To help you and our candidates in these last few weeks, we now have a dedicated website for the Coordinated Campaign, with the creative and catchy URL thecoordinatedcampaign.com It has all the information you need about each candidate and ballot initiative we have endorsed. Feel free to share it with those unfamiliar with the many candidates and ballot items up for election.
The First Presidential Debate is tomorrow night, and we’re co-hosting a watch party with our friends at Burnt Orange Report, Asian Pacific Americans for Progress, University Democrats and Texans for Obama. I hope you’ll drop by Cuatro’s (1004 W. 24th Street) at 7 p.m. for the festivities. Please RSVP here.
I’m looking forward to seeing President Obama slam-dunk Mitt Romney on a debate that will focus on domestic policy and the economy. Despite inheriting an economy on the verge of collapse at the end of Bush’s administration, our President has steered us into a recovering economy. With the Labor Department’s revisions last week, we now know that more jobs have been created than lost, and that means the job deficit that existed at the beginning of Obama’s term has been erased.
Up against Republicans whose top priority for the past four years has been to block any of his initiatives and deny him a second term, President Obama has managed to achieve landmark victories: The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (the first bill he signed into law), the Affordable Care Act and the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell to name just a few.
In the first head-to-head match-up, it will be interesting to see how Romney defends his remarks about the “47 percent” of Americans who need and use government services, his off-shore bank accounts, his support for more tax cuts for the wealthy, his refusal to reveal his own tax reports before 2011 and his choice of a running mate who authored one of the most heartless and dangerous budgets in history.
I’ll see you on Wednesday!
Travis County Democratic Party Chair
PS: Many of you may not yet know that we have a new Democratic State Senator representing a portion of Southeast Travis County. This Saturday, we’re hosting an informal event to introduce you to Democratic State Senator Judith Zaffirini at the Montopolis Recreation Center (1200 Montopolis Drive) from 2 to 4 p.m. Please join many of our current and former elected officials as we welcome her to town, and encourage Democrats to learn about her hard work for Texans.