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It’s finally here. Obama kicks off his 2012 campaign today with events at campuses in Columbus Ohio and Richmond Virginia – two crucial swing states in the election.
Today will be the first time Obama delivers his 2012 stumps speech.
Bottom line: He will allude to the tough challenges he inherited (two wars and a crashed economy). He’s going to say that he has accomplished a lot through hard work: credit card reform, equal pay for women, student loan reform, and health-care reform, and killing BIn Laden. Meanwhile, he’ll say, Republicans are obstructing his good work. So you have to re-elect him so he can finish the job.
This isn’t going to be a message of both sides together and floating over our troubles on a cloud made of hope. Obama is campaigning as a worker and a fighter who must defeat the bad guys: the Republicans.
Based on the video, Obama is campaigning in many ways the way Bill Clinton did, by rattling off enormous lists of issues so that every constituency hears something that they like. Also like Clinton, expect him to bash his opponent for wanting to return America to the “Bush policies” that created the recession.
We’ll post the full text of the speech as soon as it is available.
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