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Obama to Campaign for Reid, but McConnell Won't Attack

Tuesday, 15 Jun 2010 12:39 PM

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President Obama will replicate a campaign push for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada next month with his third visit to the Battle Born State, even as Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is opting to stay out of the battle.

The beleaguered Reid obviously believes that the chief executive’s joining him on the campaign trail will benefit him in one of the most evenly divided states along partisan lines in the country, according to The Fix political blog today in The Washington Post.

Coincidentally, that news broke even as Roll Call reported that Minority Leader Mitch McConnell would be traveling far and wide to elect more Republicans to the Senate, even to the extent of targeting incumbent Democrats. With one notable exception: McConnell and Reid apparently cut a deal in which the Kentucky Republican agreed not to campaign against Reid.

“Everything else is in play,” Roll Call quoted a Republican source as saying.
Obama visited Nevada in February, when “he effusively praised Reid” during a town hall meeting, wrote The Fix’s Chris Cillizza. And he starred at a fundraiser for Reid at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas last summer.

The Fix chronicled the Republican National Committee’s take on Obama’s visit, quoting spokesman Jahan Wilcox as saying: "President Obama's trips to Nevada have only reminded Nevadans of Harry Reid's failed economic policies and motivated more than 28,000 Democrats to vote against Reid in his primary.”

For the rest of the story on Obama’s visit in The Fix — Click Here Now.

For Roll Call's story on McConnell’s decision not to campaign against Reid — Click Here Now.

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