Michigan Senate: Stabenow Would Welcome President Obama’s Help

Saddled with “slumping approval ratings, Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow says she’ll be proud to campaign with President Obama frequently in 2012,” POLITICO reports.

"I’d like him to be there as much as possible. He helped save our economy in Michigan," Stabenow said in an interview with POLITICO last week in her Hart Senate office.

Stabenow, who has “served in elected positions since age 24, heads into her fight for a third term facing some early warning signs.”

Just 37 percent of Michiganders approve of her job performance, according to an early January Detroit News poll.  Unemployment remains hovering at 12 percent in a state that’s suffered from a decade-long recession.  And a resurgent GOP is emboldened by its gains in the statehouse and takeover of the governor’s mansion.

With the defeat of “Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Stabenow will become chair of the Agricultural Committee, which takes the leading role in crafting the farm bill.”

She’s also recently signed onto the nonpartisan No Labels movement even though she still views herself as a progressive.

“I think what people are asking for is not to change your philosophy or values, but to keep the labels at the door and actually solve problems. That’s what people want," she said.  “They’ve been trying to figure me out for years. All I can tell you is I’ve been working across the aisle for 30 years. The farm bill, I worked with Saxby Chambliss and Kent Conrad and the whole gang, was not exactly liberal. I don’t think I fit a category.  When I’m out fighting for the auto industry, what’s that? When I’m out there for small business, what is that?”


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