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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Don’t expect President Barack Obama to try to reinvent himself next week at the Democratic Party’s national convention.

Instead, he and a slew of his defenders will seek to convince voters to stick with the president they know rather than gamble on someone new, a challenging task given that most Americans say the country is heading in the wrong direction.

Obama’s target audience is the small sliver of undecided voters in battleground states likely to make the difference in a contest that remains deadlocked just over two months from Election Day.

His campaign will also try to revive some of its insurgent, grassroots appeal from 2008, turning to technology to let people across the country participate in the convention – and help Obama’s team collect more data on voters.


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  • Vog46

    I lived in Mass while he was governor there.
    Loved his medical coverage which is still very well liked.
    He raised fees multiple times and did cut taxes – neither of which created jobs. Its the theory that’s wrong not the man. Budgets were balanced using magic and still are by both parties. debt did increase.
    A pack of smokes saw increases of over $2 per pack to help pay for the healthcare law. And although that hurt smokers in the long run the number of lung cancer cases have stabilized in Mass.

    He should be proud of his accomplishments as governor. I would rate him as one of the better ones.


  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    After proving that he couldn’t handle the mess in 2009, WHAT makes you think he can handle it in 2013, now that it’s twice as bad?

  • Grand Ole Party

    I don’t beg for a damn thing, I work for what I have, always have and always will. You dems just keep holding your hand out for freebies, those days are about over. So it is okay to call a former Governor and current presidential candidate twiddle dumb, but in your hypocrite mind we can’t call Obammy a clown? hahaha yeah right. It is time for the silent majority to become very vocal and put you sheep back in the fields. The grass needs grazing, why are you just sitting around?

  • Grand Ole Party

    John, why is it okay for you to say that G.W Bush can’t put together two sentences or that it is okay to call Romney Tweedledum but you delicate senses are offended if I call Obammy a clown???? Can you just do the right thing and admit you’re a hypocrite? Come on now you can do it buttercup. The first step is admitting you have the problem in the first place.

  • guesty

    Government run health care? No thank you. Please name one government run program that is efficient, either in time (speed of process) or cost? None. I’ll stick with my private insurance and you can keep the change.

  • Wilmington Observer

    Why does everyone think “creating jobs” is the job of the President?? The President does not hire people, businesses do and the businesses, here in America, are sitting on TRILLIONS of dollars but afraid to spend any of it due to this President’s positions regarding businesses. Since this President does not believe that I built my own business and believes that I should share my wealth with others I am scared to do anything with my savings other than to save it for a rainy day (or in this case a rainy four more years of this President’s anti business policy). When Governor Romney is elected President, you will see businesses start to spend money, creating new jobs because there will be a President who understand how businesses are run and will do away with policies which stiffle business (job) growth.

    I bet you, also, think that the President wakes up every morning and sets that day’s gasoline prices.

    Wilmington Observer

  • Grand Ole Party

    Why should he keep his comments to himself? Are you the self appointed moderator? Don’t you have some grazing to do? Just face facts buttercup, it is all over. Americans are not willing to except failure any longer. The clown will be back in Chicago real soon.

  • John

    I agree the President doesn’t directly create jobs, but they do create policy which allows for job creation… Mitt Romney has been very vocal about his ability to create jobs… I just wished he could have put those abilities into practice when he was Gov of Mass. Since he was 47th in job creation… I would say he knows just as much about Job creation as Snoop Dogg knows about Tea Parties…

  • Guest254kjhgtre

    I won’t do it again. Romney/Ryan have my vote. Romney has executive experience in government and the private sector and has been generous with his time – including forfeiting his salary as Governor of Massachusetts. Ryan has extensive legislative experience I’d argue is the most well informed person on Capitol Hill. Watching him discuss economic issues is like listening to an economics professor. This is the best qualified ticket that I’ve ever seen. It’s a shame these two didn’t run and win in 2008 instead of the media mirage we elected.

  • John

    Well here’s a little reality for you if twiddle dee and twiddle dumb get elected and your medicare goes voucher don’t come crying to me when you can’t pay for your medical bills… You’ll be begging for Obamacare then…

  • Wilmington Observer

    Hoping for Change in 2012

    Wilmington Observer

  • guesty

    But welcome to reality. Stick around a little.

  • Beach Bum

    My last quarter taxes were paid on time, enjoy the entitlements…

  • John

    Well gusty, that was an asinine thing to say. You don’t know this person our their financial state. You just assume because someone isn’t suffering that are living on the government tip… wrong again! Keep your prejudice comments to yourself.

  • John


    I implore you to do some research about what Governor Romney did while he was Governor of Mass. you may soon realize that this “Businessman” isn’t what he is cracked up to be in the legislative “Business”. He left Mass. in a debt, and was 47th in job creation… truth is Mitt Romney has not a clue on how to create jobs but he would have you believe he does… until elected… He has laid out ZERO plans that would accomplish job creation. Please do some fact checking of your own… Also look up President Obama, and see what he has actually done for the country… not just what the news outlets are telling you.

  • Erlkoenig

    Guesty nails it.

  • GuestSpeaker

    Just for the record, I am MUCH better off than I was four years ago. Obama/Biden 2012!

  • guesty

    Just because you get more welfare, food stamps, cell phones and all the other tax payer funded giveaways, doesn’t mean you are better off. It just means more of my money is being used to support you.

  • bob

    i voted for this guy in 2008 but won`t do it again…mccain/palin scared the hell out of me they seemed way to radical. but now we have a republican/business man that i think will do a pretty good job with the economy and not start any new wars . odumbo is clueless and relies on his “advisors” waaaaay too much . i think he has a
    snowballs` chance in a thermo-nuclear blast of getting re-elected .

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