President Obama said Democrats know how to win presidential contests but need help in the midterm elections.
At a fundraiser for Senate Democrats Tuesday night in McLean, Va., Mr. Obama said his party needs to hold onto the Senate this year.
"Democrats are really good at presidential elections these days, if I do say so myself," Mr. Obama said. "But there's something about midterms. We get a little sleepy. ... We don't turn out the vote. That has to change."
The fundraiser was held at the home of former Sen. Chuck Robb and his wife, Lynda. In the audience were Democratic Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine of Virginia.
The president said there's a "segment" of congressional Republicans that is trying to "make the wheels of government come to a halt."
"If you care about the environment ... or women getting equal pay for equal work ... making sure we are investing in early childhood education, you'd better make sure the Democrats hold onto the Senate," Mr. Obama said.
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