Obama to enter midterm ring with ‘pointed’ criticism of Trump

Obama to enter midterm ring with ‘pointed’ criticism of Trump
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Former President Obama is preparing a return to the political arena ahead of the midterm elections with a speech Friday that's expected to include sharp criticism of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE.

An Obama adviser told the Associated Press that the former president would be “pointed” in his critique of the current political environment, including Trump, in a speech he's scheduled to give at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.

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The next day, Obama is slated to participate in a campaign rally for several Democratic congressional candidates in California, followed by a Sept. 13 rally for former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard CordrayRichard Adams CordrayTrump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Election Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls Mulvaney plans to move some consumer bureau staff to new Atlanta office MORE, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Ohio.

Obama is also planning campaign trips to Illinois and Pennsylvania, two states with critical gubernatorial and House races.

Former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama warns against voter apathy in new PSA Michelle Obama adds dates to book tour 'due to overwhelming fan demand' Michelle Obama’s book tour to include stadium events MORE will step back into the political fray as well, headlining voter registration rallies in Nevada and Florida -- states with tight gubernatorial and Senate races -- later this month.

The reemergence of the Obamas comes as Democrats struggle to find a unifying message, other than opposition to Trump, heading into the midterm elections.