The White House is rolling out first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaWe must mount an all-country response to help our Afghan allies Obamas, Bushes and Clintons joining new effort to help Afghan refugees Bidens, former presidents mark 9/11 anniversary 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 the beginning, she's wanted to hit the campaign trail," Obama chief of staff Susan Sher said. "It was just a matter of figuring out what would work with her schedule and what would be most useful."
From Oct. 13 to Oct. 27, the first lady will attend fundraisers for Sens. Russ Feingold (Wis.), Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerFormer California senator prods Feinstein to consider retirement Trump decries 'defund the police' after Boxer attacked Former Sen. Barbara Boxer attacked in California MORE (Calif.), Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayConservation group says it will only endorse Democrats who support .5T spending plan Support the budget resolution to ensure a critical investment in child care Senate Democrats try to defuse GOP budget drama 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 FosterGeorge (Bill) William FosterOvernight Defense: Senators reach billion deal on emergency Capitol security bill | House panel looks to help military sexual assault survivors | US increases airstrikes to help Afghan forces fight Taliban We must address the declining rate of startup business launches Republicans seek vindication amid reemergence of Wuhan lab theory 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."