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Liability-in-Chief: Obama Becomes 'Invisible Man'

10-30-2014
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WASHINGTON -- Call him "the invisible man." Democrats on the campaign trail are acting as if President Barack Obama doesn't exist.

With his approval rating near the lowest of his presidency, many Democrats want their commander in chief to steer clear of their campaigns.

"They think he is just plain more trouble than he'd be worth," ABC News Political Director Rick Klein said.

In Kentucky, Democrat Alison Grimes, who's running against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., won't even say if she voted for the president.

It's frustrating for the president who's proven himself a formidable campaigner and a White House that's proud of its record.

So instead of campaigning, the president has hit the road to brag about his policies.

"Now, I am not on the ballot this fall," he said. "Michelle is pretty happy about that. But make no mistake: These policies are on the ballot -- every single one of them."

It's an admission that made Democrats across the country cringe. Even former White House adviser David Axelrod called it a "mistake."

Take a look at pretty much any poll and you'll understand the uphill battle facing Democrats running for Senate.

According to CNN, nearly 70 percent of Americans are angry about the way things are going in the country. More than half, 53 percent, say they're scared.

And a Washington Post/ABC News poll shows Americans disapprove of the president's handling of a range of issues, from the economy to immigration issues to the threat of terrorism.

There is one place though voters see the president almost every day: Republican television ads.

"Days after Kay Hagan took office she pushed Obama's stimulus bill," said an ad for North Carolina Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis.

And in a new Senate ad, Dan Sullivan takes aim at his opponent, saying, "Mark Begich pretty much voted with the president on just about everything."

In these final days before the election, the president will travel to a handful of states that he won in 2012.

But he won't campaign for any candidates in races that will decide which party controls the Senate. In fact, many of his stops will focus on races for governor.

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