Dems Pull Out stops, Prez and Veep Rally Cleveland

Dems and GOP face off

GOP and Dems face off Tuesday

OBAMA: “America is like a car . . . We want the gearshift to be in ‘D’, to move forward. Not ‘R’, where the Republicans want to take us backward.”

By Bronson Peshlakai

Cleveland State University welcomes President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden to Cleveland on Oct. 31, 2010.

CLEVELAND — President Barack Obama along with Vice-President Joe Biden stopped by Cleveland Sunday afternoon to lend support to Ohio Democrat candidates in a last-ditch effort to keep Democratic control in the legislature with only two days to go until Election Day.

"Moving American Forward" rally with President Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden at the Cleveland State University Wolstein's Auditorium on Oct. 31, 2010.

Rallying support to “keep America moving forward,” Obama said the country was like a car. Prior to his election as president in 2008, Republicans were the driver of this car. The drivers then drove the car into a ditch where it got stuck. The president said when he took office, Democrats had to rappel into this ditch and push the car free. With the Dems now the driver of the car, the GOP right now wants the keys back. Obama said, the car is free of the mud, no help to the Republicans watching from above, some kicking dirt into the ditch on the Dems.

“The car is back on the road. And, it is pointing in the right direction,” Obama said. “We need to get the car moving forward now. We want the gearshift to be in ‘D’, not in ‘R’ where the Republicans want to take us backward, but ‘D’, so we can move the car, America, forward.”

President Barack Obama tells an audience in Cleveland to support all the Democrat candidates in Ohio, in order to "American Moving Forward," on Halloween.

The crowd cheered wildly. Both Obama and Biden praised Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland as one of the greatest governors in America. Strickland was seen dancing on the sideline while Grammy award-winning artist “Comment” played several songs during the rally.

While Obama was speaking, two men in their 20s sitting toward the back of Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Auditorium, began jeering loudly. Obama faltered, but the crowd overcame the distraction by shouting louder in support of the President.

Press cameras whipped around to catch the jeerers being led out by U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Officers while the president went on with his speech.

After the rally, organizers encouraged people to vote early at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections building, about five blocks away from the auditorium.

One thing prominent on all the candidate’s minds at they address people at this rally is the fact that every race in the state have narrow margins of competition. Strickland reminded rallygoers that in 2008, the election was so close that it could be averaged out that if every precinct in the state could have had one less vote, he wouldn’t be governor. With that in mind, organizers were signing people up to volunteer to canvass neighborhoods and make telephone calls from Sunday until Tuesday, in order to make one last-ditch effort to urge citizens to the polls this Tuesday — because Democrats could lose this race, if by just one vote.

A group of Democratic supporters wait in line for nearly two hours outside Cleveland State University's Wolstein Auditorium on Oct. 31, 2010. Photo courtesy of a kind gentlemen who had this picture snapped with his camera phone.

Back on track . . . Obama anticipated to be in the state

Crystal Lindell mugWell thanks to the very kind generosity of Ms. Crystal Sue Lindell, formerly of Pierre, S.D., we got my blog looking a little more cooler. Thanks Crystal. I suggested she help me redesign this page, and I would write on this blog at least EVERY OTHER DAY. I’ll try a daily post, but sometimes, my 12 hour (10 hour flex houred) days get the better of me.

It’s a  beautiful day to be a South Dakotan!

On Friday, Barack Obama’s campaign office announced South Dakota’s Obama state campaign director. Nathan Peterson will handle the throes of throwing Obama a huge party wherever and whence ever he plans on coming to the state.

Obama poseThe state has 16 delegates who will head to the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Aug. 25 to 28.  According to the Associated Press, Peterson worked on re-election campaigns for former U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle in 2004 and Sen. Tim Johnson in 2002. He now works for Hildebrand Tewes Consulting of Sioux Falls, a political consulting firm.

HillaryI talked with Peterson today and he was pretty excited to add my name to a media distribution list that will inform me when and if Obama will head to South Dakota. Peterson said he pretty much is almost certain that he is.

American Indian girlThe United Sioux Tribes Executive director Clarence Skye, of Pierre, told reporters last week that they have sent invitations to both Hillary Clinton’s and Obama’s campaigns to be a special guest of honor at a traditional Lakota Sioux Pow Wow at a time to fit in any of their busy schedules.

Skye said he wants to discuss issues facing American Indians with the Democratic presidential candidates.

In the 2006 presidential elections, the five largest Sioux tribes — Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Pine Ridge, Rosebud, Crow Creek and Lower Brule — voted overwhelmingly for Democrat candidate John Kerry, according to a county breakdown of votes from the South Dakota Secretary of State Web site. Although a couple counties showed a larger number of votes for Republican George W. Bush, those counties likely have less land area on a reservation.

With Michigan and Florida Democrats failing to garner enough support from their respective state legislatures to have a “re-do primary” after breaking Democratic National Party rules of moving their primaries up before the Iowa caucuses, South Dakota will now have the benefit of seeing more attention from the Dem prez candidates when voters head to the polls on June 3.

suttonklaudtPerhaps we may still have some national news coming out of this state that doesn’t have to deal abortions, a senator’s slap on the wrist for letting an 18-year-old legislative page he sponsored sleep in the same bed as him, and a fat-farmer-former-state representative manipulating and allegedly extracting eggs from his foster daughter, who also happened to be a legislative page in the state house.

More information on the county break down of South Dakota’s 2006 presidential election can visit the secretary of state’s Web site: www.sdsos.gov.

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