Ron Brownstein has a new article out today in The National Journal called "The Geography of Pain".
It's a 50-state economic report card on President Obama using newly released Census data. Brownstein says we are facing a "continent-sized storm". He says "the states hit by the economic crisis are also the ones that President Obama may need the most to win re-election." Many saying that if the President asked the country if they were better off now than yfour years ago, he would get a resounding "no" from some pretty key battleground states.
Also, Florida will be moving up the date of their Republican primary, trying to get out after South Carolina. With Florida being the state to watch, who does this effect the most?
Ron Brownstein talks to American Morning about where President Obama stands going into this election season.
With his poll numbers slipping among African-Americans, President Obama is launching an outreach campaign to the black community.
Over the weekend, Obama delivered a fiery speech before the Congressional Black Caucus, and he sat down for an exclusive interview with Black Entertainment Television (BET) last night in a special that the network called "The President Answers Black America."
However, the President is also making it clear that he will not specifically target assistance toward the African American community, saying, "That's not how America works. America works when all of us are pulling together, and everybody is focused on making sure that every single person has opportunity."
Robert Traynham, former Republican adviser, and James Peterson, director of Africana Studies at Leigh University, weigh in on president's outreach to the African-American community on American Morning today.
President Obama is set to be interviewed on BET tonight about how the economic crisis is affecting African-Americans. This will be his first interview by BET and comes as he told blacks at a Congressional Black Caucus dinner on Saturday to quit crying and complaining and "put on your marching shoes" to follow him into battle for jobs and opportunity.
President Obama has faced growing criticism from black leaders who claim that he is not doing enough to improve black unemployment, which is nearly double the national average at 16.7 percent.
Errol Louis talks to Ali Velshi on American Morning today about Obama's outreach to African-American voters and the message he will try to get get across to voters tonight.
AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka has been a vocal critic of how President Obama has handled the unemployment situation in the country, insisting that he has not been bold enough in his plan and his vision.
Trumka traveled aboard Air Force One with the president last week to discuss jobs on Obama's way to the Detroit jobs rally.
Today on American Morning, Trumka shares his insight on job creation and tonight's speech with Carol Costello and comments on the fiery rhetoric of his fellow union leader, Teamsters President James Hoffa.
This evening, President Obama will announce his jobs program to the nation during a special joint session of Congress.
Democratic sources have told CNN that the president will propose a three hundred billion dollar plan attached to specific legislation called "The American Jobs Act" that focuses on infrastructure spending, targeted tax cuts and aid to state and local governments.
Will this plan create new jobs and will it be enough to secure the president's re-election?
Ron Brownstein, CNN senior political analyst, and Nick Ragone, author of "Presidential Leadership," weigh in on Obama's plan and the political imperative behind the proposal on American Morning today.
This morning, Democratic sources tell CNN that President Obama's jobs plan, to be revealed in a speech tonight, could end up topping $400 billion dollars and include a lot of infrastructure spending and targeted tax cuts.
On American Morning today, Christine Romans asks White House Press Secretary Jay Carney about what we can expect to hear from President Obama this evening.
"It does have a name - The American Jobs Act," Carney says. "The President will announce tonight that he intends to submit legislation to Congress early next week which will contain all of his proposals, as well as a provision to pay for all of his proposals."
"Congress should act right away and get it done," Carney adds.
Carney goes on to explain the plan will have some ideas that have been discussed in the past, and some new ideas that have not been put forward before. The plan will include infrastructure spending, community assistance to rebuild schools and a variety of reforms aimed at stimulating the economy.
The speech comes during a time of continued high unemployment and stagnating national growth. Romans asked Carney about a recurrent Republican criticism – that the last time President Obama argued for spending to create jobs with the stimulus plan, it didn't work.
"There is a broad bipartisan consensus in America of the kinds of actions the President will propose," Carney responds. "What we hope to hear from Congress is a will necessary to act now."
You can watch the entire interview here.
Watch President Obama's speech live and CNN's special coverage starting at 6pm Eastern.