Claire McCaskill: Who's This Obama You Speak Of?

As Barack Obama jets in to Missouri today to perform his role as Fundraiser-in-Chief, Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill suddenly has found the urgent need to be anywhere but near Obama.

It’s funny. Last Friday she claimed she’d always stand by her man.

Pointing to other obligations, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D., said she will be in Washington, D.C., while the president is in Missouri on Tuesday raising money for his reelection campaign.

McCaskill, up for reelection herself next year and a top target of Republicans hungry for video footage of her and the president, said she isn’t trying to avoid Obama.

“He’s the President of the United States. Of course I’ll be seen with him,” McCaskill said on Friday. “Whoever thinks that I’m going to avoid being seen with the president doesn’t know me very well.”

But McCaskill won’t be seen with Obama on this trip. McCaskill said she will be in DC for senate votes, as well as a previously planned fundraiser for her own campaign.

The Republicans aren’t buying this and have already released an ad taunting McCaskill.

“It’s no surprise that Senator McCaskill doesn’t want to be seen with President Obama, but Missourians aren’t going to just forget that she provided the deciding 60th vote for ObamaCare, that she continues to make excuses for his failed $787 billion stimulus, or that she wants Washington to drive our national debt even higher with more reckless spending,” said Chris Bond, spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, in a statement Monday previewing her visit.

Monday, the Missouri Republican Party launched a web video highlighting the state and nation’s high unemployment rate, dubbing it the “Obama-McCaskill” economy. They point to a campaign video McCaskill filmed for Obama in 2008, where she said “our economy needs Barack Obama,” a quote Republicans say they’ll never forget.

Here’s the spot:

Both McCaskill and Obama are mired at 43% in recent polls, Obama in a PPP poll. He lost Missouri by four points in 2008 and is polling even lower than that showing. McCaskill’s 43% actually shows her polling slightly ahead of potential GOP challengers but any incumbent under 50% faces an uphill climb.

Democrats have to defend 23 seats in 2012 as opposed to the GOP’s 10. Judging by the tone of Democrats they’re beginning to fear the worst.

One Democratic aide, whose boss is facing reelection in a swing state, said of Obama: “There are no coattails.”

Republicans will capture control of the Senate if they net four seats in 2012 (three if Obama loses). The map favors the GOP; Democrats are defending 23 seats, Republicans only 10.

Obama will surely endear himself to the locals today as he ties up traffic just as the Phillies-Cardinals game should be letting out.

A regular man of the people.