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Cabinet Secretaries Fail to Bolster Democratic Campaign

By    |   Friday, 31 October 2014 06:51 PM

In late September, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough summoned the Cabinet to a meeting where he implored them to do more to promote the administration’s "positive economic message" across the United States during the midterm campaign, emphasizing that President Obama needed their help. But it appears to have turned into an exercise in futility.

Since Oct. 6, White House numbers say Cabinet secretaries have done 81 events in 49 states in an effort to tout the administration’s accomplishments.

But their efforts "do not appear to have done any good," Politico reported Friday. "Obama’s numbers, if anything, have gone down, and the only question Democrats are going into Tuesday with is how many losses they are going to suffer."

Democratic political operatives say that dispatching little-known Cabinet members like Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz and Interior Secretary Sally Jewel to tell people about the president’s accomplishments "won’t sway enough voters – if any – to make a difference," the magazine added.

Poll after poll show the economy is voters’ top issue during this election, and that voters do not believe that things have gotten better under Obama. White House officials had hoped to change that by sending out Cabinet secretaries – described by Politico as "the only people left whom Obama can really compel to say nice things about him" – to praise his record.

The Democrats political situation has become so bleak that "White House officials are pre-emptively spinning a midterm defeat," the National Journal reported, by implying that the looming political disaster results from Democrats attempting to "run away" from Obama’s policies. But the real problem, according to the magazine, is that Democrats "didn’t run away far and fast enough."

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In late September, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough summoned the Cabinet to a meeting where he implored them to do more to promote the administration's "positive economic message" across the United States during the midterm campaign.
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