The Los Angeles Times writes: "If Barack Obama's first presidential campaign was part cultural phenomenon, part national movement, his second may look a bit more modest — like a series of well-run Senate campaigns. Facing the reality of running as a bruised incumbent in a politically divided country, Obama's advisors say they are plotting a strategy that doesn't depend on a wave of support to lift the president's chances across the country. And it won't hinge on a single theme based on ideas such as "hope" and "change" that defined the campaign and captured the zeitgeist in 2008. Instead, the Obama campaign is prepping for a block-by-block, hard-slog approach. The campaign, which the president kicks off this weekend, will be tailored to swing states and key voters in those states."
"The refrain sounded by his aides is accurate: Barack Obama has done more for the cause of gay rights than any president before him. Nonetheless, gay-rights activists and organizations are on the president's case these days, pressing him for further steps on two fronts and suggesting that political timidity is holding him back," AP writes.
The Hill writes: "President Obama’s Saturday rally in Ohio brings him to one of the hottest swing states in the country, where competitive races up and down the ballot could change the balance of power in Washington come November. The symbolism of taking the fight to the home state of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is not lost on Obama, who’s brought his political battles to Ohio before. When Obama wanted to make the case for infrastructure spending and his jobs bill in September, he chose a bridge just outside of Boehner’s southwestern Ohio district to give his speech.Ohio will be a major battleground in the general election. It hasn’t voted for the losing candidate in a presidential election since 1960 (Obama carried it with 51 percent in 2008). Republicans made large gains there in the 1990s, and held every statewide office for much of the first decade of the millennium. But recent years have seen Democrats regain their footing, with many of the Reagan Democrats who turned away from the party beginning to come home. And a public spat between the Republican governor and the state GOP chairman that led to the latter’s ouster in April has left the state party in disarray."
The New York Times headline: "4 Years Later, Race Is Still Issue for Some Voters"