Liberal Group: Obama Disappoints Progressives, Independents

Aug 3, 2011 6:32pm


ABC News’ Sherisse Pham (@sherisse) reports: The political fighting over the nation's debt and budget is over, for now. It was a gritty fight, and politicians from both sides of the aisle have come out of it a bit worse for wear. And that includes President Obama, says Adam Green, co-founder of liberal group Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

“He disappointed a lot of people who are his natural base, a lot of progressives, a lot of democratic voters, a lot of swing independent voters,” said Green.

Green called the past week’s debt negotiation “a myth of a hostage situation,” because the president could have used the Fourteenth Amendment to raise the debt ceiling — a move Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said was not an option.  

“[Obama] essentially agreed to a trillion dollars in unnecessary cuts to things like head start, Pell Grant, and other really important programs so yeah a lot of people are really flummoxed and really disappointed with him right now.”

Green still wants liberals and democrats to vote for Obama, but his group started a pledge to hinder his campaign’s volunteer efforts. More than 200,000 people took a pledge on the group’s website saying they will not volunteer or donate to Obama’s campaign if he cuts Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits. He said his mother, who he said knocked on doors for the president, promising voters Obama would tax the rich, inspired the pledge. Green recalled his mother telling him: "When he extended the Bush tax cuts, he made a liar out of me." Green said his mother will vote for Obama again, but she refuses to volunteer for him.

Beyond the beltway, Green is optimistic for democrats gaining political ground around the nation. The first target? Wisconsin.

“Democrats in Wisconsin are showing the national Democratic party how to fight,” said Green. “My guess is that when democrats win next Tuesday — an election in the Wisconsin recalls — it will have ripple effects throughout the entire nation.”

The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign reported recently nearly 30 outside groups spent $12.5 million in the recalls. Green said his group has poured more than $1 million into TV campaigns in the state.

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