MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A progressive activist group that played a significant role in the election of President Obama in 2008 is holding its annual convention in Minneapolis.

The 2012 election cycle already has begun and the more than 2,000 attendees of the Netroots Nation convention will discuss issues and strategies for the political battles ahead.

“Some of the sheen about being excited about Obama getting elected has certainly worn off,” said Raven Brooks, executive director of Netroots Nation.

While he said he feels confident Obama will win re-election, he said he believes the economy will be a complicating factor.

“You know if the economy is not doing well when the election happens that’s not good for the incumbent party,” said Brooks.

But that’s not the only concern of these progressives.

“I mean the economy is certainly a big one. I think immigration is, you know, a strong number two there,” Brooks said.

He also said he believes President Obama should court the Latino vote.

“The other thing, I think, that’s a big question mark is Latinos because they have shown in a lot of states to be the difference making block,” said Brooks.

Brooks said Obama has not lived up to a campaign promise to deal with immigration.

The Netroots Nation convention runs Thursday through Sunday at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Bruce Hagevik Reports

Comments (7)
  1. devildog3249 says:

    Instead of going for this group or that group why dont you just go for the American People. I am so sick of politicians isolating americans into different factions. Do what is best for everyone!!!!

    1. Guy says:

      Because without the illegals voting (with ACORN’s help); Obama will LOSE in 2012.
      To a “progressive” (=leftist); “Latino” is a code word for what everone else calls “ILLEGAL immigrant”.

  2. Indy says:

    Republicans WILL do their best to derail economy recovery just to increase their chances of getting back in the White House. Republicans will sacrifice the 98% to protect the 2% from paying taxes. Every time the republicans gain power the People loose. This time around in Minnesota is not any different and the Republicans have showed their true colors once again.

    1. devildog3249 says:

      This is exactly what I don’t want. Why are we playing the rich against the poor? Politicians need to stop isolating groups of americans and start treating us as a whole.

    2. Phid says:

      Indy, listen very carefully: the Republicans don’t need to “do their best to derail economy [sic] recovery”. They just have to let Obama do his own thing for that to happen.

  3. Kevin says:

    You darn right we will. As Reagon said “I don’t care if its 1 or 100 people in trouble, I am there for all of them”.

  4. Phid says:

    I can anticipate the agenda on tap at the Netroots Nation meeting: try to rationalize why liberal economic policies aren’t working.

    Obama has failed miserably. Until the group can come to that conclusion, they’re hopelessly lost.

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