National Democrats starting to run away from Wisconsin

President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Minneapolis, which sits along the border of Wisconsin, on Friday, but has no plans to visit the Badger State.

White House press secretary Jay Carney distanced the administration from Barrett’s campaign at Wednesday’s briefing.

“You might ask the campaign,” Carney said when asked if Obama had endorsed Barrett. “Not that I’m aware of, but I’ll take the question.”

The Obama campaign endorsed Barrett on May 8.

During an MSNBC interview Wednesday morning, Obama spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter tried to downplay the significance of the recall effort, saying it had “nothing to do” with the presidential election.