Obama raises money for absent Colo. senator

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado is benefiting from President Barack Obama's fundraising prowess without the pleasure of his company in a tough race for re-election.

He could have had both.

But Udall opted to work in Washington on Wednesday while the president headlined a fundraiser on his behalf in Denver. Obama's poll ratings hover around 40 percent in Colorado.

Udall's aides say there is nothing political about the decision, noting he cast a vote to confirm a new Cabinet secretary and worked on legislation while Obama was in Colorado.

Republicans scoff, saying Obama's poor poll ratings make him politically toxic in Colorado and that Udall is running scared.

Obama made no mention of Udall's absence during his remarks and noted that Udall doesn't always agree with him on issues.

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