DENVER—Sen. Mark Udall has been a staunch ally of President Obama’s, but you wouldn’t know it from his comments after Tuesday’s State of the Union address.
With Obama’s approval rating hitting an all-time low in Colorado, the Democrat Udall dodged four times questions by CNN’s Dana Bash on whether he would ask the president to campaign with him in this year’s reelection race.
“We’ll see what the president’s schedule is, we’ll see what my schedule is, but Coloradans are going to reelect me based on my record, not the president’s record, not what the president’s done but what I’ve done and how I’ve stood up for Colorado,” said Udall.
His efforts to distance himself from the Democratic president drew a quick response from his would-be Republican opponents on Twitter.
“@MarkUdall can try to run from the failed Obama record, but he can’t hide the fact that he votes 96% of the time with the pres,” said state Rep. Amy Stephens (R-Monument) in a Tweet.
Quipped state Sen. Owen Hill (R-Colorado Springs): “Even @MarkUdall is ashamed of the terrible record of unemployment and cronyism of @BarackObama.”
Meanwhile, Republican strategist Ryan Williams called it a “disaster video for @MarkUdall.”
“Painful to watch him dodge questions about campaigning w/ @BarakObama,” said Williams in a Tweet.
CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer noted that several Senate Democrats facing reelection this year have been less than enthusiastic about the idea of campaigning with the president.
“He [Udall] wouldn’t be the first Democrat who’s up for reelection who has a busy schedule when the president comes to his or her state,” said Blitzer.