About the Show

Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

On the Next Episode of The Lead

We've moved! Come join us at our new show page.

We've moved! Come join us at our new show page.

January 29th, 2014
12:50 AM ET

Will red state Democrats campaign with Obama?

(CNN) - President Barack Obama had plenty of lines during tonight's State of the Union address that brought his fellow Democrats to their feet.

But supporting the President is trickier for Democrats facing re-election in red states; there are no fewer than four Democratic senators running to keep their seats traditionally Republican states.

One of them is Alaska Senator Mark Begich. The link to his official website boasts Begich is "As Independent As Alaska."

Obama plan to go it alone on some issues and push executive order doesn't play so well in Alaska, and likely won't help a guy trying to bridge the gap between the parties.

"You have got to be very careful of how far you extend those executive powers," said Begich.

While the Alaskan senator says he understand Obama's desire to get things done and the frustration with Congress, he notes several successful bipartisan bills addressing the budget, appropriations, and defense authorization, as well as progress on the farm bill.

"I would encourage the President to work with us, not just have a slew of executive orders. I think that's going to upset the balance and also create a lot of controversy not just from Republicans, but some of us that are much more moderate and view this careful balance that we have a role here," said Begich.

"If they go too far you'll clearly hear push back from me. There's no question about it," said Begich.

For more of our interview with Senator Mark Begich, check out the video above.

soundoff (No Responses)

Comments are closed.