Obama: Sen. Boxer could lose

President Barack Obama (AP)

President Barack Obama delivered Democrat-friendly California a stark message Monday: Liberal Sen. Barbara Boxer might lose her re-election race if her supporters don’t work hard.

The president’s stern words in a state where he remains popular and Boxer won her last re-election race in a rout underscored the perilous political environment confronting all Democrats in this midterm election year — and showed Obama is all too aware of the dangers.

“I don’t want anyone here taking this for granted,” he said at a reception at the California Science Center, the first of a trio of fundraisers Monday night for Boxer and the Democratic National Committee.

“Unless she’s got that support she might not win this thing, and I don’t think that’s an acceptable outcome. So I want everyone to work hard,” the president said.

All incumbents face an uphill battle because of the economy, Obama said, though he insisted it’s turning around.

At the second event Obama faced a handful of hecklers demanding to know what he was going to do to get rid of the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy that prevents gays from serving openly in the military. The heckling grew so insistent that Obama responded, saying that he and Boxer supported overturning the policy.

“So I don’t know why you’re hollering,” Obama said, telling them to yell at people who oppose lifting the ban.

Their shouts were drowned out by cries of “Yes we can! Yes we can!” from others in the crowd.

Obama also used the fundraisers to make a pitch for the financial regulation overhaul legislation awaiting action in the Senate, saying it was necessary to rein in Wall Street and attacking Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell by name for opposing the bill. Obama plans a speech on the issue Thursday in New York.

Boxer herself, who’s seeking a fourth term, referenced the perceived enthusiasm gap between the Democratic base and the revved-up tea party movement — which is supporting one of her Republican opponents, state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore — and said her supporters had to battle back.

“Are you ready to go toe to toe to them, cup by cup by cup? Because I am,” Boxer said. “We’re in a run for our life. We’re all being tested now. The times are testing us.”

The events were expected to raise between $3 million and $3.5 million for the senator and the DNC, with ticket prices ranging from $100 for a reception to $17,600 for dinner with the president. Two events were at the California Science Center and the dinner took place at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.

They were among Obama’s first appearances on behalf of a candidate since his health care overhaul passed Congress last month.

An independent Field Poll last month found Boxer running about even with the three Republicans who are competing for the nomination in the state’s June 8 primary; she has only token primary opposition.

Even so, most analysts give Boxer the advantage, especially compared with some other Senate Democratic candidates or seriously endangered incumbents such as moderate Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas. But whereas Obama might not be welcome in conservative Arkansas, he was cheered in California, where he remains popular — far more popular, in fact, than Boxer.

His approval rating stood at 52 percent in a Field Poll last month. By contrast Boxer was viewed favorably by only 38 percent of California voters.

And unlike in other parts of the country, both Obama and Boxer could benefit from passage of the health care law. A Los Angeles Times/University of Southern California poll this month said California voters have a generally positive view of the health care bill. Forty-six percent said they would be more likely to vote for a lawmaker who supported the bill compared with 29 percent who said they would not be.

In addition to DeVore, Boxer’s Republican rivals are businesswoman Carly Fiorina and former Rep. Tom Campbell.

In a conference call with reporters Monday, Fiorina said Obama is on a “rescue mission” to save Boxer when the state’s troubled economy needs help.

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8 Responses to "Obama: Sen. Boxer could lose"

  1. b mcclellan  April 20, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Yes we What?
    No we Haven’t.
    Beware the Quo ?

    Mr President,
    the feinting, the back door angst sells to fools fearful of your own departure of that which cannot be soon enough, spineless bureaucrat that you are.
    Why not stand and criticize everyone including yourself,
    baring blame all for the lack of empirical change you touted so verbose ?
    Nah, we saddle the people with one more false idea of change that remains penniless in it’s fruition for the masses, golden for the few who sit on their asses. Hack2E..

  2. griff  April 20, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Oh no! What will the world do if Barbara Boxer loses her seat? Folks, we are indeed screwed if this happens.

    Hurry, every one pack your bags – we’re heading to California! The fate of the entire world – nay the universe – hangs in the balance. Westward ho!

    News?

  3. b mcclellan  April 20, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    What end of the crowd feels important today ?
    We must play..
    No charge for carry-on.
    Generally , favorable view is a very wide way to hide bullsh@t.

  4. Carl Nemo  April 21, 2010 at 12:01 am

    I was stunned by the President’s somewhat “cubby” reaction to the crowd concerning his promotion of Ms. Boxer.

    It seems that desperation is the order of the day…no? It’s is my hope that Barbara fails at her attempt for reelection as too Nancy Pelosi; ie. two feelgood traitors to the Republic, both scheming and facilitating this nation’s demise, all for a few dollars more.

    These two women are both she-wolves in sheep’s clothing. Their committment is first and foremost to feeding their NWO, corporatist sponsors with the tax milk of their captive electorate slaves. If their state continues to launch these crimpols to high office, then we all must suffer at the hand of their ever so cunning corporatist friendly legislation.

    Carl Nemo **==

    • logtroll  April 21, 2010 at 7:25 pm

      Bravo! Well-written, articulate, and mindful. Encore, please!

  5. Klaus Hergeschimmer  April 21, 2010 at 6:18 am

    The Lexus Liberal D-Crapper® Barbara Boxhead has done little more than spout the same kind of platitudes Nancy Fancy ‘No more blank checks for the Chimp’ Pants Pelosi has in sending this nation to war in Iraq. Both of these D-Crappers carried PNAC/AIPAC water with glee but acting like they were doing all they could to stop the Chimp’s war & occupation which the stupid D-Crappers now own. The D-Crappers are the stupidest paper hanging S.O.B’s on the face of the earth. I am dismayed at my dear neighbors who are progressive and yet keep voting for Boxhead & Fancy Pants with the same devotion of Kool Aid drinking Jim Jones D-Lemmmings®. I keep telling them that Obomber is carrying on nearly everything the Chimp was doing but they keep their D-Blinder®s on tight. Stupid D-@#$!@!#!!! (I think I need to sit down calmly and take a stress pill)

  6. AustinRanter (AKA Gregg)  April 22, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Darn.

  7. Almandine  April 27, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    We can only hope.

    Remember the govt contracts her husband got from the military when she was (is) on the committee responsible for oversight?

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