President Barack Obama has told Senate Democrats that he’s willing to stay away from election battles where his presence would not be helpful, a Democratic source said — an apparent nod to his poll numbers.
Obama’s comments came when he and former President Bill Clinton attended the Senate Democrats’ issues conference at Nationals Park on Wednesday.
Sources at the meeting said Obama assured Democrats that maintaining control of the Senate is his top priority this year.
“I don’t remember him (Obama) saying he wouldn’t be offended if he wasn’t invited (to help campaign), but he certainly acknowledged how low his numbers are in certain states,” a source told CNN.
But Obama also noted “they are bad in some states overall,” and “that certain people would need him to help in certain parts of those states,” that source said.
According to a CNN/ORC International poll conducted last weekend, Obama’s approval rating stood at 45%, with his disapproval at 50%.
Those numbers are slightly better than two months before, when the approval ratings ran at or near all-time lows for the President.
But it’s still far below where it stood a year ago, at his second inaugural, when his approval rating stood in the low to mid 50s in most polling.
With a number of vulnerable Democratic senators up for re-election this year, sources at Wednesday’s meeting said Obama vowed to do what he could to support Democratic candidates.
SOURCE: Jim Acosta and Dana Bash