In state after primary state—Iowa, New Hampshire, and now South Carolina—we've seen more Democrats come out to stand with the President than any of the Republican candidates are attracting at campaign rallies. And on this rainy Saturday morning, primary day for the Republicans here in South Carolina, 250 Columbia Democrats gathered for an action meeting in, appropriately enough, a local karate center.
These OFA South Carolina volunteers are getting a jump on the important organizing work that will propel President Obama to to the 270 electoral votes he needs 290 days from now: assembling neighborhood teams, learning about registering voters, and getting the inside scoop on campaign strategy straight from our party's leadership.
DNC executive director Patrick Gaspard welcomed a standing-room crowd, thanking them for the hard work they did in 2008—and for the hard work they have ahead of them over the next 10 months:
"I know that when you leave here today, you're going to go out into your communities, doorsteps, diners, and churches. You're going to tell your familes, friends, neighbors that for you, change looks like a president who finally fulfills the last snag in our social safety net—who, as a result of your hard work, got health reform done.
"You're gonna preach. You're going to spread that word. You're gonna tell folks that when Mitt Romney said we should shut down the auto industry, the President made the courageous decision to save an iconic industry and in doing so saved 30,000 jobs in South Carolina.
"You have our back. You're going to spread that gospel. We're going to win, and we're going to win in a fashion that enables us to bring Americans together to make lasting change in America."
As our chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, said, South Carolina's going to be an integral part of our road to victory in November:
"In rooms just like this, even in a state like South Carolina that is supposedly red, that supposedly doesn't come out to vote for Democrats, we've been filling room after room, making 23,000 phone calls to people across the state, getting thousands upon thousands of 'I'm In' cards signed, and thousands of doors knocked. We've been focused on getting President Obama back to the White House on November 6.
"It's my responsibility to make sure I have the President's back. He asked me to help bring him across the finish line. I can't do it myself. I need your help to make sure Barack Obama goes back to the White House and ensure he has a Congress that will stand up for him and for the middle class."
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