Funny how times flies when you’re in a recession! It seems like only yesterday the nation was bickering over the geographical distance between Russia and Alaska, who’s birth certificate was where, and how many newspapers and magazines Sarah Palin couldn’t rattle off in 60 seconds.
Now it’s almost time to make new political memories.
We’ve still got 20 months left before polls start accepting votes for the 2012 presidential election, but President Barack Obama is already getting an early jump on the competiton. Obama announced his bid for re-election in a video on his website Monday and the president is expected to file his campaign papers with the Federal Election Commission later this morning.
“We’re opening up offices, unpacking boxes, and starting a conversation with supporters like you to help shape our path to victory,” read a message on www.barackobama.com.
The president is making his campaign official slightly earlier than is typical for an incumbent so he can get a jump on fundraising in a season that’s expected to shatter all records. Filing with the FEC allows Obama to start raising money for the 2012 campaign and the politician’s team has been asking campaign bundlers to raise $350,000 each.
“We’re doing this now because the politics we believe in does not start with expensive TV ads or extravaganzas, but with you â€” with people organizing block-by-block, talking to neighbors, co-workers, and friends. And that kind of campaign takes time to build,” Obama said in an e-mail to supporters.
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