President Barack Obama went on the attack against congressional Republicans and used his call for raising the U.S. minimum wage as an appeal to younger voters who might help Democrats avert electoral losses in November.
A former top political adviser to President Barack Obama called the Democratic loss in Florida’s special congressional race “a screaming siren,” warning that the party needs to do more to motivate supporters in November’s nationwide elections.
When President Barack Obama flew to Miami earlier this month, Air Force One steered clear of the St. Petersburg area, where Democrat Alex Sink was in the stretch run of a tight race for an open House seat.
Former Senator John Sununu, a New Hampshire Republican, said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that he expects House Republicans will pass legislation this year offering undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. legal status to remain in the country. Former Obama White House adviser David Plouffe, speaking on the same program, disagreed with Sununu over whether the legislation should grant undocumented immigrants status short of citizenship.
The White House’s top political adviser, downplaying the significance of the unemployment rate in the 2012 election, said the Republican candidates are offering the same policies that caused the economic crisis and targeted one potential opponent -- Mitt Romney.
White House senior adviser David Plouffe said Republican Mitt Romney is “disingenuously” hiding his positions from voters as polls show the U.S. presidential contest deadlocked in the campaign’s final days.
The year before he joined the White House staff, President Barack Obama’s senior adviser David Plouffe accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees from organizations and companies with interests connected to U.S. foreign policy, telecommunications, business and regulation.