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AK Dem Sen. Begich Won't Say If He Wants Obama To Campaign For Him

CNN ANCHOR: If the president offered to come to Alaska to campaign for you, would you accept that offer?

SEN. MARK BEGICH: He's been to Alaska several times, as he's passed through on the way to Asia, so people at the end of the day will elect me based on what I'm doing when I've been representing Alaska. I was born and raised in Alaska. People know me. No matter where I go they want to know what Mark Begich is doing to help Alaska move forward on the tough issues. That's what I'll be campaigning on. That's what my focus will be. 

CNN ANCHOR: Is he helpful though, to your reelection? Would his presence be helpful to you?

BEGICH: I think anyone who banks on any politician coming to the state is not working on what they need to do. I focus on what people want me to campaign on. If the president wants to come up here that's his decision. If he comes up there, I'm going to take him up to the Arctic. Show him ANWR. Tell him why we need to drill up there. Change his mind on that if I can. Bang him over the head a few times over it. If he wants to come and see what he needs to change his position on, I'm gonna do it.

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