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In celebration of April Fools Day, Republicans put out a mock ad for President Obama’s re-election campaign which features Obama riding a unicorn over a rainbow with the tagline: “Four more years: America needs more changing.”

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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) may says she’s considering a run for president, but she’s also quietly laying the groundwork for a reelection campaign, Dave Catanese reports.

Bachmann filed statement of candidacy forms with the Federal Election Commission earlier today.


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Washington (CNN) – As he comes closer to launching his 2012 re-election campaign, President Barack Obama caps a trip to New York City Tuesday by headlining two events for the Democratic National Committee.

The president will join around 50 supporters at the Red Rooster Restaurant in Harlem. According to a DNC official, at $ 30,800 a plate, the event is expected to raise $ 1.5 million for the party committee.

Marcus Samuelsson, the owner of the restaurant, was a guest chef at the White House for Obama’s first state dinner in 2009.

Then the president heads to Studio Museum, which is also in Harlem, to speak to approximately 250 attendees. The DNC official tells CNN that the second gathering is not considered a fundraiser, but rather a “thank you” event with supporters.

Earlier Tuesday the president’s scheduled to deliver remarks in New York City at the dedication of the Ronald H. Brown United States Mission to the United Nations Building.

Earlier this month, the president headlined two DNC events in the nation’s capital. Obama spoke to members of the party committee’s national advisory board and national finance committee at one of the gatherings and met with approximately 50 supporters and potential supporters of his 2012 re-election bid.

The DNC is technically running the president’s political operation until Obama registers with the Federal Election Commission as a 2012 presidential candidate, which will allow the campaign to begin raising money. Obama brought in a record-breaking $ 750 million dollars in his 2008 campaign for president and could raise up to $ 1 billion for his re-election bid.

The president’s also scheduled to headline a Democratic National Committee event on April 14 in his hometown of Chicago.

CNN confirmed Monday that when Obama sets up his 2012 re-election campaign, it will be headquartered in a downtown Chicago office building.

A Democratic source confirmed to CNN that the re-election campaign will be housed in One Prudential Plaza, a skyscraper which faces the city’s Grant Park, where Obama held his 2008 election night victory rally. The story was first reported earlier Monday by Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun Times.

The office tower, known to many as the Prudential Building, its original name, is about two blocks away from the building where Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign was headquartered.

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President Obama “is fewer than three weeks away from formally announcing his reelection campaign, and will make it public with an online video his aides will post on his new campaign website,” National Journal reports.

“Obama’s team will try to keep the exact date and time a surprise, letting supporters know first by text message and e-mail… But a major Democratic National Committee fundraiser is set for April 14 in Chicago, and Democratic donors are being told that it will coincide with the announcement. Obama will attend the event.”


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President Obama “is fewer than three weeks away from formally announcing his reelection campaign, and will make it public with an online video his aides will post on his new campaign website,” National Journal reports.

“Obama’s team will try to keep the exact date and time a surprise, letting supporters know first by text message and e-mail… But a major Democratic National Committee fundraiser is set for April 14 in Chicago, and Democratic donors are being told that it will coincide with the announcement. Obama will attend the event.”


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President Obama “is fewer than three weeks away from formally announcing his reelection campaign, and will make it public with an online video his aides will post on his new campaign website,” National Journal reports.

“Obama’s team will try to keep the exact date and time a surprise, letting supporters know first by text message and e-mail… But a major Democratic National Committee fundraiser is set for April 14 in Chicago, and Democratic donors are being told that it will coincide with the announcement. Obama will attend the event.”


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(CNN) – When President Barack Obama sets up his 2012 re-election campaign, it will be headquartered in a downtown Chicago office building.

A Democratic source confirms to CNN that the re-election campaign will be housed in One Prudential Plaza, a skyscraper which faces the city’s Grant Park, where Obama held his 2008 election night victory rally. The story was first reported earlier Monday by Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun Times.

The office tower, known to many as the Prudential Building, its original name, is about two blocks away from the building where Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign was headquartered.

CNN reported earlier this month that the president will be back in his hometown on April 14, to headline a Democratic National Committee event. Obama has picked up the pace in attending political functions as his team lays the groundwork for his 2012 re-election bid.

The DNC is technically running the president’s political operation until Obama registers with the Federal Election Commission as a 2012 presidential candidate, which will allow the campaign to begin raising money. Obama brought in a record breaking $ 750 million dollars in his 2008 campaign for president and could raise up to $ 1 billion for his re-election bid.

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A new Quinnipiac poll in Ohio finds Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in decent shape with
registered voters, who prefer Brown over an unnamed GOP challenger 45% to 29%. Voters
also say 45% to 30% that he deserves a second term in the U.S. Senate.

Said pollster Peter Brown: “Brown is in decent shape heading into 2012. While he doesn’t have large numbers
of voters massed against him, his re-elect number, 45 percent, is short of the 50 percent threshold
that generally signals an incumbent’s likely re-election.”

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More proof a Midwestern backlash against Republicans is helping Democrats: A new Public Policy Polling survey in Michigan finds Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s (D-MI) standing much improved since late last year. Stabenow now leads all of the Republicans tested against her by double digits.
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A new Pew Research Center poll articulates what many pundits have been saying: despite the daily crises, denuciations from some on the right and left, charges that he has been too soft, too war like, dithering, jumping into a policy without thinking, President Barack Obama seems positioned well for 2012 at this early stage in the game.

Barack Obama currently fares as well against a generic opponent in the upcoming presidential election as George W. Bush did in April 2003, a time when Bush’s job approval rating was much higher than Obama’s is today. He also tests considerably better than Bill Clinton did in March 1995.

Nearly half (47%) of registered voters say they would like to see Barack Obama reelected, while 37% say they would prefer to see a Republican candidate win the 2012 election, according to the survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press conducted March 8-14 among 1,525 adults. In April 2003, 48% of registered voters said they would like to see Bush reelected in 2004; 34% said they would prefer to see a Democrat win.

At the time, the Iraq war was viewed as moving to a successful conclusion and Bush’s job approval rating among the public stood at 72%. In a survey released earlier this month, 51% of the public approved of the way Obama is handling his job as president.

In part, Obama is benefitting from the fact that the GOP has yet to coalesce behind a candidate. About one-in-five (21%) Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters say they would like to see Mitt Romney win the nomination while about the same percentage (20%) chooses Mike Huckabee; 13% back Sarah Palin, 11% opt for Newt Gingrich and 8% back Ron Paul. At this early stage in the race, 15% of GOP voters have no preference.

Pew also notes that part of the reason GOPers may not be doing that well in the polls is that the Republican race is generating much less interest that four years ago and generating less media coverage (even though many GOPers now go for the talk radio style zinger sound byte which guarantees face and space time).

Through the first 10 weeks of 2007, coverage of the campaign accounted for about 7% of all news coverage on average, according to an analysis of coverage by Pew Research’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. Through the first 10 weeks of this year – a period that has seen a series of major international stories – coverage of the 2012 campaign has accounted for only about 1% of the newshole.

This could be due to all of the big other stories that turned news coverage to focus on the Middle East and Japan, plus the GOP field not offering anyone so far who is an unusual or breakout candidate.

Obama continues to benefit by high marks for likability.

The survey finds that Barack Obama’s personal favorability remains fairly strong: 58% of the public say they have a favorable opinion of him while 39% view him unfavorably. Michelle Obama’s favorable ratings continue to be higher than her husband’s. Currently, 69% say they have a favorable opinion of Michelle Obama, compared with 21% who have an unfavorable opinion of her.

Pew also finds Obama with a slim lead among independent voters:

Among independent voters, 40% say they would like to see Obama reelected, while 34% would prefer to see a Republican win the White House. At this point, roughly a quarter of independents (26%) offer no opinion. In the 2008 election, Obama outpolled McCain among independents, 52% to 44%.

Also:

  • House Speaker John Boehner’s ratings haven’t moved much. Not bad not great and some have near heard of him.
  • Poll ratings for George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have risen.
  • Pew also notes some differences between Obama and Bush:

    While Obama is viewed favorably today (58%), Bush’s favorable ratings in April 2003 were much higher (72%). More than six-in-ten (63%) viewed the GOP favorably in April 2003; today 48% have a favorable opinion of the Democratic Party.

    Yet Obama and his party hold several advantages. For one thing the Republican Party’s image is fairly negative. Just 42% have a favorable opinion of the GOP while 51% view the party unfavorably. The public currently has a mixed view of the Democratic Party (48% favorable vs. 45% unfavorable).


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    A new Gazette State Poll in Montana finds Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) and challenger Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT) in a virtual dead heat for U.S. Senate, 46% to 45% with 9% undecided.

    Said pollster Brad Coker: “Grass-roots organization and working on the ground will certainly be important. It’s one of the few races you’ll see where both candidates already have a built-in statewide organization.”
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    ABC News’ Kirit Radia reports: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told an interviewer today that she would not accept a role in a possible second Obama administration. The executive producer of the CNN show John King USA, Michelle Jaconi, tweeted…



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    A new Public Policy Polling survey finds there’s been a fundamental shift in the Ohio political landscape over the last three months and it looks like the biggest beneficiary of that could be Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH).

    In December Brown looked extremely vulnerable for reelection, now his leads against six different Republicans range from 15 to 19 points.
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    A new Public Policy Polling survey finds there’s been a fundamental shift in the Ohio political landscape over the last three months and it looks like the biggest beneficiary of that could be Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH).

    In December Brown looked extremely vulnerable for reelection, now his leads against six different Republicans range from 15 to 19 points.
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    Governor Daniels has irked many conservatives with some of his recent statements about social issues, and the “right to work” bill he shelved.

    Now he says he supports Sen. Lugar for reelection.

     

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