WASHINGTON, D.C. (KMOX) - With 45% of Americans now “strongly disapproving” of President Barack Obama’s job performance in the latest Rasmussen poll, can the president still count on strong support from a couple of key supporters in his 2008 White House bid?
In the run-up to that election, Democrat Claire McCaskill was an early Obama backer when many of her colleagues were still supporting Hillary Clinton.
But during a stop in the St. Louis area Tuesday, McCaskill seemed to sidestep when asked whether she will support Obama in his 2012 reelection bid.
“I think what America will have next year is a choice,” she told KMOX News, “and I think it will be a pretty vivid choice.”
She admits that President Obama has made mistakes during his first term.
“However, I think it is accurate to say I’m supporting the president’s reelection over any of the Republican candidates that are currently in the field,” she added.
The president can count on solid support from at least one Missouri Democrat.
“I do endorse the president for 2012,” said Congressman Russ Carnahan during a tour of a St. Louis County manufacturer during a week-long jobs tour.
He adds that support is unconditional and not based on which Republican might eventually win that party’s nomination.
Carnahan believes Obama has provided a steady hand while guiding the country’s economic ship through extremely turbulent waters.
“The president has dealt with multiple and complex issues that have landed on his plate,” Carnahan suggested. “He was presented with an economy that was in very tough shape.”
He believes that given another four years, President Obama offers the best hope for putting the economy back on track.
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