(RepublicanWire.org) – With President Joe Biden’s popularity still close to a historic low, Democratic candidates who want a big name supporting their campaigns are reaching out to his predecessor, Barack Obama. Unfortunately for them, Obama is turning them away. The former president says his presence energizes Republicans — but is the real reason that he sees a disaster coming and doesn’t want to be linked to it?
November’s midterm elections are just weeks away, and a lot of Democratic candidates are nervous. Many of them are looking for party heavyweights to give their campaigns a boost, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is a divisive figure, and President Biden’s approval rating is staying at or below 40%.
Candidates who want a backer that voters might actually like are begging former President Obama for his support — but Obama wants to take a “limited and careful” approach, according to CNN, and plans to turn down those requests.
People close to Obama say he believes “his presence fires up GOP opposition just as much as it lights up supporters” and it’s more helpful for him to stay away from individual campaigns, but former political strategist Steve Bannon has a different theory. He says Obama is predicting an electoral disaster for the Democrats and “doesn’t want the stench of defeat on him.”