President Obama announces run for re-election - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

President Obama announces run for re-election

By Katherine Kington -  bioemail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Seth Harp with the Muscogee County Republican Party says President Obama is sending a strong message with his announcement Monday morning and not necessarily to the Republicans.

"That message was Barack Obama saying I am afraid of my own party, I am afraid  I am going to have opposition out of my own party."President Obama's camp disagrees saying, "We're doing this now because the politics we believe in does not start with expensive TV ads or extravaganzas, but with you-with people organizing block-by-block, talking to neighbors, co-workers, and friends. And that kind of campaign takes time to build."

20 years ago the total spending for all presidential candidates in the 1992 election was 192 million, this year, its expected President Obama will spend more than that alone with plans of raising 1 billion dollars.

As for how much is expected to be spent by Republican Candidates..time will tell. Seth Harp says he's heard a few names being tossed around in conversations through the valley.

"Governor Huckabee is a player. Folks in South Carolina pretty much indicated they'll support him, I think Mitt Romney will be a viable candidate, Newt Gingrich will be a viable candidate."  Obama is the first major candidate to file for the 2012 election. He can now start accepting campaign contributions.



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