In tight Virginia races, Democrats cutting ties to Obama

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    Oct 19, 2011 1:34 AM GMT
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    ROCKY MOUNT, Va. — Three years ago, Democrats in Virginia couldn’t get enough of Barack Obama — a popular, transformational figure running for his first term as president.

    But as Obama arrives in Virginia Tuesday for a two-day swing to promote parts of his jobs plan, some Democrats are distancing themselves from him — even in supposedly blue Northern Virginia.

    Less than a month before critical legislative elections, several Democratic legislators say they have reservations about the president and will not commit to supporting him next year. At least one longtime state senator has announced he will not vote for Obama in 2012.

    “He’s frustrating me, just like he’s frustrating others out there,’’ said Sen. Linda T. “Toddy” Puller, a Democrat who faces Republican Jeff Frederick in a tough reelection campaign in Fairfax and Prince William counties.

    House Minority Leader Ward L. Armstrong (D), who is fighting for reelection after Republicans eliminated his district during redistricting, released a TV ad in response to an attempt by his Republican opponent, Del. Charles D. Poindexter, to tie him to Obama in the Southside district.

    In the ad, Armstrong dismisses the notion. “That’s a stretch, Charles. I’m pro-life, pro-gun, and I always put Virginia first.”

    Nationally, Obama’s job-approval ratings have sunk, as a stalled economy has bled millions of jobs and congressional partisan bickering has led to a downgrade of the federal government’s credit rating.

    Even before the president’s trip was announced, Republicans in Virginia had been tightening the screws, aggressively challenging Democrats’ hold on the state Senate in part by tying them to the president. Recent polls and interviews with voters show that Republicans may have had some success.

    “The last thing they want to do is be tied to the hip of an unpopular president,’’ Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) said. “If he wanted to help these Democrats, he would stay far away from Virginia. They’re trying to save their skin.”
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    Oct 19, 2011 1:40 AM GMT
    Out at my end of the state, Congressman Boucher a 20+ year Democrat lost his career over Obama in the last election cycle. here in this part of the south, the Label D, attached to Obama is a dangerous mix. Boucher was well liked by both parties until this stigma came about.
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    Oct 19, 2011 2:36 AM GMT
    realifedad said Out at my end of the state, Congressman Boucher a 20+ year Democrat lost his career over Obama in the last election cycle. here in this part of the south, the Label D, attached to Obama is a dangerous mix. Boucher was well liked by both parties until this stigma came about.


    I suspect things are still bound to get worse given the upcoming scandals that are playing out ... At this point though given that I think the Republicans will take both the House and the Senate, not sure it really matters too much whether or not Obama wins or loses... but given that the US economy has historically performed best when they have faced a deadlocked government with a Democrat in the White house and Republicans in Congress... that may be the best outcome but I do strongly believe there are number of laws that need to be reformed/repealed and the tax code has to be completely overhauled.

    Is it not crazy that Canada - Canada - is ranked higher in economic freedom than the US now?