Should another Democrat challenge President Obama for the nomination – and if so, who?
August 18th, 2011
05:00 PM ET

Should another Democrat challenge President Obama for the nomination – and if so, who?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

With the 2012 campaign well under way, the Republican candidates are out there daily tripping all over themselves and each other to win their party's nomination. As the incumbent, President Obama is expected to be the Democratic nominee. But what if he's not?

Consider this - a new CNN-ORC poll shows 70% of Democrats want the president to be the party's nominee. That number may sound high, but it's actually down 11 points since June. Working in the president's favor, only 57% of Democrats wanted the party to renominate Bill Clinton in 1994... and we all know how that turned out.

However - there are other bleak signs on the horizon for President Obama. His job approval rating continues to decline, hitting a new low of 39% for one 3-day period last week according to Gallup.

And Americans are increasingly unhappy with Mr. Obama's handling of the economy - the number one issue in the country.

According to Gallup, he gets a lousy 26% approval rating on the economy, 24% for his handling of the federal budget deficit and 29% for job creation. These are terrible numbers.

As if to confirm them, Morgan Stanley was out with a report this morning that says the United States is "dangerously close" to a recession in the next 6 to 12 months.

President Obama says he has a plan for job growth... but he's waiting until after Labor Day to tell us.

Why is he waiting? The unemployment rate is 9.1%. Do you suppose there are millions of Americans who would like to know how the government will create jobs now? Not after the President's vacation to Martha's Vineyard.

We do know the president hopes to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits; spending additional hundreds of billions of dollars we don't have.

Here’s my question to you: Should another Democrat challenge President Obama for the nomination – and if so, who?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

David in Pasadena, California:
Obama's OK. He isn't the real problem despite what Perry, Bachmann, Romney and Paul would have you believe. You can't blame Obama for the recession. That's like blaming you for the "The Jersey Shore." The Democrats should keep their political differences quiet, unify behind the president and put the so-called Republicans on notice: help or get the hell out of the way.

No, because it would be a suicide mission. Any serious challenge to Obama would do one of two things. Seriously weaken Obama, or nominate a candidate stripped of the power of incumbency. Both would lose.

The Democratic Party has become a gutless and wimpy whipping boy for the Republicans. I seriously doubt if there is a Democrat in this country who has the backbone to come forward and rescue us from a Republican hell.

Michael on Facebook:
If you really want a name, Gen. Wes Clark.

Ed in California:
I know he's not a Democrat, but I'd like to see Senator Sanders run. Or even Mayor Bloomberg of New York. Outside possibility: Warren Buffett. Pres. Obama is capable. He needs better advisors and I need him to be a lot more aggressive.

Jeff in Pennsylvania:
Who would that be, Jack? They’re all on vacation.

I think we should run two Republicans.

Cheryl in South Carolina:
Jack, my dear, I say this with great love: You have got to let go of this fantasy of Hillary running against Obama. It ain't gonna happen!

soundoff (307 Responses)
  1. ranch111

    A vertebrate.

    August 18, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  2. J M Smith

    I'd love to see Hillary on the ticket. I fully supported Obama in the last election but feel like he has not "fully supported us."
    Think we need someone tougher to fight the Republicans. Seems like all Obama has done is try to appease them & we can all see where that has gotten this country. Feel like he has been a secret Republican....just hasn't come out of the closet. He is good at campaigning but has disappointed me in presiding.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  3. Terrence Cain

    If Obama does not come up with a real plan when he returns in Sept. and this rhetoric he's been spilling the last few days is just talk then yes I think someone needs to challenge him. Someone who is very strong. An LBJ, Truman, or Clinton if you will. Someone not afraid to step up to the Tea Party and tell them where things are going whether they like it or not and getting their plans put in place regardless of opposition.

    Terrence Cain
    Big Spring, TX.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  4. Tony from Southport, NC

    Hillary should challenge him. The left would support her. She isn't getting any younger and someday soon they'll be comparing her to John McCain as far as age. Too old to be president.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  5. Pete in Georgia

    Yes, absolutely. Probably Al Sharpton or Pelosi herself.
    The loonier the better !!

    August 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  6. Tyler

    One word-NO!!!!

    We need to immediately stop blaming the President and turn our heads to the 2012 elections for the House and Senate. This will be the biggest voter turnout in HISTORY. We Americans are not blind.....when Politicians do not listen to their constituents, they lose there job. 2012, Dems will have House, Senate, and President again, goodbye TEA PARTY, hello Donner Party.

    Tyler, Oshkosh, WI

    August 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  7. Jamie in St. Louis

    Yes someone should challenge Obama Jack. It should be Evan Bayh. Unlike Obama and the extreme left, Bayh actually lives in the real world rather than some fantasy land where money grows on trees and everyone is taken care of by the government. He's a fiscal conservative democrat and could position himself as the complete opposite of Obama on issues like the economy and the deficit. You ask a liberal the answer to any problem and it's tax the rich. Our GDP is equal to the next 2 or 3 largest economies combined and our government takes in more revenue than any other country in the world. We should be able to have a balanced budget when we take in trillions of dollars in taxes. Revenue isn't the problem it's the morons that manage it. It's a lot easier to spend other peoples money.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  8. MNResident

    Yes, another Democrat should challenge President Obama, and that person is YOU, Jack. If you did it, it would be the first time someone at CNN actually challenged President Obama on ANYTHING!!!!

    August 18, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  9. J.D.

    I would prefer a certain Independent to run against Mr. Obama. Unfortunately, Bernie Sanders is perfectly content representing the people of the great state of Vermont and isn't interested.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  10. Dan in Aluququerque

    Hillary Clinton might challenge successfully, but it probably wouldn't result in a Republican Party willing to talk to anyone about anything positive. What Americans need to do is to support politicians that are willing to support the majority of Americans that have told us they want spending cuts AND revenue. They also want politicicians who are willing to compromise for the good of America. I am alarmed that we have turned into a nation of whiners and blamers
    (people on both sides) instead of solution seekes through compromise. The world markets agree. In desperation, some Americans have chosen to support some of the scariest and most dangerous candidates I ever remember. If one of them is elected, our troubles have just begun. November 2012 is almost too late to head off even more disastrous damage unless people start seriously talking.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  11. Ed Hoffman

    Yes Hilary

    August 18, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  12. John in Alabama

    Jack: I believe President Obama is the only Democratic candidate able to handle the hard economy and the no compromise my way or the highway Republicans. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could challenge President Obama, but she does not want to run for president in 2012. I believe she is looking forward to 2016. President Obama has the national recognition to win, and the brains to pull it off.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  13. Annie, Atlanta

    No. It's not the President who is the problem, it's Congress. Replace the idiots who hate government. What were we thinking putting people in government who can't stand government? Will we ever learn?

    August 18, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  14. jeff from PA

    Who would that be Jack? Their all on vacation.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  15. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I think president Obama is the best candidate the democrats have. Having another democrat in the race no matter who he or she is would only helped the republicans. The republicans campaign strategy would be the same no matter who is running against them. They refuse to raise taxes on a highest 1% of the wealthiest people in America. They believe in the trickle down theory and are controlled by tea party which refuses to compromise in any shape or form. I do think president Obama needs to turn into Harry Truman and leave America know just how much the tea party refusal to compromise in Congress is hurting our chances to recover economically.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  16. Name*Ed from California

    I know he's not a democrat. I'd like to see Senator Sanders run. Or even Mayor Bloomberg go for it too. Outside possible, Mr. Buffett. Pres. Obama is capable. He needs better advisors and he really needs to grow a pair. I need him to be a lot more aggressive.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  17. Mary of Chicago, IL

    Sure, a Democrat should challenge Obama for the nomination, but the DNC won't let that happen. Dennis Kucinich has correctly pointed out that Obama violated the Constitution by starting a war in Libya without Congressional approval. He offers real change from Obama's policies. For that reason, neither he nor anyone of his ilk will be allowed by the party establishment to challenge Obama. The DNC may, however, replace Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton if that's what it takes to win.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  18. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Not as a Democrat, no. Maybe as a Green or a member of the Independence Party of America (an offshoot of the old Reform Party).

    August 18, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  19. pat in michigan

    Why is it that this country fears having a woman president.My God Hillary has already gone through menopause so you don't have to hide in the fallout shelter every 28 days.Who is the one person you know you can count on. your mom or a woman . Woman have spent lifetimes cleaning up everyones messes .This is no different.It is time.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  20. Jerry

    No, because it would be a suicide mission. Any serious challenge to Obama would do one of two things. Seriously weaken Obama, or nominate a candidate stripped of the power of incumbency. Both would lose.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  21. Rich McKinney, Texas

    I don't think so Jack. As bad as the economy and unemployment in America are I don't think the American people are ready to put another republican back in the presidential seat. At least not this election cycle. The memories are still crystal clear on no WMD'S in Iraq and a war that had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11. America will be paying for that republican blunder for decades to come.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  22. Phyllis G. Williams

    Should another Democrat challenge President Obama for the nomination – and if so, who

    A person should have a calling of themselves to be a President,
    if they are to be successful. If they have to be called by others
    and forced to do so, they won't have the fortitude necessary
    to perform this challenging post.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  23. mary -from oklahoma

    No Jack-The last thing any democratic hopeful should do is muddy the waters of this re-election campaign for Obama–A good example is that cesspool of canidates that is forming on the republican side and more jumping in every day. Obama may not be perfect but he is well liked and very electable. There is Hllary Clinton but she's not interested and besides she would be up against the same bigots because she's a woman as Obama has faced because he's different (I wont use the b word). There are no others out there that have a chance.This election is going to be about running against the terrorists that have taken over the republican party and stopping them from destroying life as we have known it.. Go Barack!

    August 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  24. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    Jack, my dear, I say this with great love: You have got to let go of this fantasy of Hillary running against Obama. It ain't gonna happen!

    August 18, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  25. Bob from Orlando, FL


    I do not believe that another Democrat should enter the Presidential 2012 race. The splintering of political parties into sub-groups is not the answer. What is needed is a ' Come To Jesus ' meeting whereby once and for all the Belt Way does what is best for the country. That's the ONLY SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP that truly matters. Place country first and we can overcome the BULLISM that we call Washington DC politics.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  26. Ken from Pinon Hills, California

    No, and as for who, why? The Presidency now and for the foreseeable future will not be able to bring us back from our personal, and governments bankruptcy. We may see one term Presidents for the long haul, and why would anyone go down in history as a four year loser.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  27. Doug

    Yes. Hillary should challenge Obama because she could help keep the Mortgage Security Scam going that her Husband started. That is a good thing because Housing Prices will soon be back to 1960's levels. Gorgeous Al gore should run. He is the one we all adore. Al is also a pretty good weatherman too.. Knock me over with a featha, its Al with the Weatha. You could also throw in Barney Frank. He has helped to bring this country to its knees. But its really the Republicans that need more candidates. They could use Christie because his wife looks like Ernie from Seasamee Street and that will help attract the independent voters. They could run Lesley Graham, a predictable establishment type, but a candidate with enough appeal to actually beat Obama. Doug.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  28. Stacey

    I think so! If another Democrat doesn't run for office then whatever Republican candidate the party choses will be our next President. The voters are going to do the same thing they did in the mid-terms & vote the opposite of what's currently in office (which worked out so well the last time), & considering the current Republican options I shudder the thought!

    August 18, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  29. Lori - PA


    When it comes to the debt ceiling and jobs creation, Obama has failed miserably. As such, another Domocrat should run for the nomination. While there are a few Democrats I would consider voting for, Hillary Clinton is the only Democrat who, if she chose to run, who has a chance at beating Obama..

    August 18, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  30. Brady in Poughkeepsie

    As much as I would love a true liberal in the White House, I know it would only divide our Party and any Democrat is better than any Republican. If anything, someone should at least fake challenge him just to get some serious debate going among the left as to how to beat back the Tea Party. I'd draft Bernie Sanders, he could be our Ron Paul.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  31. Jim in Gardendale, Alabama

    jack, I would love for someone to step forward and challenge Obama for the 2012 Presidential nomination since he has abandoned his base and middle income Americans as well as the nation's Seniors. Personally, I would love to see him challlenged by either Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton but the liklihood of that happening is just about nil. If he doesn't grow some guts and move back toward the left center, he's toast anyway and I'm not so sure he cares. It's disgusting and sad to see corporate America and the tea baggers taking over the country.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  32. Josh from New Orleans

    I would like to see a Hilary Clinton / Barney Frank ticket. But maybe they should hold off after Obama's second term.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  33. Patsy, Texas

    Until America is free from the Tea Party, no Democrat nor even some Republicans, can have the benefit of seeing
    their full potential as President of the United States. The Tea Party has destroyed the Republican Party, they are
    still working on the destruction of President Obama (their words), and they obviously don't care that their actions
    offer no solutions to heal America. You don't sign allegiances (pledges) to private entities, while accepting
    benefits from the taxpayers, who hired you to work for them. Your allegiance is to America, as a whole.
    President Obama is not perfect, none of us are, but he has tried very hard, and the brick walls they have put up
    are impenetrable for anyone who sees things a little differently than they do. So I'm not ready to give up on
    him yet, they will accept no one, and I will not accept them until they learn the word respect for others, and
    practice it. Thank you.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  34. andrew

    YEs.because it will challenge him and make him run on the Ideas he originally ran for back in 08'..Where is Russ FienGold or Alan Greyson when u need them!

    August 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  35. Greg, Ontario

    No. I think they have the right people in the right place. What they need is for Americans to educate themselves on the issues (get the facts), stop voting with emotion and get a Congress than will work with the White House instead of just saying no to everything.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  36. Jane in CA

    Not another Democrat. But I would like to see Bernie Sanders on the Presidential ballot.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  37. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    Jack, what difference does it make. One term and done is the wave of the future. Take a tip from the CEO of Starbucks, boycott giving money to incumbents. Who would want to run against Obama? Let the Republicans self destruct and let Obama and his warchest run. In 2016- everyone changes partners.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  38. Richard

    No, it would be a total insult to the democratic party. They should just let Ron Paul one on one with Obama

    August 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  39. John Emerson

    No Jack, party politics will go on regardless and until that changes we will see no progress for America.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  40. Bill

    Yes...Hillary...enough said!

    August 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  41. Alex McAnneny (Hyannis MA)

    No. It would be disastrous for the Democrats and for the nominee-Obama or no Obama- to appeal to the voters that everything is alright in the party. Look to the past: Reagan challenged Ford in '76, and Ford lost the Presidency to Carter. Four years later, Carter was challenged by Senator Kennedy, nearly lost in the primaries, and then lost the Presidency to Reagan. Some tough numbers to grasp for the incumbent party who holds the White House.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  42. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    If you really want a name, Gen. Wes Clark.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  43. Brad, Portland, OR

    Obama is a weak president and I'm sure another Democrat could do a better job.

    But if Obama gets a primary challenge, whichever Democrat wins will probably be too weak to fight off the Republicans in the general election.

    That's what happened when Teddy Kennedy challenged Jimmy Carter.

    And I'd rather have Obama for a second term than let one of the toxic candidates on the Republican side increase the damage to the country they're already doing from the House.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  44. Matthew Hunt*

    Matthew Hunt
    Kansas City, Missouri

    I'm a democrat and fully support President Obama and don't see anything really wrong with a primary challenge. If anything it would be good press for the President and he can re- energize his support base. But to respond to your question, I would say the best candidate would be SOS Hillary Clinton, still to this day her numbers remain strong even to my republican friends. She is the wife to President Clinton, no wonder she would be popular!

    August 18, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  45. Nanci Hughes

    The only person alive who left the country better than it was when he came in. President bill Clinton. I'd vote for him in a NY minute

    August 18, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  46. Jerry Brown

    No Democrat should challenge the sitting president in a primary. It would weaken the chances of re-electing a Democrat which means it would increase the chances of a hard right wacko like Bachman or Perry being elected. The media loves the wackos because they make ridiculous statements which the media loves to use to keep listeners. It is a good business practice for the industry but it helps to split us apart and keeps us from focusing on important issues. Most hype on TV use to be about sports but not anymore. Now it is weird politics 24/7 to keep the eyeballs glued to the TV. What ever happened to good old research fact based reporting ?

    August 18, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  47. barbara in nc

    I don't care about your polls - polls schmolls. President Obama does NOT need a challenge for 2012. What makes you think the HELL NO CAUCUS would work better with any other Democrat (unless they ARE just trying to get the half white man out of their WH)?

    And what do we need with a Republican? They want to dictate their religion to us, monitor women's uteruses, tax the poor and middle class more and give it all to their wealthy campaign donors. In return, they'll let us work minimum wage with no health care, no vacation, no retirement, etc. What's wrong with people Jack?

    August 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  48. Gary Bellew

    How about Mr. Freeman or Mr. Ford or any of a slew of actors that have played excellent presidents that actually had this country and it's people coming first (anybody remember any vacations either congressional or presidential in any films?).

    Gary MO

    August 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  49. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    time to correct the mistake we liberal Democrates made in 2008, Jack. Obama should do an LBJ and NOT run in 2012, bring on Hillary Clinton who SHOULD have been the nominee back then. I doubt she would have put up with all the guff that Obama has the last 2 1/2 years.

    August 18, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  50. Bob D Iowa

    That is the last thing we need, Obama has a job to do and the American people that are looking for economic recovery will find it with him once the Tea Baggers and Chistian Taliban are gone and they will be.

    August 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  51. Reggie

    Yes, I think another democratic should challange Obama for the elections in 2012. Jack, of course the obvious person is Hillary Clinton because she should have been the nominee for the democrats in the first place in 2008. I am sure that this economy would have been much better under Hillary than it has been under Obama. Obama has no sense of leadership and he is completely lost in what he is doing. He is way over his head in this job. So, Hillary its time to challenge Obama and rightfully get your nomination for 2012.

    August 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  52. Paul From Austin Texas

    If so then here goes Hillary says she does not want it anymore and if that is a fact then next in line should be Levin of Michigan. He would be a great candidate and who really knows maybe Obama only wants one term he did make his mark in history in more ways than one.

    August 18, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  53. mike halter

    yes i do. any Democrat who has the guts to legalize and tax marijuama .

    mike fl.

    August 18, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  54. neil reid

    After 3 years how many people honestly think Obama can turn this around, put me in the very doubtfull category. Time for change to qoute Obama

    August 18, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  55. Mark Matos

    Yes. A Democrat should challenge President Obama for the nomination. The new candidate could run on the platform of being anti-war, focused on the middle class, and getting corporatism out of politics. The problem is the media is ignoring that candidate because he's not a Democrat, and his name is Ron Paul.

    August 18, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  56. Gail, Plano TX.

    Jack: Why are u so willing to throw the President under the bus? I'm surprised at you. Don't u remember how much u liked him 3 years ago? He inherited a terrible mess with his Presidency! And how about taking the GOP to task every day Jack, for what they are doing to this country and this President all because he is a man of color? So to answer your question, no, I do not think the Prwsident should be challenged I will vote for President Obama again, gladly. Keep it up Jack, and we'll have Mr Yahoo Perry in the WH!

    August 18, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  57. Lenny Greenblatt from Boca Raton, Florida

    Hillary Clinton should quit as Secretary of State and run against Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination. America regrets not giving her the nomination in 2008. She'd win the nomination and the general election in the largest margins in American history. This is her time!

    August 18, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  58. Denny from Tacoma

    I think that Obama has done more to compromise with the Republicans than most Democratic presidents would; he is trying to get something done. Any other Democratic Presidential nominee would be in the same quagmire. When you realize that the Republicans control the businesses in the private sector, you would understand why they do not want to create more jobs and are still continuing to outsource to other countries; their dollars and political ideology are more important than their fellow countrymen. The Republicans control big business and Wall Street. If you want to save our economy and our middle class, get the Republicans out of power and find some Democrats with some gumption to change things. A third party for the people (instead of for the lobbyists) would be great but still unlikely. Today's stark reality is if you want more jobs, you must have more government; it ain't gonna happen in the private sector.

    August 18, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  59. Steven

    No, Jack. Democrats won't put up another nominee. No other Democrat has the same level of support that Obama has. Besides it will fracture the party.
    You say Obama should put forth his plan now. Where is Congress ? Where is Boehner ? Oh, forgot Boehner got 98% of what he wanted. So, he skipped town.
    If Obama puts forth something now, it will die in the meantime. The best thing to do is out the plan forward, along with the legislation and then a full court press to have Congress pass it. We know what the House Republicans will do...

    August 18, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  60. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Don't see that as the answer-–the old saying--you can touch the spots of the leopard--but you can't move them--and regardless of who would challenged Obama--you still have the lesser of two evils--and even the less is still evil.

    August 18, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  61. Dave - Phx, Az

    The president is not the problem. The problem is the congress. Unless we replace the congress with one willing to work together to get the country's business done, nothing will change. Laws do not originate with the president, despite what the right wing nutjobs keep spewing.

    August 18, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  62. Jk from Minnesota

    I'd rather see Obama act more like FDR and Harry Truman and stand firm on democratic principles and run again. If he doesn't have the fire in his belly to do that then he should step aside for a candidate who can. There's a scary side to what I'm seeing with the conservative republican movement – heaven help us if they gain control. The democratic alternative has be willing to call out protecting the top 1-2% and corporate interests and stand with Main Street more.

    August 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  63. ken, atlantic city, nj

    Yes obama must go, he is a clinton democrat. Clinton helped to creade the mess we are in now by changing the rules for financial institutions and started the job killing trade deals with mexico and canada. Obama wants more job killing trade deals with panama, columbia, and s. korea. Panama is just another country where the rich can hide their money. Sanders or kucinich are two candidates who would end the wars, cut defense, end corporate welfare, eliminate the federal reserve, end derivatives gambling on wall street, and eliminate all the job killing trade deals. Obama has done nothing for main street or the 20% black unemployment problem other than talk.

    August 18, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  64. David of Alexandria VA

    It would probably serve Obama well to have some screaming liberal like Nancy Pelosi (Sort of the Michelle Bachman of the left) to remind the people in the middle how bad it could be without Obama safely and non-commitally remaining in control. Instead of "Hope and Change" his campaign slogan could be "Despair and Do No Harm"

    August 18, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  65. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    The CEO of Starbucks would be my choice and espeically after hearing him on CNN last night. He is a true leader and motivator but in all reality he can't fire Congress like he can with an employee that doesn't do their job. The President would make a lot of points with America if he cancelled his "vacation", published his plan and challenged Congress to come back to "work". That's an oximoron, work and Congress.

    August 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  66. Cee.La

    I dont think so....President Obama will be the Democratic nominee, and should be...... we should'nt be in the financial mess we are in.....Congress should have already legislated a road to fiscal responsibility....... they are the ones who absolutely refuse to solve our problems....... can we impeach a Congress?

    August 18, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  67. Rick McDaniel

    Yes, but only a conservative is going to be considered. Not Hillary, for certain.

    Has to be someone who is fiscally responsible. We are too much on the edge, to consider anyone, who wants to spend on social programs, or stimulus, or much of anything else for that matter. The spending has to stop.

    August 18, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  68. Jeanne from NY

    I think the president has the potential to be an incredible leader. I'm a left-leaning independent who voted for him the first time and was thrilled when he was elected. Unfortunately..no, tragically..the Republican party has been so focused on winning back control over the country that they've embraced the Tea Party and others who, in my opinion, represent the very worst and most ignorant members of our society. I know, we're not supposed to use the "r" word, so I'll just remind us all of the "birthers", the implications that he's a (gasp, shudder, MUSLIM), the complete, unprecedented lack of respect in the House of Representative ("you lie")...well, you get my point. The Republicans will use any means at their disposal to see to it that he accomplishes nothing that will reflect well on his presidency, even in the face of the country's demise. If he can't win re-election, I would like to see him step down and back Hillary Clinton for office. It's a shame, but I'm thinking of the country first, a lesson the Republicans need to learn. Whatever else happens, no Republican should win the presidency; no truly qualified candidate would want to be associated with that party any longer.

    August 18, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  69. Daniel

    As an independent who tends to vote for Dems, I can say with some conviction that I will not vote for Mr. Obama in the next election if he is the Dem candidate. I think what is comes down to is his lack of experience and political savy (as demonstrated in the debt ceiling fiasco). He would make a great professor somewhere but as America's # 1 policymaker he has failed. As for an alternative, why not Hillary again. This time I would definitely vote for her–she does not lack a political backbone and would have more success in implementing her policies.

    August 18, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  70. George Sweeper

    It might be better to just have one side dragging each other through the mud. Both Dem and Repubs doing it might be too much for the stomach.

    August 18, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  71. Ron WPAFB

    t really doesn't matter, Jack. If the Republicans are going to block any legislation the other side puts forward based on elections and not on what's good for the country, it doesn't matter! there are bills sitting in Congress right now waiting on the House! Bills that put people to work! But the House majority spent 9 months blocking lesislation and nothing went through. You really want to see people go back to work, fire the Republicans and watch!

    August 18, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  72. Ron , West Coast

    No .
    President Obama is not the problem , it`s those elected republican characters who are in the tea party , or who are afraid of being primaried by the tea party at large that , thwarts every effort made by Obama to get a handle on our failing economic outlook , and unemployment problems .

    August 18, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  73. Dan K

    Jack, I voted for Obama and had high hopes for him to be a leader. But as of the last few months I have been disappointed with his obvious lack of leadership and firmness!
    There are several candidates worthy of being on the democratic ticket! 2 of which are:
    !. Former Sec. Of Labor Robert Reich! He is an economic genius and would turn our economy around and he showed great, firm, consistent leadership during his service under Clinton!
    2. Dick Durbin of Illinois! This man has shown great leadership capabilities throughout his multiple terms in congress taking a firm leadership role on many issues when a leader was needed!
    I doubt if this will happen and I will still (as a survivor of the middle class demise) vote for Obama next time as all that the conservatives seem to want is to make the rich richer on the backs of the poor and middle class!

    August 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  74. Matt from Boston

    I don't believe that just because Obama is a Democrat his party should give him a free walk to the nomination. He has failed to meet a number of promises on his agenda for the country and I think there are plenty of other Democrats who would be far more qualified to serve than him. Hillary Clinton comes to mind, as do Evan Bayh and Dianne Feinstein. Each of them represents a different wing of the party, and, although that may make some of them more appealing than others, they each have demonstrated strong, decisive leadership, each in the Senate, Clinton at State, and Feinstein as mayor of San Francisco. The primary would test Obama, and anyone else who decides to run, and help each candidate tout their record and experience coming up with concrete solutions to real issues by working with all sides. Obama should not be given the right of way to the nomination. He hasn't made good on any national or party-line promises and should be held accountable. Argentina just hosted an open primary last weekend–why should we in America obstruct the democratic system and scorn those who stand up against the status quo?

    August 18, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  75. Simon/Orlando

    Yes. Anybody. Please. Get this incompetent off the ticket.

    August 18, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  76. Rosemary

    If the Democrats really want to make sure that it's their election to LOSE they should find a challenger for President Obama.
    History has shown that every time an incumbent was challenged by a member of his own party the presedential candidate from the counter party got elected.

    August 18, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  77. Jenna Roseville CA

    Should another Democrat challenge President Obama for the nomination – and if so, who?

    NO. I think that we should give Obama a Democratic Super Majority in the House and Senate so that he can get the job done and not have everything blocked by the GOP.

    Let's not forget that the GOP have acted like children since Obama won. They have stomped their feet, refused to work with others, whine, etc.. Who has paid for this bad GOP behavior? WE HAVE.

    Sorry, but I don't give in to children.

    The Democrats have been the only adults in the room and isn't that what our nation needs.. Obama is the most level headed adult the party has.

    Roseville CA

    August 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  78. Fred Allan in Cleveland, Mississippi

    Yes, Jack, because right now, President Obama isn't strong enough to take on the Republican Presidential Candidates or the Republicans in Congress, and unless that changes between now and the election, the Republicans will the White House next year, and possibly the House and Senate. That is why I believe that former Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) should challenge Presdient Obama for the nomination. He was a lawyer before he went to the House of Representatives, and although he was only a one term Congressman, during his two years in Congress, Rep. Alan Grayson showed that he will fight for what is right. He bravely attacked Republicans and called them out when they lied. That is the type of Democrat that we need to be President of the United States, someone that isn't afraid to attack Republicans and call them out when they are wrong. Someone who will fight for what is right.

    August 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  79. Michael Carroll

    Your joking right?

    August 18, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  80. Debbie

    #1 Hillary #2 Gore

    August 18, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  81. Michael Carroll

    I think we should run two republicans

    August 18, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  82. Rafael M

    I would love for Kucinich to challenge Obama! He is one of the few men that would keep his promise on ending his war. My ideal general election for the presidency would be Kucinich vs Ron Paul. Whichever wins, war ends. However, I doubt most of the media would give Kucinich a fair shake at challenging the President. By the way, thank you Cafferty for being one of the few straight shooters out there in the media!

    August 18, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  83. dave in nashville

    Absolutely he should be challenged if just for the sake of his own humility and the strength of his party. Former West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin, now a senator, would be a solid choice, he's a tough guy with pragmatic views and knows what it's all about representing working people and running a government. And it's time someone bucks the old school system of just handing the incumbent four more years when they don't deserve it. Do it Joe, and I do not live anywhere near your state.

    August 18, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  84. Gigi Oregon

    Did GWB have a 70% approval for his second term...NO, the people are not as upset with him as they are the Republicans and their group that want to take over the now Republican party and create a "new Republican Party". The seasoned Republicans had better put the Tea Party in "Check" if they want to gain any respect and me back.... In my opinion, I think all President Obama needs is to listen to Warren Buffet and all sane Republicans, and enlist Howard Schultz as JOBS advisor and put America back to work...

    ----------------MY vote is for Obama in 2012------------–

    August 18, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  85. Bobby Jackson MS

    Absolutely not ,President Obama and the democrats are already fighting three wings of the republican party as it is and a challenge from the left would be a complete disaster especially if Hillary Clinton is the challenger may as well just hand the white house to the republicans without having an election at all divide and conquer is one of the oldest tricks in the book of dirty politics let's just hope and pray that the democrats will be too smart to fall for that one but who knows ? anything's possible these days

    August 18, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  86. Russell in LA

    Well, it's going to have be somone with the stones to stand up to the Fed to have a chance against Ron Paul if the FED dosn't find a way to stop him. My short list includes Dennis Kuscinh, Bernie Sanders & Alan Greyson. Ralph Nader and Cynthia McCynney also come to mind but I don't they'd be willing to stain their names by running as Democrats.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  87. Ken M

    Boehner & his team with Obama and trying to resolve this countries debt debacle has left me at grave loss of faith in our governing countries body.
    Both parties have now left our great country not only with a AA rating through inadequate skills and kindergarten behaviors, but have put millions in further danger of losing their livelihood and put us at greater security risk.
    I can no longer blame. I try to comfort my 80 yr mother who worries. I have a handicapped child. I have zero faith and zero trust in Speaker Boehner or President Obama. You both should be fired. If I had that outcome at my job, I'd be on the bread line...absolutely guaranteed, and so would anyone else.
    I'll do what the rest of America is doing right now...pray that one day things will get better...one thing I won't do is hold my breath.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  88. M. Gonzales

    Heck no! Im hoping for a Republican in the white house next year and if "she" ran that might not happen. Obama is doing everything wrong just right now, we dont need somebody competent running against Obama and then the Republicans.

    M. Gonzales, Edgewood NM

    August 18, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  89. Bill in New Mexico

    Yes, the list continues to grow proving Obama's incompetence. We do not need four more years of Obama's messing around.

    Hilary Clinton is one of the most qualified, but while she has a strong backing among Democrats, the Independents will not vote for her.

    Biden knew that Obama's surge in Afghanastan was a mistake and warned Obama that it would become his war. Obama did not listen throwing away money that could have started a recovery. But, Biden's foot in mouth disease is troublesome.

    The person to get America out of this trap, is not in view in the Democrats.

    The Republicans are equally bankrupted. I guess I have to go with Ron Paul (Republican), but his stance on de-regulation concerns me.

    But four more years of Obama could let America slide into something worse and more difficult and time consuming to get out of.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  90. Ed Hailio

    It makes no difference.To keep doing the same thing over & over( electing politicians) & expecting a different outcome is the sign of insanity. Do not fear. This is not just indicative of the US, it is a global condition.To understand how things got this way,you must look deep into our human past to see how these terrorist & criminal orgs. (govs. etc) were able 2 accomplish this.The last foot fall of their imposed Armageddon is now descending upon us. The destruction of all things will begin with global starvation. PS., Keep up the good work of lying 2 the people.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  91. Mr. D

    Can't think of anyone who would want the job.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  92. Carlsbad

    I wonder if goofy or Mickey Mouse are Democrats ?

    New Mexico

    August 18, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  93. Peggy Coleman

    Yes of course, but any sane person would not want the job Mark Warner would be a wonderful candidate, since Hillary is not going to run. We need some one and not a single person on either side will get my vote. Of course after Hillary was out I did not vote last year, sure would like to vote again before I leave this world.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  94. tomslyck

    Yes, Democrats deserve a choice, too. Jerry Brown, from the biggest Democratic state, would offer an experienced opponent who knows how to work with the other side.

    Hermosa Beach, CA

    August 18, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  95. Joe

    Jack, Let us be honest. When you run into a brick wall what direction do you think we can go? Do you really believe another Democrat or anyone can break through this brick wall called Republican Obstructionism, which can be cited since day one of the Obama administration? If you believe voting for a Republican as President will help our country, then please look seriously at their agenda, which at the cost of the American people is to take care of the rich. No, a new Democrat will not help our country. As Ronald Reagan said regarding the Berlin Wall, "Mr.(add in a name of Republican leaders) TEAR DOWN this BRICK WALL."
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    August 18, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  96. Kathie

    I have lost all confidence in Obama. where is the change? Where is the leader? I see a president who caves into the demands of the tea party and offers up concessions prior to any discussion. Campaign promises have yet to be honored. social security/medicare was not to be touched but Obama put them on the table. I backed obama but now wish i had backed Hillary. I will vote for Obama but that is only because I wouldn't vote for a repugnant (GOP) even if the tongue were notorized and he/she was connected to a lie detector. Some choice.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  97. AB

    No, Jack, No other democrat is going to challange Obama for the presidential nomination and should not. Despite the sour economy, Mr. Obama is still very popular with most Americans–especially with African Americans. Another democrat would not get the bulk of African American votes needed to beat Obama for the nomination. Mr. Obama does in fact have a record of accomplishments in other areas, despite the fact that economic prosperity and a improved job market is not one of them. Mr. Obama is a deft campaigner and orator and will pull out the votes. The economy and job market will turn around either later this year or early next year and things will be positively different from what they are now. Mr. Obama does have a plan, whereas, another democrat or even the Republicans do not. This plan will be presented to the nation in due course.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  98. Valerie in Raleigh

    President Obama is the best hope for our country and should be re-elected. Compare him to the questionable candidates for the Republican Party and you can see in the President, a man of education, intelligence and sensability, who has tried desperately to help the country and has been stopped time and time again by the Republican House and their attack dogs, The Tea Party. Give the country a Democratic House and Senate and watch the President restore our economy. Thank you Tea Party for my financial loss due to your "messing" with the Debt Ceiling crisis. We have already had way too much tea.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  99. Al from Sandy Hook

    Pick a Clinton, any Clinton.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  100. dan mcnally

    Dear Jack,
    Like everyone else Obama has seen the tapes with Republicans sayting their only political focus will be to see to it that he is a one term president Therefore, after putting forth a reasonable jobs bill that he knows Republicans wouldl defeat in the interest of fulfilling that single-minded get-Obama goal, the president, in the interest of taking the lead in the "Country First" political crusade should make the following proposal: If Republicans will get behind the proposed bill and support it, in return he, President Obama, will forgo running for a second term. That way the Republicans get what they want, a one term Obama, and (presumably) Barak gets what he thinks is most important.

    Dan NY

    August 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  101. Karl in Flint

    You don't challenge your incumbent President. Period. The poll number reflects the gullibility of the American voter and the fact the Democrats have done an atrocious job of countering the Republican's scare tactics. When the Republicans threaten us with what will supposedly happen is we raise taxes, the Democrats should be coming back with what is really happening by not raising them. The country is falling apart physically and leaving taxes on the wealthy where they were lowered to by Bush has caused the problem and isn't about to fix it.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  102. bud rupert, reston, va

    No way. The President is still the best Jack. You will never hear a politician say this but they have very little control of macro economics. Just ask FDR. He tried everything and inothting seemed to REALLY work. We can put some people to work with these infratsructure programs (as FDR did) and that certainly helps the individuals who is hurting but on the macro level it's time, time, time and some luck. The Presdent will win. Look at the alternatives. No, I'd rather not

    August 18, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  103. Steve

    Absolutely, Rev Sharpton for President and Rev Jackson for VP. CNN needs to start hyping these future leaders. The media made Obama now let's see what they can do for Sharpton and Jackson.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  104. Dan

    I think the President has the best of intentions, but is so respectful of others that he handcuffs himself when negotiations get tough. I'd really like to see him succeed and think we'd be better off for it, but alas, we can't wait that long. We need someone with practical experience, toughness born of travails and innuendo, and one large set of cahonies. Might I suggest Hillary Clinton?

    Dan from PA.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  105. Paul, New Port Richey, Fl

    Jimmy Carter would be my choice. After all, he was slightly better than what we now have in the White House.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  106. Peter from Wisconsin

    No. The mess we're in is not President Obama's fault, even though he's at the wheel. The lousy poll numbers reflect the spike strips laid across the road by the GOP and radicals in the Tea Party to drive the President and the nation off the cliff. The mess we're in shouts for new leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives - not the White House.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  107. mark in arkansas

    America needs to stop laying the problems created by years of neglect and abuse on the desk of one man. We all had a hand in the making of this problem. A different president isn't going to make 500 ignorant, stubborn congressmen change their minds.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  108. Ron WPAFB

    It really doesn't matter, Jack. If the Republicans are going to block any legislation the other side puts forward based on elections and not on what's good for the country, it doesn't matter! There are bills sitting in Congress right now waiting on the House! Bills that put people to work! But the House majority spent 9 months blocking lesislation and nothing went through. You really want to see people go back to work, fire the Republicans and watch!

    August 18, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  109. Holvis

    Hillary Clinton is the solution. The democratic party needs a new leader, so as the country. President Obama's presidential got lost in the translation....the euphoria is gone...

    August 18, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  110. Sharon

    One word! Hillary!!!!

    August 18, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  111. Sparks McKenzie

    If Anthony Weiner hadn't screwed around, I'd say him... He's passionate about democratic policies... other than that, I'm not sure. I think Barack is doing a good job, and just needs to stand up for the reasons we put him in office in the first place.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  112. Jon

    No. This president walked into one of the worst economies since the Great Depression and people expect overnight miracles. This mess didn't just happen overnight and we can't very well expect solutions to work overnight. The American electorate sure is a fickle bunch.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  113. Ken in Victoria BC

    Hello the answer is no. Democrats should stand pat and let the GOP and Teabaggers destroy themselves. Canadians would be happy. I am voting for a tag team called Jack and Wolf as the new fearless leaders.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  114. T

    Yes, actually he should resing and Hillary should run.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  115. Wilson

    No. First of all, history shows us that setting up a primary against a sitting president never works. All it does is split things up even worse. Second, look at the stockpile of Republican candidates, including yet another Texas governor. This is the sorriest group of candidates I have ever seen. Their ideas are the same old retreads that created this mess in the first place. Has he been perfect? No. However, if we had gone the Republican route in 2008, using ideas borrowed from Herbert Hoover, unemployment would be at 20% with real unemployment probably higher than that. He does need to show us the plan, you are right about that Jack, and soon.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  116. Roland

    Yes. Simply for the fact that more Democrats need to step up. We've got several voices offering a conservative response but only 1 offering democratic approach. Its simple math if you have 8 people shouting in news articles it works best this way versus 1 person then people start believing they are the majority. Also Obama tends to take on the ideas of his detractors. See Hilary Healthcare plan versus Obama who didn't want mandatory healthcare then look at the final bill.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  117. Darrick from Cincy, Ohio

    I'll go for Blitzer/Cafferty in 2012! You guys can play rock, paper, scissors to see who gets Prez!!!!!!!

    August 18, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  118. TRUTH

    No. There is not a presidential candidate out there that will worker any harder than the President we have right now.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  119. aubrie

    EVERYONE should challenge Obama... DEMS, the GOP, and the Independents... And the American people need to challenge the whole mess of them. The system of government we have is broken and abused. We need to challege that and fix it once and for all.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  120. Eric G

    Another Dem should challenge Obama only if they want to ensure a Republican wins the White House in 2012

    August 18, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  121. Aaron

    I doesn't matter. Obama will not win re-election with what looks like a second recession on its way. He is another Jimmy Carter and his presidency will probably usher in another 12 year span of republicans in the White House.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  122. Bill

    Yes, we need another democrat to run, the president is not effective and never has been. Unleash Hilary Clinton to run for president again.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  123. Noel Sivertson

    YES! Since he's the only issue the Republicans have it would set them on their ear if a different Democratic candidate were in the race.


    New Mexico

    August 18, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  124. Ronda (from Canastota, NY)

    I'd like to see Hillary Clinton challenge Obama for the Democratic nomination. She's tougher than he is, which is something we badly need in a president much sooner than later, and she's not afraid to make well-informed decisions quickly. Obama may be a good talker, but Mrs. Clinton is a doer. I believe she'll nip important problems in the bud and not wait until they reach critical mass, putting the will and the safety of the American people first instead of the interests of Congressional infighting and political posturing.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  125. Jonathan F.

    I think the Dems should nominate Hilary. She has bigger balls and more experience then President Obama. I would even consider voting for her, even though I consider myself to be a Republican.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  126. RICH

    Obama out!!! Hillary In!!! and she will win

    August 18, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  127. JeffinIL

    Sure, why not? Things are loopy enough on the Republican side may as well be equal on the Democrat sign.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  128. dennis in pa.

    i think another democrat should challenge obama. however, if that happens it will weaken the president if/when he becomes the nominee. i am not a democrat and would welcome that happening. i have no idea who that should be and don't care. either way i am voting for the republician candidate. i think the united states is a weaker nation both financially and morally. this upcoming presidential election is when we really need change in the office and in our attitudes as a nation!

    August 18, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  129. New Mexico Mom

    No way. Things are too screwed up now. There's already too much chaos, confusion, fear, and bewilderment. Adding another ingredient to this political/economic stew isn't going to make it any better.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  130. Anon_e_mouse

    Someone should... someone who is a lot closer to the values of middle-class America than Obama and his grab-from-the-middle-class, give-to-the-lazy-and-the-unions approach to government. The Republican party hasn't offered any palatable alternatives either; their candidates are equally extreme, in the opposite direction, as Obama is. But who? I don't know. Maybe if Ross Perot could be convinced to join the Democratic party...

    Eatontown, New Jersey

    August 18, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  131. Jim


    What nonsense! No other Democrat would have a ghost of a chance of even getting nominated, much less winning the White House. Obama is a shoo-in for the nomination and, even though you won't acknowledge it, is a near shoo-in to get re-elected against any potential Republican candidate currently playing in the sandbox. If the electorate really wants to do some good they should throw out all of the Tea Party wing nuts and other Republican ankle-biters and elect some grownups to Congress for a change.

    Reno, Nevada

    August 18, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  132. Jon from Baltimore

    No Jack. Obama's strategy throughout his presidency has been to make the most logical decision based on weighing the ideas from experts in their field with what can practically be pushed through congress. Although the stimulus package was not enough to reinvigorate the economy that does mean that his approach is wrong. In the end I trust a president that listens to science and facts and not baseless ideals. Obama is an intelligent president who has always been on the side of the people and not special interest groups. And in the end I am confident he will prevail.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  133. Ken

    Yes another Dem should challenge him. There are many questions about the Democratic party and what it's goals, values, and directions should be. And a strong primary candidate would help shape these topics and make the party stronger in the long run.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  134. James Sanderson

    Although i feel that President Obama's job performance has been less than stellar, I don't believe another Democrat should challenge him for the nomination. There is already a huge lack of unity in the party, and something like this would only make it worse. I do feel, however, that another VP on the Democratic ticket could energize the party. The perfect candidate? Hillary Clinton. She's incredibly intelligent, articulate, and, of course, a woman. She has also done an amazing job as a hightly respected NY senator and Secretary of State. If you'll pardon the expression, she also has balls... which is something, I'm afraid to say, our president is sorely lacking. Btw, I will vote for Obama (again), not because I am thrilled with him, but because he would be the lesser of two evils.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  135. Jeff Pierce in Bishop, Georgia

    Mr. Cafferty, Obama has no real plan for job growth in this country. His liberal policies are proven failures, and his true approval rating will be evident in about 15 months. This election is a referendum on the left, and the clear minded, intelligent voters of the US will send these ninnies back to the kid's table.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  136. Burbank from CA

    Hillary should challenge him of course and there are many of us, including some Republicans who used to hate her, who are praying that she does run against him. Obama is a nice person, but being a good leader is not about winning popularity contests and inspiring speeches. It's about doing what is best for the country. Hillary has the experience, the international respect and the toughness to do what it takes to make our country strong and competitive again.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  137. Pooya Zardoost

    Not at all. Obama was not the revolutionary president that many liberals perceived him as, but out of the whole package of current dems, Obama is as good as it gets. The Democrats need to be united against this conservatve uprising. Because the Democrats at worst are dissapointing, but the Republicans are scary.

    Riverside, California.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  138. AlohaBetty

    I hope they stick with Obama. With this economy he doesn't stand a chance of re-election if Republicans can settle on a strong candidate.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  139. Dave

    Dear God, someone rescue us from this Obammy mess.
    Little Change...no HOPE: Obama 2012

    August 18, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  140. Ed from Miami

    I voted for Obama and am very disappointed with his performance. He wants to please everyone and has made every side unhappy. We need leadership, backbone, someone who is capable of tough decisions, and someone with a vision. Hillary is the one perfectly qualified for the job, and I have no doubt she would win in a lanslide. If she is on the ticket it is time for all Republican candidates to pack up and go home.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  141. David

    Not going to happen, Obama has positioned himself quite nicely in the centre and should handly defeat the repub. nominee as they have moved so far to the right in their short-sighted strategy where they created the Tea Party to do their dirty work in attacking the president.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  142. Bill C

    Yeah Tyler, that is why your state is in such great shape, because of liberal ideology.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  143. David

    This is beginning to look like Carter 1980 all over again. Carter must be somewhere laughing; after 30 years he is no longer perceived as the most inept democratic president in history.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  144. Matt (College Park, MD)

    Yes, the Democrats do need to nominate someone instead of President Obama. Since taking office he has jammed through unpopular bills which have only made the economy worse. Obama has not been the President this country needs or wants, and new ideas are needed from both sides of the aisle.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  145. David from Eugene

    While Obama is intellectually superior to any candidate the Republicans can possibly put up against him, he sorely lacks in management leadership skills. Many past presidents acquired those skills as a state governor; Obama hasn't been there and done that.

    Nevertheless, I think replacing Obama at the top of the ticket would be political suicide for the Democrats. The party needs to unite behind him for re-election right from the start.

    That said, I believe Joe Biden should be dumped as VP in favor of a candidate who has proven management leadership skills. Obama then needs to structure his candidacy and next administration in typical CEO/COO fashion, with himself as the public facing image and his VP as the manager of the executive branch.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  146. Thomas Poindexter

    Run Hillary.......RUUUN

    August 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  147. Jeff from Illinois

    Jack – I wish it was that easy of a question. We need to see what effect the president will have on the House and Senate races. If the Dems don't want him around then yes we probably should have someoone run against him for the best interest of the party.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  148. Tony Fortino

    Hillary is the only one. Because of her age, 69 in 2016, she has to do it in 2012. There is no love lost between the Clintons and Obama. I bet that the Clintons have been biting their tongues the last 2.5 years. Also notice, Bill has been pretty quiet since Obama's poll numbers are tanking. No way Hillary is going to retire to upstate New York and spend 24 hours a day with Slick Willy. I'm a Conservative ut sure as hell like HRC better than BHO. She'll wear the pants in the White House and around the world.

    Everett, WA

    August 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  149. david

    Lifelong Dem here. I have voted in every election since 1978. 9 times out of 10 I vote a straight ticket. President Obama does not have the backbone to be the leader we need at this time. Nothing personal against him. We need more. Since he refuses to step up, we need someone else. Sad thing is that just as with the GOP, there aren't any real obvious candidates worthy of the job. If not Obama...Hillary...she has more balls than the President every single day.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  150. the_dude

    Why run someone else? Obama is the only president in recent history that has won a war....the war on the middle-class.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  151. Dave

    But it doesnt matter...
    President Perry/Palin 2012
    The playbook is written, the outcome is certain.
    God help us.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  152. Texas Pete

    I would like to see someone with some good ideas challenge Obama. Maybe Vikram Pandit.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  153. David LaBossiere Marlborough, MA

    I think John Avalon needs to run. A good Independent who is fiscally conservative yet socially liberal.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  154. QS in Seattle

    While I'd really love to see Bill Maher run I know he never will. 🙂

    But I don't think for this election anybody needs to challenge him; if any of the other dems think they might actually do better with the children in the GOP they are probably deluding themselves.

    Regardless of what the media or so-called political "experts" espouse, I can separate what is and is not the President's fault rather than simply blindly blaming the one in charge simply because he's in charge. That's not how I'm wired – credit where due and the same goes for blame.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  155. John

    No but Hilary Clinton could be his VP choice for 2012. Then announce putting Bill Clinton and his old economic advisers in charge of fixing the economy.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  156. Pedro

    First off, just plain not going to happen, would be a huge mistake politically. Second point, getting mid 20's on economic questions in this economy really isn't bad at all. Better than could reasonably be expected, really.

    Lastly, Dems are generally hopeful that they will get the kind of majorities going in 2012 that Obama won't need to pander to the right, and then we will see what kind of second term president he becomes with the "we want you to fail at everything" party not being so much of a factor.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  157. Mike

    One-Word- YES !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    So the dems have been doing there job , and the reps willl +be replaced in 2012 ,lol they have had full control of government for 09/10 and please tell me what they did for jobs ,,o wait nothing, but a stupid health care that no one wants,,, wow !!!
    Stop the spending they have proven it doesn't work..
    Replace him with anyone ,,they sure cant do worst.......

    August 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  158. Jim

    Absolutely, I am an independent and I believed in "Hope and Change," but the fact remains Obama has not produced. Great speaches is not a substitue for leadership. This country needs leadership and without a good democrat running I will vote for a GOP candidate.

    The answer to our problems cannot always be more taxes, while it sounds nice to tax business and oil companies the fact is the consumer will pay for those increases, look at the bank rules that went into place, the cost was passed onto us. Social prgrams are great and we need them, but we also need to stop the millions of people who abuse them.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  159. Ken Trout

    Yes, Hillary Clinton should have been the president in the first place! We just cannot afford to have Obama and his change for another 4 years.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  160. Kathy, Oregon

    No, Jack, and I am pretty irritated with the media and some of the professional left promoting this stupid idea. Let's just split the party and hand the POTUS over to the Republicans. That would make things better! NOT!! Obama might not be perfect, but given the variety and depth of the issues that he has had to deal with from Day 1, I think he has done as well as he can. I like HRC a tremendous amount, but given the TParty and this band of Republicans, I don't think she could do any more than Obama has.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  161. Jeff Colby

    YES, another Democrat should challenge the President. I would happily support Hillary Clinton, but if she is not interested, I don't know of anyone else who can successfully challenge Mr. Obama, but someone needs to. Going into 2008, I did not support Obama because of his lack of experience (in anything) and unfortunately I am being proven right in my assessment. Surely, there is an experienced, saavy, and credible Democrat who can lead our nation? For if not, then we are destined for either another 4 years of aimlessness or 4 years of Tea Party rule...heaven help us all!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  162. Natalie

    It's the Congress that must go! Obama has certainly caved on many issues (extended tax cuts to the wealthy for one) to appease the "we-want-him-to-fail-at-all-costs-to-our-country" GOP/TP'ers, but how was he suppose to deal with Congress on the debt ceiling when they tied it all to so much other crap? From day one, they wanted him to fail and have stonewalled practically everything. True, he has been weak at touting was has happened, like payback of stimulus, saving GM, and oh, wasn't Osama BL killed under his watch? How the GOP just hates that!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  163. Jim, Denver CO


    No, the Democrats need unity (and a spine) to win in 2012. What needs to happen is in other races the Republicans need to be voted out (especially the Tea Party zealots) and replaced with a Democratic majority again so we can get things done.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  164. John B. in Kansas

    While I am disappointed at the direction things have gone, I can't see how anyone else could have done better. With the "Left" not supporting moderate policies and the "Right" calling moderate policies "Leftist", how can he govern. He shouldn't be challenged. The money can be used to fight for a stronger more "Centrist" congressional representation.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  165. Doug San Antonio

    It really doesn't matter, Jack. If the Republicans are going to block any legislation the other side puts forward based on elections and not on what's good for the country, it doesn't matter! There are bills sitting in Congress right now waiting on the House! Bills that put people to work! But the House majority spent 9 months blocking lesislation and nothing went through. You really want to see people go back to work, fire the Republicans and watch!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  166. Ira Weiss of New York

    Mike Bloomberg but he is not a Democrat.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  167. Dan from Virginia

    Obama has turned into an empty suit. He doesn't speak to people, but at them, and has demonstrated a lack of ability and sincerity to instill confidence in the American people. Granted, he had, and still has, to overcome the Blue vs. Gray Civil War, racist mentality in our country, but he needs to grow a pair first. The Republicans have succeeded in bringing him down to their level of name-calling and whining. He shouldn't run again; he should step down after this term. Regardless of party affiliation, Michael Bloomberg should be running.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  168. Jim

    We need aleader, Hillery would have been a better choice. A leader does not blame others, he/she takes charge and fixes the problem, we have spent the last three years doing nothing but blaming. We blame the Tea Party or the GOP for blocking, yet when a GOP candidate has the white house the dems do the same, yet they do not spend their entire term blaming others.

    We need a leader!!!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  169. calaurore9

    Yes. Billary. In the guise of HillarBill.

    Carol in Northampton, MA

    August 18, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  170. Iconoclast

    Agree with some of the comments on this board. From my point of view what separates Obama from being a "great president" vs mediocre is he needs to man up, grow a pair and start asserting his power as president. So far his willingness to "reach out across the aisle" has done nothing but generate scorn and disrespect from the republicans/tea party. He needs to accept the fact that some people just don't respond to reason or logic and he needs to act first and apologize second!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  171. lolly22

    Yes, I think he should be challenged. After reading all about what he's done for the state of Montana, not to mention his winning personality I believe Brian Schwietzer could beat him in a New York minute.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  172. Nofah Kingweigh

    YES! Any true democrat would be a refreshing change from the tea party-lite tool we have in office presently. All I ask for is someone to vote FOR, not an election where I choose someone to vote against. If Obama is the candidate in 2012, then I will vote against his opponent, not for Obama. Only because every buffoon in the republitard field of candidates is preposterously unqualified to run a lemonade stand much less a country.

    Charlie Sheen in 2012! Winning!!!!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  173. Khan Alim, Sacramento

    NO, I do not think so. It will be a big gift for tea party.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  174. Landas

    I voted for the prez but I have since lost confidence in both parties. Let's face it the dems did need that reality check on spending and the repubs are a nasty group of people who need to read their bible. Fire them all I say. Anybody can do what they're doing and better. What a group of misfits.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  175. bob2834

    Yes. Someone with economically progressive views. Obama just doesn't have the knowledge we need in this area. If he did he would've done much more starting from when he first took office in 2009. He doesn't understand what's happening nor do the advisors he's surrounded himself with. Even if he did, he bends over for the republicans every chance he gets. Clearly he suffers from a lack of leadership skills.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  176. Jeff


    I like President Obama, but he has made some decisions that I dont understand...like allowing the Bush tax cuts to be extended so Russia can have a treaty. The reality is – the people never know what the feds know...the Wikileaks thing proved that. I gave Bush the benefit of the doubt until he squandered it on making terrible position appointments and stating a war in Iraq with no purpose (not to mention lying about intel). For this reason, I will support the president again because our problems have not gotten worse, but basically sail along. This could mean that without policies he supported, it may have been worse. Best Dems focus their attention on ridding Congress of extremists and obstructionists.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  177. karl

    Kinky Friedman

    August 18, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  178. Craig

    Unfortunately, I think the President is faced with a no-win situation. If he compromises to get anything done, he's seen as weak. If he doesn't, nothing at all will get done, largely because Bohner can't deliver the House on anything. The economy and jobs are the issues, but short of additional stimulus, which will never happen, the government can't really control that. Certainly global issues are also in play. What we probably need is a domestic Marshall Plan, and the House would derail any thought of such a thing. Likewise, the unworkable rules of the Senate...a 60 vote majority needed to pass legislation by a simple majority...make doing much there pretty impossible too.

    As an old mentor of mine used to say when faced with issues like this: Blasting!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  179. jim

    all politicians should be challenged. regardless of who they are, what party they are a member of, how popular they are, or what kind of a job they are doing. this is what keeps us moving forward.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  180. Jay Curran

    Andrew Cuomo has proven he has both the executive experience and power of personality to be an effective president. Cuomo has proven in his short tenure as NY Governer that he can bend his opponents to his will in the name of progress. The man got gay marriage passed in a Republican controlled state senate! Meanwhile, Obama can't even get national republicans to support THEIR OWN ideas. It's time for him to make way for an agent of REAL change.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  181. Nancy, Tennessee

    Yes, let's get another Democrat to run against Obama in the primary. Surely, someone can run that doesn't do an economic recovery tour in a Canadian made bus. His vacation to Martha's vineyard to hob knob with the elite isn't making him any points as Americans wait for word of some HOPE AND CHANGE ON THE JOB front. Since term limits will not let us run Bill Clinton, we can get the next best thing, Hillary. Hillary and Bill in the White House – now that was a better economic time for us all.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  182. beevee

    No, absolutely not. The president may not show an aggressive stance in standing upto the republican gangsters, he still is a smart one. Unfotunately for him the economic woes of the country are not showing any signs of gioing away. Even if the democrats are not happy with his style they should support him and not challenging him at this stage unless they want a republican president in 2012. He probably deos not have a solid plan on job creation yet but is hoping to have one to talk about soon after Labor day which is only two weeks away. We should wait until then, I don't think that the sky is not going to falling down before that.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  183. RichmondVA

    Hillary 2012

    August 18, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  184. marva

    Sadly, yes. As much as I want him to succeed and bring this nation out of the whole GWB drove us into, between the partisanship and racism, I fear the GOP will win the White House – THAT IS HORRIFYING! As for WHO? I haven't a clue. Frankly, the lack of support of his own party – too many of whom are more concerned with THEIR re-elections – concerns me ALMOST as much as the GOP returning to the White House!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  185. Cole

    ummm....please do! someone, anyone....step right up. we need NOPE and all this change that we were offered to just leave the white house. this has been a 3 year farce. there has to be someone out there who can do a better job. and no it isnt congresses fault for not allowing him to molest our countries economy. if anything we should thank them for doing their part in check in balances. and we should thank the courts for deeming parts of obamacare as unconstitutional. the guy isnt a democrat, he isnt a republican, he isnt a libertarian. he is a socialist at his core. we have all been fooled beyond disbelief. let someone else take the wheel. even biden would be better. if obama was our answer to the question, how stupid was the question?

    August 18, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  186. eamonn in indiana

    yes i think the obama machine has run its course , we dont only need one dem to chalenge him we need a collection of dems
    but i think we need the truth more than anything else from both parties they each fall over each other to lie to us and they get paid trough the nose with back handers while the middle class disapears completely we cant live on tax hand outs all our lives we need to make tax the second main issue of the next election with jobs the number one

    August 18, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  187. Tom - Crestview FL

    Why shoud they. With the republician cast of midway circus clowns, President Obama is a shoe in. And I know I speak for myself here, but when he waxed Bin Laden, that was enough for me. Great 32 months!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  188. gary Townsend

    I still applaud Obama for his attempt at a bi-partison government but sadly he has shown us what happens when you walk softly but refuse to use the big stick. I choose him over Hillary last time siding with intellect and compassion over what I considered a D.C. insider. I've learned my lesson.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  189. Dale Richardson - Maine

    George Mitchell

    August 18, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  190. Freddie in Marietta, GA

    Can we elect Bill Clinton again?

    August 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  191. marybeth, massachusetts


    I think President Obama should have some challengers in the Democratic primaries. Or rather, I think he should change the "D" next to his name to an "R"; he's really a closet Republican, not a Democrat. He has done everything the Republicans want–extended the Bush tax cuts, caved on the public option in last year's health insurance industry money-making bill, didn't close Gitmo or bring any of the troops home, caved on debt ceiling and let the Republicans tie it to the budget (it didn't have anything to do with the budget–debt ceiling needed to be raised to honor our PAST debts, had nothing to do with FUTURE expenditures). Now he's thrown unionized workers under the bus. These are not the actions of a "Democratic" president. He may not be nutty enough for the Republican party, and he's the wrong color, but he's really a Republican.

    So I think he should run against Bachmann, Perry, Romney, et al. in their primaries. On the Democratic side, I'd choose Hillary Clinton, but she said she's not interested in running.

    I'd also choose Bernie Sanders, but he's an Independent, and he, too, doesn't want to run. Given the climate in Washington, I'm beginning to think that Hillary and Bernie are smart to stay out of it.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  192. Mark, Tempe Az

    I hope not, Jack. If history is any guide, in-party challenges to the incumbent president always hands the election to the other party. I know Obama isn't doing great, but really, Bachman, Romney or Perry? I shudder at the thought.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  193. Christine Macgenn

    Hillary. She should have won last time. Who else can even come close at this point? At least put her on the ticket. Biden isn't doing anyone any good.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  194. S1N

    My problem with President Obama lies not with his policies, but with his lack of backbone. How hard he fights behind closed doors is irrelevant when he fails to publicly fight for the platform upon which he was elected. All we ever see is concessions with no demand for similar ones from the GOP.

    While I would prefer that Obama begins publicly defending his positions, I find it highly unlikely. Unless this changes, we need to find another candidate. Unfortunately, the number of viable Democratic candidates is about the same as GOP candidates, zero.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  195. Scott Stodden

    I Don't Think Anyone Should Or Will Run Against President Obama In The Democratic Party Because President Obama Is Doing All He Can Given The Situation He Walked Into And Was Handed Back In 2009 And Now He's Working With A Do Nothing Republican Led Congress, My Vote In 2012 Will Be With President Obama Who Saved This Nation From Disaster So Many Times!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport, Illinois)

    August 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  196. rsenior

    Maybe Michelle Obama. After all, you professed a "crush" on her days after the inauguration, Jack!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  197. jean2009

    I don't think that is anyway near what Maxine Waters meant when she was talking about jobs. I think however that is what some talking head would like to harp about. My answer is a total NO! Besides I don't see it happening.

    We have enough misguided nuts currently in the race for president.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  198. rsenior

    The Dems have made a bad situation worse. Perhaps they should just sit this one out.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  199. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Yes! And it should be Hillary Clinton!!!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  200. Dr. Curt Schmidt

    It may be too soon for him, but John Hickenlooper, recently elected Governor of Colorado, has enornous support from both Democrats and Republicans, business and labor, As Mayor of Denver he was able to enlist other mayors from throughout the region to get things done that no mayor in the previous three decades could do (including Pena and Webb, who were also well regarded). He refuses to run a negative campaign, wins handily without doing so, and is so adept at bringing all sides of an issue together that, even in this arid state, we joke that he walks on water!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  201. Enough of this rubbish!


    August 18, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  202. Kelly

    Yes, Hillary should!!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  203. Fig1024

    Obama is smart and decent, but he doesn't try to push Democratic and progressive policies. He's not good at playing political games. Republicans, on the other hand, are very good at playing politics, and they push very hard for their policies. The result is less than satisfactory. We need someone who can beat Republicans at their own game.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  204. Raymond Joss

    Yes!!! Hillary Clinton!!!!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  205. david massey

    Change is hope. Lets hope we can impeach him. That would be change we can believe in. He hasnt even ran a candy store, and is running America into an eventual third world country.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  206. David S.

    Yea! Hillary Clinton should challenge him for the nomination, even though she most definitely won't.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  207. Chris

    I love it - "hundreds of billions of dollars we don't have". So we just just sit back and wait on the Job Creators with their ultra low tax rates?

    August 18, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  208. Jeff Matthews

    If any other democrat were to challenge President Obama, I would nominate Gov. Jerry Brown.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  209. Cindy Jordan

    No! If Dems run an opposition candidate we will split the vote and end up with President Michelle Bachmann or, worse, Perry. This is the worst idea EVER.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  210. Dawn Lewis

    YES!!!! Get this guy outta here!! Hillary is what we need!!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  211. Jeff

    Yes we have buyers remorse it should have been Hillary

    August 18, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  212. Scarlett

    Dennis Kucinich!!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  213. Wanda - Escondido, CA

    Hillary! Problem solved.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  214. Larry from Fort Lauderdale FL

    Yes! Hillary!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  215. Roger B.

    I suspect that if Obama had been the mayor of Joplin , MO when the strorm hit, he would have said " it is vacation times" see you folks later. Of course another Dem. should take his place–duh!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  216. Bobby In Oklahoma

    The only person even remotely close to him would be Hilary Clinton but she's said that she would not pursue another opporitunity for the presidency. So at this time it seems like an open and shut case with him being the only one that would be able to be the democratic nominee with enough experience and credentials to actually win a national election.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  217. DJ Ruden

    The candidate that should challenge Barrack Obama is the one that will bring our troops home. It's time we end our wars!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  218. Trevor Bush


    August 18, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  219. Bill

    Why would anyone in their right mind want to replace President Obama. This whole mess is Bush's fault. Everyone knows that. Give the man a break.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  220. Wayne in Vancouver

    No Jack. Obama is exactly what the country needs, still. I'm certain that if he could implement all his ideas, the country would be well off. It is the republican Party that is in the way, as they clearly care more about themselves and big business than whats best for everyday Americans- and the country. And it is the fault of the non-voters and the socially ill-adjusted, who contribute nothing to the well being of the company. Ignorance and immaturity plague many in America. I'm glad I'm not one of them. I voted for Obama, and will again. None of the current Republican Candidates will take his job as one by one they eliminate themselves as they simply open their mouths.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  221. Brad

    I think Al Gore should challenge the president. He and Clinton created 20 million jobs in the 1990s and I think now would be a good time for someone like him. Hopefully he can create jobs in the energy and fuel industry since that is his specialty.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  222. Dave

    The problem in politics is there is NO ONE. I have no answer. There is no one that represents the needs of the common man. Everyone that would even be seriously considered is beholden to millions of dollars of corporate money. Those that call Obama a "socialist" are feeding you horsehockey. He's as much of a corporatist as every president we've had since Reagan took office. The ENTIRE system is broken thanks to the system of legalised bribery we euphemistically call "lobbying."

    Lafayette, IN

    August 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  223. Patrick from Kansas City

    Yes, another Democrat should challenge the President. As a self proclaimed liberal, I voted for Obama back in '08. However, his performance as President has been weak and, after the debt crisis deal, it is obvious he does not have the backbone to stand up to the Republican controlled House. Just because it is "precedent" to automatically nominate the incumbent does not mean the Democrats should follow. One of the many strong leaders and politicians in the party should step up and prevent the Republicans from controlling the White House.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  224. Lexie R

    Yes! I think Hillary should challenge him. It would be great to have The Clintons back in the White House and get out of this recession!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  225. Jim Tibbets from the great state of Kansas

    I would love to see Hillary on the Democratic ticket. I do not believe there is anybody out there who could even come close to beating her. Her and Bill would truly be a dream team that could get this country back together like it has not been since Bills reign. This country truly needs the Clintons again and needs them as soon as possible.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  226. Sean

    No Jack. I think despite the low approval ratings, President Obama will still garner a large support from young voters and African Americans just like in 2008. This, combined with a few inspirational speeches, will give him a solid chance at re-election against the republican nominee.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  227. Tony From CT

    Secretary Clinton has demonstrated that she's the only Democrat with a spine willing to actually lead. These days leaders seem few and far between. If she wants to ruin, she would get my support again. She should have been the nominee four years ago. Better late then never I guess.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  228. BD70

    Wouldn't matter...whoever became president would be in tough times. Obama just needs to strengthen his back bone and stand up for the people. Choke...let me rephrase that...wouldn't matter if any COMPETENT president got in office. Someone with brains. Obama has brains...he is just too much of a gentlemen and easily swayed.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  229. Philip J

    No Jack they shouldn't because then there would be a divided democratic party, and we most definitely would end up with Bachman or Perry. If the Republicans would actually govern instead of obstruction i'm pretty sure our economy wouldn't be where it is today, NOR the President's numbers.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  230. Dave

    If this current batch of Republican candidates is all the party has to offer it won't matter which Democrat runs.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  231. Steeve Philippe

    Michelle Obama 12 !!!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  232. Tom Horsley

    Forget democrats, we need independent candidates to challenge all republicans and democrats. Candidates who have not sold they brain cells for a mess of dogma.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  233. Ed Varchal

    At this point I would take EITHER Clinton [maybe even any of the 3 Clintons]. It could not be any worse!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  234. MikeG (West Columbia,SC)

    While voted for Obama, think it is time for dems to nominate someone else. Think Hillary should run again. She would be able to stand up to the Tea Party.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  235. pam from texas

    I was just googling Hilary for President last night. I hope she will run. I voted for Obama but wanted Hiliary. He has let us down. Martha's Vineyard at times like these? How elitest

    August 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  236. Vick, Orange Park , FL


    I would support Hillery, she has a bigger pair than Obama!!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  237. murthy

    It is really surprising that not even one democrat is challenging obama for next president.There are so many aspiring politicians are there.At least one.It is un imaginable.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  238. Kelly

    Kely from Ohio. Yep. It's a no-brainer. Senator Jim Webb of Virginia.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  239. Dan from Palm Coast, Florida

    Jack, No. He Who Shall Not Be Named is the only one that can call out Obama on the wars and the economy without looking like a hypocrite. And he's a Republican. Go figure.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  240. Amit Singh

    Obama is not acting like a man, leave alone like a black man. He should have raised the debt celing unilaterally instead of letting the republicsns hold America hostage. I was his biggest supporter, but looks like he is a man with no spine.
    He should go.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  241. Sue Long

    Yes - Hillary! Now is her time! And, I'm as Republican!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  242. Marisa

    No Jack. Obama has always been a supporter of the American people. The challenge is getting Congress to compromise on the needs for the economy.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  243. TheRealWolf

    Although not particularly a Democrat, I would love to see Bernie Sanders challenge President Obama. Senator Sanders loves the American people and is not afraid to fight for what he believes in, even if it means going on a solo 8 hour filibuster.

    On another note, however, I would have no issues with President Obama getting the nomination as long as the House goes back to the Democrats and the Democrats get a super-majority in the Senate. President Obama has shown that he is unwilling to stand up for democratic policies against the Republicans, so his only hope of passing democratic policies would be if he did not have to fight anyone on the issues.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  244. Dennis

    The President slams congress when he is doing the exact same thing playing politics and as to who will challange him I say give Edwards a chance his personal life is none of our buisness away way.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  245. GTD

    Oh Jack... I know it sounds so easy.... But, this is the same program where you were lamenting Big Government. Now it is up to the President to find jobs. President Obama should receive no more of the blame for managing a terrible economy than George W. Bush should for creating it. Bush had to do what he had to do. He made tough decisions, and as Commander-in-Chief, that was his job, just as it is Mr. Obama's. His administration I am sure it trying very hard to do what no one since reconstruction has had to do. Is it tough? Yes. Are they doing a lousy job? Probably. Frankly, I don't know who would wnat to be President, but if ANY of the current Republican "so called" "front runners" gets elected, I am moving to another country. They are some crazy, crazy, crazy people.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  246. Ed Fertik

    Yes. A Democrat that doesn't think America is an evil country. A Democrat who understands what made America great over a few hundred years. A Democrat who believes in a culture of work rather than a culture of government dependence and above all a Democrat without a forged birth certificate.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  247. DM

    Yes - and that other Democrat is the Barack Obama of 2008. I've been waiting for him to show up! Unlike many others, I still have faith he'll appear in his second term.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  248. Jennifer from Plano Texas

    Where is the loyalty? Where is the honor? The day that we start to attack people within our own political party is a sad day. The Democrats elected President Obama and, like it or not, they should support him. The Republicans have grounds to challenge President Obama but Democrats do not.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  249. Colleen

    No, the Democrats need to unite behind Obama and give the president the support that he deserved once he was elected. Even before the off year elections he had trouble garnering the politic support of his own party in congress. I also believe we need to focus on the congressional elections and send a measure to congress that WE WILL hold them accountable for obstructing a duly elected executive.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  250. Harinder Singh

    I recommend skipping election this year and using the campaign money to pay for federal deficit.... from both parties.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  251. Cal from Torrance

    Why? The GOP has made it clear their only goal is to destroy democrats even if it destroys the economy and especially if it destroys the middle class. . Why would anyone else want the job of becoming the GOP's biggest target?

    August 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  252. Rowland

    Yes! Obama stands for nothing. He caves in on everything. And the country is going nowhere.

    I donated, campaigned, caucused, blogged and voted for Obama. But Hilary needs to run. Period. We need a powerful leader, not a conciliator and chief. I made a mistake.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  253. Rhonda Edgerton

    I never thought I'd say this, but yes, Obama should be opposed. Hillary Clinton should resign as Secretary of State and seek the nomination. Surely she'd be tougher, more mature, and a better leader - not to mention having the wisdom of her husband to help her formulate strategies for putting America back to work. It's the economy, stupid.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  254. Vince Hugh

    Senator Jim Webb a democrat from Virginia should run against Obama. He is a pragmatist, understands middle America and does not let the social wing of the democratic party (the far left segment) control his thinking. He's more reasonable and practical than Obama.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  255. Jim

    I would love to see Hillary in the race, and better yet, win it. Not only is she better qualified in my opinion, it would be a hoot to have Bill popping in and out (take that any way you want) of the White House again.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  256. John in CA

    I've been waiting for (yet another) speech that begins with "I will not seek, nor will I accept the
    nomination...": ala L.B.J. As a replacement – this time someone with actual qualifications for the
    job at hand, please.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  257. Seth Davis

    I am a Republican who voted for McCain but was very happy when Obama was elected. The current Republican field scares me to death. They are all extreme right-wing radicals who are clueless as to what the ever-day American wants/needs. Obama, sadly, is far worse. PLEASE..RUN HILLARY RUN!!!
    Seth Davis...West Hills, CA

    August 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  258. Donna

    Congress and the Tea Party has helped put our economic growth in jeopardy. If President Obama's numbers continue to fall, I think it's time he steps aside, and Hillary Clinton should step up to the plate for the good of the Country. We all know how former President Bill Clinton put the economy back on track, with a surplus to boot. Hillary has it all, and she would blow the Republicans and the Tea Partiers out of the water. RUN HILLARY RUN!!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  259. whinney

    Hillary should run.....and WIN!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  260. Dayton

    Yes Jack...you know who...and she should get one half of that one billion dollars he's got stored up.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  261. Arline

    I would love to see Hillary Clinton as the Democratic candidate. She learned the hard way during her husband's term that the best approach is a moderate approach and her recent experience in the State Department make her uniquely qualified to be President. Watch the market soar under another Clinton Presidency!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  262. Ken

    Though a little unhappy with Obama, I'd still vote for him. The President's biggest mistake so far has been to believe the Republicans would put country ahead of ideology. Will Rogers said it best, “I really believe that if it came to a vote whether to go to war with England, France and Germany combined or raise the tax rate on incomes over $100,000, the Republicans would vote for war.”

    August 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  263. Erik Broadwater

    yes sir I believe so and any democrat besides President Obama will do fine by me ! and the rest of the sane people left in this nation .He was not the President we needed anyways . Ill be satisfied with any new change that actually occurs > Really how much worse shall things become before we just oust him like mubarak ?

    August 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  264. Jason from Guilford, CT

    Obama has lost the plot. Hillary Clinton has my vote.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  265. Aaron Dallas TX

    I think Biden should 'retire' and let the President pick Hillary as his running mate. That would seal the deal in 2012. for sure.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  266. Barbara

    In one word HILLARY!!! She has done an amazing job as SOS and I know she would be a great president..

    August 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  267. Mr. T. Bag

    I think a REAL Social Democrat should challenge President Obama. Considering his record, Obama is much closer to the ideological "laissez-faire, free-market" policies of Ronald Reagan, than a Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

    Didn't he ever read about FDR? ...He was a REAL leader - one who acted, and used executive orders to fend off the dire challenges that our nation faced. –President Obama prefers motivational speeches and bus tours. –also just as Reagan did...

    August 18, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  268. Fred In LA

    Yes. Replace him with someone who has a brain.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  269. walter

    Never, don't mess with the anointed one, please.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  270. David Jackson

    No, what the democrats should concentrate on doing is winning back more seats in Congress to help pass Obama's policies.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  271. roger johnson

    I never wavered in my support for Hillary, was sad when she bowed out, and was always deeply skeptical of Obama's leadership abilities. He was either immensely naive or cynical or both. Please step aside BO and let a proven leader take over!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  272. Rose

    Yes....anybody! Try looking in Disney World. Mickey Mouse would be better qualified than who we have in the White House now.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  273. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    Jack: My first choice would be for Obama to do what LBJ did in 1968 saying that he will not run again because he cannot run a partisan campaign while at the same time trying to run the country in a bipartisan manner when the country is in so much trouble. If he did this, then I would gladly support Hillary Clinton. My second choice is that Michael Bloomberg will run a self-financed Democratic primary against Obama running as the tough manager who will get things done and not be bullied around by the tea party. I think that Bloomberg could win both the primary and the general election if he does this!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  274. walter

    Never, he is the best.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:26 pm |

    President Obama, is now and will be the Democratic nominee for the Presidential Campaign, 2012. After the Bush years, Pres. Obama, inherited a huge disaster, that will take longer than 4 years to overcome. The American people need to remember the Republicans created a mess, that the Democrats will have to clean up. President Obama, deserves a second term and is doing right for this country!


    August 18, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  276. Stephen Charchuk

    Maybe America should learn some patience before treating their leader like this. It took Reagan and the Bushes 30 years to create this mess and you want it fixed in 3 years? Makes me wonder about the intelligence of some in the USA. Maybe there is a good reason why your k12 schools are ranked so low with the rest of the West. You deserve more of the Republicans incompetence.

    Yarmouth, NS Canada

    August 18, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  277. June

    Even though he's not the strongest Demo president we've ever had, at least he is for the "people" and not for special interest groups, who seem to be running the country anyway. A GOP in charge would drastically separate the rich & the poor, with eliminating the middle class.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  278. Alon from Berkley

    I'll vote for the first democratic candidate who promises not to take any vacations

    August 18, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  279. Charu

    No. More than Obama, these analyst agencies need to become more responsible. Every anlaysis they release pushes the dow on a downward spiral. Before releasing a report and sensationalizing, they should consider the impact to the economy.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  280. Subash Nanjangud

    I was not a great Obama fan in 2008 but now I think he is the best candidate, especially when I look at the'nobodys' from the GOP side.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  281. Concerned in the Northwest

    I am just shocked that I am even saying this but Hillary gets my vote. She has worked tirelessly the last two years. She's is tough and gets things done.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  282. Josh

    I honestly think Hillary has what it takes to secure the nomination, and the Presidency....her approval ratings are sky-high. I think she is enjoying Americans' buyer's remorse a bit, and deservedly so, as we got this one wrong. Having said that, the only GOP candidate who is worth a second glance is Jon Huntsman, and we all know he is far too sane to be selected as the goTp nominee.

    Josh- Austin, TX

    August 18, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  283. craig

    Yes, he is a failed President. So he should step down, for the good of the country, to let others to have a chance to compete. Of course knowing him, as a selfish imposter, he won't step until he is booted uot or losing in disgrace!
    So much for I fight for you!!.... hypocrite!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  284. Dumka

    No, no other democrate should run. The problem is not Obama but the hardliners in the Republican party who blocking every patriotic legislation by the administration. The entire Republican congress should be replaced for this country to move ahead. Also, Obama cannot control Chief Executives of manufacturing companies moving their companies to China. Wall Street is in the hands of the Republican Party and they will do everything to make it look bad for election purposes.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  285. Harinder Singh

    I recommend AL Gore. He will truly bring hope back from Clinton era and also stand up against tea Party morons.

    Harinder, Palo Alto, CA

    August 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  286. Connie Kallas

    What difference does it make if he's in Martha's Vineyard? It's not like we still use the pony express. It also doesn't matter if he goes ahead and announces his job plan-Congress members aren't there, and even if they were, the idiot Republicans would rather have people unemployed than cooperate with Obama. Sure hope everyone that voted for the tea party are very happy with what they've done to this country.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  287. walter

    No, but Hilary could be better.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  288. Colby Anderson

    Obama promised an end to the wars and increased economic opportunity in 2008. He gave us more war and a out of control spending. It seems like George Bush's third term more than any change. I hear Dennis Kucinich might be looking for a new position in government, and with him at least we would have peace.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  289. Jo Kalman

    Yes, but I'm at a loss as to who. I had such high hopes for Obama but I'm so disappointed with his performance. I understand that he gained a terrible economy but he is too weak and straddles the fence far too much. He promised us an end to war but we continue to be involved and spending billions of dollars somewhere we don't belong. In addition, I wish he had stood firmly during the debt debacle – the very rich should be paying more in taxes before talking about cutting social programs.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  290. John Steel

    Barry should step aside. He has been an total failure as President. His vacation to Martha's Vineyard demonstrates how utterly out-of-touch he is with Americans.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  291. Misti Silvers

    I think Bill Clinton should re-run for office. Although, o wasn't quite old enough to appreciate him fully as a president as I was still in junior high school, but what I knew about him was that he was a good president.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  292. JC in Houston

    ABSOLUTELY. If the Dems want to keep the White House, they better offer an alternative. Obama is damaged goods. How about ANY successful business person? Why is it that most jobs require a Position Profile outlining minimum requirements (experience, education, etc.) but not the Presidency? If that was in place, Obama would not have made the cut, and now the results show it. Obama dis not have the experience, and even Hillary said this is not the job to be on a learning curve, so why surprised?

    August 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  293. Brian in PA

    Yes. Ed Rendell or Robert Reich

    August 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  294. Zachary


    I've wondered why you haven't yet submitted your name for consideratio. We need a candidate who can get America back to work; and let's be honest- you could use a bigger office. While you're at it, take Wolf along- he'd be a great running mate.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  295. Rich from NY

    First, I think if a serious Democratic contender does not challenge Obama for the nomination, American citizens should not cast votes for any candidates on the Democrat ticket going forward. Obama has clearly showed that he is not in touch with the American people, whether Democrats or not. He has outright lied and misled the public to gain his post and to advance his own ambitions/ideas. So for a serious contender to not challenge him, it shows that the party is weak-minded.

    While I see Clinton as the party favorite, I'm not sure that overall voters are ready for another "first" or "historic" election. I personally would never vote for her. I'm not sure at this point I'd vote for any Democrat, but I think Feingold should be the one to challenge the extreme leftist Obama. The Democrat nominee will need to be more moderate and add distance from Obama's extremes. Whomever the candidate is, they need to relate to the American people. Obama has lost touch. He has done so because he never cared, he had an agenda and wanted to use the office of the POTUS to advance his agenda. In doing so he has alienated the people. Any reasonable Democratic candidate who can be in touch with voters can beat Obama for the nomination and save face for the party, but it will take a candidate such as Feingold who has shown a more moderate and independent side to go toe to toe with the GOP nominee.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  296. Harinder Singh

    I recommend AL Gore. He will truly bring back hope from Clinton era and also stand up against tea Party morons.

    Harinder, Palo Alto, CA

    August 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  297. Jessica

    I think that Mrs. Clinton should run. When you have one Clinton in office the other is never far behind. They are a great political team and have served and will continue to serve our country well. The GOP want a Balanced Budget? Then we have to get the right President in office that can offer them that. The two parties were able to compromise and get more done when the Clintons were in office.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  298. Mark, Oklahoma City

    Where is Hillary when we need her? The Democrats made a HUGE mistake choosing Obama over Hillary. I think if she challenged him for the nomination, she would win, and then win the White House.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  299. Steve

    Hillary should challenge President Obama. Seems to me the economy was pretty good under President Clinton and he can be a great mentor to Hillary. The Clinton name would help restore prestige for U.S around the world and hopefully end these wars we are in, balance the budget etc. We need a President that is all action and not all talk as is President Obama. President Obama was talking adding jobs during the last campaign – he's blown his chance! My vote goes to the Repub or Hillary as this country can't afford another four years of this economic mess.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  300. Ros.....Illinois

    No, all our President needs is a Congress to quit acting like a bunch of babies and get their work done. All they want, is to see him lose so they can have control, so America will go farther downhill like it started with Bush in office. Congress needs to make the bills and either he will sign them or veto them, as that is his job. I will vote again for President Obama, He is the most intelligent, hard working one since President Clinton. Obama is a good President, family man and a man of God.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  301. sam


    he'd get creamed, for sure.
    but he's the only dem who has served in congress recently WHO HAS A SPINE

    August 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  302. George, Dallas, TX

    Makes me laugh at the people that are soooooooo far left; they are so delusional in their thinking that Obama is too centrist or a republican that hasn't come out of the closet. Believe me, as an independent, there is nothing further from that! He is too left for us!!! But wait, he has to lead first! He is one of the all time biggest loser presidents I've ever seen. He's even going down worse than Bush!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  303. Tyler

    Tyler in NJ

    Jack, I will give Obama until Labor Day to put forth a credible plan to boost job growth. Congress is also on the hook to come up with a plan for job growth. If he fails, I suggest we adopt a national referendum to elect Bill Clinton.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  304. Marc

    If another democrat challenge the President, it will only display lack of partnership from the democratic party and it will be detrimental to any democrat seeking that office. Seemingly, the republican party is the divided party and they can exploit that to illustrate why the current government is being hostage due to the midterm election outcome in 2010 and that is the reason why most of the republican of the house must go.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  305. Gregg Briese


    Our country would be better off if someone challanged President Obama. The problem will be the Obama slash and burn machine. Only Hillary Clinton could possibly survive the attack.

    If she got into the race, I can not see anything but further polarization of our country. In the long run, our country will be better off with two clear choices-President Obama and the Republican nominee. The result will be a clear mandate to the winner. I trust that our voters will be sufficiently informed by election time to deliver the mandate.

    Gregg Briese
    Bush, La.

    PS I also predict that politicians will not return to civility for quite some time.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  306. Bill (Louisiana)

    Obama is not the problem. There are too many hard lines democrats and too many hard lined republicans that don't know how to come to a middle of the road comprimise that addresses dept problem and goes after the real problems. Rich not paying their fair share and companies like GE who farms all the skilled work overseas and pays zero taxes in the Unites States. Unless that is resolved this country will have a middle class revolution like other countries are experiencing. The average American People have had enough. We all know who and what is screwing us and it is not government employees and unions. It is big Industry who is running our country. They should have a party called the capitalists, 2/3 of existing congress would fit into that mold. The other 1/3 give a darn about the middle class Americans. Also, the amount of American People that can vote compared to the actual number of Americans who do vote is why we have what we have.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  307. JBR

    Bernie Sanders (I), Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi.
    Bernie seems to be the most passionate, and follows through on what he preaches.
    Both Hillary and Nancy are good at getting what we want. No waffling there!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:30 pm |