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Schumer: I Haven’t Asked the Clintons to Campaign for Senate Democrats

"I don't think it’s come up yet, no," Schumer said about having the Clintons on the campaign trail in 2018.

By NTK Staff | 06.07.2018 @10:51am

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that he had not asked former President Bill Clinton or Hillary Clinton to campaign for Senate Democrats and wouldn’t say who the leader of the Democratic Party was during an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Wednesday.

Cuomo asked Schumer if he would ask the Clintons to help Senate Democrats in 2018 like he had with former President Barack Obama.

“I don’t know, you’re putting words in my mouth. I said Obama offered to help and do fundraisers. We said yes. It’s up to each candidate to decide which leaders of the party are good in their states and not,” Schumer said.

“But you reached out to Obama. Will you reach out to the Clintons?” Cuomo asked.

“I talk to Obama every so often about things. And that’s the bottom line,” Schumer said.

Cuomo pressed Schumer on the subject again, and Schumer said that he also talks to the Clintons “every so often.”

“If they offered to help raise the money for us, of course, we’d consider it. Absolutely,” Schumer said.

Cuomo then asked Schumer whether the Clintons have offered to help Senate Democrats in 2018.

“I don’t think it’s come up yet, no,” Schumer said.

“I’m chasing because I don’t know who the head of the party is,” Cuomo said.

“It is so rare for a president, a former president, not to help the party that they were a part of. It’s nothing new. It’s not unusual. It doesn’t say there’s a total embrace. It doesn’t say they’re going to campaign everywhere. That’s how it is,” Schumer said. “As for the head of the party, we don’t have a presidential candidate, but the leaders of the Democratic Party are pretty much on the same page when it comes to what we want to do.”

Schumer would be wise to avoid associating with the Clintons, as a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that only 9 percent of registered voters say they are enthusiastic to support a candidate backed by the Clintons.

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