Obama to Senate Dems: I won’t be offended if you want me to stay away from your reelection campaign
The conversation touched on the Affordable Care Act, new proposals to boost U.S. manufacturing and Obama’s personal concerns about the historic levels of super PAC money expected to be spent on Senate races this year, according to a senator in the room.
But most importantly, “The president said that he is thoroughly committed to helping Democrats in tough races,” the senator said. “He said he knew he is not popular in some of the states so he would not be offended if he were not invited to visit them this year. But he said he could be helpful in some parts of some states.”
The senator, who requested anonymity in order to speak frankly about private conversations, wouldn’t say which states Obama mentioned.
The conversation “was more policy than politics,” according to another person in the room. There was a brief discussion about differences between Obama and some congressional Democrats about ongoing trade talks with Asian and European countries, “but no disagreements,” said the person, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the meeting.