Mary Burke Awkwardly Distances Herself From Obama Presidency

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke said she would "probably look to other models" instead of President Obama when modeling her leadership style in Wisconsin.

Following an enthusiastic endorsement from Michelle Obama on Tuesday, Burke awkwardly tried to distance herself from the president in an interview with MSNBC's Kasie Hunt.

Burke, who has struggled to defend herself against accusations of plagiarism, said perhaps she would model her executive style after Abraham Lincoln. Her comparison to Lincoln makes sense, given a famous line from Lincoln's 1863 Gettysburg Address–"government of the people, by the people, for the people"–was lifted from 14th-century English Reformer John Wycliffe.

President Obama is expected to make a campaign stop in Wisconsin to support Burke before the November 4 midterm elections.