President Barack Obama met with Democratic governors late Thursday, and offered them political support for November.
“If there’s one message I want to deliver today to every Democrat and every person who’s interested in supporting Democratic policies, it’s that you got to pay attention to the states,” said Obama, whose big government, big-spending policies prompted the tea party sweep of state elections in 2010.
“We know how to win national elections, but all too often, it’s during these midterms where we end up getting ourselves into trouble, because I guess we don’t think it’s sexy enough,” said Obama, whose low approval ratings are threatening his audience’s prospects in this year’s midterm election.
“The fact of the matter is, is that that’s where so much of the action is,” he said, in an attempted compliment.
Two days after the 2010 election, Obama portrayed the 2010 sweep as a defeat for himself. “I’m not recommending for every future president that they take a shellacking like I did last night,” he said in 2010.
Thursday’s speech underlined Obama’s growing interest in state elections.
“We want to make sure that all across the country, we are supporting governors who are saying, ‘I’m going to set politics aside, I’m going to do what’s right for my constituents,’” Obama said, to tepid applause from the assembled Democratic governors, appointees and advocates.
“If you don’t like seeing folks in state government trying to undermine Obamacare or chip away at women’s rights and women’s health, then I urge you… write a check,” first lady Michelle Obama said at an October fundraiser in D.C.
:”That’s what we need you to do right now. We need you to write a big old check. Write the biggest check you can possibly write,” she told the donors.
Obama’s interest in state elections came after the tea party sweep in 2010.
Because of tea party enthusiasm, tally of Republican governors rose from 23 to 29, Republicans gained majorities in an additional nine state legislatures, and won majorities in four more state houses or senates.