Monday, November 5, 2012
New Obama book has 2nd-term plan
By: Mike Allen
October 23, 2012 08:47 AM EST
Faced with persistent calls for more detail about what a second term would look like, President Barack Obama on Tuesday released a glossy, 20-page repackaging of the plans he has announced on subjects from energy to education.
Obama planned to unveil the booklet, “The New Economic Patriotism: A PLAN FOR JOBS & MIDDLE-CLASS SECURITY,” at an event in Delray Tennis Center in Delray, Fla.
The president, Vice President Joe Biden and other campaign surrogates plan to hold up the booklet at rallies as they barnstorm swing states in the final two weeks before Election Day on Nov. 6.
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The campaign says 3.5 million copies are being printed, with 1.5 million of those being sent to field offices.
“We’re launching a full-scale, multiplatform organizational effort,” a campaign official said, “that will include direct mail, advertisements and distribution at field offices to ensure every voter knows what a second term of an Obama presidency would mean for middle-class Americans.
“The president, vice president and all of our surrogates will hold up the plan at events and ask our massive grass-roots network to do everything they can to share the plan with their family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and others to reach every undecided voter in the remaining days of this election and ensure they understand the choice between continuing to move America forward and going back to the same policies that devastated our economy and punished the middle class.”A distilled version of the plan was available previously on the Web atwww.barackobama.com/plans.
Here are links to Obama’s booklet:
—Cover and “Economy”…
—“Manufacturing” and “Energy” —“Small Businesses” and “Education” —“Tax Plan” and “Health Care” —“Retirement” and “Moving America Forward” —Back cover
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Obama on Tuesday released his version of “Morning in America,” a 60-second spot, called “Determination,” that will air in seven states — Colorado, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Obama says to the camera: “There’s just no quit in America, and you’re seeing that right now. Over 5 million new jobs. Exports up 41 percent. Home values — rising. Our auto industry — back. And our heroes — are coming home. We’re not there yet — but we’ve made REAL progress, and the last thing we should do is turn back now.“Here’s my plan for the next four years: Making education and training a national priority; building on our manufacturing boom; boosting American-made energy; reducing the deficits responsibly by cutting where we can, AND asking the wealthy to pay a little more. And ending the war in Afghanistan, so we can do some nation-building here at home. That’s the right path. So, read my plan. Compare it to Governor Romney’s, and decide which is better for you. It’s an HONOR to be your President. And I’m asking for your vote. So, together, we can keep moving America forward.”
See the ad here.
Over the next three days, the Obama advance machine will show its might, as the president hits seven states (two of them twice), starting in Florida on Tuesday morning, then meeting up with Vice President Biden in Dayton in the afternoon.
After overnighting at the White House, the president is off to Davenport on Wednesday to begin an “America Forward!” tour, which the campaign describes as “a two-day, around-the-clock campaign blitz.” He continues to Denver, then holds a late-night event in Las Vegas. He flies overnight to Tampa for a Thursday morning rally, then on to a tarmac event in Richmond.
After that, he goes home to Chicago to become the first sitting president to cast an early vote in person. Then, it’s back to Ohio for an evening event in Cleveland.
“As the President crisscrosses the nation,” the campaign said in its announcement, “he will spend time on Air Force One calling undecided voters, rallying National Team Leaders and volunteers and continuously engaging with Americans across the country about the choice in this election.”