With the elections a week from Tuesday, President Obama is kicking it into high gear, out looking for support for Democratic candidates.
Obama will head to Rhode Island Monday to try to pump up voters ahead of Election Day. He’s working to raise money for congressional Democrats just days after wrapping up his longest campaign swing yet in the western U.S.
The president’s time on the road appears to be paying off. Obama’s approval rating has jumped from 48 percent to 54 percent, while a Newsweek poll found that 48 percent of voters were more likely to vote Democrat versus 42 percent supporting Republicans.
Other polls have shown the GOP gaining ground.
Not everyone approves of the president—Rhode Island’s democratic candidate for governor is angry at Obama for refusing to endorse him.
Frank Caprio told WPRO-AM that Obama can “take his endorsement and shove it.”
Obama is refusing to endorse anyone in the Rhode Island governor’s race. Jen Psaki, the White House Deputy Communications Director, made the announcement in a conference call with reporters on Sunday, but refused to give a reason why.
According to CBS News, many believe that Obama isn’t endorsing Caprio because Caprio is running against former Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee. Chafee, who is running for governor as an Independent, served with Obama in the Senate. Considered one of the Senate’s most moderate Republicans before leaving the GOP in 2006, Chafee endorsed Obama for President in 2008. It’s thought that Obama is staying out of the race because as head of the Democratic party, he can’t officially endorse Chafee.
The White House is refusing to comment on Caprio’s remarks, which include an accusation of playing Washington insider politics.
Caprio had been scheduled to appear with Obama at two events on Monday. There is no word as to whether he is still keeping his commitment.
Michael Steele, the Republican National Committee Chairman, will also be in Rhode Island stumping for votes. Steele said on “Meet The Press” that he is confident that Republicans can win both the House and Senate.
Most polls show that Republicans are likely to gain control of the House, but not the Senate.