Entries in Re-Election Bid (3)


First Lady Says Obama's Gray Hair 'Proof' He Deserves Second Term 

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- On the president’s 50th birthday, First Lady Michelle Obama says her husband’s ever graying hair is “proof” he’s handled the job well, and deserves re-election in 2012.

“Every day, I see Barack make choices he knows will affect every American family,” Mrs. Obama said in an email blast to supporters. “That's no small task for anyone -- and more proof that he's earning every last one of those gray hairs.”

The message is the latest effort by the president’s re-election campaign to use the occasion of Obama’s birthday to energize his followers and, naturally, encourage the contribution of their time and money to the campaign in the months ahead.

“This next year will challenge us all to work harder than ever before,” Mrs. Obama said, “but the crucial thing is that you're here now, early on, helping to build this campaign.”

The first lady said she and her daughters wanted supporters to send birthday wishes to the president by signing an electronic card.   

“Your names and notes will become part of a book that tells the story of this campaign -- who's building it, why we're in this thing, and what he means to us,” she said. “We'll deliver a copy to Barack and send one to our campaign offices across the country.”

The first family will celebrate the president’s milestone birthday at two private events with friends and staff at the White House Thursday. On Wednesday, Obama attended two birthday-themed campaign fundraisers in Chicago and spoke via video conference to more than 1,160 grassroots house parties in his honor around the country.

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President Obama: The First Billion-Dollar Candidate?

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama is on the verge of making a very important announcement -- one that we all probably could have predicted -- that he wants to keep his job as leader of the free world.

Obama is expected to send an e-mail message to supporters as early as this week and file his official papers with the Federal Election Commission, effectively announcing his re-election bid, unidentified Democratic officials who are familiar with the president's plans said Saturday.

The timing makes sense, as Obama has a large fundraiser scheduled in Chicago in a week and a half. The president also managed to raise $1.5 million at a fundraiser held in New York City last week.

Some believe that Obama, who has a true knack for raising election money, may cross the threshold and could become the first $1 billion presidential candidate. During his 2008 election campaign, Obama managed to raise a whopping $750 million.

Meanwhile, a laundry list of Republicans, from governors to former governors, senators and television personalities are laying the groundwork for a possible presidential bid.

There are plenty of "potential" Republican candidates already being touted in the media -- though not one has officially declared that he or she will take on the incumbent. This has given everyone from Donald Trump to Michele Bachmann plenty of attention.

Obama's re-election odds got a bit of a boost on Friday when it was announced that the March unemployment rate fell to 8.8 percent, the lowest level in two years, and that the economy added 216,000 jobs last month.

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RNC Chairman Michael Steele Announces Re-Election Bid

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele announced on Monday that he will run for another term as head of the RNC, setting up what is sure to be one of the toughest fights of his political career.

Steele broke his public silence after more than a month, confirming in a conference call with members of the RNC that he would be seeking re-election after a tumultuous two-year term. He kept his intentions a closely guarded secret, and his decision to jump in the race surprised some Republican Party insiders who speculated that he would step aside.

"I'm asking you tonight for your support, I'm asking for your vote for a second term," Steele said on the call.

Steele’s decision sets up a battle with at least five other candidates who are vying to replace him, including two contenders who recently left RNC positions.

The challengers include Saul Anuzis, the former chairman of the Michigan GOP; Ann Wagner, former head of the Missouri Republican Party; Reince Priebus, chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party and the RNC’s former general counsel; Maria Cino, a veteran of the Bush administration and a long-time GOP operative; and Gentry Collins, the RNC’s former political director. Steele’s predecessor, former RNC chief Mike Duncan, is also considering a run.

All candidates have roughly one month to campaign for the job. The vote of 168 committee members will take place at the RNC’s winter meeting in mid-January.

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