McConnell’s Democratic challenger: Obama campaigning for me? Pass.
posted at 10:01 pm on February 24, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham
I got this, says Alison Lundergan Grimes.
“I speak for myself and don’t need any other surrogate to do that.”
Meanwhile, in Kentucky and Arkansas, President Bill Clinton continues to relish his relative popularity and political usefulness compared to President Obama.
The political terrain is rough in these Senate battleground states. Obama’s signature domestic achievement, the Affordable Care Act, is unpopular. Obama himself has soft poll numbers. Many Democrats won’t appear with the president, even though they’ll accept his prodigious fundraising help.
Not so with Clinton, who appears Tuesday in Louisville, Ky., with Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat who’s trying to unseat Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. It’s perhaps the nation’s hardest-fought Senate race in a state where Obama would be of little help…
Arkansas Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor is facing a serious challenge from GOP Rep. Tom Cotton. James Lee Witt, Clinton’s head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is running for Cotton’s House seat and will join Clinton at an event in Hot Springs, Ark., on April 5. And Pat Hays, a former North Little Rock mayor who supported Clinton’s 1992 campaign, is running for another congressional seat.