September 3rd, 2010
10:53 AM ET
12 years ago

Feingold to miss Obama Wisconsin visit

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" When President Obama comes to his home state on Labor Day, Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold will not be joining him."](CNN) - When President Barack Obama heads to Wisconsin on Labor Day to talk about the economy, one of the top Democrat's in the state won't be teaming up with the president.

Obama is scheduled to talk to working families and union members at Milwaukee's annual Laborfest Monday afternoon. While Sen. Russ Feingold will make a stop at Laborfest in the morning, he'll be gone by the time Obama arrives.

According to his campaign, Feingold will be at events in his hometown of Janesville and in Kenosha during the afternoon, when the president is in Milwaukee. The campaign tells CNN their schedule was set before the White House on Monday announced the president's Labor Day visit.

The three-term Feingold faces a very tough re-election against businessman Russ Johnson, the presumptive Republican nominee. Two of the top political handicappers, the non-partisan Cook and Rothenberg political reports, rate the race as a "toss up."

When the president was in Wisconsin last month, Feingold spent the day with him.

"I will stand with the president of the United States anywhere, anytime, no hesitation. I'm proud of what this president has tried to do," Feingold told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in an interview last month prior to Obama's visit.

A University of Wisconsin Badger poll of state residents conducted early this summer indicated that Obama's approval rating as president stood at 49 percent, with 46 percent disapproving of his job in the White House.

–CNN White House Producer Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report

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Filed under: 2010 • President Obama • Russ Feingold • Wisconsin
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Another one running as far away as he can from the "job killer" that brought us this wonderful "summer of recovery." Hope for Change in 2012, Impeach Obama.

    September 3, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. wake up

    How embarrassing for Obama. Even a left winger like feingold is ditching him.

    See even the left wing is scared of the marxist obama. Why does obama have so many marxists in its administration??? Why is he destroying this debt with big govt, big debt and crony spending???

    September 3, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. Emma WI

    Bye bye, Russ. You've had your career in politics, time to return to life as a private citizen. Ron Johnson for Senate! Throw the bums out!!!!

    September 3, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. carlos

    if you vote for any talipublican:

    LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE, PRAY and DANCE like your tomorrow is not guaranteed

    September 3, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. Debbie

    See, this is just what I mean. Dems just do not stick together. I hope Feingold lose in november. The repubs are just loving this!

    September 3, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. Eric

    "Feingold to miss Obama Wisconsin visit"

    Hee hee, yeah, I bet he'll "miss" the Obama visit.

    Obama visits are great... for republican challengers.
    VA, NJ, MA... and counting.

    September 3, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. scott

    What comes after the Summer of Recovery???? The Fall of Obama!
    The party of No will be the party of NOvember! Enjoy your trip to Camp David Obama you really do deserve more time off.

    September 3, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. gate

    Feingold has more intelligence and integrity than almost anyone else in Congress. Wisconsin would be doing itself and the nation a grave disservice by not re-electing him. He has always questioned both parties and can be counted on to provide an independent view on all issues. I wish I lived in Wisconsin so I could vote for this man.

    September 3, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. jim

    Feigngold doesn't want to be seen with the president as it would do more harm than good.But it doesn't really matter with the economy stuck in the gutter. The only thing that will save his seat is an economic turn around and i don't see that in the cards before Nov.

    September 3, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. rachel

    Doesn't matter if you appear with him or not Russ I am not voting for you. I and i know many of my friends wont either. It' time for you to go.

    September 3, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. USA

    Feingold is obviously distancing himself from this very unpopular president. He is in a very tight race and realizes that the president has done a poor job and wants nothing to do with him. This is probably the first smart thing Feingold has done in the last year.

    September 3, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Good luck Russ, WE NEED YOU IN THE SENATE!!!!!

    September 3, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. Charles W. Skinner

    The fact that Sen. Feingold, of all people, is in trouble in Wisconsin of all places speaks volumes about how bad the outlook is for the Democrat Party in the November Elections. Feingold has attempted to do EVERYTHING that the Liberal voters have desired for decades, and he's gotten most of it in these past 4 years of Democrat Congressional control.

    What he has done has finally ticked off the Republican voters of Wisconsin sufficiently to actually come out and actively try to kick him to the curb.

    Expect a MUCH more Conservative Congress in 2011.

    September 3, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. Fair is Fair

    Sources tell CNN that similarities between Feingold being over 100 miles away during Obama's visit to that of recent Obama visits to Georgia, Missouri, and Texas, are... we quote... "purely coincidental".

    September 3, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. JANUARY 20, 2013 - THE END OF AN ERROR

    Oh my, how things change. Two years ago Liberals thought Obama could walk on water. Now they don't dare be seen with him.

    Feingold is toast.

    September 3, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. barry

    Now why would Feingold not want to be seen with a Democrat President? Oh's his survival instincts. Our President will just blame somebody anyway. We would be better off if he stuck to golf, vacations, interior decorating, whatever and quit ruining this great country. He never has taken responsibility. He will just blame Bush, blame GOP, blame the professional left. Blame anybody to keep from taking responsibility. The Obama recession is taking the country down but of course in his mind it's somebody else's fault. He will have thousands of his little minions to continue to enable his behavior by telling him what a victim he is. Sick. Just sick.

    September 3, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. Fair is Fair

    Sometimes I actually feel sorry for Obama... whenever he goes somewhere, democrats in close races scatter like cockroaches when someone turns on the lights.

    September 3, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  18. Dale


    Cannot dodge the president now. You already signed your retirement papers with HC and stim

    September 3, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. Right Leaning Independent

    In other words "two unpopular Dems stay far away from each other".. Reminds me of how the Repubs did not want Bush to join them on the campaign trail... Oh how the whole Dem party has imploded.... Obama should enlist Bill Clinton to join him if he needs help gathering a crowd!!!!

    September 3, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. seebofubar

    I'm sure Fingold would like to be a million miles fron toxic Obama. Any association with our looser of a president would kill any chance of his re-election.

    September 3, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. ABM

    Shame on him. There is no excuse to not be there. Once again this is why the Dems appear to be weak. SUPPORT your President and leader!

    September 3, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. gt

    ha ha ha ,,, come on russ ,, your running as far and as fast as you can from obama....nice try.. russ you have been there way to long , go find get a real job.....are you trying to beat sen. byrd record.. just retire...

    September 3, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. all of America

    Ain't that too bad,another dem distancing himself from the looser , Feingold would be better off not being seen with him !

    September 3, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  24. Dar

    Obama is scheduled to talk to working families and union members

    What about the people that aren't in the UNION Odumbo, what about them.
    Odumbo is so intertwined with the union's that it is making people sick to realize that they threw their votes away on this lier.
    What about your great stimulas that was going to save us?????
    it did save the union's, but what about the normal working people of America. What have you done for them?

    September 3, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. howie

    If you were a democrat, would you like to be a part of Obamas agenda. I would not, especially if I were up for reelection.

    September 3, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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