Obama will campaign for Patrick
The Hiller Instinct: Obama will campaign for Patrick
But when we asked does that make you like Patrick more or less? 26% said more...35% less.
Hiller asked, "Any chance the trip could politically backfire on you?"
Patrick and Obama have been exchanging endorsements and support for years, beginning before Patrick was first elected.
Our poll says Obama is more popular than Patrick in Massachusetts--but the president's influence among Democrats here is suspect after he campaigned for Martha Coakley and she lost to Scott Brown.
Hiller: "As you know, some Democrats are not asking the president to campaign with them."
Patrick: "I'm not one of them."
Hiller: "Did you even think about not asking him?"
Patrick: "No, no, no...it was wonderful that he offered."
At this point, the president needs Patrick as much as the governor needs him, perhaps even more.
Because if Patrick loses, the conventional wisdom may become that Obama can't win in 2012.
I'm Andy Hiller & that's my instinct.
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