Obama to Democratic donors in Miami: ‘America is on our side…but in midterms we get clobbered’by George Bennett | March 21st, 2014
With Democrats facing a tough political climate as the 2014 midterm elections approach, President Barack Obama offered some reassurance and warning Thursday to donors who paid $16,200 apiece to join him for dinner at former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning‘s house.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, and other Democratic House members were among the crowd of about 75 at the event in the village of Pinecrest near Miami.
“Now, the good news is on every individual issue, America is on our side,” Obama said, according to a White House transcript released late Thursday night.
Obama mentioned the minimum wage, immigration reform and “whether or not it’s a good thing to invest in early childhood education” as examples of issues where the public agrees with Democrats, but didn’t cite his signature health care law and its double-digit negative ratings in many polls.
While arguing Democrats have an issue advantage, Obama acknowledged his party faces a challenging year.
“So the problem is not that the American people disagree with us on the issues,” Obama said. “The challenge is, is that our politics in Washington have become so toxic that people just lose faith and finally they just say, you know what, I’m not interested, I’m not going to bother, I’m not going to vote.”
Obama continued: “And that’s especially true during the midterms. During presidential elections, young people vote, women are more likely to vote, blacks, Hispanics more likely to vote. And suddenly a more representative cross-section of America gets out there and we do pretty well in presidential elections. But in midterms we get clobbered — either because we don’t think it’s important or we’ve become so discouraged about what’s happening in Washington that we think it’s not worth our while.”
Obama earlier in the day spoke on women and the economy at Valencia College in Orlando. He then flew to Miami for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser with about two dozen donors who paid up to $32,400 before going to the event at Mourning’s house.