Obama Inches Into Competitive Colorado Senate Race

July 8, 2014 9:31 PM

Obama Inches Into Competitive Colorado Senate Race
" DENVER (AP) – For the first time, President Barack Obama is inching into one of the highly competitive races that could determine whether Democrats maintain control of the Senate this fall. Obama’s trip to Colorado to raise money for Sen. Mark Udall underscores the political risks for vulnerable Democrats of being linked with the increasingly unpopular president.

Obama will headline a high-dollar fundraiser for Udall in Denver on Wednesday but the event is off-limits to news cameras. Udall’s office also says the senator will not attend an economic speech the president plans to deliver in Denver, ensuring that there will be no photos of the two men together.

Republicans quickly pounced on Udall’s plans, eager to link the incumbent to a president with sagging approval ratings, both nationally and in Colorado.

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“Sen. Udall’s message to the president is clear: Help me rake in campaign cash behind closed doors, keep the media from capturing photos of us together, and avoid real Coloradans at all costs,” said Alex Siciliano, a spokesman for Rep. Cory Gardner, Udall’s opponent in the November election "

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