Obama hitting the campaign trail in August (updated)

President Obama will be in Columbus next month to help Gov. Ted Strickland (D) and the Ohio Democratic Party (ODP).

Obama is set to deliver a speech Aug. 18 on the economy and then host a fundraiser for Strickland’s reelection bid and the ODP, a White House official told the Columbus Dispatch. They’ll be separate events.

The ODP is one of the largest state parties in the country. It’s been raising money to help Senate candidate Lee Fisher in his race against Republican Rob Portman. Fisher clearly needs all the fundraising help he can get, as he’s at a 9-to-1 money disadvantage. 

Obama’s expected to have a busy travel schedule in August. He’s already set to appear in Atlanta for Democratic fundraisers on Aug. 2 and Chicago for an event benefiting Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias (D) on Aug. 5. Obama is also set to headline an Aug. 9 fundraiser in Austin for the DNC and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

--Updated at 10:21 p.m.