President Barack Obama speaks about exports, jobs, and the economy, Wednesday, July 7, 2010, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is accelerating his fundraising pace, inviting Democratic candidates to decide whether the money he draws is worth the Republican attacks that a presidential visit might bring.
It's not an easy choice for some. Democrats need millions of dollars to defend dozens of House and Senate seats this fall. But Obama's approval ratings are sinking well below 50 percent in several key states.
Obama is headlining four Democratic fundraisers in three days and hosting another four events next week. For now he's playing it safe. He is holding the eight events in noncompetitive states or in a competitive place where he's sure to be embraced: his home state of Illinois.
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