Missouri’s Claire McCaskill, who won reelection in a contentious race in 2012, would steer clear of campaigning with the president, and encouraged vulnerable Democrats running this year to do the same.
When asked if she would stump with President Obama if she were up for reelection in 2014, McCaskill candidly replied “probably not.” “The president’s numbers are not strong in my state, or in Arkansas, or Louisiana, or North Carolina,” she said on Morning Joe, mentioning other states where Democrats are looking to defend seats.
During her 2012 campaign, McCaskill was one of a handful of Democratic candidates to skip the the party’s national convention in Charlotte, N.C., while locked in a tough race against Republican Todd Akin. She went on to win following Akin’s controversial comments.
Nonetheless, McCaskill remained hopeful that red-state Democrats would prevail despite the president’s unpopularity, and pointed out that Democrats ultimately held on — and picked up — seats in 2012 amid similar concerns that they would lose the majority. “I think this issue of whether or not you have Obama come to your state is something you like to focus on in Washington that probably is not that important when you get out to these states,” she said.