UPDATED with comments from Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman
The 2012 Iowa precinct caucuses won’t have quite the same feel for Democrats as they did four years ago.
However, President Obama’s re-election campaign will try to create some of that magic by calling his Iowa supporters caucus night, Jan. 3.
The Obama for America (OFA) campaign is announcing via text message that the president will be speaking to supporters on caucus night via video conference at locations across the state.
For the Republicans, the caucus is an electoral contest, an Obama campaign spokesman said. For Democrats, the caucus is an organizing opportunity for the president’s supporters to continue building the grass roots organization on the ground for November 2012. It’s another step in the campaign’s ongoing effort to organize volunteers and build a strong campaign foundation that will win Iowa next November.
An OFA spokesman said the president’s call will be an opportunity for Obama to speak to volunteers and thank them for what they have built in anticipation of November 2012.
Despite the intense GOP campaigns in Iowa, OFA Iowa leaders believe the president’s re-election organization will have the strongest foundation built of any campaign.
Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky released the following statement:
“Four years ago Iowans launched President Obama on the path to the White House by standing by him at the Iowa Democratic caucuses. On Jan. 3, 2012, Iowans will start the path to his re-election and Democratic victories at all levels. We could not be more excited to welcome his participation in our caucuses.
“We carried Iowa for President Obama in 2008 and we will use the caucus this year as another step in our ongoing effort to organize our volunteers and build a campaign that will win Iowa in November 2012 for the President. No matter what happens on Jan. 3, one thing is for sure, on Jan. 4 we will have the strongest grass roots foundation going forward.”
Iowans can commit to caucus online at TheCaucuses.com. The Iowa Democratic Caucuses will take place Jan. 3. Registration will open at 6:30 p.m. and the caucuses will be called to order at 7 p.m.