“I don’t see the benefit of bringing Obama here for her, and there could be a downside,” said Robert Shapiro, a political science professor at Columbia University. “It gives her a little bit of distance she needs to clinch those independents.”

Warren all but confirmed yesterday that Obama won’t be making the rounds for her in the Bay State, even though the president is set to be in New Hampshire this weekend.

“I think right now he’s spending a lot of time in Ohio and New Hampshire and Florida, and that’s what he ought to be doing,” she said. Warren likely won’t be getting help from first lady Michelle Obama, either. She’ll be in the state Oct. 30 but is unlikely to campaign for the Harvard Law professor.

But she did not believe that a late Obama visit would hurt her with Bay State independents.