April 28th, 2010
09:29 AM ET
5 years ago

Candidates at Obama events in Missouri, Illinois

 Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, the Democrat’s Senate candidate, will appear with President Obama in Missouri on Wednesday.
Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, the Democrat’s Senate candidate, will appear with President Obama in Missouri on Wednesday.

(CNN) - This time the candidate will appear at the president's event.

Last month Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, who's also the Democrat's senate candidate, didn't team up with Obama when the president was in her state for a speech on health care reform and a political fundraiser. Instead, Carnahan was in the nation's capitol.

Republicans pounced on Carnahan. Their claim: Carnahan was trying to keep her distance from the White House in what's shaping up to be a tough election year for Democrats.

Democrats dismissed that charge and said it was a scheduling conflict. Her campaign said she was attending to official state business as part of her job as secretary of state.

Wednesday Carnahan is scheduled to be with Obama when the president tours an ethanol plan in Macon, Missouri, as part of his "White House to Main Street" tour.

Carnahan is locked in a battle against Republican Rep. Roy Blunt for the seat of retiring Republican Sen. Christopher Bond.

Later Wednesday the president is scheduled to speak about the need to pass financial reform at an event in Quincy, Illinois.

Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, the Democratic Senate candidate in his state, is scheduled to join other statewide officials in appearing with the president at the event.

Giannoulias is facing off against Republican Rep. Mark Kirk for the Senate seat once held by Obama and now by Sen. Roland Burris, who is not running for a full term in office.

Giannoulias has seen his bid for the Senate rocked by the controversy over his family's bank, which was taken over by federal regulators last week.

The White House says this tour, which started Tuesday in Iowa, is not a political trip. But the president is speaking out about the economy - the top issue on the minds of American voters - in campaign-like settings. The tour also comes just over six months before this year's crucial midterm elections. With unemployment hovering just below double digits, the Democrats will try to defend their large majorities in the House of Representatives and the Senate, and their smaller advantage in controlling the governorships.

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Filed under: 2010 • Alexi Giannoulias • Illinois • Missouri • Robin Carnahan
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Randall in Torrance, CA - The Republican Way: No rules, no oversight, no government regulation = no economy

    Never believe anything a Republican says. Here's why:

    1. "There are Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq" (Bush)

    2. The Economy is fine. (McCain)

    3. The Iraqi's will welcome us. (Bush)

    4. Mission Accomplished (Bush)

    NEVER AGAIN!

    OBAMA-BIDEN 2012!

    April 28, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. Hows that oil slick coming along drillers?

    Carnahan will win,shes highly qualified for the job.

    April 28, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. Bill H.

    Yes indeed! Robin Carnahan for the U.S. Senate! Now that's a winner folks!

    April 28, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. Tom from Missouri

    Ha Ha Ha Ha! This is the democrats big senate candidate for our state? I live here and I have never heard of her! The people here in Missouri are struggling to survive, while Obama and his entourage fly all over the place every week for fundraisers staying at fancy hotels and eating at fancy restaraunts using our tax dollars to pay for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are sick of the democrats and Obama, we are voting republican, that is who we are.

    April 28, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. Dar

    Carnahan has a very little chance here in Missouri along with her brother Russ. Missouri did not want the HC Bill passed and Russ told us that he knew better......................Well guess what, we the people now know better and both of the Carnahan's are dommmmmmed here now. As most Dems will be in November. YEAH

    April 28, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. Steve- Illinois

    Great! I hope Disappearing Debbie Halvorson shows up too!! Giannoulias, whose family bank failed, I'm sure had nothing to do with the millions in loans he approved to people associated with organized crime. Hopefully his appearance with Obama will be the kiss of death to his Senate campaign!

    April 28, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  7. Bill

    Robin Carnahan needs to realize that her appearance with Obama indicates that she will lose the election.

    April 28, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. dan smith

    Obama ought to stay out of Missouri,he's scr*wed the state up enough already. Thanks to his stimulus bill Missouri is now 5 hundred million in debt. Before he took office Missouri had a surplus from fiscally responsible Republicans running the state-thanks a lot Obama!

    April 28, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. Willy Brown

    Barry going out there and ruining all those democrats. Thank you!

    April 28, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. cm

    Don't trust too many of them Obama.
    They try to be sneaky. I can see through all of them.

    April 28, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. Charles W. Skinner

    Not a political trip my foot. This is EXACTLY a political trip, and it will backfire on the Democrat candidates terribly, given the poor performance that President Obama and he Democrat controlled Congress have put forward over these past two years.

    Conservatism is on the rise. Expect a BIG swing in power come January of 2011, and then expect Pres. Obama to become the "obstructionist" candidate of "NO."

    April 28, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. wake up

    remember when Obama was "post partisan"? Wow, his campaigning for a crook like Giannoulias just further proves Obama is the biggest in my lifetime. but the kool aid drinking obamabots will keep lapping it up and bowing to the king.

    April 28, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |