Obama keeps a low public profile in Wisconsin recall fight
MILWAUKEE — Ever since the recall wars erupted in this battleground state, the Obama campaign has been faced with a dilemma: how involved does the President get in a polarizing fight with huge national overtones?
Less than two weeks to go before the June 5 election, the answer seems pretty clear.
The Obama forces are pitching in with voter turnout and fund-raising appeals. But the President has avoided taking a vocal role in the conflict, and there is little expectation of an Obama visit to Wisconsin in the homestretch of the campaign.
Whether Obama will be speaking out about the race in the coming days or sending top surrogates here is still unknown.
“The President has made it very clear where he stands in this election,” said Obama campaign spokesman Tom Reynolds. “He offered his clear support for (Mayor Barrett) the night of his primary victory. Obama for America has been working hand-in-glove with the mayor’s campaign ever since then. We’re going to continue to work with the campaign to figure out how we can be most helpful in the closing days.”
In an interview Wednesday, national GOP chairman Reince Priebus attributed Obama’s low public profile in the Wisconsin conflict to fears about the outcome June 5.
“What good can come from Barack Obama being tied to a losing effort in Wisconsin when we know he needs to come back in a few months and try to win Wisconsin for the presidency?” said Preibus, former chair
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