Obama warns of 'extremist' Republicans

2012-01-04 14:42

Washington - US President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign early on Wednesday sought to portray the nation's first Republican nomination battle as a victory for "extremist" candidates.

The Iowa caucuses - which saw former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney barely edge out former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum by eight votes - launched the battle to deny Obama his hoped-for second term.

In keeping with its previous line of attack, the Obama campaign's manager Jim Messina said in a statement that the "extremist Tea Party agenda won a clear victory" shortly after the results were announced early on Wednesday.

"No matter who the Republicans nominate, we'll be running against someone who has embraced that agenda in order to win - vowing to let Wall Street write its own rules, end Medicare as we know it, roll back gay rights, leave the troops in Iraq indefinitely, restrict a woman's right to choose, and gut Social Security to pay for more tax cuts for millionaires and corporations."

Messina also warned of "unprecedented" spending by outside groups on campaign ads and urged the president's supporters to step up donations and on-the-ground organising ahead of the November vote.

"Watching the circus on TV, it's tempting to think it's almost funny - but this is not a joke. We've got to be ready," Messina said.

Obama - weighed down by the sputtering economy and lingering high unemployment, faces a tough re-election battle with the eventual nominee.

Romney has been a frontrunner for months, but nearly all the other candidates have at some point cycled to the front of the pack as wavering Republicans have sought a more conservative alternative.

Santorum, an ardent social conservative strongly opposed to abortion and gay marriage who had lingered in the second tier of candidates up until just a few days ago, was nearly able to defeat Romney in Iowa after running an intense campaign in the heartland state.

  • christo.stone - 2012-01-04 15:55

    Voting for the Republicans is like voting for the ANC...any smart person wouldn't... Then again...this is America we're talking about.

      Jako - 2012-01-04 16:29

      if the anc really starts raping this country, who are you gonna run to? thought so. now shut the f*#k up

      James - 2012-01-04 17:09

      Christo, I'v been living in USA for 35 yrs and you are clueless.

      Jason Morgan - 2012-01-04 21:52

      I agree with you christo republicans are not reliable even amongst themselves they don't trust one another what about running a big country of America's calibre at this difficult times. Actually Obama came in the office at the wrong time and he still clearing the mess the republicans left behind so they must be patient with him and let him rectify what they fail to do when they were still in the office. I have lived in America and Canada and I know what I'm talking about.though wouldn't compare the republicans with the ANC they're far superior than the ANC.

  • Larry - 2012-01-04 15:56

    Is this a touch of the Race Card?

  • Peter - 2012-01-04 16:09

    Both parties are extremists in that case. They should vote for Ron Paul if they know what is good for them.

  • Juan - 2012-01-04 16:11

    Obama has got a challenge on his hands. If he is re elected he would be the first president to accomplish that with a bad economy/ job market.

      James - 2012-01-04 17:07

      Obama is largely the problem

      Tom - 2012-01-04 17:20

      Actually, Obama inherited the messed up economy from the Republicans....and now the Republicans blame him for the state that it is in.....

      Jason Morgan - 2012-01-04 21:36

      Obama came to the office at the wrong time its not his fault at all when it comes to the melt down of the US economy. Infact most of the head of states around the world they're also feeling the economically heat that why here in Britain David Cameron and his Tory government are cutting out benefits and other spending cuts. In order to try to manage this heat wave of economically disaster its not America only Britain,France,German,Greece,Ireland,Spain,Italy etc have and still experiencing this cancer. I also believe that American people will do the right thing by putting barack in the office for the second term, and if the situation does not improve after the second term in office then he must leave it means he has failed but on this term I'm backing Obama for the second term.

      Willie - 2012-01-10 15:36

      Republicans stuffed American economy,no one can get economy back on track in four years.Give us fact Juan don't just day dream

  • Christopher - 2012-01-04 18:27

    Have any of u actually been 2 the US? Obama will not serve a 2nd term guaranteed. The Americans will not make the same mistake twice. A bad day in the US is a day that SA wishes for. Huge difference & if u think the economy in the US is down & out ur wrong. Here's an example: A worker flipping burgers in McDonalds in the US earns $2000 p/m which is about R14 000, compared 2 the R2 500 earned by a worker doing the same job in South Africa. SO 2 imply that the US is in financial trouble is a laugh. People are simply spending less. The US is a 1st world country for a reason, with 1 of the strongest currencies in the world & 1 of the largest economies in the world - facts

      ludlowdj - 2012-01-05 10:56

      @ CHRISTOPHER COLLINGS: Contrary to everything you have said, in respect of the US current status, and yes I have visited and traveled extensively in the US and Canada having family there. The US economy is in decline and has been for several years. Comparing it to South Africa or any other country is not a valid argument either, and yes South Africans would wish for one of your worse days but that does not detract from the fact that your economy is going into decline as is your industries. The main US backstop of course is that the Dollar is the official international currency and this of course slows down the effects being felt all over the world and will of course mean that you will recover at a faster rate than any other country, this however does not detract from the fact that the US is starting to move towards being a net importer or that the threat by China to introduce a new international currency for use by BRIC countries leave the US currency extremely weak and vulnerable.

      Willie - 2012-01-10 15:42

      "...The Americans will not make the same mistake twice..." because they think any problem can be solved in a jiffy.That's they keep on commiting the same mistakes and thers after they regret Vietnam,AFganistan,Iraq and now they threaten Iran.Christopher dollar srongest currency !!!!!what are you smoking

      Graziella - 2012-01-10 15:45

      A currency not backed by anything but the goodwill of the intl. community. The creation of jobs from thin air in a crashing capitalist economy, where its biggest player is simply printing money, not backed by anything, to try to pay its debts, is an impossibility. The objective of monetary policy should be to ensure that the money supply accurately reflects the quantity of real wealth being created in the economy, and is sufficient to provide funds for new investment in real businesses to keep the economy ticking over.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-05 10:02

    Obama's own statement of support for the proposed suspension of civil liberties and the effective in-statement of a military state in the US unfortunately by implication make him unsuitable for a second term of office anyway. Although I must admit that he was a breath of fresh air and many had high hopes in him, he has failed to deliver on most of his pledges and there is no valid argument for him to be allowed to try again. Ron Paul is at present the best bet for a free US however his ratings are currently to low for him to even be considered a contender.

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