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Statement on President Obama’s “Moving America Forward” Youth Rally

eboard Posted September 30, 2010 at 1:32 AM
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President Obama held the first in a series of “Moving America Forward” rallies in Madison, Wisconsin tonight. Tonight’s rally focused on engaging and energizing young people.

DNC Youth Council Co-Chair Jason Rae (WI) issued the following statement after the rally:

“Tonight’s ‘Moving America Forward’ rally with President Obama demonstrates the importance that he and the Democratic Party place on young people and youth voter outreach.

“President Obama could have chosen any number of venues and audiences to kick off this election season, but he chose to speak with college students and young Americans.  He knows how important young people are to the Democratic Party and the 2010 elections.

“During his speech, President Obama reminded young people – not just those in Madison but ...

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Candidate Spotlight: Rep. Patrick Murphy

eboard Posted September 29, 2010 at 4:29 PM
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Throughout his time in Congress, Patrick Murphy has been an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights.  As a Blue Dog Democrat in a volatile swing district, he has put his seat on the line to support equal rights.  He helped hate crimes legislation become the law of the land and proudly cosponsored the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.  Most importantly, he has led the fight to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell, the misguided 1993 law that prohibits gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.  Even in a tenuous political climate, Congressman Murphy persisted in pushing for repeal.

 

Murphy is currently facing a tough race against former Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, the incumbent he beat in 2006 by a mere 1,500 votes.  Not only ...

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“Change is not a spectator sport”

eboard Posted September 29, 2010 at 10:27 AM
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Yesterday President Obama energized a huge crowd of supporters in Wisconsin, asking everyone to get off the sidelines and help continue bringing about the change we started fighting for in 2008.

"If you're willing to step up to the plate and realize that change is not a spectator sport, we will not just win this election—we are going to restore our economy, we are going to rebuild the middle class, we will reclaim the American dream for this generation."

Watch the President's full speech:

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“If there’s an enthusiasm gap for Democrats this election, it hasn’t reached Madison”

eboard Posted September 29, 2010 at 8:26 AM
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Tonight, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, President Obama brought the house down. In front of a crowed estimated at more than 26,000, the President delivered a battle cry for Democrats across the country to get involved and make a difference in November’s elections.

Here are just a few of the early headlines from tonight’s event:

“President Obama Rallies more than 26,000 Supporters in Madison” -- Associated Press

“In Madison speech, Obama fires up potential Democratic voters” -- The Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

“Obama Whips Up Large Campus Crowd” -- NY Times

“Obama hits the road in hopes of firing up voters” -- Reuters

“Obama lights a fire under UW-Madison supporters ...

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DNC Chairman Tim Kaine “Moving America Forward” in Delaware

eboard Posted September 29, 2010 at 8:26 AM
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Today, Democratic Party Chairman Tim Kaine rallied with Democrats at the University of Delaware. The “Moving America Forward” rally crowd got revved up listening to Chairman Kaine and to President Obama, who —via a live feed from the University of Wisconsin in Madison—called on voters to get involved in the fall elections and get to the polls this November. Along with Democrats at hundreds of watch parties across the country, the Delaware rally attendees were more than ready to join the President in electing Democrats this fall.

At the Delaware event, Chairman Kaine drove the importance of the fall elections home, saying:

“If Republicans win control of Congress, they’re going to do everything they can to reverse the progress that ...

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