From today’s White House briefing:
Q Does the President support the Republican candidate for Senate in Connecticut?
MR. SNOW: The President supports the democratic process in the state of Connecticut, and wishes them a successful election in November.
Q Wait a minute. I realize he supports democracy, but I’m wondering, does he actually support his own party’s candidate?
MR. SNOW: I know that’s not news –
Q Why aren’t you committing — why wouldn’t the President commit support for the Republican candidate in that –
MR. SNOW: I don’t know. Why do you ask? Is there something about the candidate that I should know about that would lead to judgments?
Q I’m just asking you –
MR. SNOW: No, that’s just a –
Q — it seems like a very natural thing, why wouldn’t he support a member of his own party? Is it because he’s well behind in the polls? Is it because the President likes Joe Lieberman? What’s — why not?
MR. SNOW: There may be — there are a whole host of reasons the President — I’m just not going to play.
Q It’s not really a game –
MR. SNOW: It’s not a game. It’s not a game, but I’ll — okay, I’ll tell you what. I’ll refer you to the political office to give you the full judgments on that. I think you know the situation in Connecticut.