Franken Won’t Commit To Appearing With Obama
With Barack Obama visiting St. Paul’s Union Depot tomorrow, and Democrat Party Chairman Ken Martin saying he is happy to talk about Obamacare, will Al Franken be making any public appearances with the unpopular President?
Franken voted with Obama 100% of the time in 2013 even as the President’s approval rating in Minnesota plummeted to an all-time low. On Monday, Franken’s office told the NY Daily News that Franken won’t commit to appearing publicly with the President in Minnesota tomorrow.
“Al Franken’s record is a total rubber-stamping of President Obama’s agenda,” said RPM Chairman Keith Downey. “Between casting the deciding vote for the Obamacare debacle to supporting President Obama 100% of the time, why wouldn’t Al Franken want to welcome the President to Minnesota?”
Many vulnerable Democrat Senators, such as Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), are actively avoiding the President on the campaign trail. With Minnesota now a battleground state for control of the Senate, it begs the question if Al Franken will be the next vulnerable Democrat to give Obama the cold-shoulder.
“When Obama speaks Wednesday in St. Paul, Minn., on the economy, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) ‘hopes he can join the President,’ a spokesman for the former funnyman said. ‘But it’s uncertain if his schedule will allow for travel since the Senate is in session.’” (Source: NY Daily News, Feb. 24, 2014)
In 2013, Al Franken Voted With President Obama 100 Percent Of The Time. (CQ Voting Studies – Sen. Al Franken, CQ Roll Call, Updated February 2014)
“When President Barack Obama comes to the Twin Cities on Wednesday, he’ll make a stop at Union Depot in St. Paul to discuss transportation and transit issues, a source confirmedSaturday.” (Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press, Feb. 22, 2014)
“The trip to discuss the economy comes as his popularity in the state is at an all-time low, with approval from 43 percent of Minnesotans.” (Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, February 20, 2014)