President Obama insisted that his economic policies are "on the ballot" this fall, thwarting Democratic attempts to distance themselves from the president ahead of November 4.
Delivering a speech on the economy at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, Ill., Obama said although he is not on the ballot, his policies are.
"I’m not on the ballot this fall. Michelle’s pretty happy about that," Obama said. "But make no mistake: These policies are on the ballot, every single one of them."
Obama's statements fly in the face of Democratic Senate candidates Mark Pryor, Kay Hagan, and Alison Lundergan Grimes, who have made a concerted effort to stress that the 2014 midterm elections are not about Obama or his policies.
In a campaign advertisement against Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), Grimes went so far as to boldly declare "I'm not Barack Obama."