Embracing A President, Carefully

State GOP Chair: Trip is "a mission of mercy for Dick Blumenthal."

President Obama and Richard Blumenthal


On a day when his once-safe race was downgraded by a political handicapper to a "toss up," U. S. Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal had the delicate task of thanking a fellow Democrat who came to raise needed dollars, while maintaining some distance.

That's not easy when the visitor is the president.

Blumenthal welcomed Barack Obama to Stamford tonight for a fundraiser, yet politely warned the president "on some occasions we may disagree."

Together, Obama and Blumenthal entered the ballroom of the Stamford Marriott, smiling and waving to a crowd of more than 300 supporters, most of whom paid at least $1,000. Obama later dined with move director Ron Howard and 50 others at a $30,400-a-plate dinner in Greenwich.

Blumenthal thanked the president for coming to energize Democrats and raise money to help counter what he called the "$50-million attack machine" of his self-financed opponent, Republican Linda McMahon.

"My opponent thinks she can buy this election, but we know, we know, the people of Connecticut want an election, not an auction," Blumenthal said.