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Itís that bad: Even Al Franken wonít be seen with Obama
Hotair ^ | 06/27/2014 | Noah Rothman

Posted on 06/27/2014 8:18:09 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

With Republicans in Washington thus far successfully fending off insurgent tea party challengers in competitive races, odds makers are now indicating that the GOP has a better than even chance of retaking the upper chamber of Congress in November.

President Barack Obama’s sinking job approval rating is not helping boost Democrats’ chances. Speaking anonymously to The Hill, one Democratic Senator said Obama’s “unpopularity” is troubling. “It’s a tense time,” the source said.

It is with this backdrop that Obama descended on Minnesota on Thursday where freshman Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) is seeking reelection. Franken has spent the last six years maintaining as low a profile in Washington as possible, shying away from national press and casting himself as a lawmaker exclusively focused on the interests of his constituents.

Obama won Minnesota by 10 points in 2008 and 8 points in 2012. With one exception, no public opinion survey has shown Franken leading his likely GOP opponent, businessman Mike McFadden, by less than 10 points in over a year. Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight indicates that Franken has a 90 percent chance of being reelected in the decidedly blue North Star State.

And yet, Franken in taking no chances. On Friday, CNN reported that the comedian-turned-politician is avoiding being caught on camera in proximity with the Democratic President of the United States.

CNN anchor John King reported on Friday that both Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Franken cancelled a scheduled appearance with Obama and a flight on Air Force One. He noted that both Senators intend to be in Minnesota, but appear to be going out of their way to avoid Obama.

“Is the president that toxic?” King asked his panel. “Are they that worried about Minnesota that they’re trying to over-manage this?”

The Washington Post’s Jackie Kucinich supposed that Franken was merely trying to cover his bases. “He doesn’t want to cozy up to the president and then pay for it later,” she said.

“It’s the bluest of blue states,” King marveled. “If Al Franken will not stand next to President Obama in this election year, it tells you everything you need to know about Arkansas, Alaska, North Carolina.”

Franken spokesman Ed Shelleby said on Thursday that the senator had to cancel a flight on the presidential airplane and a joint town hall in order to cast a vote to confirm new ambassador to Iraq. Shelleby added, however, that the senator expects to be in Minnesota today to attend an economic policy speech by the president.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: alfranken; obama

1 posted on 06/27/2014 8:18:10 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Comedian??? Is that what he was? Never thought he was very funny.


2 posted on 06/27/2014 8:19:21 AM PDT by Tallguy
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To: SeekAndFind

How many times has the clown voted against Obama? We all know the answer for that one. That’s why he should be voted out so forcefully that no amount of Democrat voter fraud can recount him back into the Senate.


3 posted on 06/27/2014 8:21:00 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: SeekAndFind
and this after his going out of his way to TOUT...Obamacare????


4 posted on 06/27/2014 8:21:03 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: SeekAndFind
Lived in minnesota for over 50 years and finally escaped a few years ago.

There is no way at all that the socialist hellhole would not re-elect the zero-boyking in a landslide if it could.

5 posted on 06/27/2014 8:21:31 AM PDT by coder2
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To: SeekAndFind
ROTFL! That title says it all.
6 posted on 06/27/2014 8:21:53 AM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: SeekAndFind

But will he vote to support Obama’s policies?

Yes, yes he will.


7 posted on 06/27/2014 8:25:31 AM PDT by chris37 (heartless)
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To: Tallguy

Comedian??? Is that what he was? Never thought he was very funny.

Was very Dry and ZZZZZZZZZ Boring


8 posted on 06/27/2014 8:27:22 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: SeekAndFind

Diaper boy is in trouble. Queue the mini violin.


9 posted on 06/27/2014 8:33:09 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: SeekAndFind

I want to see Franken living in a van - down by the river.


10 posted on 06/27/2014 8:35:56 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: Tallguy

He is a comedian... Obama’s plan is not Al’s plan... doh Al....


11 posted on 06/27/2014 8:38:07 AM PDT by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: MeshugeMikey

He looks more like the Joker every day.

He’s avoiding any association with Obama because Barry isn’t anti-American enough or Stalinist enough. You watch... That clown is running for President someday (if we still even have elections then).


12 posted on 06/27/2014 8:52:57 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: SeekAndFind

I thought Obama was going up there to campaign for the diaper wearing bunny rabbit?


13 posted on 06/27/2014 8:53:56 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: SeekAndFind

The voters in Minnesota are much funnier than Al Franken.


14 posted on 06/27/2014 9:21:39 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SeekAndFind

No Democrat running for office this year wants to seen with or near “Nutcase” , “Insane”, Obama!!! Fact is: Unless the Democrats throw Obama under the bus, by forcing him to resign or impeaching him.....most of them will lose their elections anyway!!!


15 posted on 06/27/2014 9:26:29 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is to defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!.)
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