Obama Launches DNC “Vote 2010″ Midterm Election Effort

By Jonathan Blakely

Apr 26, 2010 8:16am

ABC's David Chalian Reports: President Obama is kicking off the DNC's midterm election strategy to bring back some of that 2008 electoral magic with a video to supporters this morning.  (It won't be easy given the current mood and outlook of the electorate.) As we reported a couple of weeks ago, the DNC has committed $50 million to spend on the upcoming extraordinarily challenging midterm elections for the party. In a DNC video out this morning, President Obama announces his political organization's effort to get those first time voters (15 million of them) who supported his candidacy in 2008 back to the polls in 2010 in support of Democratic candidates for congress. "It will be up to each of you to make sure that the young people, African Americans, Latinos, and women, who powered our victory in 2008 stand together once again," Obama says in the video being sent to the 13 million member strong Organizing for America email list. "It will be up to each of you to keep our nation moving forward; to keep working to fix Washington; to keep growing our economy – and to keep building a fairer, stronger, and more just America.  If you help us do that – if you help us make sure that first-time voters in 2008 make their voices heard again in November," he adds. The Washington Post has more on the DNC rollout in today's paper. DNC Chairman Tim Kaine will sit down with political reporters in Washington on Wednesday afternoon where he is expected to further specify the DNC's plans. View the YouTube video HERE. Script of video below: PRESIDENT OBAMA ON VOTE 2010 – REMARKS AS DELIVERED: Hello everybody. Today, I’d like to talk with you about the important role each of us will play in 2010 – a role that began more than three years ago, when we set out on an incredible journey to change this country for the better. Despite the challenges we inherited, we have made great progress. When I took office, our economy was in crisis. Our standing in the world was diminished. Our health care system wasn’t working for far too many American families. Many people wondered why it seemed like bad behavior on Wall Street was being rewarded, while hard work on Main Street wasn’t. Because of you, we are making the change that our nation so desperately needs. We have passed historic health reform legislation. We have put our nation back on the path to prosperity with the Recovery Act. And we are moving America forward, one step at a time. But despite everything we’ve done, our work isn’t finished. Today, the health insurance companies, the Wall Street banks, and the special interests who have ruled Washington for too long are already focused on November’s congressional elections. They see these elections as a chance to put their allies back in power, and undo all that we have accomplished. So this year, I need your help once more. A few months ago, we asked you to help us set our priorities for 2010, and tell us how you thought we could win elections at all levels of government. You told us your first priority was to make sure the same people who were inspired to vote for the first time in 2008 go back to the polls in 2010. So that's what we're going to do. This year, we’re going to re-connect with voters like Claudia Schulz. At 29 years old, Claudia had never been involved in the political process because she didn't think one person could make a difference. But in 2008, Claudia joined millions of other supporters like you and made her first-ever trip to the polls. In 2010, it will be up to each of you to ask folks like Claudia to stay involved – and to explain why this year, the stakes are higher than ever. It will be up to each of you to make sure that the young people, African Americans, Latinos, and women, who powered our victory in 2008 stand together once again. It will be up to each of you to keep our nation moving forward; to keep working to fix Washington; to keep growing our economy – and to keep building a fairer, stronger, and more just America. If you help us do that – if you help us make sure that first-time voters in 2008 make their voices heard again in November – then together we will deliver on the promise of change, and hope, and prosperity for generations to come.  Thanks.

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