Speed Reads

2014 midterms

Dem. Senator Mark Begich: 'The president's not relevant'

Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) brushed off a question about whether he voted for President Obama by arguing that the inquiry was "irrelevant" to his candidacy.

"I did, but that's irrelevant," he told the Washington Examiner. "The president's not relevant. He's gone in two years."

Republicans have been trying to tie vulnerable Democratic candidates to the president and his agenda ahead of the midterms. Credit Begich for at least offering a straightforward answer, unlike Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, who earlier this month refused to say if she voted for Obama, citing the "sanctity of the ballot box."