May 19th, 2010
02:35 PM ET
4 years ago

Will Obama's coattails help or hurt in the midterms?

President Obama backed Sen. Arlen Specter in Tuesday's primary.
President Obama backed Sen. Arlen Specter in Tuesday's primary.

(CNN) - With his loss in the Pennsylvania's Democratic Senate primary, Sen. Arlen Specter became the latest high-profile candidate that a boost from President Obama couldn't save.

Specter, the Republican-turned Democrat, lost Tuesday to U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak.

Sestak called his victory "a win for the people, over the establishment, over the status quo, even over Washington, D.C."

Observers called it a bruise for the White House.

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  1. rachel

    President Obama has no coattails right now, the last few contests have seen anyone who he even midly endorse have problems and eventually lose. The dem who won murtha's seat specifically went against the agenda the president passed. The only one that might survive is Blanche Lincoln.

    May 19, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. Steve- Illinois

    The old guard needs to retire! If not voluntarily, the voters will do it for them! Specter is a great start! Once we clean house of these career politicians, our government will be much better when politicians realize they are there to serve, not to be served!
    If the current state of this country is something these guys consider an accomplishment, then retirement is the best thing for them!

    May 19, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Willy Brown

    Everytime Barry opens his pie hole republicans gain another seat.

    May 19, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. Sick and tired of Lazy GOP

    President Obama's coat tail will do neither. It is time for the DEMs to stand on their own feet; it is time for the DEM's to take the lead for them selves and stop being so spineless! The President can't do it all. The biggest part of the problem is that he does not have any one helping him; every one is expecting him to help them. Stand up Democrats and get a spine; Stand up and tell us what your mission is and what you believe in; Stand up and believe in your mission -remember it is okay to care MORE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE instead of caring MORE FOR AMERICAN CORPORATIONS!

    May 19, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. Sick and tired of Lazy GOP

    Let's get real, Senator Specter is 80 YEARS OLD! And Lincoln is really a republican NOT a Democrat. Need I say more?

    May 19, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. stephen pagnozzi

    I personally don't think the President will be influential for any candidate, nor should he. Every candidate should be choosed acording to her or his performance, period.

    May 19, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    I wonder if Willy Brown was aware that the only seat that was voted on yesterday, went to a democrat. From a district in PA that has a lot of conservative Reagan democrats, it looks like the baggers, right wingnuts, and GOP are not viewed as the answer.

    May 19, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. rob

    Thats easy, almost every race has been a disaster for Obama. Even Murtha's seat that the Dem won, he positioned himself as a Republican, against Obama's and the Dem leadership's legislative agenda.

    May 19, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. Liberalism is a mental disorder

    Please keep pandering for the Dems BHO....you are doing a bang up job....please especially go help Pelosi, Reid, etc.....then they most certainly will lose as did specter, just like he helped in Virginia, NJ and Carolina....can't wait....PLEASE,PLEASE keep "helping" BHO!!!

    May 19, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. ajax

    I just wish Obama would spend more time working to fix the unemployment problem and stopping illegal immigration than trying to get more dems elected.You can't say reps.are the problem because dems control the Senate and House and the presidency and can't stop anything as proved by the passage of healthcare bill

    May 19, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. Marty, FL

    Willy Brown,
    Actually, Republicans have gained only one legislative seat electorally since the 111th Congress began. Dems have won seven of the eight seats with the special election yesterday of Congressman Critz.

    May 19, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  12. Marge

    Democrats saw Specter as a republican and that he would always be a republican no matter his change to get elected.

    We had enough of the Blue Dogs and would not take a not so core Democrat over a real Democrat, put Sestak in the winner's seat. And it will always be that way.

    So this time Obama had nothing to do with the outcome of the race. But when he campaigns for REAL Democrats over republicans in the fall his COATTAILS as you call them will matter. It will help the Democrat win. win. win. And the republicans fall in to the dust where they belong. With what they caused the last eight years and what they are doing in congress now they don't deserve to even be called an American.

    May 19, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. GL

    I live in Pittsburgh and we are hard cord Democrates and Specter loss have nothing to do with President Obama. If you don't live in this state please do not comment. This state is not a TEA BAGGER REPUBLICANS STATE.

    May 19, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. Bill in California

    DELIVER THE HEAD AND THE REST WILL FOLLOW. The EMPEROR'S blank check days are coming to an end in November. The lackeys in congress who waited on him hand and foot will be the first to go leaving him with LAME DUCK stature after serving only 2 years. RIP DIMRATS 2010.

    May 19, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. Big O

    "The Democrats will increase their memberships in both the House and Senate because of President Obama's leadership of this country"

    You're kidding me right? You sir live in a fantasy land.

    May 19, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. Four and The Door

    Time for another Obama speech telling the American people he heard what they are telling him in the voting booth. He can say what a great effort he will make towards bipartisan management and working for all citizens. Then he can turn off the teleprompter and go back to being the greedy, self-serving political tool for the far left that he always has been. Did we not learn that when he signed a health insurance bill that passed the Senate only by reconciliation?

    May 19, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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