The Corner

Gibbs: Obama, Dems Will ‘Have to Step Up’ Efforts to Keep Senate

With the 2014 midterms fast approaching and Democratic incumbent senators facing tough races, one former Obama White House staff member is urging the president to intensify his efforts to help the party maintain the majority.

“My hunch is they will likely have to step up the efforts, particularly in saving the U.S. Senate,” Robert Gibbs told Morning Joe on Wednesday. “It’s never a bad thing to have the leader of the party doing more events, raising money . . . in an effort to put everybody in a strong position come election day.”

A recent poll found that red-state Democrats will have try to defend seats in five of the ten states where President Obama is most unpopular. Meanwhile, other candidates in more “purple” states have also recently started distancing themselves from President Obama, declining to say whether they would campaign with him.

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