Obama campaign plays GOP debate fundraising game
The GOP Debate Watch website for the Obama campaign's fundraising game played last night. (Obama for America)
October 19th, 2011
05:09 PM ET

Obama campaign plays GOP debate fundraising game

While President Obama didn't tune in to last night's CNN Western Republican Debate, if you’re an Obama supporter you might have received an email in the hours before the debate asking you to put your “Money where their mouth is.” The email came from Matthew Barzun, Obama for America’s national finance chair, and it included an invitation to play a new kind of debate fundraising game.

“Here's how it works,” Barzun’s email read. “You pick a word or phrase from the list below to sponsor, and pledge to give $3 or $5 (or however much you'd like) for each mention. So tonight, as the Republican candidates prattle on about defunding Social Security, ending Medicare as we know it, and everything else they support, they will literally be building this campaign.”

In case debate over any given topic got out of hand, donors could set a cap on their total donation. Here is the list of words or phrases available for ‘sponsorship’:

– Class warfare

– Repeal

– Obamacare

– Fence

– (De)regulation

– Amnesty

– Socialism

– Romneycare

– 9-9-9

After the debate, the campaign posted an update on the night’s winners. By its count, “Obamacare” got 15 mentions, easily carrying the evening. In second place “fence” narrowly beat out “repeal” 11 mentions to nine, “(de)regulation” came in fourth with five mentions and Herman Cain’s “9-9-9” plan came in fifth with four mentions.

While the campaign wouldn’t release how much they raised with the debate game, the GOP Debate Watch site is still up and running in case anyone wants to see the tally or learn the Obama campaign’s definitions to what it views as the GOP buzz words.


soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Maggie

    Obama and his campaign team really getting desperate because they all know that he will be a one term president. I do not know why they are wasting people's money to try and win because he will not be going back into that Whitehouse for another term.

    October 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
    • KeepFearAlive

      nah.. not desperate .... I must say though.. in a nation of OVer 350 million people , the republicans have , ONCE AGAIN, shown they are totally inept at putting forth a coherant candidate ... I mean really.. it looks like a circus sideshow of empty rhetoric and the same old one and two work campaign slogans... we know the past ones...Sancity of marriage, cut and run, slow bleed, ,, the new catch phrases are .. communist, marxist, socialist , muslim, birth certificate, ... what a bunch of kool-ade drinking buffoons .. . .

      October 19, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  2. Flo

    Loving it-funny to the bone. The debate was predictable anybody could see where it was heading. I don't support any of these guys except for Huntsman but no one is taking him seriously. Instead it's the same-o-same-o crowd with the same tired lines. Obama 2012!.

    October 19, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  3. getutad

    My first vote in life will go for all Democratic candidates, not even one Rep/Tea bags will get it. VIVA Obama!

    October 19, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
    • Jolyn

      That hits the target pefrtecly. Thanks!

      December 23, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  4. getutad

    Viva Obama and Democrats

    October 19, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  5. jean2009

    Obama -Biden 2012

    October 19, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
    • NOBama

      get off the government doll and contribute to society already... im sick of providing for your inept family.

      October 19, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
      • Mephistopheles

        Don't blame Obama for your own pathetic and miserable life.

        October 19, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
      • Alex

        That quick to insult jean2009 and his family (if he has one) because he support the Obama campaign?! It's so sad one can't even have a civil discourse on the internet. Is it becasue we don't see faces so people let it go? Nobama change your attitude and this goes for all you out there spewing dust any chance they get. I am also offended you think people on welfare are automatically Obama supporters; I know some high earners that support Obama – unless your comment has racist undertones. A shame! If fools were airplanes the internet would be an airport.

        October 20, 2011 at 8:03 am |
      • jean2009

        I earned my social security, I worked hard for it. Being retired doesn't mean I don't contribute to society. I probably donate more hours a week to worth causes than you ever will in your sorry lifetime.

        My family is educated and hold jobs. They also contribute to society, start their sentences with a capital letter, and can spell the word "dole".

        So sc3rw you dumbo!

        Obama-Biden 2012

        October 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Jean, one time you said that you lent the money to the government and they promised to pay it back to you plus interest. Now you claim you earned Social Security? What fantasy land do you live in. The poor are being taxed to give you money. What a leach, taking money from minimum wage workers. You are the 1%.

        October 20, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
      • jean2009

        Jay you are a moron.

        October 20, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Typical Liberal, can not back up their claims so they resort to name calling.

        October 20, 2011 at 6:24 pm |