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THE PRESIDENT SUPPORTS DEMOCRACY IN CONNECTICUT

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.  

 

Byron York is a former White House correspondent for National Review.

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