Dem. senators flee Obama coattails

Dem. senators flee Obama coattails

Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) scrapped plans to join President Obama at a fundraiser in his home state on Wednesday, saying that he needed to remain in Washington for last-minute votes. …

Udall had been slated to appear alongside Obama at a fundraiser that jointly benefited his reelection campaign and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. That event is closed to cameras.

Udall’s campaign said earlier in the week the senator would not be attending an open-press speech the president is slated to give Wednesday morning in Denver, meaning there would be no opportunity to capture an image of the pair together. …

Udall’s opponent, businessman Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), released a new campaign video showing Udall showering praise on Obama at a previous campaign event. 

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In January, Udall sidestepped questions about whether he would appear alongside Obama at campaign events.

“We’ll see what the president’s schedule is, we’ll see what my schedule is,” Udall told CNN. “But Coloradans are going to reelect me based on my record, not the president’s record.”

But other vulnerable Democrats have been more explicit about not wanting to appear alongside the president.

Alaska Sen. Mark Begich (D) told CNN he was “not really interested in campaigning” with the president. …

Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) also did not travel with Obama to recent visits to their home states.

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