Patty Murray
Sen. Mark Udall skips Obama Colorado visit to focus on women's issues

Home state visits by President Obama have been a tricky business for this year’s crop of vulnerable Senate Democrats. So when Obama made his swing through Colorado on Wednesday to raise money for Mark Udall’s campaign, the senator opted for the safer move— staying in Washington for a vote and to introduce legislation that may be far more helpful to his campaign than an appearance with the unpopular president. As Obama was on his way to deliver remarks on the economy in Denver’s Cheesman Park on Wednesday morning, Udall held a news conference in Washington with female senators and House members to announce a new bill that would bar employers from denying contraceptive coverage. In a...