WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, doesn’t want President Barack Obama to campaign for him.
The first-term senator, who is seeking re-election in November, made the comment to CNN following Obama’s State of the Union address.
“If he wants to come up, I’m not really interested in campaigning,” Begich said.
Begich, who touts himself as an independent leader in the Senate, noted that he won his Senate seat in 2008 while Obama lost the state by 22 points.
The Democrat told CNN that he has butted heads with the administration over energy policies.
“What I’d like him to do is see why his policies are wrong,” Begich said. “I’d like to be able to show him some of the issues that we have battled the federal government on, and try to get his policies changed that directly affect us.”
Begich said the president is more than welcome to visit Alaska to learn about how the administration’s energy policies are hurting the state.
“If he wants to come up there and learn about Alaska, bring it on. I’ll drag him around, I’ll show him whatever he wants to see,” Begich told CNN. “But I want to convince him and show him that some of his policies are not the right direction. So I don’t need him campaigning for me, I need him to change some of his policies.”
Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, former state official Dan Sullivan and Tea Party-backed Joe Miller are hoping to capture the Republican primary to face Begich.