The day after Jim Messina quit his job as White House deputy chief of staff in January 2011, he caught a plane to Los Angeles, paid a brief visit to his girlfriend, and then commenced what may be the highest-wattage crash course in executive management ever undertaken.
President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign -- a political powerhouse with 20 million e-mail addresses and 4 million volunteers -- is setting its sights on state-level battles such as gay marriage legislation in Illinois.
Jim Messina, President Barack Obama’s campaign manager, assured a group of Democratic donors from the financial services industry that Obama won’t demonize Wall Street as he stresses populist appeals in his re-election campaign, according to two people at the meeting.
The Obama campaign considers two of the biggest battleground states targeted by the Romney campaign -- Michigan and Pennsylvania -- to be securely in the president’s camp, a top aide said, while acknowledging concerns about Wisconsin, the home state of Republican Mitt Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan.
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro predicted President Barack Obama will win at least 70 percent of the Hispanic vote, describing Republican challenger Mitt Romney as “the most conservative candidate that the Latino community has ever seen.” Castro, the convention’s keynote speaker on Sept. 4, was interviewed today at a Bloomberg/Washington Post breakfast in Charlotte, North Carolina.