Obama urges Snyder's defeat despite common ground

AP News
Posted: Oct 31, 2014 10:52 AM
Obama urges Snyder's defeat despite common ground

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — When President Barack Obama campaigns in Detroit on Saturday, he'll urge the defeat of a Republican governor with whom he has more common ground than most.

And Rick Snyder, unlike others in the GOP, doesn't go out of his way to condemn the unpopular president.

Snyder's approach is part necessity since he's working with Obama's administration on several issues, particularly about Detroit. But it's mostly personality — the governor avoids partisan rhetoric in an attempt to remain "relentlessly positive."

It's different in other states where Obama's campaigned for Democratic gubernatorial candidates before the midterm elections.

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker said voters see Obama as a "failure."

Michigan's GOP says Obama's visit is a liability for Democratic candidate Mark Schauer. But Schauer says voters know Obama stands for middle-class values.