December 30th, 2011
11:45 AM ET

Obama campaign: President will address Iowa supporters Tuesday via web chat

As Republican presidential hopefuls continue whirlwind campaign events inIowain advance of next week’s caucuses, the Obama campaign is planning for the president to speak to hisIowasupporters via the web Tuesday night—as the GOP caucus results come in. 

A Democratic campaign official tells CNN the technology is new and is a version of the web chat feature "Skype" but on a much larger scale. 

The president is expected to return toWashington,DCfrom his Hawaiian holiday early next week.  The campaign official, who did not want to be identified by name, says the president will speak fromWashingtonto his supporters gathered in various locations inIowavia a web chat called Adobe-connect. 

Four years ago, Mr. Obama's surprising eight-point win in theIowacaucuses gave him the initial momentum that eventually allowed him to surge past Hillary Clinton in a long nomination fight.

Topics: 2012 Election • Campaign • Iowa Caucuses • President Obama • The Buzz • The News
August 1st, 2011
08:13 AM ET

Sperling sells deal; are Dems listening?

Compromise is the word of the day at the White House, especially as some Democrats are publicly expressing disapproval of the deal struck over the weekend

The White House dispatched the president’s top economic adviser to make the TV rounds Monday, in part an effort to calm nerves from several Democrats that Republicans got the better of the deal.

Gene Sperling, the chief White House Economic Adviser, had this to say:

As the president said many times, we have divided government. We had the responsibility to make sure that didn't mean dysfunctional government that ended up hurting our economy. This is a compromise. . . This makes sure that a good amount of that deficit reduction comes from security and defense spending, so there's more shared sacrifice in how we're cutting spending. It helps protect college scholarships for people who are . . . on Pell grants.

Sterling also suggested tax revenues could come from the upcoming special committee’s recommendations this fall, a sentiment the president agreed with in his statement.

When you have an incentive that makes both sides have to come to the table, this president believes very strongly that the American people will side with him that the type of big deficit reduction we should do should not put all of the burden on seniors or students or working families as some of the republican plans would like to do, but does require shared sacrifice and that means tax reform that asks the corporate tax expenditures, those most well off to be part of the solution and this president will insist on that. He did not give up anything in that goal of shared sacrifice in this package.

In the second stage of the deal, a special joint committee of Congress will recommend further deficit reduction steps totaling $1.5 trillion or more by the end of November, with Congress obligated to vote on the panel's proposals by the end of the year.

Obama touts manufacturing rebound in Iowa visit
June 28th, 2011
04:34 PM ET

Obama touts manufacturing rebound in Iowa visit

(CNN) - President Barack Obama took his economic recovery message on the road Tuesday, telling a group of manufacturing workers in Iowa that while times remain tough, the administration has made a series of critical investments in the country's long-term development.

He also knocked Washington's harsh partisan environment, saying that lawmakers need to start working more as a team for the country's common good.

"I ran (for president in 2008) because I believe in an America where working families aren't just treading water, but where they're moving forward," the president said during a visit to an Alcoa plant in Bettendorf.

"I know these are difficult times," he conceded. "Sometimes it's tempting to turn cynical ... and start thinking that maybe our best days are behind us. But that's not the America I know."


Topics: Economy • Iowa Caucuses
Did you know...?
Then-Senator Obama making a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Feb. 10, 2007.
June 28th, 2011
12:03 PM ET

Did you know...?

Barack Obama will be making his fifth visit as president to Iowa today.  After formally announcing his intention to run for president on Feb. 10, 2007 in Illinois, then-Senator Obama spent the next two days in Iowa with visits to Cedar Rapids, Waterloo and Ames.  Obama held more than 100 town hall meetings with Iowans over the course of his 21-month race to the White House, according to his 2008 presidential campaign.  In 2008, Obama carried the state with 54 percent over Republican presidential nominee John McCain's 45 percent.