President Obama hasn’t hit the campaign trail for Sens. Arlen Specter (D-PA) and Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) in their contentious Democratic primaries tomorrow — but he has recorded some robocalls to get out the vote for them.
A reader in Pennsylvania sent us an excerpt of a robocall that Obama recorded for Specter, and the authenticity of the call was confirmed to us by the Specter campaign, who told us that it has gone out to 100,000 homes in the state.
In the call, Obama talks about everything Specter has done to advance the Democratic agenda, starting with the stimulus bill last year — a key point for a former Republican who is having trouble winning the trust of his new party’s voters. Obama credits Specter with “…casting the deciding vote for our Recovery Act, and fought hard to provide affordable health insurance for 1.3 million Pennsylvanians. Vice President Joe Biden and I need Arlen Specter in the Senate, fighting alongside us. Please cast your vote on May 18th for the man who has a proven track record of delivering for Pennsylvanians — your Democratic Senator Arlen Specter.”
As Greg Sargent reports, Obama has also recorded a robocall for Blanche Lincoln: “Blanche is leading the fight to hold Wall Street accountable. She’s standing on the side of workers who lost their jobs in this recession by extending unemployment insurance payments. On health care, Blanche took on big insurance companies by voting to end discrimination against Arkansans with preexisting conditions.”