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Jay Carney: Dems Shouldn't Distance Themselves 'Too Far' From Obama

By    |   Friday, 10 Oct 2014 11:33 AM

November's election will be "a good year for Republicans and a bad year for Democrats," said President Barack Obama's former press secretary-turned CNN senior political commentator Jay Carney during a discussion on the network Thursday.

"Look, it's not a good dynamic for Democrats out there," said Carney, who joined CNN in September, a few months after announcing his resignation from his White House post. "The goal has to be, in this cycle, to run local and state races and not have their races be nationalized. Because if they're nationalized, they're going to be hurt by the overall perception of President Obama right now."

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He acknowledged that Obama is unpopular nationally, but cautioned Democrats from distancing themselves too much from him.

"The Democratic candidates have to thread this needle very carefully," Carney said. "It is true that when you have an unpopular president of your party, you don't want to be associated with him."

The president is no longer being welcomed to campaign for Democrats running for election in the traditionally Republican states he swept just six years ago, as many candidates and insiders view him as a potential liability.

Even leading Democrats say it's better for Obama to make his case for the party's economic policies away from the states themselves, such as with his speech in Illinois, where he campaigned last week, reports The New York Times.

Carney said Thursday that Democrats' opponents are "probably running ads linking him to you, and you want to keep your distance."

However, he commented that Obama, as an incumbent president, remains popular with the Democratic Party base, and "candidates have to be careful in distancing themselves too far from him."

But still, said Carney, "we haven't seen a wave yet," but there's "no question" about it being a good year for Republicans and a bad one for Democrats.

"The question remains how good and how bad," Carney said.

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November's election will be "a good year for Republicans and a bad year for Democrats," said President Barack Obama's former press secretary-turned CNN senior political commentator Jay Carney during a discussion on the network Thursday.
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