Obama: Still Got It?

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Low approval ratings make him a potential liability on campaign trail.

After months of limiting his campaigning to party fund-raising, President Obama — in the final days before midterm elections — is breaking out of Washington to crisscross the country in a late-stage campaign sprint, even as some Democrats still are sprinting the other way.

The president is hoping that, despite a job approval rating that stands at 42 percent, the power of the presidency and his own personal charisma may be enough to sway some of the closer congressional and statehouse battles.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday that Obama’s schedule reflects a “serious commitment by this president to supporting Democratic candidates on the ballot.”

The president and his aides for weeks have battled claims that Obama is a political liability for his party. To the chagrin of vulnerable Democrats, Obama last week even pronounced that Democrats avoiding him “are all folks who vote with me” and “have supported my agenda.”

But the president, no doubt mindful that a photo op with him can be used as a weapon by Republicans in tight races, nevertheless is playing it safe as he hits the trail.

The president’s schedule for the next several days will take him through six Obama-friendly states he won in the 2012 elections. And he’s largely staying away from contentious Senate races, opting instead to make appearances in support of gubernatorial candidates.

The first stop, on Tuesday, is Wisconsin, where Democrats once again are trying to unseat Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

From Wisconsin, Obama plans to travel to Maine, Rhode Island, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Connecticut to boost Democrats running for governor. The only Senate candidate he plans to appear with is Rep. Gary Peters in Michigan. Obama made his first appearances on the 2014 campaign trail just over a week ago, rallying for gubernatorial candidates in Illinois and Maryland.

The president has been a rare sight on the campaign trail this year, where his low approval ratings make him a potential liability for his party.

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