Obama Avoids Wisconsin

Monday, 04 Jun 2012 11:21 AM

By Jim Meyers

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On the eve of the recall elections in Wisconsin, President Barack Obama attended six events in neighboring states — and never set foot in the Badger State to support fellow Democrat Tom Barrett’s campaign against Gov. Scott Walker.

On Friday, Obama stopped in Minneapolis, Minn., for three fundraisers, then traveled to Chicago for three more fundraisers that evening, The Weekly Standard reported.

“So just four days before the recall elections in Wisconsin that the state’s Democrats have worked 16 months to win, with potential implications for November 2012, the leader of their party did six fundraisers for himself in surrounding states but couldn’t find time for even a quick stop?” the Standard’s Stephen F. Hayes mused. “I don’t get it.”

Hayes noted that Obama may be avoiding Wisconsin because Walker holds a significant lead over Barrett in several recent polls and the president does not want to appear for a losing candidate.

But he added that two groups important to Obama’s re-election will feel abandoned by his no-show: labor and Wisconsin Democrats.



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