White House Plan: Keep Obama Out of Battleground States
(AFP) – Barack Obama’s Democrats are walking a tightrope 10 weeks before US congressional elections: do they solicit the unpopular president’s support or shun him as they try to maintain their Senate majority?
The president’s party is in a pickle with an anti-Obama wave cresting in competitive states where Democrats must win if they are to keep control of the upper chamber come November.
Even though he is off the ballot, analysts paint an increasingly dire picture with Obama acting as a drag on many Democrats as campaign season kicks off in earnest from this Labor Day weekend.
Obama’s overall favorability is under water — his weekly average is currently 43 percent, according to Gallup — and Democrats are defending seats in places with some of his lowest approval ratings in the nation, including Alaska and Arkansas, as well as in a handful of others, like Louisiana and North Carolina where his support lags....(MORE)