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Charlie Crist bucks trend and welcomes Obama's campaign help

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While some high-profile Democrats are distancing themselves from President Obama on the campaign trial, Florida gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Crist isn't one of them.

When asked Tuesday if would welcome the president's campaign help, Crist responded, "I hope so," the Tampa Bay Times reported.

"I hope everybody does," said the Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat.

Not everybody will.

Kentucky Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has gone out of her way to distance herself from the president and his policies, particularly those she says would hurt the state's coal industry.

Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, who is up for re-election, said he isn't afraid to buck the president, telling the Washington Post last month he hopes to be "a thorn in his [posterior]."

“There’s times when I’m a total thorn, you know, and he doesn’t appreciate it," the senator said.

And Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., who faces a tough re-election battle this year, declined a ride on Air Force One earlier this year when the president traveled to her home state, preferring instead to remain in Washington.

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Sean Lengell

Congressional Correspondent
The Washington Examiner

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