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CNN asks one of the more amusing questions of the day about our celebrity President: Is Obama toxic to Democrats facing tough re-elections? The answer is, of course, yes:
When it comes to the 2014 midterm elections, Harry Reid and Mark Begich don’t appear to be on the same page.
Reid, the Senate majority leader and Democrat from Nevada, says “Barack Obama is personally a very popular guy.”
Asked by CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash if he would encourage some of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats up for re-election this November to invite the President to appear with them, Reid said “Yes. And they will.”
But Begich, the Democrat from red-state Alaska who faces a challenging bid for second term in the Senate, feels differently.
“I’m not really interested in campaigning” with Obama if the President came to Alaska, he said.
“If he wants to come up there and learn about Alaska, bring it on. I’ll drag him around, I’ll show him what he ever he wants to see, but I want to show him and convince him some of his policies are not the right direction. I don’t need him campaigning for me. I need him to change some of his policies,” Begich told Bash and CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper soon after Tuesday’s State of the Union address.
“We’ve had our differences,” added Begich, in describing his relationship with Obama.
It was a similar story from Sen. Mark Udall. The Colorado Democrat is also up for re-election, but his seat isn’t considered that vulnerable as of now.
In an interview with Bash, Udall refused to say whether he’d like some help on the campaign trail if the President comes to Colorado, a purple state that Obama won in both the 2008 and 2012.
“We’ll see what the President’s schedule is, what my schedule is. But Coloradans are going to re-elect me based on my record, not the President’s record,” Udall said.
Democratic Sens. Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana both have made news in the recent months by not appearing with Obama when he’s held an event in their state.
Both face challenging re-election campaigns in GOP friendly states.
Hagan, who I wrote about yesterday, may have the toughest uphill fight of them all – what with her unfailing support of Obamacare and her consistent pro-choice record. Will be interesting to see if the President or even the VP visit NC again in the coming months to try and “help” her out.
Related: Via National Journal – Obama’s State Approval Ratings Spell Trouble for Senate Democrats