NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR - President Barack Obama's reelection campaign is about ready to take off here in Arkansas. Tuesday marks the grand opening of his campaign headquarters, located on West Broadway Street in North Little Rock.
"We're gonna be the hub of volunteer activity throughout the state,” Gary Moody of Obama for America said. “Just a place where supporters can come get materials, get supplies, and have a ground base if you will."
Obama lost by twenty points in Arkansas in the 2008 presidential election. Polls show he remains unpopular here but supporters say this office could help turn things around.
"I think we're gonna compete here,” Moody said. “We're gonna build neighborhood teams and a grass root effort. I feel real good about where we are."
So does State Republican Chairman Doyle Webb, albeit for different reasons.
"If they want to spend their money in Arkansas let them do it,” Webb said. “It's not gonna change the people, the people's mind in Arkansas."
We'll see which party is right come November. Until then, predictions will have to do.
"I think the jury has come in and people of Arkansas do not want this president," Webb said.
"We feel really good about where we are and we're laying the groundwork to win in November," Moody said.