Considering Barack Obama supposedly holds a commanding lead in Wisconsin over Mitt Romney, it’s rather curious he’s fearful of showing up to campaign against Governor Scott Walker before the recall election Tuesday.
With a political war raging in Wisconsin’s vote to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker next week, Democrats are lamenting President Obama’s decision to watch from the sidelines.
And Republicans are gleeful.
Wisconsin is one of several battleground states that Obama must carry to win re-election. But with Walker leading in the polls, Republicans taunted Obama yesterday for steering clear allegedly for fear of a Democratic loss.
“Obama won’t touch this race with a 10-foot pole,” said Wisconsin GOP spokesman Ben Sparks.
He said Obama “learned his lesson” by stumping for losing candidates like Martha Coakley in Massachusetts and Jon Corzine in New Jersey. Walker in the most recent poll this week holds a 7-point lead over his Democratic challenger, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
Democrats also took issue with Obama ducking Wisconsin. He got friendly fire from union members manning a Milwaukee AFL-CIO phone bank.
They were surprised to hear that Obama is scheduled to hold events in Minnesota today, while not planning to stump with Barrett in a bordering state.
The union members said Obama — who claims to be a labor-friendly president — should not leave them twisting in the wind.
Janet Bellow, a retired schoolteacher whose two daughters also teach, said Obama shouldn’t stay silent.
“I wish Obama would do more. He should be here — absolutely. We need to stir up more people for the recall,” Bellow said.
“If Walker wins, the GOP has the upper hand. It will have an impact on the rest of the nation.”