President Obama’s spokesman took a moment to rebut the vulnerable Senate Democrat who claimed that he isn’t relevant, saying that “the vast majority” of Americans disagree.
Earnest on Begich comments that Obama isn't relevant: "the vast majority of Americans would agree that" sitting POTUS is "relevant"
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) October 23, 2014
Senator Mark Begich (D., Alaska) tried to distance himself from President Obama during an interview with the Washington Examiner.
“The president’s not relevant,” Begich told Rebecca Berg. “He’s gone in two years.”
Democrats around the country are avoiding the unpopular Obama, but the president won’t let them get away with it.
“I am not on the ballot this fall,” Obama said earlier this month. “But make no mistake: these policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.”
Obama’s former campaign strategist, David Axelrod, said that statement was a “mistake,” but the president emphasized his closeness to Democrats this week during an interview with Al Sharpton.
“A lot of the states that are contested this [fall] are states that I didn’t win,” Obama said. “And so some of the candidates there, you know, it is difficult for them to have me in the state because the Republicans will use that to try to fan Republican turnout. The bottom line is, though, these are all folks who vote with me — they have supported my agenda in Congress.”