“President Barack Obama is blending an aggressive fundraising schedule for Democrats with a pitch for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws, mixing a powerful issue within his party with the inevitable financial draw of an incumbent president,” AP writes.
And legacy watchers, Obama also said this about his temperament: “I'm not a particularly ideological person,” noting that even though he passionate about wanting people to get a fair shake, he’s “pretty pragmatic about how we get there.”
USA Today: "President Obama continues his West Coast trip Monday, traveling to San Francisco to raise campaign money and talk about immigration. Obama, who headlined a pair of fundraisers Sunday night in Seattle, flies to San Francisco in the morning and visits the Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center to discuss immigration."
New York Times: "A consistent and solid majority of Americans — 63 percent — crossing party and religious lines favors legislation to create a pathway to citizenship for immigrants living in the United States illegally, while only 14 percent support legal residency with no option for citizenship, according a report published Monday by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute."
Politico: "Democratic leaders claim the bungled launch of Obamacare is just the latest news sensation — a media-stirred tempest that looks in the heat of the moment like it could upend the midterm election, but ends up fizzling well before voters head to the polls. Some party strategists say they’re in denial. And that perceived gap between party spin and facts on the ground is fueling worries that the White House and Democratic higher-ups aren’t taking the possible electoral blowback seriously enough or doing enough to shield their candidates. Democratic contenders in the toughest races are distinctly less convinced that Obamacare will fade as an election-year issue — and they can’t afford to just cross their fingers that things get ironed out or that Republicans revert to political hara-kiri."
The Hill: "President Obama has to get healthcare working smoothly if he is to have any chance of breathing life into his second term, according to Democratic strategists and other observers. The Democrats were speaking before the announcement of an interim deal on Iran’s nuclear program over the weekend, and they also acknowledged that Obama cannot ignore the rest of his agenda, including climate change, immigration reform and efforts to improve the economy. But, once the initial flurry of coverage over the Geneva accord subsides, it remains likely that healthcare will overshadow everything once again."
Could former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer be running for president in 2016? He told Steve Kornacki: "There's around 100 counties in Iowa, and on my bucket list is to try and make it to all the counties of Iowa someday."
CALIFORNIA:The L.A. Times: “He has millions of dollars in his campaign account, solid approval ratings and a small number of potential challengers who are virtually unknown, but Gov. Jerry Brown still won't say whether he'll run for reelection next year.” He’s 75, but has been aggressively fundraising.
FLORIDA: National Journal's Beth Reinhard: "As the Republican governor of Florida, Charlie Crist paid dearly for putting his arms around President Obama at a town hall touting the Democrats' economic-stimulus plan in February 2009. The governor's chief rival for the U.S. Senate, Marco Rubio, replayed footage of the embrace over and over, savaging Crist's conservative credentials. Now running as a Democrat for his old job, Crist may find that his continued embrace of an increasingly unpopular president--and his controversial health care law--could thwart him once again."
Bill de Blasio’s campaign manager is working for Crist.
VIRGINIA: AP: "The closest statewide race in modern Virginia political history is unlikely to end Monday when the State Board of Elections certifies the votes for attorney general. Of the 2.2 million ballots cast Nov. 5, the two candidates are a mere 165 votes apart. Republican Mark Obenshain has signaled he will seek a recount in his razor-thin race with Democrat Mark Herring, though he hasn’t directly said so. Obenshain could press the issue to the General Assembly if he wants to take it to the limits of the law."
WYOMING: Politico: "Liz Cheney is ending the roughest week of her political career by reserving nearly $40,000 more in TV time in Wyoming, a significant buy nine months before the Senate primary. Sources tracking the air war tell Politico that the floundering candidate has reserved $31,540 for broadcast and $7,092 for cable ads to run from next Monday through Sunday."
First published November 25 2013, 6:03 AM