Democrat Tom Barrett, Governor Walker’s recall foe, says he doesn’t mind:
But Barrett says he never asked the president to come here for him. [Former President Bill Clinton did appear with Barrett on Friday and said Obama was “glad” he was coming to Wisconsin for Barrett.]
“I obviously understand that he [Obama] is running a country and he has his own campaign. But I will say that his administration has been supportive in that his campaign apparatus has been helpful with volunteers,” Barrett said, proclaiming that both he and Obama will win Wisconsin in their upcoming contests.
Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported on the “mismatch of support.”
Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana hopped on a plane to urge Wisconsin voters to support Mr. Walker in a recall election, coming up on Tuesday. New Jersey’s Chris Christie, South Carolina’s Nikki Haley and Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, also visited. A planned trip by Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia was thwarted by storms; he went on TV to praise Mr. Walker.
And the Democrats? Their eagerness to enter the contest has been noticeably more muted. Though former president Bill Clinton visited Friday to energize the party base, few other Democratic luminaries have shown up, and the White House had been restrained in its show of support.