Weeks ago, President Obama stated that “every single one of” his policies “are on the ballot this year.” The quote has already popped up in multiple ads tying Democratic Senate nominee Michelle Nunn to his policies and agenda, as it has in other races across the country.
Now, President Obama has said something else that will cause headaches for Nunn and other Democrats leery of being seen as too closely associated with the president.
Yesterday he sat down for an interview with MSNBC’s Al Sharpton.
“The bottom line is, though, these are all folks who vote with me; they have supported my agenda in Congress,” Obama stated, in part. “So this isn’t about my feelings being hurt. These are folks who are strong allies and supporters of me. I tell them — I said, you do what you need to do to win. I will be responsible for making sure that our voters turn out.”
Given the overall Senate landscape this year, the comment is going to cause problems for Democrats, from Alaska to Arkansas and Louisiana, and on over to Georgia. His approval ratings in the Peach State have consistently hovered in the high 30s to low 40s, which means Michelle Nunn is sure to be hearing about these comments again over the next two weeks.
The Washington Post’s report of Obama’s comments noted “he’s really only saying something that most political observers already believe to be true — that however much distance these Democrats are seeking from the president, they will generally be on-board with his agenda.”