National press conference call with Obama’ campaign staff
Published: Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 16:05
President Barrack Obama’s campaign staff reached out to college journalists across the nation during a press conference call March 28.
Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, the national youth director for Obama for America and Kate Chapek, the director for the National Women Vote, lead the 30-minute call.
The call was one of many that began in October 2011 and will continue monthly until Election Day in November.
During the calls, an Obama staffer discusses political issues in the media as well as Obama’s achievements during his 2008-2012 presidential term, which include health care reform and his plan to control college/university loans and costs.
A topic in the March conference was about “Greater Together.”
Greater Together’s goal is to increase student’s involvement in the campaign process by acting as a resource center for students who wish find materials to get started.
“President Obama believes in an America where everyone does their fair share, and hard work pays off and responsibility is rewarded and that’s what this program is about,” Butterfield-Jones said.
“This campaign [Greater Together] does not lead from the top. It is about student-to-student, peer-to-peer and neighbor-to-neighbor outreach, organization and communication,” Butterfield-Jones said.
Another topic discussed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which is under scrutiny by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Chapek said that Obama’s plan would make healthcare available to all people, regardless of their situation. She said universal healthcare legislation is something many presidents have tried to pass.
“Whether they want to change jobs, start a business or retire early, or even if they lose their job – will have access to affordable, quality health insurance,” Chapek said.
Chapek and Butterfield-Jones talked about Obama’s education overhaul which removed federally funded loans from the jurisdiction of major banks and loan companies such as Sallie Mae, and made them the sole responsibility of the federal government.
“President Obama’s student loan overhaul moved more than $60 billion from big banks which were acting as middlemen and instead uses those savings to expand Pell Grants,” Butterfield-Jones said.
She said that Obama used executive action to provide student borrowers the opportunity to save hundreds of dollars by refinancing their federal loans and lowering their interest rates.
She praised Obama’s American Opportunity Tax Credit, which provides up to $10,000 in tuition relief.
“This helped 4.5 million students and families working toward a college education in 2009 alone.
“Last year, it helped 9.4 million families of college students, more than 152,000 in Colorado,” Butterfield-Jones said.
The press conference concluded with Chloe Nemec, a campaign representative for Young Adults for Obama.
Nemec talked about the Republican’s desire to repeal the Healthcare Act, which they have dubbed “Obama Care.”
“It’s just yet another example of him [Mitt Romney] not getting it and not getting some of the things that a number of young people and Americans alike are going through as they work to try and get insured,” Nemec said.