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Obama Camp, Sensing Shift, Bets on a Long Shot in Arizona
New York Times ^ | April 15, 2012 | by Adam Nagourney

Posted on 04/15/2012 7:02:14 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

PHOENIX — President Obama’s re-election campaign is dispatching workers across Arizona’s college campuses and Latino neighborhoods this spring, registering as many new voters as they can in an organized, three-month effort to determine whether they can put this unlikely state into play for Democrats this November.

By any measure the obstacles are considerable: Arizona has voted for precisely one Democratic president since Truman was in the White House. Yet Mr. Obama’s aides said in interviews that they thought it was possible they could move the needle of history by winning in 2012 a state that analysts believe is heading Democratic in national elections, but may not be there yet.

Obama strategists are simply following the same techniques they used in 2008 when putting states like North Carolina and Indiana into play. Then, too, there was much initial skepticism, though both states ended up going for Mr. Obama.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: arizona; arizonainplay; election2012; hispandering; yoot
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1 posted on 04/15/2012 7:02:24 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

They are getting desperate if they need AZ


2 posted on 04/15/2012 7:05:19 PM PDT by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !H)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

They are getting desperate if they need AZ


3 posted on 04/15/2012 7:05:53 PM PDT by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !H)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

They must know something about the voting machines in Arizona.


4 posted on 04/15/2012 7:06:42 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (For every black person murdered by a white, thirty-nine white people are murdered by blacks.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

We need to have voter registration drives

for us... the Constitutionalists.

The RNC is worthless.

And Jim Demint, Rand Paul, Ron Johnson, Paul Ryan are not out there
telling everyone they must become involved in this way.

WHY NOT????

There is very little passion and urgency in the Republicans.

Why?


5 posted on 04/15/2012 7:07:09 PM PDT by preamble
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

They’ll probably pay the “Coyotes” who bring them in to sign up the illegals.


6 posted on 04/15/2012 7:07:18 PM PDT by Panzerlied ("We shall never surrender!")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
President Obama’s re-election campaign is dispatching workers across Arizona’s college campuses and Latino neighborhoods this spring, registering as many new voters as they can in an organized, three-month effort to determine whether they can put this unlikely state into play for Democrats this November.

Go for it ... spend the time and money ... great idea.
Sheriff Joe and Arizonians will stick it up your butt ... luv it!

7 posted on 04/15/2012 7:07:18 PM PDT by BluH2o
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Yeah - Arizona is such a conservative state, it sent the poster boy for open borders amnesty (John McCain) to the Senate.


8 posted on 04/15/2012 7:07:40 PM PDT by Tzimisce (THIS SUCKS)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“Obama strategists are simply following the same techniques they used in 2008 when putting states like North Carolina and Indiana into play. Then, too, there was much initial skepticism, though both states ended up going for Mr. Obama.”


yes- except the fools in those two states who pulled the lever for obama were doing so on the ignorance that the platitudes obama spoke would better the nation....four years later and the people in the states of NC, Indiana, Arizona and most of the nation now see what most of us knew going in- obama is and will always be an unmitigated disaster....

I’m not a Romney fan at all and i felt the GOP was screwing themselves the past four months but the more i see what’s happening i feel Romney has really got to eff it up not to beat the child in the White House- either in the state of Arizona or most of the other 52....


9 posted on 04/15/2012 7:11:22 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Hasn’t he done enough for our great state already. Ride him and the friends he came in with out on a rail. I think he is trying to stick it into the eye of Joe. Hey Arizona, are we going to stand for this?


10 posted on 04/15/2012 7:11:35 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: ncalburt

Why are they bothering? If Obama locks up the East and the Midwest like he did last time, before Arizona’s votes are even counted, Romney will concede just like McLame did.


11 posted on 04/15/2012 7:12:07 PM PDT by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
" registering as many new voters as they can in an organized"

You can BET these are gonna be Illegals, who they'll sign up and instruct them to vote by Absentee or Mail-in, so they are not risking exposure.

12 posted on 04/15/2012 7:12:55 PM PDT by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

So the 2012 Democrat campaign strategy is to lull the Republicans into a sense of complacency by making them think the Dems have gone completely bonkers?


13 posted on 04/15/2012 7:14:48 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This is about exploiting illegals who are pissed off that someone is trying to do something about illegals. Purposely violating laws and any reason for their own power.

What bastards the rats are.


14 posted on 04/15/2012 7:17:36 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 wasn't an election - it was a coup d'etat.)
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To: fidelis

Like another poster said, it is about aggravating the Sheriff.


15 posted on 04/15/2012 7:20:13 PM PDT by mrsixpack36
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To: ncalburt

Could be disinformation. Tread carefully.


16 posted on 04/15/2012 7:21:18 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Ten votes for mexicans!


17 posted on 04/15/2012 7:23:01 PM PDT by MtnClimber (To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth. —Theodore Roosevelt)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

AZ for Romney? This is bad.


18 posted on 04/15/2012 7:24:43 PM PDT by brownsfan (Aldous Huxley and Mike Judge were right.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

no chance, the Mormon bigots will ensure Romney a victory in Arizona.


19 posted on 04/15/2012 7:26:08 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: fidelis

Yep,

North Carolina, Virginia and Florida and Obama skates to another 4 years thanks to our RINO Yankee Mormon nominee.


20 posted on 04/15/2012 7:27:21 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: ncalburt

Exactly, they know they can not hold North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Indiana or Florida. They are adopting the Kerry strategy of battling for Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada.

They view that is their best bet to win and their best bet to steal if they can not win.


21 posted on 04/15/2012 7:28:33 PM PDT by JLS (How to turn a recession into a depression: elect a Dem president with a big majorities in Congress)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The delusion is strong with these fools.


22 posted on 04/15/2012 7:28:38 PM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops)
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To: preamble

You are confused.

People who vote democrat are people who are at the two extreme ends of the spectrum(very rich or very poor) and they are dumber than dumb when it comes to economics and the role of government. They do not spend much time thinking about things like registering for the vote or even renewing their driver’s license.

People like us are already registered to vote and we will do so no matter how hard the hoops are to jump through to get registered. We show up to vote every time unless we are protesting something or someone.

If you really want a guaranteed republican victory, you should be against voter drives and for more difficult registration procedures. This would weed out the dumb people, and the people who have less interest in politics and such people are almost always democrats.


23 posted on 04/15/2012 7:28:55 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (I take Olive Oyl on me spinach. She said she didn't go in for that kinky stuff but she does now)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The only shift they sense is negative towards them. It looks like desperation.


24 posted on 04/15/2012 7:35:06 PM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: DarthVader
Agreed, Darth!

If Romney comes close to winning MA (he's only behind by 11 in the last Rasmussen poll FWIW), he’ll win a landslide in both the popular and Electoral vote totals nationwide.

25 posted on 04/15/2012 7:41:06 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Has Mittens won one "Red State" yet?)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
North Carolina, Virginia and Florida and Obama skates to another 4 years thanks to our RINO Yankee Mormon nominee.

Actually, that would be thanks to whoever did NOT vote for Obama's main opponent.
26 posted on 04/15/2012 7:44:55 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The New York Slimes, a house organ for the Democrat party, is engaging in psychological operations for their Moloch-worshipping temple prostitute Obama.

In other words, the media is trying to make Obama look so strong that he can even try to win Arizona.

Obama is being pummelled nationwide. The “purple states” as the press likes to call him, are sick of him. Obama is going to lose states he lost last time like Indiana and North Carolina.

He is in trouble in the northeast except among the Democrat havens like Rhode Island.

Hell, Rasmussen has him up by only 11 points in Massachusetts versus Romney. Any given Democrat should be up by 25 or 30 in that state.

No, this is an attempt to scare people who love America. Don’t fall for this nonsense...it is crap. Obama is not going to win Arizona.

And he probably won’t win re-election. He is Carter on steroids, and Americans didn’t want Carter for a second term.


27 posted on 04/15/2012 7:46:48 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The New York Slimes, a house organ for the Democrat party, is engaging in psychological operations for their Moloch-worshipping temple prostitute Obama.

In other words, the media is trying to make Obama look so strong that he can even try to win Arizona.

Obama is being pummelled nationwide. The “purple states” as the press likes to call him, are sick of him. Obama is going to lose states he lost last time like Indiana and North Carolina.

He is in trouble in the northeast except among the Democrat havens like Rhode Island.

Hell, Rasmussen has him up by only 11 points in Massachusetts versus Romney. Any given Democrat should be up by 25 or 30 in that state.

No, this is an attempt to scare people who love America. Don’t fall for this nonsense...it is crap. Obama is not going to win Arizona.

And he probably won’t win re-election. He is Carter on steroids, and Americans didn’t want Carter for a second term.


28 posted on 04/15/2012 7:46:48 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Time for the Govenor of AZ. to check the voter rolls and make sure that they are all eligible to vote. It doesn’t hurt to check those forms that are sent in. After all, AZ has a huge immigrant problem and I would bet a cheeseburger that they are going to college. Just sayin’!


29 posted on 04/15/2012 7:50:42 PM PDT by marygam ((Hurry November 2012, we might not make it))
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To: preamble

Exactly my thought! There is never a ‘drive’ around here to get people registered and/or excited. It’s insane!


30 posted on 04/15/2012 7:53:25 PM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44 (Fluck this adminstration of misfits.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

0bama is registering them so illegals can be bused in to the polls to vote in their stead. 0bama wants the names registered; He knows who’ll be voting in their place.


31 posted on 04/15/2012 8:04:11 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

The must have same day voter registration, wit no proof of citizenship required.


32 posted on 04/15/2012 8:10:04 PM PDT by ncfool (OMG 2012)
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To: preamble

You have that right. The all consuming blindness and silence is downright eerie.

It’s like certain destiny to hell, and no one who could push back, will.

God be with us.


33 posted on 04/15/2012 8:12:45 PM PDT by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt IS Galt. (& Always has been.) 1144 isn't hear, yet!!!!)
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To: Aria

“This is about exploiting illegals who are pissed off that someone is trying to do something about illegals. Purposely violating laws and any reason for their own power.”

Who is the “Someone”’ on the GOP ticket that is trying to do something about illegal aliens?


34 posted on 04/15/2012 8:13:50 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: preamble

Paul Ryan and Ron Johnson are turncoats. Paul and Mittens handed out sandwiches like a cheap SNL skit at Cousins sub because the Romney camp was worried that Rick was going to win Wisconsin.

Romney didn’t spend any time in WI before the primary..just swooped in for his photo op.
Santorum was there for a couple of weeks..criss crossing the state and meeting people. All of our volunteer efforts were cancelled by the Johnson/Ryan endorsement.
I will never forgive either of them.

Don’t expect anything better from DeMint. He bailed and endorsed Mittens too.
And Rand Paul is Ron Paul’s son and he’s still in the running. Oi vey...
The GOP has really stepped in it this time.

There is a distinct difference now between the GOP and Conservatism. They are polar opposites.

The urgency and passion used to be with the latter. We’ll see if the Tea Party will surge again. I kinda doubt it.


35 posted on 04/15/2012 8:32:40 PM PDT by Mountain Mary ("This is OUR country and WE will decide"... Mark Levin)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

In other words, if the democrats can get enough illegal immigrants to vote three times each—or better still five times each—they can win the state of Arizona.


36 posted on 04/15/2012 8:35:08 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Why do you seek the living among the dead? (Luke 24:5))
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

They will try to convince us they are with their lies. It’s time to stand up.


37 posted on 04/15/2012 8:43:04 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: BluH2o
Yeah, because isn't he "targeting" AZ with a scope complete with "cross hairs" just like he, the Dems and the media accused Sarah Palin of doing just as that congresswoman got actually shot???

They're just saying "Damn the hypocrisy, full speed ahead!!!"

38 posted on 04/15/2012 8:49:11 PM PDT by SierraWasp (Negativity must die because it's self-fulfilling!!!)
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To: DarthVader

More likely this is a pre-emptive move in advance to the Supreme Court hearing on 25 Apr on the Arizona Immigration laws. Obama knows he will lose all or most of that battle. They have to get the folks riled up about it.

Then you have several voter ID laws that may very well get heard this session. Texas appears to be a good shot for a Supreme Court hearing on voter ID.

The SC has not been good for Obama in the last three years. The Sackett EPA ruling, the ruling about the religious employee, a couple of rulings against the drilling moratorium in the gulf and others have not gone the administrations way, and they may just lose on ObamaCare.

It’s hard on the moral to have that many cases deemed unconstitutional by the appeals courts and the SC.


39 posted on 04/15/2012 8:53:19 PM PDT by usnavy_cop_retired (Retiree in the P.I. living as a legal immigrant)
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To: Uncle Slayton

Did I say GOP ticket? What GOP ticket?


40 posted on 04/15/2012 8:56:51 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 wasn't an election - it was a coup d'etat.)
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If he buses in voters he'll have to create a lot of fake IDs...

http://phoenix.about.com/od/citiestownsgovernment/a/voterid.htm

We have to show ID to vote in AZ. Straight off the Maricopa County web page -

14. What forms of identification are required in order to vote at the polls on Election Day?

Information on ID at the polls and the forms of identification required by Proposition 200, which was passed by Arizona voters in 2004, can be accessed by visiting our “ID? I Do! Do You?” button on the bottom right hand side of our main “Election’s Homepage”. On this page, clicking on the “New Voting Requirements” link will open up a list of acceptable forms of identification for the polls.

41 posted on 04/15/2012 9:21:56 PM PDT by az_gila
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To: preamble

“We need to have voter registration drives for us... the Constitutionalists.”

Do what we are doing in CO. Do the voter registration drives at gun ranges. Talk the range owners into giving 50% off range fees for a new voter registration, regardless whether it is done at the range.


42 posted on 04/15/2012 9:32:44 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

A couple of weeks ago McCain was on the local Phoenix radio station and he was talking about how AZ was in play. When the host asked him if he really thought the messiah had a chance here, he hemmed and hawed.

I wonder if someone knows more than they are saying about us here in AZ.


43 posted on 04/15/2012 9:37:23 PM PDT by Breyean
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Ain’t gonna happen. AZ has very strong voter ID laws. I believe the last time my home state voted RAT during a Presidential election was when Roosevelt was in office.


44 posted on 04/15/2012 9:57:50 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: ncalburt

Desperation?

No, they`re on offense. Yet the GOP wants to nominate the guy with the least appeal of any of the candidates anyway.


45 posted on 04/16/2012 2:22:40 AM PDT by ScottinVA (A single drop of American blood for muslims is one drop too many!)
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To: preamble

I won`t ascribe this to DeMint because he`s been out there pushing conservative causes, but as for much of the rest of the GOP “leaders,” the passion is lacking because their goals don`t include defeating Obama. They`re all about holding onto the House, and if possible, pulling out an ever-so-slight Senate majority.

Which is the reason for nominating the “palatable” Romney.. so as not to infuriate the squishy middle.


46 posted on 04/16/2012 2:28:58 AM PDT by ScottinVA (A single drop of American blood for muslims is one drop too many!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Arizona

Registering new Dems as they come through the fence.


47 posted on 04/16/2012 4:41:27 AM PDT by hattend (Jesus wants me to make churches pay for abortions. - Barack Obama)
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To: marygam

Since when is it legal for anyone to go around and “register a voter”???? This should strictly be available ONLY to go directly TO your local town, village or city to register to vote.

Daffy Duck is registered by these “walk around clowns” registering anyone and everything, dead or alive. Walk around the grave yard to gather names of recently dead. Still on voter rolls. ugh.


48 posted on 04/16/2012 5:12:17 AM PDT by WaterWeWaitinFor (If we don't help make a change, then who will? It starts with us.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This is TOTAL DISINFORMATION people. It’s agitprop. Don’t believe a word of it.


49 posted on 04/16/2012 5:17:34 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: wjcsux
Ain’t gonna happen. AZ has very strong voter ID laws. I believe the last time my home state voted RAT during a Presidential election was when Roosevelt was in office.

Actually, it was Clinton.

Those who are saying it can't happen do not remember history.

Here are some reminders:

The governor of the state before Brewer was none other than DHS secretary Napolitano. Napo was elected twice, the second time by a landslide.

Incumbent Republican Senator Jon Kyl won re-election in 2006 with only ~51% of the vote. He will not go for re-election so now the seat is open.

Neighboring states like Colorado and New Mexico are solidly Rat now.

California used to be in play for Republicans until Clinton instituted motor voter in the 90's. The Rats used it to register millions of Hispanics and illegals and they vote about 80%-90% Rat.

The Rats control schools, news media, entertainment so they have a huge advantage among young people.

So they may not be able to pull it off for President this year but the money they spend will also pay off down ticket where the may pick up the Senate. And more House seats after the Pubbies got totally skunked by losing control of the redistricting to the Rats.
50 posted on 04/16/2012 9:12:01 AM PDT by fifedom
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