The White House is rolling out first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle ObamaMichael Reagan: Trump's fighting words rattle Washington Michelle Obama inauguration reactions become Twitter meme Hillary Clinton holds head high as Trump takes office MORE on the campaign trail as Democrats try desperately to maintain control of the House and Senate.
Obama will headline nine fundraisers in six states in the coming weeks — including for some of the most vulnerable incumbents — with more likely to be added, the White House announced Tuesday.
From Oct. 13 to Oct. 27, the first lady will attend fundraisers for Sens. Russ Feingold (Wis.), Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerTop Obama adviser signs with Hollywood talent agency: report Democrats vie for chance to take on Trump as California governor Feinstein to hold campaign fundraisers, a hint she'll run again MORE (Calif.), Patty MurrayPatty MurrayWarren burns Mnuchin over failure to disclose assets Warren: GOP ‘ignored’ ethical requirements for Cabinet picks Overnight Healthcare: Takeaways from Price's hearing | Trump scrambles GOP health plans MORE (Wash.) and Michael Benett (Colo.). She will also attend a fundraiser for Illinois Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias and raise money for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in Los Angeles and New York City.
Rounding out her tentative schedule, Obama will do an event with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Illinois congressional candidates Debbie Halvorson, Bill FosterBill FosterDiversity of House GOP at risk in 2016 election Lawmakers celebrate Jackie Robinson Day Overnight Energy: Fight breaks out over Interior budget MORE and Dan Seals for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said the first lady is a "popular ask" for congressional candidates.
"I think the first lady is an enormous asset of this administration," Gibbs said.
Polls show she is more popular than the president, who has burned up the fundraising circuit throughout the summer.
"You know, she is, as you might guess, a popular ask on the campaign trail, and I think she will go out and make a forceful and positive case for what this administration has done over the course of the next several weeks," Gibbs said.
"She’s campaigning to advocate, to rally voters behind specific candidates based on what we can do together to build a better future,” added Obama spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter. “She comes to this as a mom, and that’s the lens through which she sees the world, and that’s her test for every issue — what it means for her daughters and all of our kids."