Jul 9, 2014 4:35 PM
DENVER (AP) - President Barack Obama urged Colorado Democrats to throw their support and their money behind the state's Sen. Mark Udall, though Udall was a no-show at a fundraiser in Denver.
Udall's campaign said the senator needed to stay in Washington Wednesday to cast his vote for Obama's nominee to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, who was overwhelmingly confirmed.
Obama made no mention of Udall's unexpected absence, but cast the senator's re-election as crucial to helping him move forward on his agenda during the remaining years of his presidency.
Ahead of the Udall fundraiser, Obama touted his administration's efforts to boost jobs and economic growth during a speech in a Denver park. He said that while he understands that Washington looks "screwed up" to many Americans, there have been positive steps toward strengthening the economy.