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Barack Obama

Party isolates president

8 Oct, 2014

Seeing the president as a liability to their campaigns, Democrats running for office this Fall choose to isolate President Obama. While the President spoke at fundraising events in Manhattan and plans to attend a backyard gala at the home of Gwyneth Paltrow, he will not receive invitations from Democratic senators like Mark Pryor in Arkansas. He’s been spurned by congressmen in Colorado, North Carolina, and Virginia where he had considerable wins during both presidential elections in 2008 and 2012. The democratic Senate nominee in Iowa does not want him to speak at party events. Senior aide to the President Dan Pfeiffer explains:

Every campaign has got to figure out — and this is true in this election, and it’s going to be true for every election going forward for Democrats for as far as the eye can see — is which Democrats are only going to be able to win if they turn out enough of the Obama coalition, whether we’re in a midterm or a presidential …. And the campaigns and the candidates are working through how best to go about doing that.