HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- You won't find President Barack Obama on Alabama’s primary election ballot Tuesday, but the local campaign ads make it seem like he is.
Local Republicans have built their campaigns around who would fight Obama the hardest if elected, a ploy WHNT News 19 political analyst Jess Brown says is nothing new in the political arena.
"Everybody running on the Republican primary is running against President Obama. He is the new symbol for Democratic Party liberalism," Dr. Brown says.
Brown says voters are not familiar with local races these days and are more interested with what is happening in Washington.
"You got a lot of Americans whose only frame of reference about politics is the national government and operators in that government," Brown added.
WHNT News 19 spoke with both Republican and Democratic party leaders who both agree they would rather hear more about local issues from the candidates.
Dr. Brown points out most of the people running on a campaign of "fighting Obama" are actually powerless to do so if elected in most of the roles they are running for.