Obama 2012: It’s on! President Officially Kicks Off Re-Election Campaign (POLL)

[ 0 ] April 4, 2011 |

It’s now official! President Obama has kicked off his 2012 presidential campaign, signaling his clear intent to run for a second term as commander-in-chief.

Obama told Americans via a Web video and e-mail that he is starting to fundraise for the big campaign. So far, no Republican opponent has come forward to formally announce his – or her – candidacy, but former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty formed an exploratory committee last month and is expected to run, as is Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Names such as former House Republican Leader Newt Gingrich and former vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor Sara Palin are included in the rumor mill.

The Obama campaign will be “farther reaching, more focused, and more innovative than anything we’ve built before,” the president said in the e-mail. “Even though I’m focused on the job you elected me to do, and the race may not reach full speed for a year or more, the work of laying the foundation for our campaign must start today.”

Obama’s campaign kickoff comes as unemployment numbers for the country are lower than they have been in two years, yet political wars are still raging over entitlement spending on programs such as Social Security and Medicare, as well as whether to raise the debt ceiling. Rising gas prices, the war in Libya, and the nuclear crisis in Japan aren’t helping, either. A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll showed 51 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s performance, while 45 percent disapprove.

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