Who Says Obama Has Stood Aside on Wisconsin?

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He's backing Barrett all the way.

Obama Supports Tom Barrett In Tweet During Final Hours Before Wisconsin Recall.

"It's Election Day in Wisconsin tomorrow, and I'm standing by Tom Barrett. He'd make an outstanding governor. -bo," Obama said in a tweet Monday evening.

The underwhelming show of solidarity follows weeks of speculation around why the president, who has been traveling around the country for a host of fundraisers as part of his reelection bid, did not stop in Wisconsin to campaign for Barrett.

Just last week, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney mistakenly told reporters in the daily press briefing that Obama had not endorsed Barrett, when in fact he did on May 8. Carney later corrected his comments in a tweet after the Obama campaign issued a statement confirming the president's previous endorsement.

On Monday, Carney tried to downplay Obama's absence from Wisconsin amid the historic recall when pressed by reporters on the subject. "The president absolutely stands by Tom Barrett and hopes he prevails," Carney said. "The fact is the president has made clear all along his opposition to those who would take away workers' rights, to actions that would take away or diminish workers' rights, and he's also made clear his support for Tom Barrett."

At his final rally in Kenosha, Wis., on Monday, a reporter asked Barrett about Carney's statement that Obama is supporting Barrett.

"I didn't know that" he said that, said Barrett. "But it feels great. It feels good. I'm glad to have" the president's support.

It could make all the difference.

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Crook writes about the intersection of politics and economics.

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