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CBC Grouses but Will Back Obama

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Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver acknowledged a rift between the group and President Barack Obama but said members would overcome it.

Other CBC members in leadership roles at the DCCC include Rep. Donna Edwards (Md.), co-chairwoman of the Red to Blue program, and Rep. Karen Bass (Calif.), co-chairwoman of the Women LEAD program.

As they've ramped up efforts to win back House seats in 2012, CBC members said they will also redouble their efforts to help Obama, who has seen his support among African-Americans dwindle. According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Sept. 21, 58 percent of African-Americans had "strongly favorable" views of Obama, compared with 83 percent who gave the same response just five months ago.

"I don't care what the polls show," said Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), an early Obama supporter. "Speaking for myself, I'm going to triple my efforts from 2008 to make sure this president gets re-elected."

But that doesn't mean Members won't continue to make suggestions about how the president could do his job better.

After all, an aide said, "It's a family thing."

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