Deep in the heart of Texas?
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March 9th, 2012
09:19 PM ET

Deep in the heart of Texas?

HOUSTON (CNN) - President Obama spent his Friday night deep in the heart of Texas raising cash for his campaign but why spend time in a place where he doesn't have a chance of winning?

According to Mark Jones, chairman of the political science department at Rice University and a fellow at Baker's Institute for Public Policy , he won't actually be campaigning in Texas, just raising money.

"Texas is a wealthy state," Jones said. "There are a lot of wealthy democrats and pragmatic voters so it is a very good source of funds for the democratic party."

But does he have a chance at winning the state in a general election?

Not really, according to Jones. "If Texas comes into play, it's only because Obama would have won so many other states and it would turn into a Reagan-Mondale situation.' he said.

Obama lost the state to McCain in 2008 by 12 percentage points and a bloc of voters feel that the Obama administration's policies have been anti-Texas. His energy policy, which focuses on an increase in alternative fuels, doesn't always sit well in this major oil-producing state.

The president told the crowd at a fundraiser gathered at Minute Maid Park, that oil production in America is at the highest level in eight years but that other forms of energy will help Texas too.

"Rather than continue a hundred years of taxpayer subsidies to an industry that’s very, very profitable, let’s double down on our investments in clean energy industry," Mr. Obama said.  "It’s never been more promising.  That will create jobs in Texas -– solar power and wind power, biofuels."

"Some large groups feel like he's not looking out for the future of Texas," Rice said. "There is somewhat of an echo chamber of the Republicans' message that Obama is  anti-Texas that resonates with the broader public."

But there is another group of Texans who fully support the president's policies. Almost 750 people were in attendance at the fundraiser at Union Station at Minute Maid Park where tickets started at $500. The second fundraiser of the evening was at the home of  Tony Chase, CEO of Chasesource, a recruiting firm. Tickets for the second event were the maximum $35,800 for each of the 70 guests.

Topics: 2012 Election • Fundraising

soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. ourjungle

    Here is a great plan...lets send the same old Washington insiders back to Washington, especially the ones that have been campaigning to move our focus of the Recession. The Recession....does anyone remember the Recession? Our Nation is still crawling out of a devastating Recession, and the Washington insiders don't seem to focus on the deplorable Economy. Remember, a few positive economic number,does not a recovery make. These Washington insiders have been rolling out the tried and true "I,m Holier then tho" theme, followed by a good milking of our deep spiritual feelings. These Washington insiders are spending mult-millions tooting their horns about age old social and spiritual issues.....which will not bring our Nation one step closer to fixing the broken Economy. It is this Washington insider "mind set" that has caused our Nation to take past roads to economic ruin.Yes, lets send these same old Washingon insiders back, so that we,and the children can suffer generations of economic ruin.

    March 10, 2012 at 12:25 am |
  2. bettyboop33

    I have lived in Texas most of my life. I am voting for President Obama just as I did in 2008. I also know plenty of Hispanics, women, middle class voters that are voting for him as well. He is the ONLY logical choice for POTUS and the GOP (Great Obstructionist Party)..DO NOT have a candidate capable of defeating him. President Obama will indeed be re-elected.

    March 10, 2012 at 1:49 am |
    • Joey

      So unless people don't vote as you do they aren't "logical"? Since when do you own the market on logic or people's interests? It sounds like you hate freedom of choice, unless of course it's in lock step with you.

      March 10, 2012 at 5:44 am |
      • Hawk in Texas

        Joey why would you want the people that caused the trouble back in charge? the republicans have only one answer. all they know is cut taxes. we know what that did to the economy. since reagan that is their whole agenda. cut taxes for the wealthy. insanity is doing the same thing over and over and hoping for a different outcome.

        March 11, 2012 at 11:53 am |
    • jean2009

      Joey he is the logical choice since all those who created the problem are ready to do it again.

      March 10, 2012 at 9:11 am |
      • Name*Liz Carter

        I know that's right Jean! LOL!

        March 11, 2012 at 11:50 am |
    • Hawk in Texas

      I am a 73 year old native texan. i well remember when this great state was blue. every thing was fine. good jobs good economy, then came the infiltration of carpetbaggers. they started turning every thing upside down. more and more people moved to texas they finally turned it red. then all hell broke loose. they jerry rigged the elections to where no democrat could win state wide elections. in fact they created a dictatorship. then they put their own yes men in office. g.w.bush. rick perry. just this election cycle the republicans redrew the districts so they would still win all. it was challenged in the courts, but the republican appointed judges ruled in favor of the republican plan. so it seems that we are screwed again. the republican way lie, cheat, steal. and i will vote for Obama again also.

      March 10, 2012 at 9:55 am |
      • KeninTexas

        I haven't been around as long as you, but I too remember when the state was blue. However, I also remember the Democratic party being more centralist than it is now. But it has been highjacked by the left. It no longer represents the "average American". The democrats have "left" us.

        March 11, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
  3. AMERICA 1st

    Nobody in their right mind wants another 4 years of simian infestations in the WHITE house!

    March 10, 2012 at 6:17 am |
    • jean2009

      @americaKKKlast All your statement means is that you are a fascist right-wingnut racist moron.
      Four more years. Obama-Biden 2012-2016!

      March 10, 2012 at 9:10 am |
    • Hawk in Texas

      Ya'll from south carolina, or georgia. wingnut tea party dunce.

      March 10, 2012 at 9:57 am |
      • Steveo

        Hey Hawk,

        I live in SC and I think America 1st is a 1st rate disgrace! Not all of us here are like that!

        March 10, 2012 at 10:12 am |
      • Name*Liz Carter

        ....and I'm from Georgia and I admire and respect those beautiful people in the Whitehouse; so you couldn't be talking about me!! Thanks Steveo, I agree with you. I know you don't usually label people....but I will call them like I see'em....America 1st is nothing more than a racist biggot.

        March 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • Dan5404

      You are right. Keep the GOP/Tea Party/Norquist money-mad, discriminatory woman-hating puppets out.

      March 11, 2012 at 1:11 am |
    • dodger don

      You must be talking about that Bush guy that screwed up the economy so bad,

      March 11, 2012 at 3:20 am |
    • Franny

      Nobody in their right minds would want to go back to the last Administration. It's apparent you've lost your memory. It really irks many that this President is getting the Country back on track. Please tell me you're not that gullible to believe It's all President Obama's fault. If so? That's just sad.

      March 12, 2012 at 5:00 am |
  4. Qantum

    Ron Paul 2012!

    March 10, 2012 at 9:53 am |
  5. tomclements

    Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe." At the time he said that, the Europeans were paying the equivalent of $8 to $10 a gallon. Steven Chu quote....Obamas energy secretary....

    March 10, 2012 at 10:00 am |
  6. MaryM

    Even the good people of Texas know the Repubs are on their way out. Just look at all the negative comments about Repub Gov Perry when he was running

    March 10, 2012 at 10:25 am |
  7. Reuben Guerra

    OBAMA 2012! But please try and lower these gas prices..

    March 10, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • Franny

      Good grief, when are people going to realize that the President has nothing to do with raising gas prices. This is why so many get confused, and place blame where it doesn't belong. Some of you were even critical when the gas prices were low during the Holidays. President Obama couldn't please some of you if he could walk on water, because well, we really know the reasons. Can you really admit those reasons? Didn't think so.

      March 12, 2012 at 5:05 am |
  8. Church

    Whenever I see remarks about Obama being “simian” or “Curious George”, I am reminded that Bush Jr. is still widely known as “The Smirking Chimp”.

    March 11, 2012 at 10:19 am |
    • Name*Liz Carter

      Hadn't heard that one before...if that's true by the way, it should be considered to most as 'humorous' at best! It still doesn't justify such nasty, hateful behavior towards a US President and his family.

      March 11, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
  9. Church

    Yes, humorous about Bush, but the remarks about Obama are hateful and racist.
    Here are some sites about “The Smirking Chimp”.

    March 11, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • Name*Liz Carter

      Thanks for the info. Those remarks are more certainly racist, disrespectful and hateful!!...and to be lodged against a US President, while all along they are busy claiming we are united and have risen above that! How disgusting!! And we who have the gumption to call that kind of behavior out when we find it, many of the same perpetrators of such a mindset turns right around and call us racists for identifying it as such!! How assinine and stupid can they be?? Or is it that they think we don't know the difference?? Do they still bank on us being of low-level intellect and stupidity? If so, they have another thought coming!!

      March 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  10. judy

    I too remember when Texas was blue. Hopefully it will be again one day. The racist remarks give the south a bad name . I know plenty of dumb southerners. But I also know some really smart southerners who are tired of being branded with the dumb racist brush. reguardless of who is in office comments about the president and his family should not be tolerated. Disagreeing with policy is one thing but this election has brought out the worst in people. Going to church does not make you a christian and not being a christian does not make you a bad person. Obama 2012

    March 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • Name*Liz Carter

      Thank you for you comment. I agree.

      March 12, 2012 at 1:15 am |
  11. Franny

    I also remember when Texas was a good place to live. The days of Ann Richards are gone, and sadly what I feel now is embarassment. Embarassment, because of Perry, and the damage done to Children, Women, the Elderly, and disabled, and the greed, and corruption of the Republican Legislators. President will be getting this Texans vote once again, and I pray he wins!

    March 12, 2012 at 4:56 am |
  12. Steve

    Go Obama, Ginrich is an iddiot and Yes I live in Texas!!!

    March 12, 2012 at 8:33 am |
  13. Steve

    What is rediculous is these lawmakers will take anything a person says and blow it up like its World War III. Instead of talking about really important matters they make a huge deal out of some remarks that in truth are just a miniscule of what the person actually said or meant to be understood that provides a broader explanation and interpretation. Sure I wouldn't want the United Nations dictating to the US anything but come on now; does anyone really believe that our government really cares what the UN says or does? I am sure Panetta wants to show respect for the UN but when push comes to shove, the US will do whatever it wants to do and Panetta and the american people should know that.

    March 12, 2012 at 8:38 am |