Schumer: Obama 'very amenable' to helping Senate Dems in midterms

Schumer: Obama 'very amenable' to helping Senate Dems in midterms

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNo agreement on budget caps in sight ahead of Memorial Day recess Ex-White House photographer roasts Trump: 'This is what a cover up looked like' under Obama Pelosi: Trump 'is engaged in a cover-up' MORE (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that he expects former President Obama to continue participating actively in national races ahead of the November midterm elections.

Schumer told The Washington Post that he has reached out to the former president on a number of issues related to 2018 Senate races, but declined to specify what he hoped Obama would do for congressional Democrats seeking to retake the majority in November.

"I've asked him to be involved in certain ways and he's been very amenable," Schumer said.

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Obama has become involved in a number of campaigns already, fundraising for vulnerable Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillLobbying world Big Dem names show little interest in Senate Gillibrand, Grassley reintroduce campus sexual assault bill MORE (D-Mo.) and endorsing Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report Jeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general This week: Democrats, White House set for infrastructure, budget talks MORE (D-Calif.) in her primary against liberal challenger Kevin De León.

Schumer also defended vulnerable Democrats including Sen. Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezEnding the Cyprus arms embargo will increase tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean We can accelerate a cure for Alzheimer's The Hill's 12:30 Report: Manafort sentenced to total of 7.5 years in prison MORE (D-N.J.), who had his remaining corruption charges dismissed by the Justice Department earlier this year.

“Menendez works really hard for New Jersey and when they find out that Mr. [Bob] Hugin embraces Trump and was an executive of a drug company that raised prices and got into all kinds of trouble ... [Hugin's] not going to win that race,” Schumer said, referring to Menendez's GOP challenger.

Asked whether former President Clinton or 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFrustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' Poll: Nearly half of Clinton's former supporters back Biden Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE should be involved in rallying Democrats, Schumer deflected.

"It's up to each candidate if they want them or don't want them," he said.

Democrats hope to retake the Senate and House in November. A Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday showed the party with a 7-point lead over Republicans on a generic House ballot heading into the fall, a number that has fluctuated and been deemed a toss-up in recent months.