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Sen. Blanche Lincoln fights for her political life

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Interest groups on the Democratic side continue to target her on myriad fronts – the environment, healthcare reform, the Employee Free Choice Act, gay and lesbian issues. Even local farmers want her to be more supportive of them rather than big agriculture.

Earlier this week, Lincoln danced on a political high wire at the Senate Democratic Policy Committee Issues Conference in Washington when she urged President Obama “to push back on ideological extremes at both ends of the political spectrum,” according to Lincoln’s news release.

A prickly exchange with Obama

She also said that one of her constituents “fears that there's no one in your administration that understands what it means to go to work on Monday and make a payroll on Friday.”

In turn, Mr. Obama pressed back, cautioning Democrats against wanting to return to the Bush administration’s agenda.

“If our response ends up being, you know, because we don't want to – we don't want to stir things up here, we're just going to do the same thing that was being done before, then I don't know what differentiates us from the other guys,” Obama said.

When asked if the question and answer session with Obama would be viewed as positive or negative in the campaign, Lincoln campaign spokeswoman Katie Laning Niebaum said, “She does not view the question-and-answer session through a campaign lens.”

Obama’s strong words toward the moderate faction of his party hit Lincoln directly.

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