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Thursday
Nov012012

Errant Email to Newt Gingrich Supporters Says 'Obama Is Going to Win'

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- An email message mistakenly sent to Newt Gingrich's list serve Thursday morning told subscribers that President Obama would no doubt win in 2012 and that they should be more worried about Obama's winning in 2016.

That's right, despite the 22nd Amendment, which limits any one person to two presidential terms, the email that went out to Gingrich's supporters suggests President Obama would be running again in 2016, and possibly serve through 2020.

The email, titled "What's really at stake this Tuesday ..." came from Gingrich Marketplace and went out to people who'd given their contact information to the Gingrich campaign when the former speaker of the House was still in the presidential race. Bygone candidates, such as Gingrich and Herman Cain, regularly rent out their email address lists to advertisers.

"The truth is, the next election has already been decided. Obama is going to win. It's nearly impossible to beat an incumbent president," advertiser Porter Stansberry wrote in the email to Gingrich supporters. "What's actually at stake right now is whether or not he will have a third-term."

Conservative news group Human Events manages the Gingrich Marketplace emails, but Gingrich has a say over which advertisers can have their messages go out to the list. And according to Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond, Stansberry & Associates should have been on the blacklist.

"We do not rent to the entity in question," Hammond said, speaking by phone Thursday. "In fact, we go to lengths to vet where we rent."

Human Events Vice President Joe Guerriero said the email was "a mistake."

"It was actually scheduled to run on another of our lists," Guerriero said. His team has been investigating how the Stansberry message went out to the Gingrich group.

Stansberry & Associates is run by Porter Stansberry, who in 2003 was the subject ofan SEC lawsuit in which the court found he participated in an online newsletter scheme that defrauded investors out of $1 million. Stansberry was ordered to pay $120,000 in damages.

Here's the catch to the email. To learn how Obama would circumvent the 22nd Amendment, Gingrich subscribers were asked to click on a link to Stanberry's site and watch a video presentation. We won't bore you with those details. We're skeptical, to say the least, of the argument.

Gingrich endorsed Republican rival Mitt Romney when Gingrich left the race last May. At the top and bottom of his emails, there is a disclaimer for readers, in part saying, "the following message reflects the opinions and representations of our advertiser alone."

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Monday
Apr042011

Candidate Obama to Supporters: 'I'm Fired Up, I Don't Know About Everyone Else'

Pete Souza/The White House(WASHINGTON) -- This was not a conference call you’d have heard in the 2008 presidential campaign.

There was talk of hope. But this time the talk of hope was that of President Obama’s hoping that his supporters from 2008 will still support him organize in 2012, after admittedly a rough few years.

President Obama opened up the call with grassroots supporters across the country Monday evening, after officially launching his re-election bid earlier in the day, by saying, “I’m fired up, I don’t know about everyone else.”

The president admitted that “we may not have the exact same newness in 2008” because there was something “so dramatic” about that process. He noted that the last two years have also taken a toll on him.

“I’m gray, and I’ve got bags under my eyes. You know, I’ve got a few dings and cuts from some of the fights we’ve had in Washington,” he said. But the “core spirit” of 2008, he said, is still there.

“And I hope that you know even though we’re a little older and a little wiser now than we were in 2007, 2008," he said. "I hope everyone is ready to run that race one more time.”

The president took a few questions from supporters who will be put to work mobilizing across the country. The first question was from an organizer who wondered how they should defend him against disillusioned voters who felt that he could have done more for the country.

“I think the first thing is to provide people with what we have accomplished,” Obama said referring to health care reform, financial regulatory reform, the repeal of "don’t ask, don’t tell" and getting the country out of the threat of a depression.

The president added, though, that he also has a year and a half as president left in his first term – so he can tackle things like immigration reform and energy independence.

The president was clear that the campaign, although formally launched with the filing of his papers to the FEC Monday morning, will not yet start formally for him, as he will be “tied up pretty good” being president for the next several months.

“For you the campaign starts now. It’s not going to start for me now, because it turns out that my inbox is pretty full down here in Washington," he said. "And we’re going to have to manage the incredible things that are taking place in the Middle East, we’re going to have to manage our budget process that’s fair and keeps the economy growing, continues to grow jobs."

The president called on his supporters to put in the time and effort now for him.

“I hope you guys are up to it,” Obama concluded the call, “because I know I am.”

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