Obama has competition in Texas.
For the second week in a row, an “anti-Obama” will look to compete against the incumbent president. Though these challengers will likely not dent the president’s national image ahead of the 2012 general election, their story could be the prologue for something more serious for President Obama: Are we seeing a new wave of anti-Obama sentiment from within the party?
Challenging Obama for the Democratic primary nod will be three relatively unknown names: John Wolfe — the Tennessee attorney who took 42% of the primary vote in Arkansas last week — Florida author Darcy G. Richardson, and Chicago investor Bob Ely.
In an interview with PolicyMic, Wolfe outlined his reasons for running, and how his campaign parallels that of Republican presidential underdog Ron Paul.
Wolfe will not be taking home any delegates from the Arkansas Democratic primary, but he does see his impact in that state as a national statement.
"The fact that I did get (42% of the vote) against a very well organized Obama campaign — that's testament to the national backlash against (Obama)," Wolfe said.
For Wolfe, competing against Obama on the Democratic ticket is necessary, especially to provide voters with a different set of ideals to choose from.
"There are major similarities between the GOP and Democrats," Wolfe said. "I provide something different."
Last Tuesday, ahead of the Arkansas and Kentucky primaries, Wolfe called Obama a hypocrite: “Obama rallies against big business by day, but by night he takes their money. There are so many inconsistencies.”
Wolfe's campaign focuses specifically on de-socializing health care and cracking down on big Wall Street banks that he claims have run amok.
On health care: “Obamacare gives the insurances companies a full monopoly. People have to deal with an insurance monopoly. This is not right. People need a choice. If health care was more selective, it would be a huge boon to small businesses.”
On Wall Street: “We also need to get banking under control. We need to make the banks loan more money. They have been speculating and making risky moves – which have cost billions of billions of dollars when they make a mistake. These same bankers are also influencing Obama right now. Banks have way too much clout in Washington.”
On Occupy Wall Street: “The 99% is not just a number – it represents an America that is losing. Losing their houses to the very same corporations we are paying to keep afloat.”
Wolfe also believes in extending low-interest student loans to help young people better manage their college tuition.
The Tennessee lawyer is facing a steep hill in the Texas primary against the incumbent president. But Wolfe considers himself not alone in his presidential quest, and parallels his work to that of another presidential candidate -- Texas libertarian Ron Paul, who is battling for delegates against presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
"The thing about Ron Paul and I is we agree on a lot of things," Wolfe said. "Ron Paul articulates some of my main themes, of course in different ways."
"It takes a lot of courage to do what he (Ron Paul) is doing."
Wolfe -- in true anti-Obama fashion -- said he believes that Obama won't easily win the 2012 election, that the race will be very close, and that he doesn't plan to endorse the president until Obama expands on some of his policies and appeals more to his base.