Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama heads to Missouri Wednesday, as part of his bid to win passage of his health care reform proposals. The president will also headline a fundraiser for fellow Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. But Robin Carnahan, the Democratic candidate running this year for the Missouri's open U.S. Senate seat, will be missing from the picture.
The Carnahan campaign says their candidate will not able to team up with Obama while he's in her home state because she'll be in Washington, attending to official state business as part of her job as Missouri's secretary of state. The campaign says Carnahan's agenda includes meeting with financial regulators and policymakers to demand tough federal action to regulate Wall Street and protect consumers.
Carnahan's campaign says her event in Washington was scheduled before the White House announced that the president will be in Missouri Wednesday.
Carnahan will most likely face off this November against Republican Rep. Roy Blunt, the former House minority whip. The Senate battle, between two leading political families in Missouri, is for an open seat, as incumbent Republican Kit Bond is not running for re-election.
Updated 7:30 p.m.: Discussing Carnahan's trip to Washington, Blunt campaign spokesman Rich Chrismer says "Robin Carnahan can't hide from her rubber-stamp support of Barack Obama."