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WATCH: Top Democratic Pollster Stan Greenberg Lays Out Obama’s Mission In Charlotte

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WATCH: Top Democratic Pollster Stan Greenberg Lays Out Obama’s Mission In Charlotte


In this new video, Stan Greenberg previews the strategy memo that he and James Carville are preparing on what President Obama needs to accomplish at the Democratic Convention – and how Democrats can win in November.

“We can move back in the lead by doing some pretty clear things that take advantage of the structure of this moment,” says Greenberg. Be sure to sign up for the Carville-Greenberg Memo, providing the exclusive insights, fresh data, expert analysis, and vivid commentary from two of the most respected political professionals of our time — all for free.


  1. barbara goda September 4, 2012

    hope you are kidding – obama “finish what I started” 6 trillion addition to national debt
    laibility per taxpayer doubled, unemployment – actual up to 23,064,448, was 13,524,000 in 2008.

    folks who really care should look at the national debt clock and compare 2008 to 2012
    this is not “politically” twisted numbers

    as an independent who voted for obama and his promise to half the debt and increase jobs by millions – I am sick

    1. darkagesbegin September 4, 2012

      well, vote republican, and you’ll soon be nauseous again, as will the country.

      Where did republicans keep that debt clock in 2004 and 2008, certainly not on the convention floor. Funny how the republicans get upset about how things are going only when Democrats are in office. When republicans are in office, they try to convince you everything is going fine, and if they can’t do that they blame it on the either the previous democratic president or the next one.

    2. SaneJane September 4, 2012

      The “national debt” is misnamed and misleading. Please take the time to research the actual composition and function of the “national debt”. This is an invention of the GOP and I do not recall much mention of a “debt clock” prior to President Obama taking office. Basic bookkeeping teaches that for every debit there is an equal and corresponding credit, every liability must have an equal and corresponding asset. When the “national debt” rises (liability) there is an equal and corresponding rise in the private assets of our populace. If you put money in your bank account that is an asset for you but a liability for the bank. Banks call it “deposits”. Why is it different when someone buys a treasury instrument? The “national debt” is actually the total of investments in treasury instruments by banks, mutual funds, credit unions, pension funds, states and cities, SS and Medicare, individuals, other countries and many others. If President Obama had halved the debt we would be in another Great Depression and there would have been an enormous increase in joblessness. Don’t be gullible, find out for yourself. If you are sick it is because you are letting yourself be force fed a steaming heap of BS.

      1. Dominick Vila September 4, 2012

        I think it is also important to determine what contributed to the national debt increase of the last 3 years. As I am sure you all know, the Federal Government Fiscal Year starts October 1st. Thus, the FY09 budget actually began October 1, 2008, when President Bush was still in office and before the election. The TARP (bank bailout) was signed by former President Bush October 3, 2008 and its appropriations followed shortly thereafter. Perhaps not surprisingly, the GOP cynically made Barack Obama responsible for the $1B TARP appropriation that took place before he was inaugurated; sort of like Ryan’s GM plant closure claim. Another contributor for the apparent increase in the debt involved President Obama’s decision to move the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and MEDICARE expenditures paid for with general funds, to the annual budget as part of his focus on transparency. The latter accounts for over $1T and, needless to say, it is not new spending. The difference is that instead of hiding it, President Obama put it where it should have been all along, in the budget like most American Presidents have done in the past…except for George W. Bush.
        The only new spending that can be attributed to President Obama is the $1T stimulus package, without which the talk today would not be about deficits, the debt, or dressage horses but about how to get out of the Second Great Depression. The rest is all programmatic and includes, among other things, increases in the interest we pay on the national debt.
        I am a firm believer that we should not spend more than we can afford, but I also believe that there are times and circumstances that require spending to stimulate the economy, lower unemployment, generate revenues, improve our infrastructure, and invest in R&D and education. The highest debt to GDP ratio was in 1945 when it reached almost 113%, to a large extent because of WWII and, also, because of FDRs efforts to get us out of the Great Depression. We have had a debt since we became a nation, and that trend is likely to continue to years to come, and it is not necessarily bad, as long as it doesn’t get out of control. The current debt/GDP ratio is a little over 100%, which I believe is too high. Efforts must be made to lower it, the question is how and when. As you pointed out, a significant reduction in spending at this time would put us back in a recession and would result in record high unemployment. Care must also be taken to avoid impacting programs critical to the well being of most Americans, our national security, and our ability to grow and achieve sustainable prosperity.

    3. howa4x September 4, 2012

      Why aren’t you sick about Bush? He took a surplus and ran it into a deficit with 2 unfunded wars, a tax cut for the 1%, and an unfunded Drug program for medicare. Obama inherited all of this and a collasped economy at the same time. During Bush 2.9 million jobs were outsourced, middle class wages were flat and job growth was also.Why aren’t you sick about that?.
      Obama was forced to continue the tax cut for the 1% and try to stimulate the economy. Since he has been in office there has been 26 months of job growth and 4 million jobs were added, but we were in a near depression with the stock market down to 6500. Now it’s back at 13,500. Obama closed out the Iraq war and set a target withdrawl for Afganistan. hese wars cost 1 billion a day. Not started by Obama. Approximately 1/2 of he stimulus had to pay for the tax cut. When you don’t have money tax cuts add to the deficit and that’s exactly what Romney wants to do. why aren’t you sick about that?
      Obamas health care plan is revenue neutral scored by the OMB and will actually lower the deficit when finally implemented.
      We need to get out of Afganistan, and create tax fairness if we want to lower the deficit. We need to rebuild the middle class after GWB destroyed it, and we are not going to do this by replaying the his years!!

  2. KatieKa September 4, 2012

    Hey people:CAN’T YOU DO ANY BETTER?
    Every day I receive anti Obama email missives from various sources, mostly Louisiana friends. Most of these messages are well crafted to be humorous* and to spread the message of those who hate the President and the Democrat administration. Some are patently erroneous but effective, particularly for those who wish to believe the worst. Their falsehoods appeal to the fearful and the foolish. Rational thought and evaluation does not work with them. It seems that there are enough people of intelligence and talent on our side to counter this type of ‘trash talk.’ Yet all I get from you all is gimme, gimme, gimme. Hand-wringing and complaints of how bad things are going with constant appeals for money do not attract attention to the foibles of the radical right nor point out the the fallacy of their message, and quite frankly tend to piss us off. As you should well know, a charge unanswered is more fully believed. But if they are shown to be ludicrous by poking fun at them, it causes doubt and demonstrates the counterfeit and the bogus in their contention. Few things are so denigrating as well placed humor in a counterattack. Please send me some comedic ammunition. Thanks.

    Tom Aicklen
    Lacombe, LA

    Subject: 2012 Democratic National Convention Schedule

    Forwarded Message

    *Funny but sadly too close to reality…..

    2012 Democratic National Convention Schedule — Charlotte,N.C.

    4:00 PM – Opening Flag Burning Ceremony – sponsored by CNN.
    4:05 PM – Singing of “God Damn America ” led by Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
    4:10 PM – Pledge of Allegiance to Obama.
    4:15 PM – Return Performance of ‘I hate America’ by Michelle Obama.
    4:30 PM – Tips on “How to keep your man trustworthy & true to you while you
    travel the world” – Hillary Clinton.
    4:45 PM – Al Sharpton / Jesse Jackson seminar: “How to hate monger as a career.”
    5:00 PM – First Family’s Travel Log: “Great Vacations I’ve Taken on the Taxpayer’s Dime” by
    Michelle Obama.
    5:30 PM – Eliot Spitzer Speaks on “Family Values” via Satellite.
    5:45 PM – Tribute to All 57 States – Nancy Pelosi.

    6:00 PM – Sen. Harry Reid – 90-minute speech expressing the Democrat’s
    appreciation of the Occupy Wall Street movement,and George Soros
    for sparing no expense, for all that they have accomplished to unify
    the country, improve employment and to boost the economy.
    8:30 PM – Airing of Grievances by the Clintons.
    9:00 PM – “Bias in Media – How we can make it work for you” Tutorial –
    sponsored by CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, the Washington Post and
    the New York Times.
    9:15 PM – Tribute Film to Brave Freedom Fighters incarcerated at GITMO –
    Michael Moore.
    9:45 PM – Personal Finance Seminar – Charlie Rangle.
    10:00 PM – Denunciation of Fearful Gun Owners and Bible readers.
    10:30 PM – Ceremonial Waving of White Flag for IRAQ ,& Afghanistan
    11:00 PM – Obama Energy Plan Symposium / Tire Gauge Demonstration / You
    too can get rich with Green Investment bankruptcies.
    11:15 PM – Free Gov. Blagovich rally.
    11:30 PM – Obama Accepts Oscar,Tony and Latin Grammy Awards
    11:45 PM – Feeding of the Delegates with 5 Loaves and 2 Fish Obama
    12:00 AM – Official Nomination of Obama by Bill Maher and Chris “He sends
    a thrill up my leg” Matthews.
    12:01 AM – Obama Accepts Nomination as Lord and Savior.
    12:05 AM – Celestial Choirs Sing.
    3:00 AM – Biden Delivers Acceptance Speech.
    4:00 AM — Time for another snort of cocaine

  3. ObozoMustGo September 4, 2012


    National Debt Hits $16 TRILLION on Opening Night of DemoncRATic Convention

    Congratulations Mr. Obozo!!!! You are succeeding at fundamentally transforming America……………….. into the world’s next bankrupt nation and laughing stock of the world!!!! Way to go!!! Nice accomplishment to speak about at the convention….. NOT!!!

    What timing????? Obozo the messiah must have coordinated this intentionally. After all, he did stop the seas from rising and healed the planet, didn’t he?

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    Have a nice day!

    “We have elected some very intelligent people to administer our government… ..WHY do they (all elected government officials at all levels; National, State, & Local) not understand that we cannot continue to SPEND more than we take in indefinitely without end … … .????? Have we all gone nuts????… ..Eventually, income MUST equal or exceed spending; it’s just plain common sense, not rocket science… … !!!” – Anonymous

  4. onedonewong September 4, 2012

    If Barak stood on the stage and juts said look I’m an amateur and have ben over my head for 4 years folks would at least respect his candor


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