Obama Already Throwing Weight for Midterms

Takes steps for Reid, Specter, Gillibrand 4 months into term
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 26, 2009 8:16 AM CDT
President Barack Obama hands a military care package to Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa. on the South Lawn of the White House, Thursday, May 21, 2009, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – He’s been in office just a few months—but President Obama’s already working to get Democrats elected in 2010, the Wall Street Journal reports. So far this month, Obama has urged a potential candidate to run in North Carolina, battled a primary threat to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, pledged support for Sen. Arlen Specter, and planned to raise funds for Sen. Harry Reid.

While the outlook is good for Democrats next year, “we're all aware that the landscape can change pretty quickly in politics,” said White House adviser David Axelrod. “What seems promising today can be less promising tomorrow.”