WASHINGTON (January 17, 2013)--President Barack Obama's campaign organization is still active and it could be pressed into service to help Mr. Obama fight for approval of the gun-control initiatives he announced Wednesday.
Mr. Obama's campaign manager, Jim Messina, sent an e-mail to Obama supporters today, urging them to sign a petition backing the proposals and he's promising "more soon" from the campaign organization.
Mr. Obama is also expected to travel around the country pitching for his proposals.
Looking to sidestep some congressional opposition, he also signed 23 executive actions, including orders to make more federal data available for background checks, but he acknowledged that the steps he took on his own would have less impact than the broad measures requiring approval from Congress.
He wants a ban on assault weapons, and a limit on the size of ammunition magazines.
The fate of his plan could hinge on a handful of moderate Democratic senators who are not likely to endorse the assault weapons ban, but could go along with other proposals, such as universal background checks on gun purchases.