Michelle Obama Missing From Campaign Trail for Democrats

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Monday, 25 Aug 2014 11:12 AM

By Drew MacKenzie

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Embattled Senate Democrats are grumbling that first lady Michelle Obama has been missing in action when it comes to helping them keep their seats and retain a majority in the upper chamber.

Vulnerable incumbents want Mrs. Obama help to raise cash for their cause while also pressuring supporters to make certain to vote in November, The Hill reported.

But, in general, the first lady has been noticeably absent from the campaign trail while Democratic candidates sweat it out by themselves with just 10 weeks to go before Election Day.

"I don't want to say she's been M.I.A., but she's been M.I.A.," one Democratic in a close race told The Hill.

"What has she done?" said another Democrat. "There's nothing to point to."

Her supporters say that she's headlined several Democratic fundraisers this year. At an event last month in Chicago, the first lady asked donors to "dig deep" while attacking Republicans for their constant "obstruction" of her husband President Barack Obama's policies.

"I kid you not," she told donors at the time, according to the Chicago Tribune. "I'm going to be honest with you. That's what we need you to do right now. We need you to write the biggest, fattest check that you can possibly write. Writing those checks is the single most impactful thing you can do right now."

In a recent Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee video, Mrs. Obama called on Democrats to be "more passionate and more hungry" while pushing for a stronger voter turnout in November than in the 2008 and 2012 elections.

"In fact, you need to be even more passionate and more hungry to get Democrats elected to Congress, because these elections will be even harder and even closer than those presidential elections," she said in the video.

But struggling Democrats want more campaigning from the first lady, believing that she might just provide the difference come November between winning and losing.

"They're anxious for her because she's so popular," one Democratic official told The Hill, adding that apart from the president, there are only three top-tier draws in the party: Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton, and Hillary Clinton.

"The question isn't will she or won't she?" said one Democrat The Hill did not identify. "It's how much time she'll devote and if it'll be too little, too late."

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