Dem Candidates Thwart Obama’s Effort to Rekindle Spirit of ‘08

Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010 11:15 AM

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While President Obama seeks to regain the mystique of his 2008 presidential campaign, Democratic congressional candidates are running away from him. Today Obama will appear at his first big outdoor rally since his November 2008 acceptance speech in Chicago’s Grant Park, the Financial Times reports.

obama, feingold, spirit, '08The event today is slated to draw as many as 17,000 people at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. But there will be one notable absence, Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold, who is trailing his Republican challenger Ron Johnson by as much as 11 percentage points as he struggles to hold on to his seat. Democrats don’t want to be tied to an unpopular president.

“The key problem is that the younger age group who were so critical to candidate Obama’s success in 2008 are hit worse by the bad economy than every other age group,” Stanley Greenberg, a prominent Democratic pollster, told the Financial Times. “The only portion of America’s young who are really enthused are young conservatives, who look likely to be voting in high numbers.”





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