first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of “He offers fundraising and organizational muscle like no one else other than the Democratic nominee, who will be otherwise occupied,” Pfeiffer said.To be sure, Obama will likely remain a fundraising powerhouse for Democrats even as the party’s enthusiasm shifts to Hillary Rodham Clinton and her competitors for the 2016 Democratic nomination. And in a few districts, particularly those occupied by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Obama’s endorsement could go a long way toward inoculating Democrats who come under fire from unions and liberals if they vote for trade.Such a scenario could put the president and the unions — traditionally close Obama allies — on opposing sides of Democratic primary fights heading into the final months of Obama’s presidency.“We’re trying to not make this about the president,” Bill Samuel, the AFL-CIO’s chief lobbyist, said in an interview. Still, he warned, “It’s going to be hard for us to convince working families to vote for members of Congress who voted to jeopardize their jobs and their incomes, even if we wanted to.”On Tuesday, the AFL-CIO launched a television ad attacking freshman Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., who announced her support for the bill over the weekend after previously stating she was opposed. The union said Tuesday it was spending upward of $100,000 on the ad, which questions whether voters could ever trust Rice again. WASHINGTON (AP) — As the White House pleads with House Democrats for votes on trade, President Barack Obama is sweetening the deal with an offer of presidential campaign support if Democrats come under fire for their votes from unions and liberals in 2016.Obama has given personal assurances to Democratic lawmakers that they’ll have his strong support next year if they vote yes on granting him the authority he says he needs to negotiate the best trade deals with Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. At the same time, White House officials have sought to differentiate Obama’s offer from the more heavy-handed tactics they say the unions are deploying to scare Democrats — like attack ads and public rallies outside their offices. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Obama is seeking legislation that would allow Congress to approve or reject — but not modify — a pair of trade deals he’s negotiating with countries in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Obama argues the legislation is imperative to negotiating the best possible deal because foreign leaders want assurance that Congress won’t scuttle the deal at the last minute.___Associated Press writer Laurie Kellman contributed to this report.___Reach Josh Lederman on Twitter at” alt=”last_img” />