North Carolina's top Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate mostly are embracing President Barack Obama as an ally even as his popularity wanes in the state.
Each of the hopefuls in next month's primary said in recent interviews with The Associated Press they would be glad to have Obama campaign alongside them. They diverged from the president on only a couple of issues each, such as Obama's push to allow offshore drilling.
Former state Sen. Cal Cunningham had the harshest comments, saying Obama has shown little concern for soaring government debt. Attorney Ken Lewis said the administration provided too much bailout support to firms that caused the financial crisis. North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall opposed Obama's plan for a new offensive in Afghanistan.