News / USA

Obama Concludes Campaign Trip

US President Barack Obama records the weekly address, 23 Oct 2010
US President Barack Obama records the weekly address, 23 Oct 2010
Kent Klein

U.S. President Barack Obama is returning to Washington after a four-day, five-state trip to campaign for Democratic Party candidates. Democrats are struggling to keep Republicans from taking control of Congress and many state governorships.

With Democrats facing the possibility of big losses in the November 2 elections, President Obama has gone on the road.

He is trying to persuade Democrats to be as enthuastic in voting for their party's candidates for Congress and state governor this year as they were in electing him in 2008.

The last stop on Mr. Obama's Western trip was the University of Minnesota, where he urged supporters to register and vote for the party's candidate for governor (Mark Dayton), who is clinging to a slight lead. "You can register any time between now and election day.  There is no excuse.  Because if everybody who fought for change in 2008 votes in 2010, then Mark will win his election," he said.

One of the main stops on the trip was Las Vegas, Nevada.  On Friday, the president campaigned for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is in jeopardy of losing his seat to Tea Party Republican Sharron Angle.

"You know, Harry's not the (most flamboyant) guy, let's face it.  You know, Harry kind of speaks in a very soft voice.  He doesn't move real quick. He doesn't get up and make big stem-winding speeches.  But Harry Reid does the right thing," he said.  

In Las Vegas, as in all his campaign speeches, Mr. Obama compared the Democrats to an automobile's forward Drive gear, and the Republicans to the Reverse setting.

"You ever notice when you want to go forward in your car, what do you do?  You put it in 'D.'  If you want to go backwards, you put it in 'R.'  I do not want to go backwards.  Let's go forward," he said.

In the Republicans' weekly address Saturday, South Dakota Senator John Thune said the Democrats are moving forward, but in the wrong direction. "It is a clever line.  But when you are speeding toward a cliff, you do not want to keep the car in 'Drive'," he said.

Many polls predict a likely Republican takeover of the House of Representatives, and a remote chance that the Democrats could also lose the Senate.  A Republican majority in Congress would make it very difficult for Mr. Obama to advance many of his priorities, such as climate change legislation and immigration reform.

The president's busy campaign schedule will continue until election day on November 2.  In the final week before the vote, he will campaign for Democrats in the states of Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Ohio.

Watch President Obama's weekly address:

You May Like

US Investors Eye IPO for China's Alibaba

E-commerce giant handled 80 percent of China's online business last year, logging more Internet transactions than US-based Amazon.com and eBay combined More

Video Uneasy Calm Settles Over Israel, Gaza Strip

As cease-fire begins, Palestinians celebrate in streets; Israelis remain wary More

Video Chinese Doctors Use 3-D Spinal Implant

In treatment of a 12-year-old boy Chinese doctors used a 3-D printer and special software to create an exact replica of vertebra More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Chinese Doctors Use 3-D Spinal Implanti
X
August 27, 2014 4:53 PM
A Chinese boy suffering from a debilitating bone disease has become the first patient with a part of his spine created in a three-dimensional printer. Doctors say he will soon regain normal mobility. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Chinese Doctors Use 3-D Spinal Implant

A Chinese boy suffering from a debilitating bone disease has become the first patient with a part of his spine created in a three-dimensional printer. Doctors say he will soon regain normal mobility. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Uneasy Calm Settles Over Israel, Gaza Strip

Israel and the Gaza Strip have been calm since a cease-fire set in Tuesday evening, ending seven weeks of hostilities. Hamas, which controls Gaza, declared victory. Israelis were more wart. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Jerusalem.
Video

Video India’s Leprosy Battle Stymied by Continuing Stigma

Medical advancements in the treatment of leprosy have greatly diminished its impact around the world, largely eliminating the disease from most countries. India made great strides in combating leprosy, but still accounts for a majority of the world’s new cases each year, and the number of newly infected Indians is rising - more than 130,000 recorded last year. Doctors there say the problem has more to do with society than science. VOA News reports from Kolkata.
Video

Video Northern California Quake: No Way to Know When Next One Will Hit

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake rocked northern California’s Napa Valley on Sunday. Roads twisted and water mains burst. It was the wine country’s most severe quake in 15 years, and while hospitals treated many people, no one was killed. Arash Arabasadi has more from Washington on what the future may hold for those residents living on a fault line.
Video

Video Scientists Unlock Mystery of Bird Flocks

How can flocks of birds, schools of fish or herds of antelope suddenly change direction -- all the individuals adjusting their movement in concert, at seemingly the same time? British researchers now have some insights into this behavior, which has puzzled scientists for a long time. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video Ukraine: Captured Troops Proof of Russian Role in Separatist Fight

Ukrainian officials say they have captured Russian soldiers on Ukrainian territory -- the latest accusation of Moscow's involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports from the Ukrainian side of the battle, where soldiers are convinced of Russia's role.
Video

Video Rubber May Soon Come From Dandelions

Synthetic rubber has been around for more than a century, but quality tires for cars, trucks and aircraft still need up to 40 percent or more natural rubber content. As the source of natural rubber, the rubber tree, is prone to disease and can be affected by bad weather. So scientists are looking for replacements. And as VOA’s George Putic reports, they may have found one in a ubiquitous weed.
Video

Video Jewish Life in Argentina Reflected in Yiddish Tango

Jewish people from across Europe and Russia have been immigrating to Argentina for hundreds of years. They brought with them dance music that were eventually mixed with Argentine tango. The result is Yiddish tango -- a fusion of melodies and cultural experiences that is still evolving today. Elizabeth Lee reports from the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, where one band is bringing Yiddish tango to an American audience.

AppleAndroid