The chairman of the House Democrats' campaign committee said Friday that President Barack Obama listens to individual lawmakers when deciding whether or not to campaign for them.
Van Hollen's comments come as it appears President Barack Obama will
not make a stop for Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), whom he endorsed over
Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) in the party's Senate primary. Specter and
Sestak are running neck-and-neck, according to several polls.
Democrats from traditionally Republican districts are considered
vulnerable to losing their reelection bids, and Van Hollen's comments
suggested they would be better served by eschewing an appearance with
Obama has made some high-profile campaign stops for several candidates who did not win reelection in close races, such as Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, who lost to Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D), who lost to Gov. Chris Christie (R).
With regards to Specter, Vice President Joe Biden suggested that Obama's schedule wouldn't allow for a campaign stop.
the Maryland Democrat, who helms the Democratic Congressional Campaign
Committee, said that Obama is a great help to Democrats everywhere,
even if he doesn't stump for all of them.
"I think Barack
Obama helps everybody by making the points he made last night in terms
of drawing the contrast [between Democrats and Republicans]," he said.
Cross-posted to the Briefing Room