WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama spends part of Friday helping out two fellow Democrats who face tough re-election battles next year.
The president is the main attraction at a fundraising reception and event in Boston for Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.
Just 3 in 10 Massachusetts voters think Patrick deserves re-election in 2010, according to a WHDH-TV/Suffolk University poll conducted last month. The survey also suggests that 42 percent approved of how Patrick's handling his duties as governor, with 49 percent saying they disapprove of how he's doing his job. The poll also indicates that Obama remains very popular in the Bay State.
Prior to the fundraiser, the White House says the president will tour a research laboratory at MIT, an institution that has been developing cutting edge clean energy technology, in Cambridge. The president is scheduled to make comments following the tour.
Later Friday, Obama teams up with another Democrat facing a difficult re-election next year, Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut. The president and the senator are expected to tour a small business in Stamford before Obama headlines a fundraising dinner for Dodd.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Rep. Joe Wilson's wife Roxanne has been diagnosed with swine flu, the congressman's office confirmed to CNN on Thursday.
The South Carolina Republican who gained instant notoriety in September for shouting "You lie!" at the president told The Hill newspaper on Thursday that he plans to keep his distance from his wife when he returns home this weekend.
Wilson said he plans to get the H1N1 vaccination soon, but only after "the majority of the American people" receive it.
Rep. Greg Walden, R-Washington, is the only member of Congress to have contracted swine flu. He tweeted the news on Monday, revealing plans to head off to "seclusion for a while" while he recovers.
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