[Rushtalk] Is Obama Losing His Charisma?
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Mon Oct 20 14:23:13 MDT 2014
By Jeff Mason
UPPER MARLBORO Md. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama made a rare
appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the
Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of
crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity.
With approval levels hovering around record lows, Obama has spent most of
his campaign-related efforts this year raising money for struggling
Democrats, who risk losing control of the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 4 midterm
Most candidates from his party have been wary of appearing with him during
their election races because of his sagging popularity.
Not so Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown of Maryland, who is running for
governor, and Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois, who is running for
re-election. Obama plans to appear at an event for Quinn later in the
"You've got to vote," Obama repeated over and over at a rally for Brown in
Upper Marlboro, Maryland, near Washington.
Democrats have a history of not turning up to vote in midterm elections.
"There are no excuses. The future is up to us," Obama said.
A steady stream of people walked out of the auditorium while he spoke,
however, and a heckler interrupted his remarks.
Obama's help, or lack thereof, may not matter much to Brown, who is 11
points ahead of Republican opponent Larry Hogan, according to an average of
polls by RealClearPolitics.
Quinn's race is tighter. He is ahead of Republican opponent Bruce Rauner by
1.8 points, according to the RealClearPolitics average.
Obama is scheduled to spend the night at his Chicago home after the
campaign event for Quinn.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)
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