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Feingold dodges Obama during Milwaukee Labor Day events

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MILWAUKEE (WSAU) - When President Obama comes to Milwaukee on Labor Day, one of the state’s most prominent Democrats will not be with him.

The Journal Sentinel says U.S. Senator Russ Feingold will attend a pre-parade event on Monday morning at Milwaukee’s Laborfest. But he won’t be in town later in the day when the president arrives to speak at Laborfest about the economy.

Feingold has his own Labor Day appearances planned in Kenosha and his home town of Janesville.

Feingold spent the day with Obama the last time the president was in Wisconsin last month. They appeared together in Menomonee Falls and Milwaukee. Feingold is in a tough re-election battle this fall. And he has denied trying to distance himself from a president that’s below 50 percent in major approval ratings.

The two have differed on Wall Street reforms and the troop build-up in Afghanistan. But Feingold told the Journal Sentinel last month, “I will stand with the president of the United States anywhere, any time, no hesitation. I’m proud of what this president has tried to do.”

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