"It's exciting but it's also extremely stressful because there's so much at stake in the election," said Mike Brown of Rochester.
Brown joined the Obama Campaign in 2008, and remembers freezing as he went door to door in New Hampshire. He's back to join the cause once again. "It feels like a drama is really unfolding for our country," said Brown.
Ken Preston is heading up Rochester for Obama, the grassroots effort that was so successful four years ago. "We're at the top of the mountain this time," he said.
Preston wants to accomplish three goals in 2012. He want to grow the local base of support for the President, register more local voters, and recruit volunteers to campaign not just in New York, but also in Pennsylvania, and not just for Obama, but also in key Congressional races. "We all know from this 2010 election the President needs a strong Congress behind him to get his agenda to move forward," said Preston.
Brown is ready to do his part. He's the co-facilitator for Rochester Educators for Obama and the President of the Monroe County Young Democrats. Through both organizations he's looking to register voters for the President. Brown believes, despite his stress levels, that President Obama will win a second term. "Not only is he a sitting President but I think he articulates a message that's more in line with the core of what America is as a country and I think it's going to resonate with voters," he said.
When asked if he thought President Obama might make a campaign stop in Rochester, Preston said he didn't think so, unless it was determined it might help Louise Slaughter in her Congressional race against Maggie Brooks.