Via CBS News:
President Obama has already committed to an aggressive fundraising schedule this year to benefit congressional Democrats, but the White House insisted today that he doesn’t think he needs a Democratic majority in the House to accomplish his agenda.
“It goes without saying that a president wants those in his party to do well,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters today. However, he added, the 2014 midterm elections are “not a focus of his particularly at this point.”
Mr. Obama will hold at least 14 fundraising events this year for Democrats running for Congress in 2014 — noticably more events than he’s committed to in past election cycles. The Washington Post reported over the weekend that after winning re-election in November, the president began almost immediately to work on putting the House of Representatives back under Democratic control. Following his election night victory, the Post reports, Mr. Obama called House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
“The president understands that to get anything done, he needs a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives,” Israel told the Post. “To have a legacy in 2016, he will need a House majority in 2014, and that work has to start now.”