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Can you blame them?
Kentucky has never been fertile political ground for the 44th president of the United States, but lately, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his allies use President Barack Obama as a daily, sometimes hourly, punching bag. (How many times have you heard the phrase "Obama's war on coal" this month?)
Meanwhile, McConnell's Democratic opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, feels compelled to declare on television that "I'm not Barack Obama."
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As Grimes scrambles to distance herself from the president, who remains deeply unpopular in Kentucky, voters haven't had the chance to hear much from the man who has traveled the country trying to raise money and deny McConnell the opportunity to become majority leader of the U.S. Senate.
On "60 Minutes" Sunday night, the president said he thinks Democrats will keep control of the Senate, telling interviewer Steve Kroft that his administration has helped oversee a number of economic successes, and he hopes voters will see that.
"Hopefully they get a chance to hear the argument," Obama said. "Because all I'm doing is presenting the facts."
So, Kentucky voters, this is your chance to hear from the man you've heard so much about in recent months.
Perhaps at his most succinct, Obama wrote in a fundraising email in August on behalf of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee that the Senate was "at stake."
"If the GOP gains just six seats, the same Republicans who just voted to sue me will control both houses of Congress," Obama wrote. "Republicans will control everything in Congress from Medicare to education. I don't need to tell you how devastating the consequences would be."
In fundraising appearances and speeches, Obama has focused most of his remarks on the economy, and he does have a better story to tell than he did during the midterms of 2010, when Republicans overwhelmed Democrats and retook the U.S. House of Representatives in what Obama later called "a shellacking."
As he noted in a speech to the Congressional Black Caucus over the weekend: "After the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, our businesses have now created 10 million new jobs over the last 54 months. This is the longest uninterrupted stretch of job growth in our history. In our history."
At a New York City fundraiser last week for the DSCC, which is now running ads on behalf of Grimes, the president told donors that "over the last six years, by every economic measure, we are better off — unemployment down; deficit cut by more than half; energy production booming; clean energy doubled; our financial system much more stable than it was before; the stock market obviously doing pretty good — which means that not only New York does well, but 401(k)s across the country have been replenished."
"An auto industry has been saved; the housing industry has steadily improved. High school graduation rates are up; college attendance rates are up," Obama said. "Millions of people have health care that didn't have it before — and by the way, despite the predictions from the naysayers, it turns out that we've actually slowed the growth of health care costs in this country in an almost unprecedented fashion, which it's estimated saving us about $800 billion so far, despite improvements in quality."
In making his pitch to donors, the president routinely blasts Republicans for what he says is an obstructionist agenda that offers no solutions, telling a DSCC fundraiser in Tisbury, Mass. in mid-August that "what's preventing us from getting things done right now is you've got a faction within the Republican Party that thinks solely in terms of their own ideological purposes and solely in terms of how do they hang on to power."
"And that's a problem," Obama said. "And that's why I need a Democratic Senate. Not to mention the fact that we're going to have Supreme Court appointments, and there are going to be a whole host of issues that many people here care about that are going to be determined by whether or not Democrats retain the Senate."
In those same remarks, Obama praised Senate Democrats for what he said are "pragmatic" and "common sense" solutions.
"That's how we got health care passed," Obama said. "That's why we've been able to make progress on an issue like climate change. That's why we've been able to grow the economy and bring down the deficit."
The president often closes his remarks at fundraisers by urging Democrats to "feel the same sense of urgency about this midterm election as you would in a presidential election," noting that Democrats are "congenitally disposed towards not turning out during midterms elections."
"Because what we're able to do over the next two years — help people have higher minimum wages, and make sure that folks have family-friendly policies at their work place; making sure that childcare is affordable, or early childhood is something that we invest in; or rebuilding our roads and our bridges, and putting people back to work — all that is going to depend on whether or not we've got a Democratic Senate that's serious," Obama said at the Massachusetts event.
With that, we now return you to your regularly scheduled programming, where an anti-Obama ad is sure to be playing.