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 reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report 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 CordrayDemocrats jump into Trump turf war over student loans Supreme Court agrees to hear challenge to consumer agency On The Money: Tax, loan documents for Trump properties reportedly showed inconsistencies | Tensions flare as Dems hammer Trump consumer chief | Critics pounce as Facebook crypto project stumbles 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 ObamaResistance or unhinged behavior? Partisan hatred reaches Trump's family Budowsky: A Biden-Michelle Obama ticket in 2020? Bloomberg threatens to shake up 2020 primary 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.