Obama picks up campaign cash in the Lone Star State
July 17th, 2012
03:28 PM ET

Obama picks up campaign cash in the Lone Star State

San Antonio, TX (CNN) – President Obama took his campaign to one of the reddest states in the country on Tuesday, telling a crowd of roughly 1,200 supporters at a lunch-time fundraiser here that while he may not win their home state in November, Texas Democrats should be optimistic about the future.

“You’re not considered one of the battleground states, but that’s going to be changing soon,” Obama said to applause, referring to Texas’ changing demographics that many analysts predict may help shift the state’s political leaning.

Long a reliable state for Republicans, Texas has nonetheless been a consistent source of money for both political parties. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, only Californians have donated more to presidential candidates this cycle than the nearly $30 million given by Texans.

Texas Governor and former Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry tops the list of recipients, with $10.7 million raised from Texans. Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney comes in second $7.2 million, less than $2 million ahead of Obama.

So it’s no surprise that Obama returned to the Lone Star State for four fundraisers on Tuesday. At the president’s first event of the day, inside the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, attendees paid at least $250 a piece to hear the president deliver what has become his standard stump speech.

Obama was preceded on stage by Texas Congressman Charlie Gonzalez, actress Eva Longoria and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro – all national co-chairs of Obama for America. The president laid out his vision for how to “build a middle-class that’s strong and secure and growing.”

As he’s done at recent events in Virginia and Ohio, Obama drew a direct line from his middle class upbringing to his involvement in politics, arguing that both he and Michelle see themselves when they look at average Americans.

Obama also defended himself against charges that his call for more government involvement in the lives of the middle class or increased tax rates on high-income workers means that he’s anti-capitalism.

“I believe in individual initiative and entrepreneurship and risk-taking, and I believe that the free market is the greatest system on earth to create wealth and prosperity,” Obama said. “But just like Abraham Lincoln said, there’s some things we do better together than we do on our own.”

The president will also attend a private fundraising reception this afternoon where he will meet with about 70 donors, each paying the $35,800 ticket price. After San Antonio, Mr. Obama heads 80 miles northeast to Austin, Texas. Once in the state capital he will attend an event at the Austin Music Hall where well-known country singer and songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker will join the president in front of a crowd of approximately 1,000 supporters. Before returning to Washington, the president will stop by the residence of former Dell CFO Tom Meredith for a private fundraiser where he hopes to collect a million dollars.


Topics: 2012 Election • President Obama • Texas • The News

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  1. Michael

    President Obama will need a lot more of these to combat the billions repuglicans are raising! Americans know who is running the republican money machine! Obama's over 750,000 donors who donate 35 dollars or less compared to Robney's 30,000 donating 75,000 or more! Repuglicans block the spending disclosure Bill, Block every Jobs bill presented to the to jump start this economy, that would hire teachers, firemen, construction workers, FAA workers and want to eliminate unemployement insurance, medicare as we know it, programs that support poor working families, but they are quick to bail out corporations who are worth trillions and are not people! These knuckle heads expect Americans not to label them obstructionist, out of touch and for the rich! I think repuglicans have lost with Robney as their candidate! President Obama released 6 tax returns and so did George Bush, even Robneys father released 12!

    July 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • demwit

      Good thing our Jerk was born a poor black child..

      July 18, 2012 at 11:35 am |
      • Carmen

        Mr. Berg, I hope Mr. Trump meets with you and retain your seicrves, your so valuable. You and Mr. Trump would make one hell of a team. Also you being a Democrat and Trump donating to the Democrat Party make's the MSM scratch their heads.lol. The other hot button issue is Obama's fraudulant social security number, that's growing more traction by the day.

        August 1, 2012 at 2:30 am |
    • Yes We Can! Vote him Out!!

      He's a fraud.

      Epic Fail!

      Jimmy Kimmel said it best – "Mr. President, remember when the country rallied around you in hopes of a better tomorrow? That was Hilarious!"

      July 18, 2012 at 11:40 am |
    • Steveo

      Nice point, Michael. Oh btw, Bush released his college records! Just sayin'

      July 18, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
      • Iamnotfooled

        His grades have nothing to do with what this is about, evading taxes and causing the country to lose millions or causing companies to go over seas and causing the lost revenue of taxes of that company to the U.S. and Americans losing their jobs. (More lost revenue.).

        July 18, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
      • Steveo

        Who said anything about grades? Hard for you to imagine college records contain more than GPA?

        July 19, 2012 at 10:14 am |
      • Steveo

        One more thing. You talk about taxes and yet say NOTHING about the US JOB CZAR outsourcing jobs to China? The results are lost taxes!

        July 19, 2012 at 10:16 am |
  2. Howard

    The campaigner and thief will say, or do anything to get reelected.

    July 17, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • kayla

      are you talking about robmoney the stiff?

      July 17, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
    • Tracey

      Howard, that is such stupid response.....really.

      July 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • SafeJourney3

      You are right, Bishop Romney will do anything, say anything, Lie to your face , hide his tax returns from Americans
      to try for President.

      July 17, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
      • scott

        no we are talking about Obama, you know the lying thief, that is ripping off the middle class to support his rich democratic buddies

        July 17, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
      • conrad

        Scott = confused and delusional.

        Obama is quite specifically fighting for the middle class, it is Romney who want's to raise taxes on the middle class to allow for tax breaks for the rich. Do some reading.

        July 17, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
      • Senior Citizen

        If you google "lying for the lord" you'll see that it's something that he been taught to do by his church. Sad that they have to stoop so low and now for him it's become a way of life and probably one of the reason he doesn't want anyone to see his tax returns.

        July 17, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Hey Conrad...try this thinking out (if you dare)...the economy headed south and Unemployement skyrocketed in early/mid '08, after Dems took control of the House for a year or so. It has been slowly coming down since, you guessed it, late 2010 (when we saw that Repbulicans were going to have control of the House again) and falling relatively steadily ever sense. Who knows how much better it would have been if Harry had not sat on bills passed to the Senate?

        July 18, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
      • Howard

        If God forbid, Obama wins a second term ... and our rights, and economy become decimated ... the only silver lining will be the thought of you Obama stooges ... and your children ... and your children's children, having to live in the third world country, which you are helping to create. If Obama gets reelected ... America is doomed. What a shame.

        July 18, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • Kathleen Farrell

      What exactly did he steal?

      July 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
      • Frank Marshall Davis

        the economy

        July 17, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
      • ddblah

        Economy? You mean he stole the broken economy and is fixing it?

        July 17, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
      • conrad

        I swear Republicans really don't know what they are talking about ...

        "He stole the economy"??? The Economy has been steadily improving since Obama took office, but your ring masters will say otherwise knowing that you WILL NOT check whether it is true. A vote for Republican/TP is vote against yourself. Do some reading ...

        July 17, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
      • demsrules

        So he is brilliant! If one man can steal an economy then you really do idolize his powerful influences over your mundane GOP racketeers!

        July 17, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
      • Aaron

        Unemployment steadily above 8%, with the deficit soaring ..... Not quite the 'fixed' economy you kool-aid says it is...

        July 18, 2012 at 12:27 am |
      • C-Lo

        By the way, conrad, a vote for republicans is only a vote against yourself if you are living off the taxpayer dime.

        July 18, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • demsrules

      You guys are so bitter since you don't have anyone credible to represent your party well. Oh well...as long as Willard has people like you- he can continue to feed you his crap! So eat up guys!

      July 17, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
    • demsrules

      You guys are so bitter since you don't have anyone credible to represent your party well. Oh well...as long as Willard has people like you- he can continue to feed you his crap! So eat up guys.

      July 17, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
    • davecu

      Including accepting campaign donations from the 1% as long they buy his votes!

      How much $$$ is garnered from the 99%?
      It's OK to take their money but still papillary them when is convenient!

      July 17, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
    • davecu

      Including accepting campaign donations from the 1% as long they buy his votes!

      How much $$$ is garnered from the 99%?
      It's OK to take their money but still pillary them when is convenient!

      July 17, 2012 at 10:51 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      And, YOU HOWARD, will say anything to get YOUR GUY ELECTED. But, you ain't helpin' your guy one whit.

      July 19, 2012 at 12:40 am |
    • Cynthia L.

      Howard, you ain't helpin' Mitt, here. Don't know why this posted a few lines down, but, seriously?? None of your friends here are helpin' Mitt either. The far-right is too far-right for the majority of America and Mitt knows it but, you throw the dirt out of the hole he is jumping into with you and he thinks no one will throw the dirt back in on him- that he won't get dirty because you are doing the dirty work for him and his REAL FRIENDS will swoop down and pluck him out of the hole leaving you stuck. Mitt goes along to get along with you folks. He doesn't care about you because you can't help him. And, when the reality hits you that he doesn't care about you, it'll be too late because you dug the hole you dug for him and it will be the hole you dug for yourself with the realization that,.....he left you in the dirt.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:03 am |
  3. Phil in KC

    I can remember when Texas used to be pretty solidly Democratic – and not all that long ago. Let's not forget that Sam Rayburn, Lyndon Johnson and John Nance Garner were all from Texas. So was Ann Richards and John Connolly (although Connolly later turned coat and became a Republican).

    July 17, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
    • yayabeard

      @Phil, I was born and have lived in Texas my whole life (60 yrs) and I too can remember going with my Daddy to the fire station in the little town in East Texas where I was raised to vote for Democrats. I have been a Democrat ever since. Texas went the way of the rest of the South, Republican. I am hopeful that with the help of our big Hispanic block of votes, that we can change this state back to blue. We have got to get these right wingers out of office in our state so that our state can reverse some of the terrible injustices brought about by Rick Perry and his ilk. Our citizens deserve health care and education has been gutted by Perry. There are a lot of people like me that have been working and waiting for this change to come. Wake up Texas GOP! Your demise is coming! Vote in November Texans, Obama 2012!

      July 18, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
  4. OBAMA2012

    I will do my part to help these rednecks crawl back under their rocks and turn texas blue once again. It will happen sooner than later! OBAMA 2012!!!!!!!

    July 17, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • scott

      keep dreaming and drinking the Obama kool-aid, Texas is Red and will remain red, just like PA,FL,and OH will turn red this time around

      July 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
      • VonRam

        Yeah the polls in PA, OH, and FL say different.

        July 17, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
      • Patrick

        scott lets be honest you wish and hope that you are correct but Florida and Ohio are doing better under Obama then under Bush.. why would they change there ways?

        July 17, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
      • Steveo

        @patrick,

        Wish and Hope as opposed to Hope and Change? Too funny!

        July 18, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • Frank Marshall Davis

      Please take your medication.

      July 17, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • Bill

      Obama is out the door come November. It's all about the economy, and he doesn't have a prayer because of it. The Election may be close, but Obama will be making a call to Romney to congratulate him on election night.

      July 17, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
      • JOSEUSMC0311

        BILL I HOPE YOU ARE RIGHT.

        July 18, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
    • SoundFuture

      Give up the us vs. them argument. All you're going to do is irritate people. If you cause a "rally around the flag" effect you're just going to diminish the Democratic turnout in Texas. Let people make up their own minds.

      July 17, 2012 at 11:57 pm |
  5. SafeJourney3

    Vote America, VOTE

    July 17, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • v_mag

      The only meaningful vote in Texas is one for a third party candidate. Romney will win Texas, no question. A vote for him or Obama is a throw-away. I will vote for any 3rd party on the ballot in protest of the antiquated electoral college.

      I really find it unbelievable that democracy-loving Americans will continue to allow the electoral college to exist and disenfranchise the large majority of Americans in the presidential contest.

      July 17, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        TOO TRUE. AS IT STANDS NOW THE COUNTRY IS TOO POLARIZED AND NO 3RD PARTY CANDIDATE HAS A FIGHTING CHANCE.

        July 17, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
      • Aaron

        V bag the Electorial College structure is very progressive and quite fitting for a Representational Democracy, which is what the US is. Otherwise, you are asking for a direct democracy.

        July 18, 2012 at 12:33 am |
    • JOSEUSMC0311

      VOTE FOR AMERICA BACK, VOTE ROMNEY.

      July 18, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
  6. California Gary

    Texans will one day wake up and realize that the "right to work" states like Texas give you the right to work for less. They will tire of this and then realize which political party put them in that situation. That's when Texas will start fading from red and begin turning blue.

    July 17, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      NAH. TEXAS WILL NEVER WAKE UP BECAUSE THEY HAVE A STRANGLEHOLD ON OIL.

      July 17, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
      • v_mag

        I don't know about that, but we do have the least number of people with healthcare, the most unwed teenaged mothers, a corroding educational system, and quite a few old soreheads.

        July 17, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
      • California Gary

        Texas has always been the playground of big oil......but it hasn't always been "red".

        July 17, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
      • v_mag

        It got red when the parties flipped. When Democrats got rid of Dixiecrats and started supporting civil rights. That put the racists in the Repugnant Party, which went along for awhile as a somewhat moderate party. Since Reagan got in, they've gone wildly reactionary, to the point that the teabaggers now rule.

        July 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
      • TexDem

        More like Oil has a stranglehold on Texas

        July 17, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
    • scott

      this coming from a guy in a state that is so broke, so screwed up that nothing is normal in CA. LA, San Francisco, San Diego are all cesspools

      July 17, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
      • Bill

        Well spoken

        July 17, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
      • ddblah

        You actually don't know the difference between state government and people?

        July 17, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
      • conrad

        It's ok ddblah, there really is no point in arguing your case. Texans are prone to extreme black and white thinking and they think it makes them more manly if they 'stick to their guns' and never give up their position no matter how idi0tic it is. Believe me ... I know Texass.

        July 17, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
      • Steveo

        ddblah
        You actually don't know the difference between state government and people?
        ------–
        You do realize state governments are run by people and voted in by people, right? So are you saying the people voted for the WRONG people?

        July 18, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • Brian in Houston

      So that Texas can be more like California?

      July 17, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • conrad

      I think you underestimate the 'my daddy was a republican and so am I' aspect of Texas voting.

      They like to lay down the law and defend it with their life and never think about it again, like id0ts.

      July 17, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
      • Frank Marshall Davis

        Why should we trust what you say?

        July 17, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
      • Aaron

        Conrad, quite frankly, is an idiot

        July 18, 2012 at 12:42 am |
    • Free Man in the Republic of Texas

      WAKE UP ???
      Born in CA

      When UNION THUGS made the threat to have my wife raped
      in order to collect their crummy union "due" I moved to TEXAS...

      FREE at last... FREE at last... Thank God Almighty... FREE at last !!!

      July 18, 2012 at 8:04 am |
      • lies and hate from the right

        Free loader making union money off the backs of others but won't pay dues

        July 18, 2012 at 9:56 am |
      • Free Man in the Republic of Texas

        FREELOADER ???

        NEVER EVER BEEN A UNION "MEMBER"

        The "vote" took place years before I arrived.

        Then two different UNIONS went to court for
        years to see who's "property" the employees
        would be.

        When they resolved that several thugs
        show up one day and TELL me how things
        are going to be now in the business I was
        managing at the time.

        I encountered creatures like this in Vietnam
        they attach them self to you suck your blood
        but other than that they are good for nothing.

        CLASSIC FREELOADERS !!!

        July 18, 2012 at 11:02 am |
    • Lizzie

      Dream on, Texans don't want government handouts but a job, not like the blue states who cater to the non-working welfare receivers and uneducated kool-aid drinkers. So if you don't like Texas please go back to the state you came from, and not try to change us into a welfare state like Calli.

      July 18, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
      • Free Man in the Republic of Texas

        OBAMA:
        Hey y'all FREE FOOD !!!
        NO work required !!!

        FREE Nanny State Automatic A_ _ Wiper
        Why do for yourself... What government can do FOR you ???

        The working TAX PAYERS who still have a job
        love to pay their "fair" share...

        You know the working TAX PAYERS...
        The FREELOADERS !!!

        July 18, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  7. v_mag

    Presidential candidates actually like the electoral college, since it means they only have to compete in a few states. They can ignore 90% of the country, which suits both parties fine. Obama wouldn't be in Texas for any other reason than to collect money, and Romney won't show up here at all. Then, states like Florida and Ohio will get vast amounts of attention while most of the country never gets their needs addressed. When the election rolls around, Texas will go red even if only 50% of the people there vote, and Romney gets all those electoral votes, not just a proportion based on how many actual votes he gets. The whole system is out of whack, beginning with the primary system that gives tiny states like New Hampshire and Iowa vast influence over who the rest of us get to pick candidates from. And in the end, most of us don't get ANY choice, since the small states pre-select the candidates, and the "battleground states" pick the winner. I thought democracy meant that everybody got a vote. I don't get a vote for president. I only get the kind of vote people in Russia used to get.

    July 17, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  8. Drew

    Voting is a priveledge unfortunately the elections may not be fairly decided due to electoral votes witch unevenly represent population. Just another way to rig the election Bush 2004?

    July 17, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
    • Bill

      If you don't like the Constitution, change it. The Constitution established the Electoral College.

      July 17, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
    • C-Lo

      Voting is NOT a privilege in this country, it is a RIGHT (but only for those who are eligible, i.e. live US Citizens, and usually non-felons). That is one of the huge issues I see in this country, too many people confuse rights and privileges.

      July 18, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
      • Free Man in the Republic of Texas

        Live US Citizens ???

        You MUST be a racist !!!

        WE are the OBAMA Cartel !

        WE have ALL the lists of dead people
        WE have UNION vans already rented
        WE have stockpiles of pre-paid debit cards
        WE have quick print student ID's to match the lists

        VOTE EARLY AND OFTEN
        It's the Chicago way !!!

        July 18, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
  9. Drew

    Sorry wrong witch I must have been thinking of Michele Bachman..LOL :)

    July 17, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  10. cookie

    Texas used to be very Democratic, it lasted supported a Democrat for President in 76. Humphrey was the last Dem Presidential candidate to lose and carry it. Clinton only lost it by a somewhat thin margin, less than about 3%. It has become very red over the years.

    July 17, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
  11. scott

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/07/17/lemonade-lessons-small-ones-sour-on-obama-small-biz-advice/

    July 17, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • Kathleen Farrell

      Did the little muffins grow the lemons, truck them on roads they built to from the orchard - along with the sugar cane? Did they melt the sand that created their glass dispenser? Listen to the entire context. Don't buy the Faux version. Never Never trust Faux News to tell you the truth.

      July 17, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
      • bj

        Never trust cnn either

        July 17, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
      • Frank Marshall Davis

        As if you have a monopoly on truth. Just because you adore Obama doesn't mean everybody does.

        July 17, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
      • Purple Candy

        I wouldn't even argue with them, lost cause. I have watched them vote for el stupido Perry with complete amazement! I am a teacher and how the govenor and state legislature cuts education baffles me! The staff cheered on the intercom when Bush Jr was reelected. And walked around mad when the student body cheered for Obama. I know the hispanic population is primarily democratic. When their numbers of registered voters increase, the state will turn blue. The Grey Old Party doesn't have long!

        July 17, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
      • scott

        Whats wrong Kathleen the truth hurts, some one dare talk against your idiot President, keep drink the kool-aid and listening to CNN(Cartoon News Network).

        July 18, 2012 at 4:57 am |
      • Lizzie

        When I read posts from people like you, I tell myself.......Really? That's the sperm that won?

        July 18, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
      • Jakelin

        Bill, you are so correct. Is the world afaird of this imposter ? It is so plain to see that he is a fraud and trying to destroy our great nation.I just can not understand why someone can not do anything about this. What is our country coming to, if he stays in power ? It is sad, sad.

        August 1, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
    • VonRam

      Right....Fox news are really going to tell you the truth.

      July 17, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Like CBS where you See BS?

        July 18, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
  12. Bill

    I watched a few minutes of this fool ranting on the local news here in Austin. The sooner he's out of our state (and out of office), the better.

    July 17, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • Aditiya

      However, many LDS voters bring one aiddtional factor in that they feel GOP candidates (McCain, but particularly Huckabee) were unusually and unfairly abusive of Mitt Romney. Many of us do feel it was a slap in the face and when it comes to voting, perhaps many arene2€™t exactly in a turn-the-other-cheek mood.If *this* is the reason for his popularity amongst Mormons, it makes Mormons look like absolute idiots. As I've pointed out before, if someone was a legitimate Romney fan (because of his politics) and now you're switching to Obama because of how Romney was treated , then that someone needs their head examined.(I'm not questioning Margaret's support for Obama, even though I disagree with it, obviously. Her support is well thought-out.)Unfortunately, democracy is better than the present-day alternatives. Which drives me nuts.

      July 31, 2012 at 12:29 am |
  13. 2020

    People can be stubborn, but not stupid.

    Texan know their pocket book issue and Romney is not for them.

    Crystal clear

    July 17, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
    • Frank Marshall Davis

      Romney will win Texas, put the crack pipe down.

      July 17, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
    • conrad

      The irony is that Texas is one of the biggest receivers of Federal funds – so ya think the Texas economy won't get slammed when the Teapublicans vote for massive spending cuts and all their government employees lose their jobs?? All those tea-drinkers are in for a big horrific suprise once that happens. Say goodbye to 8% Unemployment and hello to 18%

      Enjoy the show ...

      July 17, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
      • JOE

        On barrys watch,sure. More jobs just disappear under barry. Get a clue vote barry out in Nov.

        July 17, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
      • Frank Marshall Davis

        Are you sure your real name isn't Komrad?

        July 17, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Which is exactly why you should be voting republican. If you cannot stand the thought of your money going to Texas where they don't pay income tax. The irony is you sit there and condem them for recieving the taxes collected from you and sent there through huge liberal gov't programs. Limit that $$ to the defense of our nation (including borders) a court system, and simplified laws, stop the redistribution of wealth and you wouldn't have that complaint. The irony is Texas needs that extra money to fund all of the programs helping the illegals that flow into their state to whom you want to give amnisty/citizenship. Those are the ironies.

        July 18, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  14. Frank Marshall Davis

    1200 people at 250 a plate is only 300,000. That's not really a lot in campaign money, it costs more to operate Air Force 1.

    July 17, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
  15. Ed R

    So what is barry doing? Passing the hat for pesos from the illegals?

    July 17, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
  16. marisombra

    Obama et al is the death of the U..A.

    July 17, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
  17. lardoggy

    CNN,were is the story on Obama talking about small business can not start up without the government???????????????? I started mind 20 twenty years ago without government help,Obama has got to be kidding us right???????????

    July 17, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
    • g

      So you don't need anything? Your roads, schooling, and customers/ clients just appeared to you, because of why? Government isn't the key point, its with each other we do better. Roads, internet, education, and networking help a business with success, you can't take all the credit.

      July 17, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
      • Lizzie

        In other words if your mother would have had an abortion, you would not be here, if she would not have changed your diaper you would not have made it, if she would not have spoon fed you, you would not have made it.
        Roads are paid by us the taxpayers, teachers are paid by taxpayers, if you have no taxpayers you have none of that.
        Government does NOT create private business, people go out an the limb, borrow money, mortgage their house and take on the government regulation and tax laws, government then stands there and holds its hand out and says pay you owe me.

        July 18, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  18. XTR120

    A democrat in Texas is like a kkk member at a Black Rally Meeting.

    July 17, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
    • Steveo

      Really? What party idoes the mayor of Houston belong? I'm bettin' he's not the only Dem in the state! Sorry but your observation is a fail! Yes, that is my final asnwer!

      July 18, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
      • Free Man in the Republic of Texas

        Re:
        What party idoes the mayor of Houston belong?
        I'm bettin' he's not the only Dem in the state!

        GTLB ???
        He his a lesbian.
        Makes perfect liberal sense...

        MOVING FORWARD
        To total depravity !!!

        July 18, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
      • Steveo

        Thanks (I think) for the info Free Man. I was thinking about the dude who attempted a run for higher office. A dem nontheless!

        July 19, 2012 at 11:23 am |
  19. Wiley Thruster

    From the drug cartels as a "thank you" for providing them weapons? How nice.

    July 17, 2012 at 10:44 pm |
  20. Mike Smith

    Where are the articles about the Sheriff of Arizona proving without any doubt that the Obama birth certificate is a FRAUD? This isn't news worthy? The President of the US presented to the America people a made-up birth certificate! The only answer possible or explanation why nothing is mentioned is CNN is owned and operated by the Obama criminals--

    July 17, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
  21. Joe the Taxpayer

    Wow. Just heard about this trip. No official biz at all. Visited only the wealthy. All paid for by us taxpayers. So how much did his little fund raising jaunt cost all of us?

    July 17, 2012 at 11:35 pm |
  22. Jesse

    There are many reasons that Texas should vote red. One of the best reasons is the current administration's view on immigration. The democrats just want these people here so that they can eventually vote for them. I love how all of you democrats claim that party. That just goes to show how dumb you are. Liberals get their votes by making less educated(poor) people think that they are fighting for their rights. Guess what they are not. Also, all of you people talking about tax returns??? Where is Obama's birth certificate? i'm talking the real one, not some crap scanned image that looks brad new. Dems are whining about outsourcing??? All of you idiots need to take a college level economics class then we can talk about outsourcing.

    July 18, 2012 at 12:01 am |
  23. Aaron

    Obama lost this Texan's vote when he visited the state last year during the historic wildfires. He didn't seem concerned, whatsoever, neglecting requests for aid. He needed to put his political beef w Perru aside for the people. But he didn't, asked for $ and left.

    July 18, 2012 at 12:38 am |
    • JOSEUSMC0311

      OBAMA PICKED UP DONATIONS IN TAXES ??? MEXICANS ???

      July 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • Yusuf

      I understand what you are syiang and I agree, to a certain point. I will say this. Mike Huckabee did a fantastic job in Arkansas, coming into office after the state had been ransacked by Bill Clinton and Jim Guy Tucker. The economy and the roads were in a mess, along with a lot of other items as well. Huckabee was able to get a bond measure passed that funded a lot of road construction. The economy did prosper, in part because of the jobs that were created by the construction. It certainly isn't a cure all, but it will help.

      December 15, 2012 at 2:17 am |
  24. jerry

    obama is even canvassing europe for campaign money....he is in trouble and grasping desperately. He is a mess and needs to crawl back in the chicago hole he came out of...the o'barry experiment is over.

    July 18, 2012 at 12:38 am |
  25. Mike

    if U.S miss Obama hmm people will cry for it later... stand for him for better tomorrow.. change is taking place remember he was once poor and he knows the weak point of the people and what they need, for the other man his to rich to listing to people or to be a leader and as a business man, he may turn this country into his privet business.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:22 am |
    • jerry

      you are sick.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:31 am |
    • Lizzie

      You are kidding, POOR, went to private schools, sure every POOR family can afford that, went on a trip around the world as POOR college student, sure every college student can afford that.

      July 18, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  26. nokat

    "Obama and Michelle see themselves when they look at average Americans"

    He'll say anything for a buck and a vote.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:19 am |
  27. Jmoney

    Conservatives in Texas have blinders on. They care very little about the rest of the country. The facts are there but they don't see them. I think we need to start speaking their language. If Jesus came back, who do you think He would agree with? A political party hell bent on trying to eliminate a bunch of social programs that help people in need? Doubt it. People that have political views based on their own greed will ruin this country. I don't see any one person changing the minds of millions but I can't help but hope one day the far right will start to worry about everyone instead of the wealthy. I hope my children and their childern will get to live in a world where (God forbid) if they need help they can get it from the government as a last resort.

    Texas does have a lot of programs that the government funds and a lot of people will lose their jobs if that spending is cut.

    Our problem as a country is that we have been stagnant technologically. When the computer was created so were hundreds of thousands of jobs. When the internet was created so were hundreds of thousands of jobs. Now where are we? Oil and coal are not going to get us anywhere in the future. Once we find a replacement for oil what will Texas do? Probably ask for more government assistance when thousands lose their jobs..

    Can someone else from the right contribute to my discussion? Without calling me names please :P

    July 18, 2012 at 6:30 am |
    • Free Man in the Republic of Texas

      All Scripture is God-breathed
      and is useful for teaching, rebuking,
      correcting and training in righteousness,
      so that the man of God may be thoroughly
      equipped for every good work.
      2 Timothy 3:16-17

      “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”
      2 Thessalonians 3:10

      OBAMA:
      FREE FOOD !!!
      NO work required !!!

      July 18, 2012 at 11:11 am |
      • Nengsih

        the problem is, our gomnrnveet isnt going to do one damn thing about this. hes the first black president, so it makes no difference if he has a birth certificate, if he was from the USA or mars, there not going to do a damn thing. furthermore, while i do respect phils views, i dont think obamas ever going to be ousted out of the whitehouse unless the people get together and finally say we arent going to take this shit anymore and actually FIGHT for what they believe in. i dont think things will ever change, and as a matter of fact, i feel they will get much MUCH worse until we have an actual on the ground civil war just like our forefathers did. what do you think they would ha ve accomplished with the whole peaceful march thing?..not a darn thing, thats what. they fought for this country and gave their lives for those little things called liberty,freedom,ect. its really sad that our gomnrnveet has the people so bullied that they are literally afraid to fight for what they believe in. wake up people.

        August 1, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
    • C-Lo

      Easy Jmoney...the left spews lies and mistruths that conservatives hate grandma, clean water, the poor, etc, etc, etc. Simple fact of the matter is that the vast majority of us love all of these things, but recognize that corrupt politicians are not trustworthy in dealing with most of the societal ills.

      It is my observation that many on the left want to substitute God (regardless of which God you choose to believe in), charity and good will with government solutions. If we find out Red Cross, United Way, Volunteers of America, Salvation Army, our church, synagogue, temple...are not being responsible with our contributions, we find one that is. If the gov't is allowing us to be fleeced, rather than fixing the problem, they raise taxes. For instance, the church I attend lays out a cause for a period of time we are asked to donate to, from the local food bank to libraries in Africa, to "economic stimulus" packages for widows and orphans in Afghanistan. If we determine it's a worthy cause, we donate, if not, we donate to another charity/cause during that drive. Bottom line is we don't want/need big gov't solutions to take care of problems–it is a drain on the resources. Think about how much is taken in "administrative" expenses to tax, create, develop, administer and review programs before that funding ever reaches the individual. If you man these programs with good will and volunteers, the net amount that reaches the cause it increased tremendously.

      Is there a need for gov't? Of course, but not to the extent the left wants. You say a problem in our country is stagnant technology. Have you considered a couple things–1. technology is far from stagnant–look simply at the recent discovery of the Higgs Boson. 2. That gov't is part of the problem, not the solution for some of the stagnation I believe you are referring to. What if instead of the gov't giving huge loans to these failing companies with sub-par technology/business models, we leave it to investors who will provide venture capital to the strongest of these companies, not the ones who will turn your tax contributions around into campaign contributions.

      For some odd reason, the left believes only Republican politicians are corrupt. I believe all of them are, at least to some extent, and therefore the less power and money of ours they have, the less damage they can do.

      BTW. Thank you for wanting to enter into a civil discussion.

      July 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • C-Lo

      Apparently we can't, Jmoney. I tried to offer a rebu-ttle point of view explaining how I see the different mindsets of Libs vs. conservatives, and it was moderated out. Moderator must not have wanted any converts.

      July 19, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • Steveo

      If Jesus came back, who do you think He would agree with?
      -----------
      WHEN He comes back He will lfind fault with BOTH parties. In fact, it is not parties that will be judged but individuals. But since you mentioned party:

      You Think He is i agreement with the party of abortion or same S-e-x marriage? Do youi?

      Secondly, you know for sure that EVERY conservative cares little for this country or cares little for the poor? Unless you have surveyed EVERY Conservative Texan, your just spouting off! In fact, How do you know EVERY liberal cares for this country or for the poor? The answer is you don't! Blanket statements are wrong!

      Free man gave you a scripture. I wil say that since you brought up Jesus, He has ALWAYS honored His word and HE ALWAYS will!

      If an able bodied man refuses to work, that man shall not eat. Sorry but the Dems have circumvented that scripture and several others. That is not to say the GOP have not either but you asked who would Jesus agree with! Jesus never endorsed poltics nor did He condemn politics UNLESS His word was violated! All of this and no name calling!

      July 19, 2012 at 11:41 am |
    • Steveo

      Steveo
      Your comment is awaiting moderation.

      If Jesus came back, who do you think He would agree with?
      ---–
      WHEN He comes back He will lfind fault with BOTH parties. In fact, it is not parties that will be judged but individuals. But since you mentioned party:

      You Think He is i agreement with the party of abortion or same S-e-x marriage? Do youi?

      Secondly, you know for sure that EVERY conservative cares little for this country or cares little for the poor? Unless you have surveyed EVERY Conservative Texan, your just spouting off! In fact, How do you know EVERY liberal cares for this country or for the poor? The answer is you don't! Blanket statements are wrong!

      Free man gave you a scripture. I wil say that since you brought up Jesus, He has ALWAYS honored His word and HE ALWAYS will!

      If an able bodied man refuses to work, that man shall not eat. Sorry but the Dems have circ-u-mvented that scripture and several others. That is not to say the GOP have not either but you asked who would Jesus agree with! Jesus never endorsed poltics nor did He condemn politics UNLESS His word was violated! All of this and no name calling!

      July 19, 2012 at 11:44 am |
      • Free Man in the Republic of Texas

        OBAMA:
        FREE FOOD
        NO work required.

        God:
        “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”
        2 Thessalonians 3:10

        Pick... ONE

        July 19, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
      • Steveo

        Since God is ETERNAL (among many other reasons), my choice.....The Lord!

        July 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • C-Lo

      trying Steveo's trick:
      Your comment is awaiting moderation.

      Easy Jmoney...the left spews lies and mistruths that conservatives hate grandma, clean water, the poor, etc, etc, etc. Simple fact of the matter is that the vast majority of us love all of these things, but recognize that corrupt politicians are not trustworthy in dealing with most of the societal ills.

      It is my observation that many on the left want to substitute God (regardless of which God you choose to believe in), charity and good will with government solutions. If we find out Red Cross, United Way, Volunteers of America, Salvation Army, our church, synagogue, temple...are not being responsible with our contributions, we find one that is. If the gov't is allowing us to be fleeced, rather than fixing the problem, they raise taxes. For instance, the church I attend lays out a cause for a period of time we are asked to donate to, from the local food bank to libraries in Africa, to "economic stimulus" packages for widows and orphans in Afghanistan. If we determine it's a worthy cause, we donate, if not, we donate to another charity/cause during that drive. Bottom line is we don't want/need big gov't solutions to take care of problems–it is a drain on the resources. Think about how much is taken in "administrative" expenses to tax, create, develop, administer and review programs before that funding ever reaches the individual. If you man these programs with good will and volunteers, the net amount that reaches the cause it increased tremendously.

      Is there a need for gov't? Of course, but not to the extent the left wants. You say a problem in our country is stagnant technology. Have you considered a couple things–1. technology is far from stagnant–look simply at the recent discovery of the Higgs Boson. 2. That gov't is part of the problem, not the solution for some of the stagnation I believe you are referring to. What if instead of the gov't giving huge loans to these failing companies with sub-par technology/business models, we leave it to investors who will provide venture capital to the strongest of these companies, not the ones who will turn your tax contributions around into campaign contributions.

      For some odd reason, the left believes only Republican politicians are corrupt. I believe all of them are, at least to some extent, and therefore the less power and money of ours they have, the less damage they can do.

      BTW. Thank you for wanting to enter into a civil discussion.

      July 19, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  28. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    TEXAS ???

    Oh.. Ya...

    "I" can "evolve" to get some re-election $$$

    -> -> -> MOVING FORWARD -> -> ->
    To total depravity !!!

    July 18, 2012 at 7:16 am |
  29. Mike Lake Orion Michigan

    Obama has depended on Government all of his life. Ask him who paid for his college? I don't even know how he got through college with his sense of business? He hasn't a clue.

    July 18, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • jerry

      true...he was a second rate law lecturer (not really and academic), a jr senator, and a community organizer....compare this to Romneys resume' and the winner is clear.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:33 am |
  30. No MObama

    http://news.yahoo.com/arpaio-obama-birth-record-definitely-fraudulent-010211250.html?_esi=1

    July 18, 2012 at 9:59 am |
  31. GAR

    did odumbo release his college transcripts, specifically economy. It don't matter lets just get rid of this dumb knee grow in november

    July 18, 2012 at 10:39 am |
  32. judy

    its funny how HowaRD and the gang don't have a word to say when the artical is about romneys tax evasion or bain capital. Raise all you can Mr Presiednt. After all you have to fight not only the repost but people like Adelson who are the slime of the repo party. And are out to buy this counrty with foreign and dirty money. Where is you outrage over this ??? Patriots my ass. Your a bunch of hipocrates. Obama 2012

    July 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • Lizzie

      Tax evasion, all the lies have been debunked, but when you have nothing but lies you have to keep repeating them as often as possible

      July 18, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  33. mikle

    OBAMA CHANGE+MORE PEOPLE ON DISABILITY THAN JOB CREATION.

    July 18, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
  34. NAM VET

    THE BUCKS YOU GOT IN TEXAS WAS GET OUT OF TOWN MONEY.

    July 18, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • JOSEUSMC0311

      NAM VET-THE MONEY OBAMA GOT IN TAXES CAME FROM MEXICANS NO DOUBT.. AMNESTY FIGHT NEXT YEAR. I HOPE GOP TAKE THE SENATE AND KEEP CONTROL OF THE HOUSE.

      July 18, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  35. mikle

    THE LATE SPEECH BY OBAMA SHOW HIS LOW CLASS . HIS TV SHOW AGAINST ROMNEY SHOWN HIS VERY LOW CLASS

    July 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • jerry

      what do you expect from a black man from chicago who married a woman from south side chicago? We got what we bought and we are paying the price.

      July 18, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  36. JOSEUSMC0311

    OBAMA PICK UP DONATIONS IN TEXAS ???? FROM MEXICANS AND ILLEGALS NO DOUBT. AMNESTY FIGHT IS COMING NEXT YEAR.

    July 18, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  37. NAM VET

    OB IS THE CON MAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE. MOST POLITICIANS ARE SELF SERVING. THIS CON IS A REAL FIRST FOR
    OUR COUNTRY. TIME TO VOTE HIM INTO HISTORY AND ON THE FIRST BOAT OUT OF THE COUNTRY. EVERY
    VET OF ANY WAR HAS BEEN SOLD OUT BY OUR GOV. AND LIBERALS FROM DAY ONE. OUR WARRIORS WOULD
    NOT HAVE A FUTURE IF IT WERE NOT FOR GROUPS THAT SUPPORT AND AID THEM WHEN THEY COME HOME. SO
    MUCH FOR OUR VET. ADIM. AND CONGRESS. A LOT MORE CAN BE SAID BUT TO MANY DEAF EARS IN THE USA
    FROM THE LEFT WING FOLKS. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND THOSE WHO TRULEY LOVE IT.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  38. Marcia Willoughby

    Anyone who seriously believes that God lives on the planet Kolog, that Jesus's Second Coming will be near Kansas City, and that when a Mormon dies he will be made a god and must populate HIS OWN PLANET is too gullible and lacking the common sense God gave an earthworm to run the country. How evangelicals/Christians can vote for this man is beyond me. Or anyone else with a lick of sense, for that matter. He keeps claiming "I will fix this, I will fix that" but has not given ONE SINGLE SOLITARY IDEA as to his plan.

    July 19, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  39. Fatih

    DKL,#157,Margaret, whether somnoee is a hawk or not is beside the point. Everybody wants the war in Iraq to end. The question is on what terms. I want victory. Obama wants defeat.Heh, you couldn't take victory when it was handed to you in 2003. You had to stick around and mess things up. No, you don't want victory. You want occupation. If things improve, you'll argue that we should stay just so that things don't get bad again. If things do not improve, you'll argue that we should stay because things are bad and we should try to improve them. You don't seem to realize that WE are the problem in Iraq. WE are the reason for the violence. If we leave, the violence leaves with us. But see, war supporters know this. They know that the violence goes wherever we go. So why bring the violence here? It doesn't make sense to bring the violence home. Let's take the violence to others. So, in the words of Thomas Friedman, you go around in Iraq, and later in Iran, because you can. Suck on this. you will say to them. Break that bubble of theirs. Because you can. Not because we should. Not because it is prudent, or a wise foreign policy, but because we want to flex those muscles of ours. After all, a weapon unused is a useless weapon. Silly ideology I tell you.

    July 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm |