin. 😦

  53. November 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Oregon and Washington are early voting, getting good solid numbers in areas fir Democrats.

  54. November 1, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    FEMA to reimburse Ny for transportation and power costs, per US Senators.

  55. 153 hopefruit2
    November 1, 2012 at 2:49 pm

  56. 154 Bill R.
    November 1, 2012 at 2:49 pm

  57. 159 Joy
    November 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    What the hell happened to Cindy McCain? She ballooned up about 50 pounds it looks like. Just accidentally clicked on ann romney speech up coming while searching for Clintons speech.

    • 160 Joy
      November 1, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      Sorry, I forgot to add, I am on C-Span

    • 161 itgurl_29
      November 1, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      She was starving herself during the 08 campaign from stress. And then in the years before that, she was thin because she was on drugs. She’s naturally big boned to begin with so that probably the size she’s supposed to be. Look at Meghan McCain.

  58. 163 hopefruit2
    November 1, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Dirty trickster!

  59. November 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm

  60. 180 Bill R.
    November 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm

  61. November 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    In a memo that readers should take the time to peruse in full, AFL-CIO political director Michael Podhorzer outlines the labor giant’s view of how Barack Obama can win Ohio, and reveals that polling for the labor super PAC Workers’ Voice shows Obama matching his ’08 support from labor there:

    Ohio’s ethnic composition has not changed much in recent years (its Hispanic population is only 3%). Both of these facts mean President Obama’s fate in Ohio, and quite possibly the fate of his presidency, will be determined by working class voters, union and non-union.

    It’s worth noting that our internal polling shows President Obama with 57% of the union vote, approaching the 59% of the vote he received from union voters in 2008 according to the exit polls. Without the union vote, President Obama would be trailing badly in Ohio. Our internal tracking shows that those non-union voters contacted by Working America or Workers’ voice, who hear the same economic message are favoring the President, doing much to explain why support for President Obama among blue collar voters is much stronger in Ohio than in other parts of the nation.

    Early in the 2012 election cycle, some political prognosticators argued this year’s presidential race would be a demographic showdown, a showdown Obama could win by focusing on upscale voters in states like North Carolina at the expense of working class voters in states like Ohio. Despite these predictions, with only days left in the campaign, Ohio is the make or break state of the campaign …

    Obama can win Ohio’s 18 electoral votes as long as he and his allies keep Romney’s margin among white voters to 10% or less, which they’ve managed to do up to this point by highlighting the auto industry’s recovery, the loss of U.S. jobs to China, Romney’s endorsement of Senate Bill 5, and Romney’s record at Bain Capital. If Obama’s current support levels hold, he can win the state by at least 2% or 109,000 votes, similar to George W. Bush’s 2004 margin of 2% or 118,000 votes.

  62. November 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm

  63. November 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm

  64. 191 utaustinliberal
    November 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Yep…the death knell.

  65. 193 anameti
    November 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Mitt’s attitude in this video is unbelievable, The guy is a total jerk. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxMD02zU9SE

    • 194 idon
      November 1, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      Retweeted this vid because it clearly demonstrates mittnocchio does not have the temperment to be President and just as importantly he plans to implment public policy based on his faith tradition.

  66. 195 Bill R.
    November 1, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Bloomberg must believe strongly that President Obama is winning, or he wouldn’t endorse.

    • 196 57andfemale
      November 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      He believes Mitt is a menace and a danger to the country and the world. He did not want to do this, and the endorsement is proof of that. But that’s how bad Mitt is. His gross incompetence in the face of Sandy was the last straw. His utter lack of interest in reigning in his party that was savagely attacking Christie for actually acting the way American elected officials are supposed to act was glaring proof that Romney would be an unmitigated disaster.

  67. November 1, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Afternoon, TOD-ers. I’ve been doing mostly lurking recently, but if you’ll allow me to say a few syllables…:

    Since August, I’ve been spending at least a few days a week on average working with OFA here on the west coast, in the offices, over the phone, and most recently, in Nevada. Before last week, I had NEVER canvassed door to door for anyone or anything. (I joked with someone I met that the last time I knocked on doors was to sell girl scout cookies or school candy, I and I didn’t like it.) I went with a group of nine (out of around 1000 Californian volunteers that weekend alone) across state lines and into to the Reno area. We canvassed in Sparks, which is republican country for sure. It was an interesting experience, and those of us who went felt that we had really accomplished something, even if it was just to flip a few votes or help enthusiastic voters find their early voting places. I’m glad that, with 90 days to go, I decided to get actively involved in the re-election campaign. Last time around, I was just an observer- a “Quiet Observer,” if you will. 🙂 I was definitely an Obama supporter, but not someone who contributed in any way directly to the Obama/Biden campaign. I was more interested in watching, listening, and chronicling what was happening and what could happen.

    This time around, I was more compelled to protect what we had started, to keep this president who has already done so much, despite the walls of hate and obstruction from some, in the White House. I’ll admit, I had to get over my own wariness about getting to0 closely involved with political campaigns (even though I’ve been a registered voter since 18 and never missed an election). But this administration, this president, this man, means so much on every level- politically, economically, socially, historically, culturally. His work is not done by any means, nor is it safe if we allow Romney (or anyone else, for that matter) to take over now.

    That all being said, I am really over this election news cycle. I’m tired of hearing about it. I’m tired of talking about it. So much nonsense, BS, and corporate-backed commercials posing as “news” and “journalism.” And an obviously unqualified and unworthy opponent to the incumbent pres who everyone continues to prop us as a serious and competitive candidate. (Let’s face it: if he was running against any other president who had done what our president has done, Romney would’ve already given his concession speech around mid September). As tragic as this hurricane has been, times like these highlight the smallness of the infotainment culture, but they also underscore that right now, we have a true leader representing us, here and throughout the world. President Obama is already a great president. He can help usher in even more positive progress over the next four years, and in the future, he will be hailed among the greatest.

    So while I’m ready for the next 5 days to be done with, I’ll spend each of them helping, in whatever way I can, to get out the vote. The campaign chatter in the news bores me, but I’m excited about the future. And to move into to that exciting future, we have to re-elect President Obama.

    In the final days, I’m really appreciating the truth and brilliance of the 2012 slogan: Forward!

    • November 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      Dear Jamila, I hope Chips posts your essay as a “WORD from …” Very, very fine!!! And, thank you for all you are doing.



    • 199 57andfemale
      November 1, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      Excellent post. I second Bobfr’s suggestion that this be posted as ‘word from…..’

    • 200 a4alice
      November 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      thanks Jamila and I’m with you: #FORWARD #OBAMABYALANDSLIDE 😀

    • November 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      THIS x 10000000000000000000

      JamilaJP, thanks so much for posting this. It really captures my feelings about the horrid media and this horrid GOP candidate. What an abomination. And thank you so much for all the work you are doing for PBO, stepping outside your comfort zone and getting the job done. BRAVA!!

  68. 203 utaustinliberal
    November 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm

  69. 204 utaustinliberal
    November 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    • 205 daisydem
      November 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      What a gracious and nice reply to this endorsement. Of course, would expect nothing less from our President. God, please let this re-election of this President usher in a time of cooperation, of truly working with and respecting one another and re-building this country in a way that it will withstand forces of evil and of nature for all time.

      Went to a new restaurant here in town for lunch; met a waitress down here working temporarily to help set this new diner up; she is from NY and has relatives there now; they are okay but without power. We talked a bit about the resilience of New York and New Yorkers and she said NY will be ok .. it has to.

  70. 206 utaustinliberal
    November 1, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    MUSCATINE, Iowa — Vice President Joe Biden is a sucker for crowds of kids and, as his motorcade drove past two schools, he couldn’t help but jump out of his SUV here Thursday afternoon to say hello.

    In all, he spent close to half an hour working his way through several hundred elementary and middle schoolers — plus their teachers — offering greetings and posing for photos.

    One young elementary schooler asked him if he was the president. Biden responded: “I”m not the president, I’m No. 2.”

    After shaking hands and hugging those kids, he jogged across the street to in front of West Middle School, where the entire student body of 660 had gathered Some kids lamented leaving their cell phones inside, but those that had them took photos as the vice president made his way down the line.

    Once he was done, Biden climbed back in his car, but only for a few seconds, until the motorcade pulled up in front of McKinley Elementary.

    There, he posed for even more photos with teachers and kids. He also met a veteran in a wheelchair named Richard Hughes.

    Biden gave Hughes a challenge coin and signed the newspaper Hughes had in hand.


  71. 211 utaustinliberal
    November 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    • 212 Joy
      November 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      wow! really sounds like republicans are turning on their own, a flip flopper. Sounds like they are trying to get their party back in line with a more moderate base.

    • 213 Lovepolitics2008
      November 1, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      When Bloomberg talks about the 1994 or 2003 version of Mitt Romney, is he making reference to a Romney who was not as dishonest as he is now ? ( He was dishonest and opportunistic, but I think he is worse this year….)

      I’m wondering if the lie about Jeep has turned some business people against Romney. Romney LIED and didn’t give a damn about the damage he would cause to a big corporation. And all of that for pure POLITICAL GAIN. So cynical, so self-serving. Many business people may think that Romney won’t hesitate to throw them under the bus if necessary.

  72. 214 utaustinliberal
    November 1, 2012 at 3:37 pm

  73. 215 yardarm756
    November 1, 2012 at 3:40 pm

  74. 220 57andfemale
    November 1, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    No reason to freak out over this push poll (there were some exploding heads in my TL:

  75. 221 utaustinliberal
    November 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    This is so freaking COOOOOOOOOL.

  76. 222 utaustinliberal
    November 1, 2012 at 3:45 pm

  77. 223 yardarm756
    November 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm

  78. 224 utaustinliberal
    November 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm

  79. 225 Bill R.
    November 1, 2012 at 3:50 pm

  80. 230 utaustinliberal
    November 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm

  81. 231 utaustinliberal
    November 1, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    This is the Bloomberg endorsement.

    The devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to New York City and much of the Northeast — in lost lives, lost homes and lost business — brought the stakes of Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief.
    The floods and fires that swept through our city left a path of destruction that will require years of recovery and rebuilding work. And in the short term, our subway system remains partially shut down, and many city residents and businesses still have no power. In just 14 months, two hurricanes have forced us to evacuate neighborhoods — something our city government had never done before. If this is a trend, it is simply not sustainable.

    Our climate is changing. And while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it might be — given this week’s devastation — should compel all elected leaders to take immediate action.

    But we can’t do it alone. We need leadership from the White House — and over the past four years, President Barack Obama has taken major steps to reduce our carbon consumption, including setting higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks. His administration also has adopted tighter controls on mercury emissions, which will help to close the dirtiest coal power plants (an effort I have supported through my philanthropy), which are estimated to kill 13,000 Americans a year.

    If the 1994 or 2003 version of Mitt Romney were running for president, I may well have voted for him because, like so many other independents, I have found the past four years to be, in a word, disappointing.

    When I step into the voting booth, I think about the world I want to leave my two daughters, and the values that are required to guide us there. The two parties’ nominees for president offer different visions of where they want to lead America.
    One believes a woman’s right to choose should be protected for future generations; one does not. That difference, given the likelihood of Supreme Court vacancies, weighs heavily on my decision. One recognizes marriage equality as consistent with America’s march of freedom; one does not. I want our president to be on the right side of history.
    One sees climate change as an urgent problem that threatens our planet; one does not. I want our president to place scientific evidence and risk management above electoral politics.


  82. November 1, 2012 at 4:04 pm

  83. 234 utaustinliberal
    November 1, 2012 at 4:04 pm

  84. November 1, 2012 at 4:05 pm

  85. 239 lisalovesobama
    November 1, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    QUESTION: what’s up with the MSNBC livestream?! It no work for me no more. WTH? Frigging MSNBC! Wanted to watch Martin! 😡

  86. 241 jacquelineoboomer
    November 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Hi, O’friends! Popping in to drop a message from “canadabarb4obama” from her cruise ship (from hell):

    “Special news bulletin: Met Mrs. Sea (lovely AA lady from NY) when coming off elevator; we looked in each others eyes and at once clicked … she actually recognized my name from the blog!!!! Her hubby goes on as a lurker and pulls up important stuff for her to read! We only had about 7 minutes to chat and i ended up in tears; we held hands; how sweet it was…..please post on TOD for me”

    Good for you, Barb!

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