As Polls Slip, Democrats Hit Campaign Trail Hard

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WASHINGTON - Roughly one month before midterm congressional elections, Democrats are hitting the campaign trail with a new focus on the economy.

Voter enthusiasm remains on the side of Republicans, putting Democrats on defense with their starting line up.

Former President Bill Clinton spent the weekend in New England campaigning in districts that in past elections were Democratic slam dunks.

"You ought to be there for him on election day," Clinton said while making the case for Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.

This year, incumbents like Frank are having to put up a fight. Polls show Democrats have been struggling to bring voters to their ranks before Election Day, Nov. 2.

"When we don't have people trying to obstruct, we can provide people with the kind of economy that this country deserves," Frank said Sunday.

"People have a right to be angry, but they need to make a choice," Clinton added. "An election is not a referendum on their anger. It's a choice between two candidates."

Analysts say this year's voting trends are going against past results.

"There is no such thing as a safe state for Democrats this year," explained ABC News political director Amy Walker. "There is no such thing as a dark blue state. There is no such thing as a safe 'slam dunk' election."

In an effort to narrow gaps in the polls, many Democrats have gone on attack, airing their opponents divorce filings, tax records, and more in TV ads.

Republicans are running on the list of policies pushed by Democratic leaders and the president as evidence that it's time for change.

"They know if they want to save America, they've got to change the Congress, and that's going to happen on Nov. 2," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said.

This week, President Barack Obama will hit the campaign trail for candidates in New Mexico, Iowa, and Virginia -- all states he won in 2008.

Some candidates are also looking forward to being photographed with first lady Michelle Obama. President Obama has nicknamed her "the Closer."

"If the White House does it right, the first lady doesn't do hard core partisan politics," political analyst Larry Sabato told Fox News. "She says nice things about the candidate she's with, she doesn't attack the other party or the opponent."

Next month, Mrs. Obama will make campaign stops from New York City to Los Angeles.

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