Roughly Speaking: The president vs. the press

Renee Ellmers

Brown bucks trend nationally with Obama invitation

Brown bucks trend nationally with Obama invitation

They may not speak his name in Kentucky or think much of his policies in Arkansas. But in Maryland, at least, Democrats are still big fans of President Barack Obama.

That's the calculation Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown's campaign for governor is making as it plans to host Obama in Prince George's County this weekend for what might be the president's first rally with any candidate running in this year's midterm elections.

Political analysts said Brown's motivation for campaigning with Obama — while Democrats in other states have kept their distance — is easy to read: He wants to energize African-American voters.

While Obama's approval ratings have...