Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday he plans to hit the campaign trail for Democrats in mid-to-late October and raise money for candidates.

Asked if a campaign role might politicize education, Duncan replied, "We need leaders in the Senate, we need leaders in the House."

The secretary made his remarks to reporters at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.
 
Top on his list, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Alexi Giannoulias, who is seeking to hold on to President Obama's old Senate seat in Illinois, and Congressman Tom Perriello (D) who's in a tough fight in Virginia's 5th district.

Duncan was quick to add that he has a great working relationship with the House Republican leader John Boehner (Ohio) and John Kline (Minn.), the top-ranking Republican on the House Education and Labor Committee.

The secretary also criticized the Senate for failing to pass an immigration reform bill called the DREAM Act on Tuesday.

"I'm deeply, deeply disappointed. We're not in the right place on this … To deny young people who have played by the rules and through no fault of their own, makes absolutely no sense. This is personal … I'm going to push for this [bill] very, very hard."

The DREAM Act would grant citizenship for children of illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. before they turned 16 in exchange for military service after they finish school.