Harry Reid: Vulnerable Senate Dems will campaign with Obama

Harry Reid

It’s already become apparent that vulnerable Senate Democrats are wary of being seen with President Barack Obama in their home states. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), for example, wouldn’t appear by his side during a visit to New Orleans in November, though she did make the trip with him on Air Force One.

More recently, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) skipped out on President Obama’s visit to her state. He did, however, go out of his way to publicly thank her “for the great work she’s been doing.”

Despite the these examples of politicians nervous about appearing beside an unpopular president, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) insists that vulnerable Senate Democrats up for reelection this year will campaign with President Barack Obama.

“Anytime the President of the United States appears supporting a candidate, it helps. You know, Ronald Reagan hurt me by coming to [Nevada] all the time,” said Reid during an pre-State of the Union appearance of CNN. “Barack Obama is personally a very popular guy. And people love this man. They love his family.”

“Of course, with what the Republicans have been doing, trying to denigrate him with what’s happened with the rollout of ObamaCare,” he said, “but things, even this week, his numbers are going up again.”

When asked whether he would encourage the most vulnerable Senate Democrats to campaign with President Obama, Reid said, “Yes, and they will.”

Well, there are already the Landrieu and Hagan examples. But yet another vulnerable Democrat, Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), has also rejected any notion of appearing alongside President Obama on the stump, telling CNN that “I don’t need him campaigning for me — I need him to change some of his policies.”

Landrieu, Hagan, and Begich all face tough paths to reelection this year in states that Mitt Romney won in 2012. There is little margin of error for Democrats. If Republicans defeat the trio of incumbent Democrats, it’s likely that they’ll take control of the Senate.

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