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Obama launches mobile app

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App5It is a digital age and there are few campaigns as tech savvy as Obama for America. The president’s re-election team has taken that effort to new heights with the launch of a new mobile phone application that will put volunteer coordination and campaign spin in the hands of anyone interested.

“We designed our new app to help break down the distinction between online and offline organizing,” said Stephanie Cutter, the Deputy Campaign Manager. “Giving every supporter the same opportunities to get involved that they would find in a field office.”

App3The app is already available for iPhone on the Obama website. The site says that an andrioid version will be available soon. The app features simple navigation among 5 different tabs. Each tab offers an Obama supporter specific information about campaign activities and the candidate’s stance on the most important issues of the day. Within each category the app offers more options depending on what the voter is interested in. For instance on this “Issues” tab a prospective voter can get detailed information about the most talked about topics of the campaign. It also sets the record straight on what the campaign considers misconceptions about the Obama record.

App2For volunteers looking to get heavily involved in the campaign the app provides up to the minute information about canvassing opportunities, phone banks and other ways to get the vote out. Like most mobile apps, the software can determine your exact location. That feature allows the app to tailor GOTV efforts to wherever the user may be.

It also allows the person to RSVP to the events with one click.

The app though is not confined to itself. It syncs directly to a variety of social media and digital communication tools like facebook, twitter email and SMS.

Among the features the campaign is touting:

  • Find and RSVP for events using a full, detailed map that makes it easy to share with friends;
  • Connect to hotlines for reporting voting issues and abuse when we get near Election Day – a tool that will be especially helpful for people in states with new voter ID laws;
  • Join Dashboard, the campaign’s other cutting-edge organizing tool that connects folks neighborhood by neighborhood;
  • Access information on issues as they speak with voters, including localized information on how President Obama’s policies have benefited families in their state;
  • Canvass their neighborhood, entering feedback and responses in real time; and
  • Access direct links to donate to the campaign

Of course volunteer opportunities and campaign spin is helpful, but money drives the machine App4 and there is a place to contribute as well. One click of the donor button brings you to a page that can quickly accept your donation of just about any level.

The campaign is expected to go full launch with the application this week. They already have a page set up on their web site which includes a “how-to” video and links directly to the app store of your choice to download it directly to your phone.

The download is free.

The Romney campaign already has two mobile applications. One is designed to track the candidate’s search for a running mate the other is a photo app called “With Mitt“. The latter caused the campaign a bit of a problem a few weeks ago because one of the images on the app misspelled “America”.

UPDATE:

Apparently when I came across the Romney VP app last night it hadn’t “officially” been launched. This morning several stories about it’s features are out as both campaigns battle for the mobile digital space.

Written by Ryan Nobles

July 31, 2012 at 6:00 am

McDonnell and Jindal in Iowa

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Governor Bob McDonnell makes calls on behalf of Mitt Romney in Iowa. He is joined by a fellow VP prospect, LA Governor Bobby Jindal.
(from the Governor’s facebook page)

Written by Ryan Nobles

July 26, 2012 at 9:47 pm

The “build that” battle heats up

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Governor Bob McDonnell still won’t talk about his prospects, but Wednesday he started a two day run on behalf of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

McDonnell joined two local business owners to keep up a chorus of attacks over a line in President Barack Obama‘s speech in Roanoke earlier in the month.  The attacks have been so fierce that the president himself responded to them directly in a TV ad.

At a local small business, McDonnell was joined by two local business owners who claimed they were offended by the comments.

But the Obama campaign is not just allowing the attacks to go unanswered.

Here is my report for NBC12:

  It was one line in a speech delivered by president obama here in Virginia and it has quickly become a key battle point in the presidential election.

 The president was talking about the importance of the government’s role in creating and helping businesses survive. But his remarks have offended some small business owners and the Romney campaign is seizing on the opportunity.

 It was one line that has transformed into a campaign slogan for Mitt Romney.

 “If you got a business,” Obama said in Roanoke.  “You didn’t build that.”

You didn’t build that, has become “we did build it” and on a banner behind a Governor Bob McDonnell at a Romney event in Richmond. 

“This is a president and an administration that is out of touch, out of ideas and as far as I am concerned out of time,” McDonnell said.

The president has personally responded to the attack line with a new campaign ad.

“Those ads taking my words about small business out of context;” Obama says speaking directly to the camera, “They’re flat out wrong.”

But, local business owner Melissa Ball, said reading the entire speech, made her even more upset.

“The one phrase wasn’t even as bad as the whole together,” she said.  

Democrats counter that Ball is the perfect example of a business owner who has directly benefited from government help.

“The recovery act helped some small business get access to capital,” among other things, pointed out Obama supporter Del. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)

read and see the full story on NBC12.com

 Meanwhile, McDonnell heads to Iowa tomorrow along with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Both are considered contenders in the VP stakes.

Written by Ryan Nobles

July 25, 2012 at 11:17 pm

McDonnell won’t talk about VP prospects

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Despite my best efforts, Governor Bob McDonnell refused to entertain any notion of his prospects as a potential running mate for Mitt Romney.

The Governor was hosting an event Wednesday for Romney at a Richmond small business. He is headed to Iowa on Romney’s behalf on Thursday.

He did make a few jokes, perhaps hinted at a future presidential run, but flatly refused to talk about any role he may play on the GOP 2012 ticket.

Here is our exchange:

But we did learn that he thinks Iowa has nice cows this time of year.

Written by Ryan Nobles

July 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Buying A Voice: Restore our Future

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Many of the ads you see supporting republican candidate for president Mitt Romney or hammering president Barack Obama come from committees that raise big bucks, but aren’t officially part of the campaign.

One of them is the group “Restore our Future”. They have already spent close to $54 million dollars in 2012.

One of their ads running in Virginia picks up on a claim President Obama made during a White House briefing. The president said the private sector was “doing fine”. It accuses the president of being out of touch, for claiming the private sector did not need help.

You can see the ad below:

So who is “Restore Our Future?”

They are a “Super Pac” with the ability to raise and spend unlimited amounts of cash in support of candidates legally. Something they have done incredibly well to this point.

“Restore Our Future” has spent a little more than $53 million, all to help the presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

The bulk of their spending, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, has been to hit republicans. They have spent more than $39 million used to attack Romney’s primary opponents.

Now they are focused on the president, investing close to $7.5 million on ads like the “doing fine” ad, attacking his record.

“Restore Our Future” has picked up big donations. From a relatively small group of donors, among them is Las Vegas tycoon billionaire Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miram.  According to the NY Times the two have collectively they have invested $10 million dollars in “Restore Our Future”.

But that is actual a small part of the Adelson’s contribution to the 2012 campaign. Up until Romney secured the primary the two invested heavily in his opponent Newt Gingrich. Their total spending has been a whopping $35 million dollars, so far.

Adelson is not the only big money donor. Restore Our Future has also picked up checks of $3 million dollars from Texas housing billionaire Bob Perry, and $1 million from New York hedge fund manager John Paulson.

All told, Restore Our Future’s piggy bank has raked in close to $60 million dollars, and there is still three months to go before Election Day.

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Here is where we got our information:

*The Center for Responsive Politics has the list of Restore our Future’s known donors.

*The Center for Responsive Politics has a breakdown of how Restore Our Future has spent it’s cash.

*The NY Times reports on the donation given by the Adelson family.

*Restore Our Future’s web site can be found here.

Written by Ryan Nobles

July 25, 2012 at 6:08 pm

McDonnell to Iowa for Romney

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In a trip that will certainly re-ignite his fading VP prospects, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell will travel to Iowa on Thursday to stump on behalf of Mitt Romney.

McDonnell will visit the Hawkeye state with fellow governor and VP prospect Bobby Jindal from Louisiana.

According to McDonnell’s office, the governor will hold a late morning event in Davenport and then visit a Victory Center in Coralville in the early afternoon. He will be with Jindal at the event in Coralville.

The governor will leave Richmond early Thursday morning by plane and return to Virginia that evening.

McDonnell will also serve as a surrogate for Romney Wednesday in a press event with local business leaders in Richmond, where they will continue the attack against President Barack Obama‘s “you didn’t build that” line from his speech in Roanoke.

Written by Ryan Nobles

July 24, 2012 at 8:50 pm

As Obama defends “build that” comments, McDonnell to go on the attack

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It was just a quick phrase, mentioned in President Barack Obama‘s stump speech in Roanoke early this month.

In case you missed it, here is what he said:

“If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.  The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.” - President Barack Obama July 13, 2012 Roanoke, VA

The GOP has seized on the first part of that section of the speech, specifically “you didn’t build that”.  They have held conference calls, cut web ads and pushed out TV commericals accusing the president of being out of touch with small business owners.

The Obama team has argued that the president’s words were taken out of context and that the American people understand that businesses are built and are successful with help from the government. But despite the spin from Chicago, there must be concern that the attacks are having an impact. Tuesday the campaign released an ad responding to the attacks, featuring the president himself speaking to voters directly.

In the ad Obama says “Those ads taking my words about small business out of context; they’re flat out wrong.”

Here is a look at the full ad which is expected to run in a number of swing states:

 

But don’t expect republicans to just accept the president’s explanation. They will continue to turn up the heat with an event Wednesday featuring Virginia’s highest profile Romney surrogate, Gov. Bob McDonnell.

McDonnell will join with two Richmond small business owners to respond to what they call the president’s “insulting” claim. McDonnell is still considered a contender as Romney’s running mate, but his stock has fallen quite a bit by many who track the Veepstakes progress.

It is debatable how much resonance the Obama comment has had on the race here in Virginia, but there is no question the race is tightening up. The Real Clear Politics average of polls in Virginia has the race within two points, but with a slight edge to Obama.

Written by Ryan Nobles

July 24, 2012 at 5:26 pm

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