April 18th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Should Dems seek someone to run against Obama in 2012?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Obama is hitting the road this week to speak at town hall meetings in Virginia, California and Nevada. His goal is to push his deficit reduction plan while trying to reconnect with voters.
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Last week, when the president laid out his plan to cut $4 trillion from the deficit over the next 12 years, it was mostly greeted with a yawn and criticized as being more of a re-election plan than a fiscal discipline plan.

While the country struggles with a debt crisis, President Obama has problems of his own. A new Gallup Poll shows just 41% of Americans approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as president. That ties his all-time low rating. He's bottomed out at 41% three other times - twice in August 2010 and once in October. And while the approval rate remains high among Democrats at 77%, only 35% of independents think he's doing a good job.

Perhaps even more troubling is a previous Gallup Poll that shows President Obama's support has slipped dramatically among blacks and Hispanics as well.

But he is the incumbent and therefore presumably the Democratic candidate for 2012. Or is he?

A lot of Americans are fed up with the president's unwillingness to admit the mess this country is in. And it's not just about debt. It's about his ineffectiveness when Congress couldn't agree over spending cuts and his lack of leadership on the Libyan conflict. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had to step in and take care of that. And it's about the overall promise of change Obama made to American voters in 2008, one he has not delivered on. Three wars instead of two, Guantanamo's still open.

Transparency? Not! And deficits and a national debt the likes of which we've never seen before.

A second term is far from a sure thing.

Here’s my question to you: Should Democrats seek someone to run against President Obama next year?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Bradley in Oregon:
Yes. Obama has turned out to be a very weak Democrat who always gives in to the Republicans without putting up much of a fight. If you look at what he *does* rather than what he *says*, he looks a lot more like a moderate Republican than a Democrat.

Mike in Denver:
I do not think Obama can win a second term, so "yes." But there is no way to run another Democratic candidate without splitting the party, which would hand the presidency to the Republicans, so "no." They should focus on Congress and concede the White House now.

Marian Newfoundland, Canada:
Of course not. You guys don't know when you've got something good going. Look what we're stuck with here in Canada! If you don't want President Obama, please send him to us.

Michael in Albuquerque:
Yes. We elected the wrong Obama. We should nominate Michelle Obama in 2012.

I thought I would never say this but Hillary, where are you? I'm a Republican who will do whatever it takes to fix my country.

Dave in Orlando:
It would be risky, but I’m tired of his smoke and mirrors solutions (such as the healthcare reform without a public option, bailouts etc.) and I’m still waiting for him to fulfill any of his promises.

Michael in Alexandria, Virginia:
No. Democrats who want someone more liberal should become Greens. Democrats who want someone more centrist should join the Independence Party of America. Primarying Obama simply hands the White House to the Republicans.

I think Mr. Obama is an empty suit. The Democrats better come up with a strong, honest, hard-working, non-arrogant leader or my vote is lost. To even think of raising taxes or the debt ceiling without a long term plan is not working for the people. Mr. Obama needs to stop trying to shift the wealth and look at the waste.

Chuck in Maryland:
If the Republicans put up Donald Trump then I think the Democrats would have no choice but to counter with Charlie Sheen.

soundoff (184 Responses)
  1. Jane (Minnesota)

    It's a free country, anyone who feels the urge to run for president should be able to do so irregardless of whether there is an incumbant in the White House (Democrat or Republican). It's just sad that a condidate has to have so much campaign money to run a meaningful campaign. It's making it impossible for no one but the greedy rich able to afford to run and what chance of true campaign reform, tax reform, etc is there with that crowd?

    April 18, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  2. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Obama is the best candidate the democrats have. Putting someone else into the mix would only destroy their chances of winning the election. Just look at the other side you have a buffoon like Donald Trump who is promoting his show leading in the polls for the republicans.

    April 18, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  3. Pete from Georgia

    Seek ?? Are you kidding ??

    With Egos the size of Gibraltor, politicians don't have to be sought after. Come spring of 2012 they'll start their "Migration" to the Holy Grail...

    April 18, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  4. Peg in NY

    Yes. Hillary Rodham Clinton springs to mind but I think that is wishful thinking. The Democrats should genuinely consider someone to run against Obama in 2012.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  5. Steve Newman

    I'm sure the GOP would love it if someone ran against Obama. Its the only way the Democrats will lose in 2012.

    Steve Newman
    Washington, DC

    April 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  6. Terrence Cain

    Unfortunately Harry S. Truman is dead, and even if he was alive he'd be unable to because he already ran twice. So I guess we can't get a real Democrat in to run for 2012. Then again if they could get Anthony Wiener or Bernie Sanders to run, although he is an independent, but he fights for the side of most liberal issue. They could ask yours truly to run but there is a big problem. I am only 28, unemployed thanks to this recession Bush Jr. caused, and I am not an elected official of any kind. Also I am too honest, I don't go to any church at all, and I curse just as bad as Truman did if not worse. Well maybe one day in about twenty or thirty years when I've gotten when I want to be.

    Terrence Cain
    Big Spring, Texas

    April 18, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  7. bob z fr ,pa.

    i voted for obama the first time he will not get my vote again they would be smart to get some one else.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  8. John from Alabama

    Jack: The DNC should support President Barrack Obama like they supported him 2 years ago. I believe to do anything else is suicide for the democrats. I believe there will be a battle royal amongst the republicians in 2012. Palin, Newt, Romney, Huckabee, and Paul Plenty. The democrats need to make a stand, because they did not make a stand in 2010 and they got a beaten.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm |

    tampa, fl How about someone that actually has a birth certificate this time?

    April 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  10. Gary H. Boyd

    Absolutely NOT Jack. He's the Captain of their ship and they deserve to go down with him when it sinks. They put an Ensign in to command a battleship and he's heading it straight for the financial rocks. Of course the sad part is, he's gonna take the rest of the country down too.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    April 18, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  11. Dave, Orlando, FL

    It would be risky, but I’m tired of his smoke and mirrors solutions (such as the healthcare reform without a public option, bailouts etc.) and I’m still waiting for him to fulfill any of his promises.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  12. Bradley, Portland, OR

    Yes. Obama has turned out to be a very weak Democrat who always gives in to the Republicans without putting up much of a fight.

    If you look at what he *does* rather than what he *says*, he looks a lot more like a moderate Republican than a Democrat.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  13. Marian Atkinson

    Of course not. You guys don't know when you've got something good going. Look what we're stuck with here in Canada! If you don't want President Obama, please send him to us.

    Newfoundland, Canada

    April 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  14. Gary H. Boyd

    Not a bad idea Jack. It would give Democrats an opportunity to correct the error of their ways. And, I can't think of ANYBODY that would be better qualified to run against him than Nancy Pelosi. She is the epitomy of a Democratic politician - female, liberal, unbiased, incredibly uninformed, totally willing to give the store away, completely familiar with how to run a country, able to reach out to minorities and would open our borders to all people everywhere. (Wait a minute, these are the same qualifications, except for the female part, that are possessed by the guy now in the Oval Office.

    Gary in Arizona

    April 18, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  15. Paul Aughtry

    Maybe – Obama talks a good game but doesn't seem to stand up for what he believes in. If you are going to accept the responsibility, you also have to accept the accountability.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  16. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Yes, competion is healthy and we need to keep these people on their toes. I really don't know who would want that job these days as all they do is dodge bullits and especially from the media and the other party but with that said, I'd love to have the job for a year. We'd stop the wars overseas and fight the fights here in our country, like drugs and violence. Cut defense by 50% in one day.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  17. Loren, Chicago

    Politics is like a turgid pool, something is going to bubble up from below. So if there is any chance that a politician thinks he can beat Obama, you can be sure one will. Truth be told, however, there doesn't seem to be one who can offer anything better than what Obama now offers, for better or worse, he is the epitome of the party today.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  18. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    No way, Jack! President Obama inherited the biggest mess in modern history, and he has averted a second Great Depression, made healthcare available to millions without it, and made progress toward equal pay for women and equal treatment for gay people. With our ship of state bouncing off the rocks, this cool-headed, intelligent, pragmatic centrist is the right man for the job. I'm standing by my man.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  19. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    No. Democrats who want someone more liberal should become Greens. Democrats who want someone more centrist should join the Independence Party of America. Primarying Obama simply hands the White House to the Republicans.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  20. Toni

    Yes Jack! He can't cut it! He is too weak and he ruined his credibility when he went against what the people who voted for him wanted him to do. He sold the middleclass out to side with the rich! Why should we trust anything he says now???

    South Carolina

    April 18, 2011 at 3:20 pm |

    Should Democrats seek someone to run against President Obama next year?

    If president Obama were to decide that he only wanted to do 1 term I would say yes, but president Obama has already started campaigning for his 2nd term so NO.

    Is he perfect, NO.

    Do I like everything that he has done? NO

    Will I vote for him in 2012? YES

    He is exactly what our nation needs!

    Roseville CA

    April 18, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  22. Conor in Chicago

    No. What we should all do is not care what the Republicans do, not care what the Democrats do, and work to support 3rd party candidates to liberate the United States from the Corproatacracy. Anything short of that is playing the same game that has been destroying this country since Regan was President.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  23. Joe Tyrrell

    No, any DEM will be judged to a large extent by the Obama administration. If Obama'spopularity does not increse by 2012, he may be snart enough to step down, leaving Clinton probable canidate.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  24. Joe Tyrrell

    No, any DEM will be judged to a large extent by the Obama administration. If Obama'spopularity does not increse by 2012, he may be snart enough to step down, leaving Clinton probable canidate. NOI DUPLICATE

    April 18, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  25. Simon/Orlando

    I think when it becomes clear to the Dems that he can't possibly win again, you will see Hillary step in.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  26. Layne Alleman

    Jack, If they plan on keeping control of the White House, they'd better. With the crowd the Republicans seem to be coming up with, that shouldn't be that big a deal but, then again, the Democrats have plenty of their own clowns waiting in the wings. Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  27. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    Yes. We elected the wrong Obama. We should nominate Michelle Obama in 2012.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  28. Joni

    I thought I would never say this but Hillary where are you? I'm a republican who will do whatever it takes to fix my country.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  29. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    I would personally like to see it because Obama has proved he is NO "true liberal" BUT I fear that would give an opening to some Tea Party Republican NUT to win the Presidency.

    then my wife and I can say "Goodby" to the Social Security and MediCare we paid FICA taxes into all our working lives.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  30. Dave in Arizona

    No, they had better focus on congress. The Republican's are going to march a bunch of joke candidates forward again, and as an Independant, I will not for for them. Trying to replace Obama at this point serves no purpose for them.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  31. Patrick in Mi.

    They Better.I have never yet seen a President who understands that he represents ALL the people in the U.S.Both parties. Once he is elected he is tasked with finding a common ground not an agenda for just the left or the right.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  32. Paul P.

    In football, if you feel your Quarterback is underperforming, you bring in a young promising player to light a fire under him. Not sure if that philosophy works in politics, but often competition will bring out the best in a person.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  33. Annie, Atlanta

    So he can enter the general election hobbling and wounded, and come up against an extremist, because that's all the Republicans are these days? Absolutely not!

    April 18, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  34. DIsgusted taxpayer

    I think Mr.Obama is an empty suit.

    The Democrats better come up with a strong/ honest / working non arogant leader as my vote is lost.

    To even think of raising taxes or the debt ceiling without a long term plan is not working for the people, but against the working people who DO PAY TAXES.
    Mr. Obama needs to stop trying to shift the wealth and look at the waste. Why are his czars still working? Were they not part of the cost cutting deal? Oh but they are part of the rich that need help.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  35. Mike in Denver

    I do not think Obama can win a second term, so "yes". But there is no way to run another Democratic candidate without splitting the party, which would hand the presidency to the Republicans, so "no". They should focus on Congress and concede the White House now.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  36. Bud Rupert

    Like who? There is nobody on the right, left or center that can compete. We can all pick this person or that person and say they have a chance to win against the President but when you start looking at the "how" it ain't that clear. By election time the President will have a double digit lead and will win going away.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  37. Harry H. Snyder III

    The question is who could run against Obama and win in the primaries? People of stature have tried this before and the outcome was less than stellar. Ted Kennedy ran against Carter in 1980, and we got Reagan. McCarthy forced Johnson out in '68, and we got Nixon. Do thoughtful Democrats want to try that again?

    There are some of us out here who hope they will. Of course we don't vote in Democratic primaries.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  38. Tony from Southport

    It would be wise for Democrats to consider the power of the Clintons once again. Hillary would beat Obama and so would William Jefferson Clinton after these past two years. Obama is a disappointment to the far left and moderate Democrats. He will lose Independents also. Wait a minute..... I'm a conservative Republican.....never mind.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  39. J Farrow, New Orleans

    Absolutely not! The democratic Congress has only itself to blame for not getting Obama's otherwise progressive agenda through.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  40. Sandstone.

    "No! No! No! Lucy had her chance, but she said: 'there will be no "Obama/ Clinton, deal." So let him loose, and let him hang! Hillary has had more then her share of this idiot, so the truth is nigh!"

    April 18, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  41. LS in Rochelle,IL

    I would love to see the dems draft Hillary to run for the presidency.
    Unlike Obama, she's got the stones for the job.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  42. Jenny from Nanuet, NY

    No way! Obama is doing the best he can with the Congress he has (and had before the mid-terms). Even the most liberal Democrat would have to get legislation through the Congress. Schoolhouse Rock would teach you that.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  43. Bryan

    No, Obama can beat anyone the republicans have right now. I think the Tea Pary/GOP has a watered down field of candidates. It will be a win for Obama in 2012. Besides who would vote for a president that wants to strip citizens of labor rights, healthcare and tax breaks for educating themselves. I don't understand why the Tea Party/GOP wants to take everything away from people who are not wealthy. Do they want us to be like Cuba or Mexico. This is the reason why Obama will win in 2012. He doesn't want to strip us of all we have. All the American people want are Jobs with decent pay and benefits.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  44. barbara in NC

    No – I believe he can win any debate with the whole bunch of negative, whining, lying people who are currently opposing him.

    Stop the madness. No wonder people are tuned out until 3 days before elections.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  45. Thom

    For what purpose? To further split the country? It would be pure stupidity to do so. Not only that, it would not matter one iota if another Democrat replaced Obama. In fact, it wouldn't matter one iota if he were replaced by a Reublican or any other party. We are in a mess and it is a mess that will not be changed because someone else is in the White House. Congress is responsible for where we are and where we are going. Not a president. Obama is as good as it gets and we might as well support him for another term. At this point in time, given the choices from all parties to replace him, there is no one, and I mean, no one out there even close to having his intelligence and intelligence is what we need for the next five years and beyond. The lack of it for the past two presidential terms and more, is why we are in this eternal mess.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    April 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  46. Overby from Melbourne

    You betcha Jack....and I know the perfect candidate...it's the first one of any party that can stand up and prove they can balance a checkbook.....Obama wouldn't stand a chance.....

    April 18, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  47. Scott in Bellingham

    Dems can seek if they want but I hope Obama is their choice in 2012 so we can see how this 'big rubber meets the road ideology deal' plays out. The election can be Liberal vs. Tea Party. Very interesting.

    I'm independent and want a balanced budget and a paid down national debt right now whether it's the Liberals or the Tea Partiers that get it done.

    April 18, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  48. Rich McKinney, Texas

    I don't think it would make any difference Jack. You see in America we have the left and we have the right. One can not survive without the other because there would be no opposing party and no reason to argue. Having a left and a right gives us a center. Having two lefts running for the same job is similar to a dog chasing his tail. Even if he is lucky enough to catch it what has he really gained?

    April 18, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  49. Bobby E. Lahmon Jackson MS

    I don't think so there's enough division in the republican party as it is why should the democrats split their entire party just because of a few minor differences

    April 18, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  50. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Why? If the GOP/Tea Party keep up their current budget stunts and let the country go belly up, Democrats, Obama included, will have a cake walk in 2012.

    April 18, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  51. Rick McDaniel

    Only if they really want to win in 2012.

    The more important issue for Dems, is to stop Obama's runaway spending. Obviously the drop in credit rating for the US, after Obama's "deficit reduction plan" was announced, clearly is a vote of "no confidence", in that plan!

    April 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  52. Loren, Chicago

    As Dana Carvey playing George Bush would say, "ain't gonna happen."

    April 18, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  53. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    I hope not. We don't need another "Hope and Changer". Let Obama stand on his record and let the Republicans take over for a while. There is a lot of damage to undo. Obama has turned into Bush 2.0, just a bigger and better version of a lot of failed Bush policies. He had no new ideas and, in his mind, the solution to every problem is the same...the federal government just needs to throw more money at it. Bailouts and stimulus, crony capitalism and wars without direction. We need someone who has a record this time around. Someone who won't treat the treasury like a teenager finding her parents gold card. Someone who doesn't think cars can run on dreams and magic. Hopefully Christie or Daniels make a strong push for the nomination. I would pay money to watch the Chris Christie vs Obama debate. High entertainment value.

    April 18, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  54. Randy

    No. I think liberals ought to take a cue from the wisconsin and ohio debacles of the republicans and help elect a REPUBLICAN president. Lots of Firefighters, police officers, teachers, and other public employees thought they were republicans because they owned homes and had a nice comfortable life. Now they realise their skin tone is not enough to get them in this club. The middle class must be decimated by a REPUBLICAN president so that people know what policies got them into this mess in the first place.

    April 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  55. Joe Travis


    President Obama is doing as well as anyone, so neither the Democrats or Republicans should waste their time to attempt polarize our country by making "Trump-sensational" comments. We are tired of the rhetoric and attacks from the extreme right to make President Obama seem to be "the other." He is a part of America and he is here to stay.
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    April 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  56. Bob

    I think they should primary just about everybody else except the President. There are a few exceptions, but the Blue dogs have got to go.
    The corporate bought and paid for Democrats have got to go.

    April 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  57. Scott Stodden

    Absolutley They Should Because But It Has To Be And Can Only Be Hillary Clinton Otherwise This Democrat Here Is Voting For Donald Trump Plain And Simple! President Obama Is A Walking Disaster As President-He's Spent More Money Than Any Other President And How Do We Pay For All These Programs And Things He's Passed? He's Also Not Done Anything To Create Jobs, Our Economy Is Still Very Fragile, Health Care Is A Diaster Cuz He Was To Weak To Stand Up For Universal Health Care Coverage For Everyone And He's Very Weak When It Comes To Foreign Affairs. I Love My Democratic Party But I Never Voted Or Supported President Obama Cuz I Knew When He Was Running That He Was Inexperienced And My Point Has Been Proven Everyday That He's Not Able To Answer The Call At 3am!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    April 18, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  58. Don Gordon, in Santa Fe


    First, re-do the ta code with a VAT (value-added tax) of 15% for everybody... Next, foment a CENTRIST revolution to push the extremes to the edges...

    I've had the course with a country I love, so much so that, as an American historian, I've written a novel on how it can be done– Let me know if you're interested, anybody!

    Don Gordon
    in Santa Fe

    April 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  59. Chelsea

    No. A lot of people call Obama weak for compromising with conservatives, but I believe that great leaders do what they have to do to make the best decisions for our country. He is also criticized for not fighting back against uncivil banter thrown at him for his decisions, but I’d rather have a leader that can ignore petty distractions. He has accomplished things like healthcare and overturning don't ask don't tell and I believe that his bi-partisan efforts will eventually change the overall mood in Washington. People need to be more patient and realize that eight years of damage will take time to diminish. I think that his fellow Dems know and acknowledge this.

    April 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  60. Gene Hazel Hurst PA

    No no no! I want to see the debates between Obama and whatever ticket of boobs the Repugnicans are going to choose!

    April 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  61. Cee, La

    I dont think so Jack, would you like a Trump, Bachman, pawlenty,for President? I would not.....

    April 18, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  62. Phyllis G Williams

    Should Democrats seek someone to run against President Obama next year?

    Personally, I think a person should have a personal interest of themselves to be President as everything they have done or said in their entire lives is shown to the entire world, and they have powerful circumstances, friends, enemies, etc. to live with and overcome.

    April 18, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  63. Ken in NC

    No they shouldn't Jack. Tea-Publicans have a full fledge Three Ring Circus out there already plus Donald Chump.

    April 18, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  64. Claudia, Houston

    Absolutely not, let the Republicans make President Obama the subject matter while they are debating one another for the candidacy of their party, we don't need another candidate to do their work for them.

    April 18, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  65. Ken in San Antonio

    No, anything anybody spent in the primary season would be a waste of money that could be used to much better advantage elsewhere. I didn't vote for him last time and won't in the next election. But in this country today - the guy's a shoo in - sadly.

    April 18, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  66. Jimmy D. Williams

    The question of whether the President should face a challenge from within his own party in the upcoming presidential election is an insult. It only substantiates the fact that there remains an element that is disturbed by the sitting Presidents' ethnicity. It is the only reason this discussion would come up.

    The Bush Administration handed President Obama a bowl of chicken crap, and challenged him to make chicken salad. Amazingly, he has done a great job, considering the material and political climate that he is working with. Again, this question is an insult!

    April 18, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  67. Johnny C (from Los Angeles)

    Hi Jack –

    I really believe that a new Democrat will come forward to challenge President Obama because they are a very divided party. It would be easy for the challenger to suade their party as well away from Obama. All that they would need to do is directly ask him why he has not fulfilled his promises and there are many to chose from. Obama had it made in his last election bid because there was "hope" and an untarnished record, albeit a scant record. Now, the "hope" has dissipated and he has a tarnished record of flip-flopping. The democrats need a new face if they hope to win.

    April 18, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  68. Ralph Nelson

    I find the President to be too conservative. He has no major energy independence program/ He gives in too easily to Republicans, abandons Democrats. But elect a Republican president and kiss the economy and country goodbye. We have no "great" leaders, Democrat or Republican. So, hold your nose and vote for Obama and avoid Reagonomics/Laize Faire again and the resultant 3rd Great Depression. I'd rather vote for a frog.

    April 18, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  69. gwtripp

    Please draft Hillary. I am tired of the first black republican president. It is time for a Democrat to hold the office.

    April 18, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  70. ken, atlantic city, nj

    Yes the dems need a candidate who is not a corporotist and a war monger like obama has turned out to be. We don't need a democrat who does everyting the pubs want calls it a bipartisan agreement. Sanders, kucinich, and nader are the only candidates who would take on the corporations, banks and war machines that are running the u.s. right now.

    April 18, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  71. Donald New Mexico

    Let the Republicans spend their money in the primaries. President Obama is doing just fine as the leader of the Democrats.

    April 18, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  72. AB

    No, Jack, the Democrats should stick with Obama as a candidate for reelection in 2012 if they know what's good for them, the party and the country. Many Americans must understand that change does not and will not come overnight. It takes time. It took eight years of failed leadership under George W. Bush to create the mess that we are now in and will take a few years for Barack Obama to clean up the mess and fix the economy and the country. Americans who criticize Obama should just grow up and face reality.

    April 18, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  73. Terry in Hanover County

    I'm an Independent and I like President Obama but when he recently said that he won't vote to renew the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, I had a flash back to Candidate Obama who said the same thing in 2008 then promptly forgot that promise after he won the election. He also said he'd get us out of Iraq by the end of 2009; promised to get us out of Afghanistan long before the current date of 2014; promised to consult Congress first before getting us into another undefined, open-ended war (Libya); promised universal healthcare coverage; promised to end DADT immediately after taking office; and promised to close Gitmo. Then there's that little business of rewarding Wall Street and Big Banks more and the failed loan program to help homeowners and so on and so on. Sadly, "hope and change" turned into "say anything to get elected." I doubt it'll be different with any candidate, Democrat or Republican, but I'd like to have a real choice instead the lesser of two evils - one being the man who fooled me once and the other being a clown from a sideshow. Come 2012, I may just stay home.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  74. Allison from Vancouver

    So you are taking another opportunity to 'bash" your president. You
    ( Americans) are so lucky to have him. Say out loud "McCain /Palin". Where do you think you'd be now? Disgusting.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  75. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    The Democrats don't have anyone else to run against Obama, unless Hillary is running which she should but I doubt it.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  76. Jane PA

    Absolutely. This guy and all his cronies can't do the job!. We need NEW leaders from any party or no party to put us on a totally new footing. The same old faces aren't saying anything impressive or original to get us out of the mess THEY created. I wasn't sitting in Washington writing all this crap into law, they were. Now they want to change their tune to keep their jobs? No way! There's no talk of import tariffs, flat universal corporate taxes, international trade policy, or job creation. Stop Spending! Big Deal. We'll that's really original isn't it, and they want a medal for thinking up what we stupid voters have to do every day. They sat back and let Wall Street, and the Banks ruin the American dream, and now they are letting higher education go the dogs.
    Washington is a toilet of of self interested, power mongering lobbyist-crony failure. Let's flush and start all over again.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  77. Karl in Flint

    The Republicans would like nothing better then a mutiny in the Obama tent, but with Palin, Bachman and Trump as the front runners on their side, they will need all the help they can get. Maybe the GOP should call their national convention "Send in the clowns".

    April 18, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  78. Lori - PA


    Why? How do we know a different Democratic candidate won't dig an even bigger hole than what's already been dug. Same goes for the Republicans. Honestly, I have absolutely no faith in any politician.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  79. David, from Matthews NC

    If democrats pick some one to run against Obama, they will guarantee a republican elected because of the Democrats votes being split up....BAD IDEA!. What ever we do we NEED to keep a republican out of there or we are really screwed.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  80. Robert

    Democrats should only seek a primary challenger for President Obama if they are more progressive than Obama. The conservative blue dog faction of the Democrat party, ruined Obama's first term by blocking passage of his more progressive ideas. Obama was elected by liberals to be liberal, not by moderates to be moderate. – Virginia Beach, VA

    April 18, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  81. Kim

    Absolutely not! I think that Obama has done a great job, considering the hand he's been dealt. It seems every month presents a new emergency and a new problem to add to the pile. The President and his staff only have 24 hours in a day and, on some days, it seems like many more problems than there are hours. Considering the external events that he has to control and take action on, I would be surprised if any of the candidates looking to run in 2012 could do half as good a job.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  82. Kevin,FL

    Hell Yes.. That person should be Hillary Clinton..she will mop the floor with him this time around.. because all she has to do is run that 3am ad and say " I told you so"

    April 18, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  83. Jacob

    Absolutely. It's not that hard, Obama promised us much more than he actually gave to the country, and there's nothing to indicate that he will change with another term.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  84. Pierre Angiel

    Yes. Broken promises, deals with the devils, compromising with himself, compromising away his principles.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  85. Larry Linnell

    Please, Yes, Yes.
    We have to do better than this.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  86. John N

    Democrats NEED to find another candidate. Obama, in two years, has ruined this country and not kept most of his campaign promises. He's not a "leader"...he's a "leaner"...leaning on others to make his decisions. He has to go!

    April 18, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  87. Maggie

    We don't need a different president. We need a new Congress! Pres. Obama has done a better job than most individuals would faced with what is on his plate. Give him credit. He ain't perfect, but he is the best one for the times. He's got my vote.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  88. Jim Browne

    2008 was a contest between Flash (Obama) versus Substance (Clinton) What a shame we can't correct the mistake! Obama had the lightest resume of any elected president so the chickens have come home to roost.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  89. HURRICANEPAUL from Hawaii

    Jack, the reasons why Obama was elected president:

    1) Republican's nominated a weak candidate
    2) Obama was the best teleprompter-reading candidate on the planet
    3) Nobody from the Main Stream Press vetted Obama's cloudy past for fear of being called a "racist".

    The reason Obama will lose the next election:

    1) Donald Trump
    2) Everytime Obama goes off his teleprompter Americans see the real Obama and what they see, they don't like.
    3) He will not only have to show us his long-form birth certificate, but he will be properly vetted by the media, thanks to Donald Trump's lead.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  90. Ragu

    No he should be a 1 term president.... He is destroying this country... he should never had been the president in the first place...

    April 18, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  91. Roger Rashid

    Only if it's Bill Clinton.
    Otherwise lets complete the sweep started last year and Obama is probably the easiest candidate to defeat.

    Blairsville, Ga

    April 18, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  92. WP

    YES YES YES!! Lets put Hillary in her rightful position, in place of this green-pea waffler...we need a woman Jack!!

    April 18, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  93. Deanna Woodham

    Absolutely not. He has done exceedingly well given his challenges
    and an obstructive Republican party.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  94. Joanne

    I think our President has done pretty darn good for the first 2 years. How soon Americans forget that we were on the brink of another great depression in this country. Why should the President play referee with Adults that are there because we sent them? No Drama Obama Remember? I really doubt that had we elected anyone else they would of kept half the promises Obama has kept! wake up people!

    April 18, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  95. Frank Chu

    Democrats has no chance with Mr. Obama, Mrs. Clinton at least has much more experience and integrity.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  96. Joan Jackson

    Let's hope he will be replaced by someone that can get along with Democrats and Republicans. He is arrogant and only wants his way.
    When he leaves I hope he will take all of his Czars with him.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  97. Jene Moseley

    Yep! Hillary Clinton, She should have been nominated and elected in 2008,

    April 18, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  98. David, from Matthews NC

    The good thing about Obama is...we know what we got. Elect any one else, and who knows what that will bring. I doubt any one we can elect can or will fix this country. I think they want our country to fail

    April 18, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  99. Thomas Yellich

    Hey Jack,
    Against my own better interests I have decide to throw my hat into the ring to run against the President in 2012. My only qualifications are that I have copies of my birth certificate right here, and can make my own coffee. The only down side is that normally I walk 5 miles each morning and that takes up some time and that I will occasionally take naps around 1:00 – 3:00 pm daily. Otherwise I am good to go!

    Carlsbad, Ca.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  100. Jon

    I'd rather have Obama than ANY of the jokers that the Tea (Republican) Party under consideration. They pander to the hard luny right and, if elected, will do incalculable damage to the country. Obama may not be all I hoped but is better than the alternative. The Democratic base would assure a defeat if they fell for this ridiculous idea.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  101. watash

    this guy only knows how to spend to keep buying votes.

    stupid police
    always in campaign mode
    party lost big in last election because of him

    April 18, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  102. Ronald Farrington Sharp

    Give the guy a chance. It's only been two years and he has a monumental task in taking over the problems created by 8 years of Bush. Racism and political partisanship combine to demonize anyone who might be a democratic prisident right now. Even Jesus Christw ould not be satisfactory to the Republicans and Tea Party if he said he was seeking the Democratic nomination.

    Ron from florida

    April 18, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  103. Jack Beslanwitch

    No. And hell no. President Obama was plunked into the deep end of a very deep ditch caused by the Republicans and now they want to gutt medicare in the name of cutting the budget. As a singular voice of sanity in an insane political environment, there is no one else I would want in office. And dump the republicans trying to take away health care reform, social security and medicare while you are at it.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  104. Ed Florida

    Anyone would be an improvement. There may be only one point where I have any agreement with Donald Trump, "Obama may go down as the worst president in American history".

    April 18, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  105. Steve from Lincoln

    I'd love to see a Democrat run against Obama. I am still an Obama supporter but there are issues within the Democratic party that merit debate within the ranks of the party.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  106. Ron from Pa

    All I can say is I'm a real idiot. My wife liked hillary in the last election and I talked her into obama. I liked the idea of a real change in washington unfortunately the change seems to be for the worse. Lets run hillary again and she has my vote. If this doesn't happen I'm for donald, at least he says what he thinks and not what they think they want you to hear.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  107. L. Stormes

    Yes, indeed she's the one we should have elected 2 years ago. She's seasoned; she's intelligent; she's well-traveled and she has a very strong spine. But she won't betray anyone, so she will not run against the President. We will need to elect her to run.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  108. A Gardiner

    Absolutely! I believe Obama is worse than Carter was. I'm an independent but, given the current Republican choices, I'd vote for Hillary Clinton if she got the nomination. Obama was bought and paid for and those that made the purchase did not get their money's worth.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  109. doug from wyoming

    Jack, our current president has failed miserably to lead our nation. I feel Hillary Clinton would have been a much better choice. Hope and change wasn't exactly what we thought it meant.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  110. Gloria from Florida

    No, the Dems should not run anyone against President Obama. You must not know who Secretary of State, Clinton, works for...well it is the President. The President properly delegates assigned duties much as a CEO would do.
    Of course you are not a CEO and you don't seen very well educated or you would not understand that. You are better suited to calling a NASCAR race than you are to commenting on public policy. Please consider a career change soon.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  111. Nancy, Tennessee

    We killed Hillary's desire to be President and I don't see another Democrat that has made a name for themselves since Barack took office. We have to get behind Obama and hope that hopey, changey thing doesn't come back and bite us Democrats in 2012.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  112. John Kaminski

    NO...you think anyone can solve this countries problems in a few years is inane.....I'm tired of all these republican Flame throwers ......wheres there answers......jk

    April 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  113. Ben from Amherst, Ma

    Why would they? Republicans would be the only ones who stand to gain anything from that (anyone remember when Ted Kennedy challenged Carter?). Besides, there hasn't exactly been an avalanche of leadership or backbone within either party.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  114. Brittney B. (austin)

    No one can beat him. All of the issues you mentioned are liberal issues. None of them are going to say they want a Republican to win over him. The only reason the Black and Hispanic vote has fallen, is because he has not done immigration reform yet. I think they understand that he can't get it done now with a republican house. Those numbers will shoot back up in no time.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  115. Katherine Jakowich

    Yes, by all means Democrats should select a new candidate for President in 2012. Mr. Obama has groveled to the Republicans trying to show he is Bi-Partisan instead of representing the best interests of the American people. He has been cowardly in every respect....and never even came out publicly supporting the Public Option in the Healthcare overhaul. We have lost so much to big corporations. Obama should take some advice from Bernie Sanders who has the guts to represent us. I wish Bernie would run, I would vote for him.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  116. Matt

    Oh, sure, great idea, Jack.

    Split the vote, and the US winds up with whatever know-nothing person that the Tea Party ( they run the GOP now ) runs as a candidate. It'll be the "dumber" part of what we all just went through.

    St. Augustine, Fl.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  117. Pat Wilson

    Yes! Yes! Yes! We need an alternative. Hillary would be great, however there are many other qualified Democrats.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  118. Christian, Milwaukee, WI

    I really wish that Russ Feingold would seriously consider running for president. Russ Feingold has consistently stood up for the American people in their time of need and has even reached across the aisle to fix our broken electoral process. We need cleaner politics in this country and Russ Feingold is the man to get the job done.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  119. Nancy G

    No! I for one am behind Obama. I'm glad he doesn't posture. I loved his speech on the economy. I'm tired of the piling on of this president. Want bumper sticker brevity–go for the usual politician. Obama is a leader who doesn't kotow to Left or Right, or media cycles. 70% of Republicans not liking him? So what. Look at the crazies in their party. Look at how they ran this country into the ground! Want to create revenue...look to
    the 35% of corporations who don't pay any taxes; look to the 50% of foreign owned companies in our country who don't pay taxes; look to negotiating drug prices. If Congress hadn't been so busy saying no at every turn over the last year or so, even more would have been accomplished. And, he was smart enough to appoint Hillary Clinton, who HELPED carve a REAL coalition for Libya–just right and falls right in with Obama's pledge to work with our Allies.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  120. Dee in New Paris Ohio

    Like who? Who is out there in the Democratic Party who can galvanize the voteras, and more importantly, who, once elected, stand up against the Republicans? After all, much of the reason Obama is struggling with the debt, two wars, oil spills, nuclear accidents in Japan, and the nutcase "birthers" is because no matter what he tries to do he is either butting his head against a wall of Republicans (or a wall of Democrats!)

    Maybe you have a viewpoint from whihch you can see a viable Democrat candidate who would do better than Obama. From where I sit, there just is not one!

    April 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  121. Ed Fertik

    They better if they want any chance of winning. Donald Trump and Sarah Palin both know we need to drill for our own oil. They both know we need to reduce national debt. They both know we need a culture of work rather than government dependence. Obama doesn't even have these basic concepts that most Americans now have. Hillary is the likely one to give her current boss the bad news and to then deliver the final blow.

    Claverack, New York

    April 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  122. Bill

    Yes they should look to having a primary the current POTUS is ineffective in administering matters of State, domestic or foreign. Ms Clinton or Ms Pelosi would have been a better choice for the Democratic party they have far more experience in matters of State. The current POTUS brought his Wall Street Buddies in and made things worse

    April 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  123. burton gunter

    i will not support Obama in the future.He has lied about the things he would do in 2008.
    Offered a public option and failed to support this in any way.
    Said his campaign money came from public and we find that goldman sachs supportede him . He approved loans to AIg and used billions of that money to pay goldman sachs!!!!!!! Now we know who he supports.
    He said he woukd not extend the bush tax cuts......Then got with republicans to extend it again.


    April 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  124. Joe Sephus, Jersey

    The democrats have nothing to worry about, Jack.
    President Obama is already the frontrunner in 2012. It's the republicans
    who have to be concerned. And unless Haley Barbour shows up with
    a short afro wearing an impeccably cut suit declaring, "Yes we can",
    they don't stand a chance.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  125. Betty Burton

    Jack, first of all, our huge debt was inherited by this President from the GOOD OL BOYS of the Republican Party... Now they (the Republications) do not wish to help in getting this debt under control. Look what they did to force the President to go along with letting their rich boys keep their tax cuts. I did not vote for this President, I voted for Hillary, but I will support the office of any President elected and also try to give him/her a chance to do a good job for the Majority of the United States Citizens. We need to cut welfare for those not entitled to receive it, and not let anyone get into the SS provbgram that has not paid into it. Also the job of President cannot be decided on some of these issues. The President does not even get a vote on many issues. Tell the Congress to get off their duffs and do what is best for the People and not for their friends. Cut out all the PORK for everyone. Cut Congress perks by 45% and let them live like the common people. We do NOT need nor want another war.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm |

    No! Polls can be made to look just the was a reporter wants them.
    Really, over half of those who do not like the way he is handleing things think taht he is to easy on the tea party and repub.

    That does not mean that they will not vote for him. I do not think that any ony who works for a living wants to loose any more than they have
    Right now it is just a matter of who will steal that last cookie and the Pres. looks like the best bet not to. METALWORKER in IL

    April 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  127. Dan Davenport

    They should get someone with very little real world experience. Someone who hasn't got a clue as to what it takes to lead. They would have to be a great orator as to dupe everyone into beliveing they are super brilliant. Then perhaps they'd have a chance against Pres. Obama.......perhaps. Oh, and they'd have to be black to secure they "white guilt" vote.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  128. Ben from LA

    President Obama is easily the best President of my lifetime. If someone ran against him in the primary, that someone would be only worthy to fetch President Obama's coffee.

    Ben from LA

    April 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  129. Rod

    As a dissapointed republican of my own party, i say give Obama another shot.....we gave Bush two terms and look where it left us....as i see it America can't go anywhere but up from here...we've hit "rock bottom" already from employment to the economy,housing and all other catagories where we once flourished....and this happened before Obama took office....it took two Bush terms to mess things up...it should'nt take one Obama term to fix it..... c'mon America !! think.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  130. Patricia

    Are you kidding? People can complain but a President can not do every thing he wants to do. Remember there is a Congress to contend with. When the Republicans decided that even before President Obama issued any polities that they would not support him. Does that sound like cooperation? Where was the tea party when President Bush spent money that it grows on trees and increased the government by leaps and bounds!! The condition this country is in did not start with President Obama and he can not fix decades of mistakes in 2 years! I thought if he would get one thing done that would be a miracle. Just remember the alternative!!!!

    April 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  131. Bigmama

    Jack, who would the DEM's get WHO WANTS this job? that is why the Republican party is having a hard time picking and getting behind someone for there side?? WHO can do this job.... and get us out of this mess??? WHAT should happen is They MAKE BUSH come back and help CLEAN up after all alot of this Mess came from his 8 years of being in the white house!! I Sure dont here anyone yelling about EXPERINCE now, no one is stepping up to the plate for this one everyone is just pointing the Finger and President Obama no one is saying HOW TO HELP FIX IT and we are paying them all just to sit there???

    April 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  132. Ken in NC

    We know Republicans want to gut our government, break it up and sell it off bit by bit to the Chinese so we don't want them incharge. Any Democrat would want to do the very things President Obama wants to do so why bother and stick your head in the noose when there is already one in there. I think he's done the best he could considering that Republicans complain when he goes to the head at 3AM.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  133. Bob Hawkes

    Hillary has the guts to take the 3 AM call and at least make a decision.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  134. dawn

    If I were president Obama I 'd hand the keys to JOE and wish him luck with this whining, lazy self indulgent country of ours. He (or Mccain for that matter) did not know the truth about how bad things were financially, and could not predict the extrordinary events of the last two years, during the campaign. Obama made it clear to me anyway that the road ahead was going to be tough. Good thing this world is not counting on us to save it from Hilter, I don't think we have the guts. We really need to pull together,soon. By the way I love this country as well as anyone, if any country can turn things around, WE should be leader!

    April 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  135. steve

    No, President Obama isn't the problem, its the system. Most people are in favor of his vision, but change is something that everyone wants and no one wants to work for. Obama is our leader, and a great one but Democracy makes him only a figurehead. the Problems that we face are sparked by the congressional branch. if you ask me its too many people out of work for our tax dollars to be WASTED on arguing. Maybe we should fire all of them and hire a group of selfless individuals who work for the people.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  136. Tom Little

    Yes, we should have someone in the Democratic Party run against President Obama. His agenda is ruining the USA. Just look what is happening in Europe and even Cuba now realizes this system does not work. He cannot see the writing on the wall! The problem with Socialism is that eventually you run out of ( job producers) OTHER PEOPLES MONEY!

    Tom Little

    April 18, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  137. Vincent

    No Jack, in my opinion the tea party have got that covered for whats its worth. But if I had to pick a candidate to run against Obama; I would pick Donald Trump. He is a business man but who knows. He might actually be good. We seem to have tried everything else Jack. Our options at this point are very thin in my book.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  138. James Palmdale California

    It doesn't matter who is elected president, after their inauguration they go into the briefing room and when they come out you can see it in their faces they are forever changed... reminds me of one of those sci-fi movies were the aliens start controlling you.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  139. Laurie Boniface

    Running a different Democrat would be an absurd idea.Obama has inherited a system on the verge of collapse [thanks to the GOP, corporate corruption and deregulation, and just as this man is probably beginning to absorb the details of the job and perhaps put himself in a position to address some of these incredible problems we are facing, we listen to general dissatisfaction about the way he is doing his job. we are addicted to immediate gratification in this society to a degree that we disable ourselves. We have been digging the hole filled with our problems ever since I can remember (I'm 58.) It's going to take a considerable amount of time, cooperation and true power of intellect to set a recovery in motion. Obama is an intelligent and decent human being, not your fairy godfather. Get real.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  140. lynnej in north carolina

    If the Democratic Party did or if another Democrat ran and won the nomination, it would be political suicide. Ask Bill Clinton about that.

    If he had not opened his mouth during the South Carolina Democratic Primary, Hillary would have won the nomination. That was the turning point of the entire nominating procedure. That move cost the Dems a 16 year hold on the presidency. Obama would have surely been her running mate and ran for the Presidency in 2016.

    Doing so now would do nothing but cost them them African-Ameican votes on all levels, local, state and federal. I'm not saying that they wouldn't get any votes, but I'm saying that they wouldn't be at the levels it was during the 2008 campaign hence handing the Presidency to the GOP. And then heaven help us all.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  141. Val Rivet

    Yes, the Democrats should look for someone else- it has become increasingly apparent that Americans do not value intelligence, integrity, eloquence, education, general world knowledge, or honesty, so as it stands the American people would be much happier with someone who has none of the above, someone like Sarah Palin, or Donald Trump whose Idea of winning is talking over and louder than his or her opponent.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  142. ???


    Obama runs a type of campaign that most GOP candidates don't understand. They assume the old 'motivate the base' campaign is good enough. Running someone against Obama risks Obama loosing to someone who runs the same type of campaign as the GOP, which will be guaranteed to result in a GOP victory.

    Obama will regain the independent voters because he gives them a voice in the campaign.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  143. anna

    Jack – when the previous Presidents, who you were alive to see as President: including Reagan, and Carter, and Bush, and Clinton, and Bush #2 were running up the debt to $14 Trillion – where was your big mouth Jack! NOW that you have President Obama actually talking about, and putting forward a plan to REDUCE the national debt by $4 Trillion dollars – you want to hate him?! WHY!
    Maybe you should have hated the many Presidents BEFORE him who did NOTHING at all to reduce the debt!
    At least President Obama has a plan to reduce the Debt by $4 Trillion dollars! I do NOT remember any other Presient putting forward a $4 Trillion dollar national debt reduction plan before! DO YOU?

    April 18, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  144. Jeanne Barr

    My husband and I are very proud of the job that President Obama is doing in the White House. Does anybody ever stop to think about the magnitude of this job at this time? My husband is a former history teacher and he cannot remember any American President being attacked as horribly as the public is attacking Barack Obama.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  145. J. Fauchere

    Wouldn't it be great if we could fire the whole lot of them and start from scratch? I had hoped that the Nov mid-term elections would have been a wake-up call for politicians on both sides of the aisle but obviously not! The Democrats are no different from the Republicans -they've both forgotten a constituency called 'We the People' whose interests are supposed to be front and center. Sadly, we only have ourselves to blame – award-winning documentaries like 'Inside Job' repeatedly reveal how corporate America rules Capitol Hill and yet we still vote in their minions election after election, voting against policies that are in our own best interests. I still can't believe the Tea Party rallies where protesters railed against universal health care, and yet many in the crowd were on walkers or attached to oxygen tanks! Only in America....

    April 18, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  146. S E Cannon

    No! NO! NO! If you don't like him you will have to vote against in the General Election. Let’s see how your republican rhetoric stacks up after the real facts come out!

    April 18, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  147. Steve

    Yes. Are many of us better off since he's taken office? Not as far as I can tell. I think he's sincere, but sincerely wrong. America needs help, possibly as never before.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  148. Barbara T. - Las Vegas, NV

    I'm not sure what Americans were expecting by electing a person with absolutely no experience in anything to be President. Did you think he would suddenly be infused with knowledge in all things? Well surprise, surprise, that did not happen. And now we are all paying the price.

    Of course the Democrats should present other candidates. Try someone with experience in foreign affairs, economics, diplomacy; a person who has a proven track record. We've learned the hard way, that pretty speeches are only words.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  149. Michael Thurber

    Obama has done the best he can given what he inherited. The fact is it's just not good enough, and he has caved too many times to the Republicans. It just shows he's a great coordinator, but a lousy leader. I hope he decides to withdraw and not run again for the good of the country. We need a strong leader, and he's shown he's just not one. Of course he'll be relected if he does run ... just look at the Republican side show and it's obvious they have no one better. It's a sad state of affaris when we really have nothing put poor choices all around.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  150. Smerlap

    Whenever a sitting President is challenged for his Party nomination he always gets the nomination and loses the election. Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter are but two of the most recent examples. If the Democrats want to win the election and I assume they do, no one will run against Obama. Silly point of view Jack.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  151. etienne Ohio

    Absolutely not! Obama all the way!

    April 18, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  152. Ira (Lake Forest)

    The Democrats, like the Republicans, care only about one thing: winning elections. If the Democrats run someone against Obama, it may cause the Republicans to win in 2012. If it is just Obama against any of the Republican contenders, I'm betting on Obama. Name one Republican in this field who can beat Obama one-on-one.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  153. smartone

    That's totally ridiculous. He is extremely intelligent and he knows what this country needs. Unfortunately he must deal with the uninformed and the greedy. He is misunderstood. Time will be the judge.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  154. Mike

    I voted for Obama the first time and I will absolutely vote for him again. He's done more in his first presidency than any republican could ever hope to accomplish. I'll be 6 feet under before voting republican.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  155. Worldpeaceful

    Why not? If you knew someone could not reach the end of the race, why don't you change another right away and make the race more interested to American and the world ??? Either way you will be knock out with slow core and ashamed.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  156. kenneth szorosy

    Yes jack. Unfortunately, we're caught with our pants down again. We need to start freezing our really good politicians whereas down the road in troubled times we can thaw them out to get these fix the nation answers. Hey, whats george doin? Ken
    Fernandiana Beach

    April 18, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  157. Gary - MO

    After searching my soul Jack, I decided President Obama is probably the only Democrat capable of winning in 2012. He may not be perfect, but compared with the far-right and Tea Party nuts he seems to be the most sane and least likely to end America as we know it.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  158. Christian in New Jersey

    Looks like you Dems are split on the issue. OH YEAH!!! This made my day.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  159. Barbara

    Yes. How about someone with experience and a proven track record–someone like Hillary. She was an excellent legislator and the last two years as Secretary of State surely have added to her expertise. Keep in mind she is backed by Bill– another proven commodity. As your article states this guy is clueless and will totally bring this country down with his unprotected boarders,big government, big taxes, big spending, big unions,war expansion agenda. By the way see what can be done to get rid of Pelosi, Reid, and Obamacare while you are at it. Anyone but OBAMA!!!!

    April 18, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  160. Chris

    No, the Democrats should stand pat with Obama. That way, the Republicans can stand that much more of a chance of seizing the White House and doing something meaningful to counteract the looming debt crisis.

    Unless, of course, Obama wants to actually reign in spending before my generation gets crushed by Baby Boomer debt and irresponsibility.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  161. Harry Mellon

    Yes, of course. Obama has turned out to be a fake Democrat. He has betrayed Dems on every issue with broken promises. We need accountability in this country which we never got regarding Bush from Obama. Time to clean house again . Kucinich or Feingold 2012!

    April 18, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  162. libvote

    I'm liberal and normally would vote for the Democrat that is running. Not this time. I will not vote for a Republican, but I'm not going to bother voting for President Obama again. We need a leader and he's not a leader. He's a credit taker and a get in at the last minute glory seeker.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  163. Linda Republican

    Our country is pathetic. That being said, I will vote for President Obama again but am secretly hoping the GOP takes the cake. Can you imagine what that will look like? Corporations and the wealthy running the show – destroying our natural resources, destroying our liberties, destroying every safety net our country offers to its citizens. No, I'm hoping for someone fun like Donald Trump taking the cake - it would so hilarious to see the Trumpster completely destroy this country. We are pathetic, non-Christian, greedy, hateful people and I CAN'T WAIT for the Republicans to take control and completely destroy this country. So VOTE REPUBLICAN 🙂

    April 18, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  164. Jim

    What this country needs, right now:

    Mandatory public financing of all elections, state or federal;

    Term limits for Supreme Court appointees, 10 years with one reappointment only;

    End of filibuster, by constitutional amendment if necessary.

    These are all much more meaningful and urgent issues than whether Obama has created running room to his left. He is as much bought and paid for as the liar and phony that he replaced in the White House.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  165. Harry Mellon

    Yes...but only with a non-DLC type like Feingold or Kucinich. Only fools would clamor for Hillary...she is just like Obama and thats why she is in his administration...they both serve the same masters as Rove and Bush.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  166. Chase

    No. And I don't want to hear this question again. Rats leave first. And it's President Obama, not Mr. Obama, or Barak Obama.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  167. bob in florida

    They have Jack. It's Donald Trump and Sarah Palin.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  168. Scott - Washington DC

    Have you seen the deck of jokers the Republicans are putting up? Obama doesn't need stellar approval ratings to beat any of them. He is blessed with weak opponents. Why jeopardize his already good chances? And the left needs to stop complaining about Obama. He is a centrist, and America is a center-right nation. Not a far left nation or a Tea Party nation. Too many people can't seem to get that fact straight.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  169. Scott

    A rigorous primary excited the democrats in 2008. Maybe the attention could re-assert why the dems are best to hold the presidency. But I always said the winner of the 2008 election would be a one-termer, because the problems were way too big to fix in four years, and the country would blame whomever was in "charge". Sad and short-sighted.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  170. James

    I swore up and down that I wouldn't vote for Obama again, but the Republicans have gone far and wide out of their way to push me away, so the dems for all the things that frustrate me about them, are still the lesser of two evils IMO.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  171. Lonnie Elliott

    No, of course the democratic party should not run any other canditate for 2012

    April 18, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  172. Scott - Washington DC

    The better question is can the Republicans come up with a candidate that's actually electable? I haven't seen one in the 2012 field yet.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  173. anna

    Jack – when the previous Presidents, who you were alive to see as President: including Reagan, and Carter, and Bush, and Clinton, and Bush #2 were running up the debt to $14 Trillion – where was your big mouth Jack! NOW that you have President Obama actually talking about, and putting forward a plan to REDUCE the national debt by $4 Trillion dollars – you want to hate him?! WHY!
    Maybe you should have hated the many Presidents BEFORE him who did NOTHING at all to reduce the debt!
    At least President Obama has a plan to reduce the Debt by $4 Trillion dollars! I do NOT remember any other Presient putting forward a $4 Trillion dollar debt reduction plan forward before! DO YOU?

    April 18, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  174. Dave in Cincinnati

    Yes. A strong candidate not dedicated to making the US a socialist country could well bring a lot of the independents back into the Democrat party fold.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  175. Black Monk

    Obama just is not a leader, but is a true polititican. He gives a speech to the nation and then his actions are in the opposite direction. He knows that people listen to major speeches but may not follow what he actually does. If he runs on the Democratic ticket, he loses. The Democratic party must choose between losing and selecting a viable candidate and, of course, not someone currently in the administration.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
  176. Sheila Hard

    No. I think you're being too hard on him. He's a lot better than he's given credit for, and in the end the proof is in the pudding.

    If I fault one thing about him, it is that he has not risen above the partisan fray and is spouting a lot of campaign rhetoric. (What happened to "no blue states/no red states/only the United States"?) Then again, he followed someone who campaigned saying, "I want to be a uniter, not a divider" and was the most divisive president of my lifetime, including Richard Nixon.

    We desperately need to come together as a nation, and I don't see how a primary challenge will help. Let him focus on the momentus problems facing our nation - not give him one more thing to worry about.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  177. Wormstooth

    Look at the Republican field of candidates. My daughter's poodle could beat any of them in a debate.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  178. Rick

    Nothing seems to be going right these days. Obama has tried, but he seems unable to counter the reactionary mood of the country. The Tea Party, a group born out of racism and neo-McCarthyism, has so much influence over the Republican Party. they are unable to work with the President or the Democrats to effectively address the economic problems. Solutions: Obama needs to stop trying to please everybody and start actively working to solve the economy problems of this country. The two political parties need to stop playing politics and start working with the President and for ALL the people of this country. A windfall profits tax on every oil company operating in the USA and an end to the Bush tax cuts for those making over $250K would go a long way to restarting the economy.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  179. Jess C

    Sticking with the President; it's nice to have brains for a change.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  180. Robbyn

    If it aint broke don't mess with it. Obama is doing an awesome job. Americans can no longer recognize an awesome President because of our need for greed. Trump, Palin, Gingrich, Romney are you freaking kidding. Enough said.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  181. STEVE

    All you crazy people think the republicans are the enemy and the far right republicans say the same thing. we are all americans not 2 countries dem/rep so we are way to devided and going down.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  182. Pogo Hawaii.

    I one word no. There isn't one person that can beat him in a debate from both partys. He has done the best job with what he has. The republicans will and have try to stop him ever time he trys to put something on the table. Now I do belive he needs to get stonger on issue then he has been, but he can grow into that.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  183. Street-Smart - Texas

    Yup! Great strategy by left wing-nuts as opposed to their equally loony counterpart right wing-nuts in the Tea Party three ring circus!

    Pull a centrist candidate such as Obama, and nominate an ultra liberal such as a Walter Mondale (again) or a Bernie Sanders and watch them lose 49 states to Republicans also again.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  184. cwatson

    Fully agreed! They should.

    Obama is NOT expected to win in 2012 and I think he is ok with that.

    He has already made history by becoming the first black president though accidentally and do not think he minds at all even if he loses against any Democratic challenger.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:59 pm |