October 1st, 2009
04:33 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama to raise money for Dodd in Connecticut

Less than half of Connecticut voters approve of Sen. Chris Dodd.
Less than half of Connecticut voters approve of Sen. Chris Dodd.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama will campaign for yet another vulnerable Democrat in late October, when he travels to Connecticut to raise money for embattled Sen. Chris Dodd.

Dodd's campaign announced the October 23 event on Thursday in an e-mail to reporters.

"As President Obama has said in the past, Senator Dodd's record is an incredibly strong one on behalf of the people of Connecticut and this country, and he's continuing to work with the President to help reform our healthcare system and make sure our financial regulatory rules protect consumers first and foremost," Dodd's campaign manager Jay Howser said in a release.

Dodd's approval ratings have climbed since last spring, but his approval rating is still only in the 40s - a difficult position for any incumbent. According to a Quinnipiac poll released in September, he trails Republican Rob Simmons - one of several candidates seeking the GOP nomination - by four points in hypothetical general election match-up.

The president has raised money and campaigned for other Democrats facing tough re-election challenges, including Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter and New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine.


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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    A crook raising money for a crook. I love American politics.

    October 1, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. Micah

    As a resident of Hartford, CT, I can personally say many people here feel that Dodd is selling them down the river in the Healthcare Reform fiasco. 100,000+ residents in CT will lose jobs, pensions, and retirement plans if the reform goes through as planned. These aren't rich company executives but the typical American families who are worried about the future. I would prefer to have a Senator represent the people in his or her state rather than the party they are affiliated with. Its time for Chris Dodd to go!

    October 1, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. Mike in MN

    This is just one more low life crook or radical Obama hangs out with. Obama sure knows how to pick them, or do the pick him? Crooks of a feather are drawn together, or something like that.

    October 1, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  4. ib

    Obama can't get off the campaign trail long enough to even realize what is actually going on in this country. He campaigns and campaigns; when is the joke for a president going to stay in DC long enough to see what is really going on.

    October 1, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  5. catmom

    Why are some of you acting like President Obama is doing something no other President has ever done? Bush did the same thing until Republicans were so tired of him that no one wanted to be seen near him. The President is the ultimate head of the party and as such he does what he can to see that the party succeeds, that is not new, that is not unusual. It wasn't to Republicans advantage to be seen with Bush during his last four years. That should tell you something about what a great President Bush was. I think you people are so full of jealousy and hate that you can't help but look stupid as you whine about everything President Obama does. Pitiful.....

    October 1, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  6. Rose

    Doesn't Obama have anything better to do??

    October 1, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  7. john

    Stay home, Mr. President. With all of the corruption around Dodd and his family, they are the only people Dodd has done anything for.
    Dodd and all incumbents (both parties) have got to go.
    The lack of anything but supprt of lobbiest requests is horrible.
    Do wat you have to be thinking Mr. President: get rid of the incumbants and get me some honest problem solvers.
    You certainly deserve better and so do the citizens of this great country.

    October 1, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  8. Jenn, Philadelphia

    Didn't the President already "raise" 1 trillion dollars to help out Dodd? Oh right, TARP II wasn't for Dodd, it was to bail him and his banker buddies.

    October 1, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  9. Dave in Illinois

    What became of the new political era President Obama promised in his campaign. How does that square with stumping for every Democratic politic hack who might not get re-elected because the people are finally tired of the empty suits that call themselves Conrgessmen and Senators.

    October 1, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
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