Barack Obama has said he will not campaign for any Democratic congressmen who fails to support health care reform.
By Alex Spillius in Washington
Published: 6:44PM GMT 15 Mar 2010
Barack Obama is battling to save US health care reform
Barack Obama is battling to save US health care reform Photo: EPA
The president will refuse to make fund-raising visits during November elections to any district whose representative has not backed the bill.
A one-night presidential appearance can bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars in funds which would otherwise take months to accumulate through cold-calling by campaign volunteers.
Mr Obama's threat came as the year-long debate over his signature domestic policy entered its final week.
Mr Obama is personally telephoning congressmen who are still on the fence this week, in between several personal appearances devoted toward swingi
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