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Sen. Joe Manchin: Obama Cannot Help Hagan, Landrieu, Begich

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Left to right, Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images; Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 11:44 AM

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin has been hitting the campaign trail for three embattled senators while admitting that President Barack Obama cannot help them.

He told The Washington Post that "there's nothing in these states that he can do" to help like-minded moderate Sens. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, and Mark Begich of Alaska.

"He has to do his job and that's the most important thing that he can do," the West Virginia senator said of the president. "People already have perceptions, so him coming to these states is not going to be productive for candidates. And it's a shame that we've gotten to that."

Manchin pointed out that voters who make a direct connection between the president's controversial policies and Democratic moderate candidates are making a big mistake.

"[It's] just not the way we should be choosing our candidates," he said. "We have to remind them that you're picking the person to represent your state. People need to realize that — all these states, it's not all about the president.

"If they can just realize — especially for the Senate — you're going to be electing somebody for six years. The president is going to be gone in two years. I have my differences with the president, but that's democracy."

Hagan, Landrieu and Begich have all attempted to distance themselves from Obama's policies while facing tough midterm races. And although Obama is not welcome in the three states held by the struggling Democrats during their election campaigns, Manchin's appearances are highly sought after by them.

After recently stumping for Landrieu in Louisiana and traveling to Alaska for Begich earlier this year, he made three campaign stops for Hagan on Monday.

"These are all my friends that I work closely with and if I can help them, I'll do what I can," he said. "If we lost the Kay Hagans and the Mary Landrieus and the middle of our party, we'll have a problem. The Republicans will too. We've got to find more people in the middle. That's what we're hoping for."

Manchin also plans to visit Georgia before Election Day to help Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn, who is in a tough race with Republican David Perdue.

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