Obama hits road hard for midterms

Obama hits road hard for midterms

President Obama will spend most of next week on the road in a furious effort to boost Democrats with just three weeks before the midterm elections.

Obama will be barnstorming through eight states and from coast to coast to raise funds for embattled Democratic candidates for the House and Senate and in gubernatorial races.


White House press secretary Robert Gibbs on Tuesday laid out much of Obama's campaign schedule, including a West Coast swing that will keep Obama out of Washington for a few days.

Obama was in Miami Monday night raising funds for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and he continues his travels on Friday, joining Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFox News reporter says Biden called him after 'son of a b----' remark Peloton responds after another TV character has a heart attack on one of its bikes Defense & National Security — Pentagon puts 8,500 troops on high alert MORE for a fundraiser in Wilmington for Delaware Senate candidate Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsBipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law US maintains pressure on Russia amid concerns of potential Ukraine invasion Sunday shows - Russia standoff over Ukraine dominates MORE.

On Saturday, the president travels to Boston for an event with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

Then on Sunday, the president brings in the heavy hitter, first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaJill Biden adds to communications team in lead-up to midterm elections Michelle Obama: 'Treat fear as a challenge' Barack Obama wishes a happy 58th birthday to 'best friend' Michelle MORE, to join him in Cleveland and Columbus for Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

The Cleveland event represents the first time the Obamas are appearing together at a political rally since 2008.

“She's obviously very effective,” Gibbs said.

On Oct. 20, the president kicks off his trip out West, beginning in Portland, Ore., where he will rally with John Kitzhaber, the Democratic candidate for governor.

On Thursday, Obama stays in the Pacific Northwest, holding an official event in addition to a campaign event in Seattle for Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 CDC leader faces precarious political moment Schumer ramps up filibuster fight ahead of Jan. 6 anniversary MORE (D-Wash.) before heading to San Francisco for a DNC event.

Then on Friday, the president will be in Los Angeles for events with Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerBass raises nearly million since launching LA mayor campaign Harry Reid, political pugilist and longtime Senate majority leader, dies Congress can prevent another Jan. 6 by updating a key elections law MORE and the DNC before heading to Las Vegas for a DNC event and a joint event for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) and embattled Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Connected Commerce Council - Biden faces reporters as his agenda teeters Biden hits one-year mark in dire straits 'All or nothing' won't bolster American democracy: Reform the filibuster and Electoral Count Act MORE (D-Nev.).

Obama wraps up that leg of the swing in Minnesota with events for gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton and the DCCC.

The president will likely add events between Oct. 25, when Obama travels to Rhode Island for a DCCC event, and the Nov. 2 elections.