By Justin Sink
A majority of independents do favor Obama's plan, with 51 percent saying they have a favorable opinion. By contrast, 44 percent said they had an unfavorable view.
The president is looking to grow that support, dispatching Vice President Biden to an event Friday at Virginia Commonwealth University to promote the plan. Biden will be joined by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusFighting for assisted living facilities The chaotic fight for ObamaCare California exchange CEO: Insurers ‘throwing ObamaCare under the bus’ MORE, Deputy U.S. Attorney General Jim Cole, Sen. Tim KaineTim KaineOvernight Healthcare: Biggest abortion rights win in 25 years | Justice Kennedy again steps to the left McConnell tees up House Puerto Rico bill Abortion ruling roils race for the White House, Senate MORE (D-Va.) and Congressman Bobby ScottBobby ScottLawmakers fighting for stronger protections for older workers Dems to Obama: End citizenship rule for education programs Advocates: School meal budgets could lose millions under GOP plan MORE (D-Va.)
On Wednesday, White House press secretary Jay Carney said the president was likely to begin traveling soon to host campaign-style events of his own in support of his policy agenda.
"I think you can fully expect that his commitment to engaging the American people in these important discussions about our future will continue," Carney said.
On Thursday, Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinOvernight Cybersecurity: Hackers hit Brexit petition Senate Intel leader: ISIS using encrypted apps to plan attacks Meet the man who sparked the Democratic revolt on guns MORE (D-Calif.) introduced an updated assault-weapons ban in the Senate that would ban the sale and manufacture of more than 150 types of semi-automatic weapons with military-style features. The bill would also ban magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
“Getting this bill signed into law will be an uphill battle, and I recognize that — but it’s a battle worth having,” Feinstein said. “We must balance the desire of a few to own military-style assault weapons with the growing threat to lives across America.”
-- Alexander Bolton contributed.