Obama Tries to Re-Energize Democratic Voters

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President Barack Obama is back in campaign mode, trying to energize his base to help Democrats keep their control of power in Washington, D.C. However, with a tough economy and disappointed voters, Democrats are on the defensive.

Voter excitement among and for the Democratic Party has sputtered into apathy since the 2008 presidential campaign.

With polls favoring Republicans just five weeks ahead of the midterm elections, Obama is hoping to recapture some of that enthusiasm from two years ago in a two-day, four-state campaign swing.

One of his goals is trying to convince young supporters that this election is just as important as the last one.

"You can't sit it out," Obama said. "You can't suddenly just check in once every 10 years or so, on an exciting presidential election, and then not pay attention during big midterm elections, where we've got a real big choice between Democrats and Republicans."

Obama and Democratic Party leaders argue that they're trying to move the country forward. It's an argument that's difficult for voters to buy as they're most concerned about the economy and unemployment at just under 10 percent.

Democrats point to legislative accomplishments like the just-signed small business bill that sets up $12 billion in tax breaks for small companies.

Critics said it amounts to nothing more than a smaller version of the bank bailout program known as TARP.

Republicans said if Democrats really want to help the economy, they should extend the Bush tax cuts. However, Democrats likely won't vote on them until after election.

Party leaders want to let the cuts expire on people making $250,000 dollars or more. However, some Democrats agree with Republicans that raising taxes on anyone in a weak economy is a bad idea.

Republicans are running on the list of policies pushed by Democratic leaders and the president as evidence to voters that it's time for a change.

"They know if they want to save America, they've got to change the Congress, and that's going to happen on November 2nd," said Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

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