The Washington Times - January 19, 2013, 04:59PM

Adding gun control to the president’s list of second-term priorities won’t interfere with other items on the White House agenda, promises top Obama strategist Jim Messina.

Mr. Messina, who ran the president’s 2012 re-election campaign, said Saturday that the people who supported Mr. Obama’s re-election because of his positions on health care and immigration reform will also back the president on gun control.


“Washington can do more than one thing at a time,” Mr. Messina said in an interview on MSNBC. “The president’s laid out several different items that we all know we need to tackle: gun safety, immigration reform, the economy. These are things that average Americans all agree on. This isn’t like we can’t walk and chew gum.”

The Obama campaign on Friday announced that Mr. Messina will head the transformation of the president’s re-election organization into a new political advocacy group that will leverage the 2012 campaign’s infrastructure and assets — including email lists, volunteers and donors — to influence ongoing policy debates.