Sunday, September 19, 2010

President pushes CBC to garner enthusiasm ahead of midterm elections

President Obama addressed the Congressional Black Caucus Saturday in a pre-election push to raise voter enthusiasm among the base. The media has focused on a perceived enthusiasm gap between the Democratic and Republican bases that could usher in a change in Congressional leadership come November.

As the following article notes, President Obama urged his audience to distinguish the goals of the 2008 and 2010 elections. In 2008 voters pushed for change. However, the goal of 2010 is to guard the change that has already taken place.

Members of the audience stand and cheer as U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner in Washington, September 18, 2010.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
by Alister Bull

Republicans could make big gains in November as high unemployment and slowing growth turns voters away from Obama's Democrats, potentially costing them control of Congress.

A Gallup survey in early September found only 25 percent of blacks had given 'quite a lot' or 'some' thought to the November 2 congressional ballot, compared to 42 percent of whites.

This represents a much larger gap than during the presidential election in 2008, when the two groups were about equal in their intention to cast a ballot.

Read the rest of the article here.


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