In a video message to be emailed to his list of 14 million supporters, President Obama will announce on Monday that he’s running for re-election and will file paperwork with the Federal Election Commission, Democratic sources tell ABC News. The message will likely come before dawn on Monday.
Democratic officials acknowledge that this race will be difficult, with the nation mired in close-to-9 percent unemployment, three wars including Libya, and a controversial legislative record including a stimulus bill and health care effort that are not particularly popular.
I have seen this video. It’s not really promising and it looks like it was put together really quickly. It was like he really didn’t care what got out there. It’s short and Obama comes in towards the end to give only one line.
Americans continue to generally rate President Barack Obama’s handling of international issues better than his handling of domestic issues. Forty-six percent approve of the president’s handling of foreign affairs and 44% his handling of Libya, while his highest rating on three domestic issues is 40% for healthcare policy.
Obama’s approval ratings on all five issues tested in the March 25-27 Gallup poll are below 50%, as is his overall job approval rating, which is 47% in the latest Gallup Daily three-day rolling average.
Gallup has asked Americans about Obama’s handling of most of these issues throughout his term. While all currently rank on the low end of what Gallup has measured during his presidency, none is at its lowest point and most have been fairly stable in recent months.
He’s underwater on foreign affairs at 46/47, actually, and barely breathing on Libya at 44/44, but the numbers on domestic policy are much worse. Specifically, Obama is at 40/56 on his best domestic policy, health care, an issue that has been a traditional Democratic issue. On the economy, he’s 39/58, and on the federal budget deficit he’s down almost 2-1 at 33/61.
Not too surprisingly, this has led to Obama’s latest weekly job-approval rating of 45/47 (period ending 3/27). Support from independents has slightly declined over the last four weeks from 45% to 41%, a potential problem for Obama’s re-election chances next year. Among “pure independents,” that number drops to 29%, sharply lower than the previous week’s 40% and probably the source of the flip from 48/44 to 45/47. In short, Obama is in serious political trouble on his domestic agenda, even among surveys of general-population adults rather than registered voters, where Obama could have been expected to do better.
The Rasmussen numbers don’t look either. The basic upshot of both polls is that Obama is unpopular. However, because of the crippling political correctness of the liberals and progressives, no will dare challenge him on the left.
Which means this election is, more or less, ours to lose. Honestly, we have to put forward a complete loser to ensure Obama get re-elected. This includes a washed-up Speaker, a ex-governor turned Fox News host, a plastic ex-governor of Massachusetts, a New York Birther tycoon, and a crazed Texas representative. If you want to see Obama re-elected, then you nominate one of those guys.
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