As some Democratic incumbents try to distance themselves from his policies, President Obama can’t blame them. He told Democrats that he knows he’s unpopular, particularly in states where red-state Democrats face tough reelection races.
“He said he knew he is not popular in some of the states so he would not be offended if he were not invited to visit them this year,” an unnamed Democratic senator told the Washington Post after the president visited a Senate Democrat retreat. Nonetheless, he said that there could be some parts of Republican-leaning states where he may be well-received.
The president’s admission comes after a handful of vulnerable Democrats refused to say whether they wanted him to campaign with them. Following last week’s State of the Union, Alaska’s Mark Begich and Colorado’s Mark Udall wouldn’t commit to hitting the campaign trail with President Obama. Additionally, North Carolina’s Kay Hagan and Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu refrained from attending public events with the president when he visited their respective states.
A recent Gallup poll found that Democrats are defending seats in five of the ten states where President Obama is most unpopular: West Virginia, South Dakota, Montana, Alaska, and Arkansas.