Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.

President Barack Obama visited Colorado on Wednesday to tout “pretty smart policies” his administration has implemented to help the middle class and hold a fundraiser for a vulnerable Senate Democrat who was not in attendance.

“Thanks to the hard work of you, and some actually pretty smart policies by us, we have come farther and recovered faster than almost any other advanced nation on earth,” Obama said at a rally in Denver.

The president’s visit coincided with a fundraiser for Sen. Mark Udall, who is facing a tough re-election bid against Republican Rep. Cory Gardner. However Udall was not by Obama’s side at the speech, nor will he be at the fundraiser.

Udall’s campaign said he missed the events to vote on the president’s nominee to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development. But the National Republican Senatorial Committee blasted the Democrat for not wanting to be seen with the president, whose poll numbers are sagging ahead of the midterm elections.

The president will head to Texas Wednesday afternoon and hold a discussion with local leaders about the humanitarian situation at the border.

-- Andrew Rafferty