March 9th, 2010
05:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Carnahan to be in Washington while Obama's in Missouri

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."

Filed under: 2010 • Missouri
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Wake Up

    Wow, Obama is ALREADY being distanced from after 14 months in office? It's obvious both sides of the aisle now know what a trainwreck of a presidency Obama's is. If his policies pass, he will be known as the worst president in history. All while bringing chicago mob style politics into the election. Stay classy Rahm!

    March 9, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. stormerF

    His Missouri trip is for just Union members since it is closed to the Public. Talk about a scripted town hall meeting. Why is the Tax Payer paying for all this campaigning,again and again and agian?

    March 9, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  3. french canadian that cant vote but has a big mouth

    This is Limbaughs home state and their motto is "Show Me the Money and we will show you the votes".

    March 9, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. jules sand-perkins

    Ms. Carnahan didn't have to go to Washington to avoid President Obama's Judas kiss. She could have just said she had a terrible case of the flu–perhaps swine flu, that washing her hands didn't prevent.

    March 9, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |

    hmmmm maybe robin will get re elected since barry boi isnt going to campaign for her if barry boi spent more time in dc and off the tv he might get a reform bill passed he is not a president he is an appointer he is too full of himself an egotistical maniac


    March 9, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. Jon

    She is very wise because whoever teams up with Obama has proven to be suicidal in their political career. Should I mentioned those candidates in Virginia, New Jersy, and MA elections last year within a 3-months period?

    March 9, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  7. Wisconsonite - It's Not Socialism, It's SANITY

    "It's obvious both sides of the aisle now know what a trainwreck of a presidency Obama's is"

    Seriously . . . the only thing "obvious" is that you're an idiot!

    March 9, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  8. dan smith

    Sorry Obama, but Missouri is the Show Me State and so far all you have showed us is a bunch of lies. Coming to Missouri and spreading more filthy lies isn't going to change the outcome of the upcoming Senate election here,in fact Mcaskill will get kicked out of office when her term comes up too. Stay in Washington Obama, don't pollute our fine State with your Chicago thuggery.

    March 9, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  9. haren

    We can not cut just 50 billion from defence budget, but it is alright to cut from education and make school for 4 days.
    Don't blame China or India if our priority is misplaced.
    we can cover all Citizen for health care if we cut defence budget.
    Coffee party let us make this issue in coming November election.

    March 9, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  10. diridi

    just pass this nation's need, health care bill, we can always do public option....later...we need to pass this bill...shame on 7 presidents that failed it. pass and talk....

    March 9, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  11. Benny in IL

    Who cares about this? If that guy Massa is gay he doesn't belong in Congress. It's time we clean up this mess.

    March 9, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  12. MatthewDetroit

    SO today NANCY PELOSI said that in order to find out what is in the

    health care bill we have to pass it first.

    Because it is 2007 pages and she can NOT tell you what is in it she claims we have to pass it in order to tell whats in it.

    This is a joke and a very bad bill.
    No one reads it and it is full of spending.

    Health costs are going UP because the goverment is not paying medicare and medicaid payments to insurance companies and to hospitals. The GOVERMENT IS THE PROBLEM.

    There medicare and medicaid systems DO NOT WORK.

    March 9, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  13. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Limbaugh says he will leave the country if healhcare reform passes, I say good riddance and giveup your citizenship while you're at it. I'm sure Limbaugh won't get away with sprewing his hate in another country, they will behead him.

    March 9, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  14. D.

    Avoiding the Obama's ungolden touch on candidates, since the Chicago mafia took over the WH.

    March 9, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. Center left-out

    Once Health care is passed. The American people will see the benefits and will like it. The Democrats will do fine in November election.

    March 9, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  16. Fitz in Texas

    You folks in Missouri that want to see Obama. Well, you may as well forget it. This is closed to the public and only for the Union members. Oh yes, this President is ever so fair to the hard working taxpayers. The taxpayers that not only are paying for this trip, but all the other trips this guy takes and he doesn't even have the decency to let the public in.

    March 9, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  17. mark ferbet, KCMO

    Remember, Missouri is the state that would rather vote for a dead man, than a corrupt Republican. Blunt is about as corrupt as they get. I doubt Carnahan will have any problems running against Blunt and his mideast allies.

    March 9, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  18. ib

    She's smart; maybe people need to elect her. Sure would beat the Pelosi & Reid lap puppies we have in there now.

    March 9, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  19. joe

    SSSSoooooo FFFFunnnnyyyyy!!!!!

    She's trying to avoid the kiss of death, maybe McCaskill should cancel on him too after Toxic Bam sealed it for Corzine, Deeds, Coakley....

    March 9, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  20. I am the Great and Omnipotent Wizard of Rush and I Say . . .

    I'm voting for Blunt (R-Aetna), because the for profit health insurance companies must be allowed to raise premiums and make more and more money without any government regulation.

    March 9, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  21. m smith

    The president is doing what all presidents are suppose to do but Im sure there will be plenty of comments made. 100% behind the president on health care reform. Mine doubled over this last year. How about yours????

    March 9, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  22. m smith

    Now the big hold up with health care is the abortion language. Which just goess to show you that If they like the language then the ill will be ok. How can the the religious right hold up health care that effects millions. The bill already states that it will not fund abortions. I guess it is ok to die because you are sick Doen't matter how many lives you effect.

    March 9, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  23. Sue

    hahahahahahahaha...........Blunt's office is right.........That is EXACTLY what Carnahan is doing---she is hiding from Obama.

    She does not want Obama to campaign for her, and she does not want to be seen with Obama.

    As if the voters are not going to figure out that any Democratic politician is a sock puppet for Obama, Pelosi, and Reid.

    March 9, 2010 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  24. JOE

    The smart move is to just "STAY AWAY FROM OBOZO"..He and his collection of Chicago scum, trash, are the kiss of death for anyone running for office...Obozo makes Jimmy Carter look BRILLANT... ONE AND DONE..

    March 9, 2010 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |