Is Arizona Really "In Play" For Barack Obama in 2012?

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President Barack Obama will be in Arizona on January 25 as part of a five-state swing across states Democrats feel are in play for the president in this year's election.

During his three-day, post-State of the Union trip, Obama also will visit Michigan, Colorado, Iowa, and Nevada -- all states Dems have identified as possible "swing states."

Obama didn't win Arizona in the 2008 election, but lefties were impressed with how close the president came to carrying the "Colt Single-Action Army Revolver State" (Obama lost Arizona by about 200,000 votes), mostly because Arizona has a long history of über-conservative kookery, and because his opponent was Senator John McCain, who had home-field advantage, being the state's senior senator and all.

Those in the know tell New Times Democrats really think Obama has a shot at winning Arizona this time, though, citing the state's large Hispanic population's tendency to vote Democratic. However, the president's pissed off a good chunk of his Latino base thanks to the record number of deportations that have happened under his watch -- he's even been dubbed the "Deporter in Chief."

Regardless, Democrats plan to drop a decent amount of coin in the state for the president's re-election campaign -- the plan being to target the state's Latino voters.

Arizona's still Arizona, though -- where the federal government's bad, guns are good, and Joe Arpaio's managed to get himself elected sheriff five times.

We want to know what you think: is Arizona really "in play" for Obama and the Dems in 2012, or is a black Democrat from Chicago winning a state like Arizona's 11 electoral votes a left-wing pipe-dream?

Cast your vote below.



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Harry
Harry

Obama is a superslick CON-JOB who says what people want
to hear but is CORRUPT to the bone- and has deceived America by hiding his criminal
past- he even surrendered his LAW license to avoid investigation- More than 40
lawsuits were filed against Obama's (proven) FORGED birth certificate and
multiple SSN's and did you see even one word on the last line of any newspaper
in America (or on any TV-station)? (of course you didnt) Becuase we in America
(who pride ourselves on our freedoms) have a controlled news-media- who NOT
only refuse to report on Obamas past indicetions(crimes) but are complicit in
hiding and covering his past- OUR SYTEM is BROKEN-

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Is that the motivation behind immigration crackdowns? Scare off the Hispanic citizens with draconian measures aimed at illegal immigrants......keep step state red? Could it be that AZ GOP is doing that? Could there be an underlying conspiracy? Would the GOP stoop so low? Colleen Mathis?

Anon
Anon

Will the President be bringing the indictment?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

AARPaio and his Cold Case Posse should get a search warrant for Obama and his belongings when they are in MCSO jurisdiction.  My Aunt Betty told me that she heard at the Beauty Shop that a lady used to live in Kenya and they put a hot brand with the letter "K" on the left butt cheek of every baby born on Kenyan soil.  AARPaio needs to get to the bottom of this birther thing and examining Obama and interviewing him while he is here will prevent him taking his tank and machine gun to D.C.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

It doesn't matter who wins.  The outcome will be the same.    Watch the actors as they play out their roles.    Republican or Democrat, the result will be the same.   You can put a dress on a monkey and you can also lead it to water, but in the end he'll just piss in it and throw it in your face.    So, study your politics well and scream and shout because everyone except yourself is an idiot.

Jason
Jason

This is the same Arizona that wanted to make Obama show his penis to prove his citizenship.

Then again, this is the same Arizona that supported President Bill Clinton in '96.

So, we'll see.

Bobby
Bobby

Haven't any of you Obama supporters read about the law he signed, over New Year's Eve, when Americans were drunk, that will now result in your asses being incarcerated by the cops, military, without trial, and indefinetly?

Bobby
Bobby

Sorry, I needed to add, your asses will be incarcerated at the whim of the Pres, and his "advisers", if they determine, that is, interpret, that you are against the War on Terror. And your'e worried about Sheriff Joe?

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

I bet OBAMA wins ARIZONA.All the polls I have seen, have OBAMA +9 ,give or take a point.And the economy is starting to heat up,just at the right time.

Kibosh
Kibosh

who cares he is a loser.

Melvin
Melvin

In the 2008 general election, McCain did almost ZERO campaigning in Arizona. His Arizona volunteers and staff spent their time travelling to and calling New Mexico. So the "closer than expected" arguement is not as strong as it sounds.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

yes, actually it is.

Mgk500
Mgk500

Obama is communist! No Arizona does need Obama and massive Federal programs. Communism does not work.

Phoenix Justice
Phoenix Justice

Is he a Communist, a Socialist, a Fascist or what?  As Woefatcat said, could you morons make up your fucking minds?

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

they are morons and don't know the differences between fascism , communism, socialism, and liberalism.

Djack
Djack

Perfect example of an Arizona Public School education.

woefatcat
woefatcat

Funny, I thought he was supposed to be a socialist. I wish you crazy sons a bitches will make your minds up already!

Mgk500
Mgk500

Obama is a communist! Djack, is that better for you?  

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

he is neither and both you idiots know this.

Aznative818
Aznative818

I am a native Phoenician, I remember when we had good dems in charge, it could happen again, I'm not ready to give up on Arizona yet.

maybe368
maybe368

I have lived here for over 50 years, have voted for president 9 times (I think), and my vote has NEVER counted because of the no longer necessary electoral college. There were good reasons for it in the 18th century, but to say it has outlived it's usefulness would be a grave understatement. It was also a huge factor in the theft of the 2000 presidential election by Bush II. Do away with it and make 1 man, 1 vote mean something. As to the question at hand, not in a million years...Gregg, I obviously did not remember that, but it only makes it 1 of 9, still a bad percentage...

gregg r
gregg r

I dont agree about the hispanic remark. No Obama did'nt piss me off by deporting the illegals.  I dont know if you remember, but Clinton won Arizona in 1996. So it's very possible. Especially with the idiots the GOP has.

Melvin
Melvin

Clinton won Arizona in 1996 because Ross Perot was in the race. Take Ross Perot out of the equation and Clinton likely would have lost Arizona to Dole.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

Dole was an idiot and had no chance against Clinton.

Phoenix Justice
Phoenix Justice

President Clinton was a different type of Democrat back in 1996 than President Obama is.  President Clinton never pretended to be for liberal ideals like President Obama does.  We all knew that Mr. Clinton was a moderate Democrat with some liberal tendencies.  Besides, even conservatives in Arizona could respect a President who didn't start off every negotiation with Congress with a compromise.  They liked that he fought with Congress and usually won.

President Obama, on the other hand, rolls over and hopes that Congress will scratch his belly to prove they like him.  He doesn't fight.  Who can respect that?

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

he will win AZ if moderate republicans vote for him. After all Obama is almost like a right-wing Democrat.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Maybe in another one or two hundred years the racist gene which infects much of Arizona will have weakened enough for a Black candidate to win the state.

RGC2
RGC2

You're an idiot! :D

Christ's Second Coming
Christ's Second Coming

I told everyone two years ago that Obama will be a one termer. He's gone in 2012.
As you so well stated, genetically racist haters are alive, and will remain alive forever, especially in this Neo-Nazi run state of arrogance and knuckle-dragging human filth.
Don't believe it ?
I suggest you spend some time in the shit-hole neighborhood of Sunnyslope. Get to know the locals there. You'll be convinced.

As far as Obama is concerned he is just another D.C. shill.
He is neither wholly Black or a good president. He is a comedy the assholes used to blindside an impossibly moronic American public who have no ability to remember the past and the lies inherent to life in our "Free Country".
The world is run by white filth ( I'm Caucasian by the way ) who practice race baiting and sell fear & hatred to a citizenry too lame to figure it all out for themselves.

Right Governor Jan ? Right Sheriff Joe ? Fucken-eh right !!!

With filth like Newton Gingrich running as a Bush retread Republican, and everyone thinking that Ron Paul ( AKA, The Second Coming of Christ ) is going to end the Middle East Wars and do away with the Federal Reserve Bank, an incredibly absurd claim to make, this country is indeed doomed to carry on as usual. And Obama will continue with his ridiculous lies about killing Osama bin Laden, the worst lying of his pitiable presidency, and so why not give a round two ?!?!

Vote for me for president, at least I'll be up front about stealing your cash and fucking you over.

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