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Obama to stump for Biden in Philadelphia

Obama to stump for Biden in Philadelphia
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Former President Obama will stump for Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenAzar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments House Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis On The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits MORE in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Democratic sources familiar with the plans tell The Hill.

Earlier this week, Democratic sources revealed that Obama would hit the road for Biden in the final weeks, thrilling Democrats who have long anticipated their strongest surrogate on the road.

Obama also traveled to Philadelphia to deliver his speech at the Democratic National Convention, where he spoke live from the Museum of the American Revolution. He was Biden's only top surrogate to deliver a speech at a remote location because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which kept Biden and others off the road.

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Obama, who has held virtual fundraisers for Biden and has also appeared in several videos to voice his support for his onetime partner, is also expected to travel to other key battleground states in the final days of the presidential election, the sources say.

Biden has made a big play for Pennsylvania, and polls show him with a considerable lead in the state, which President TrumpDonald TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit MORE carried in 2016. A Monmouth University poll out earlier this month showed that 54 percent of registered voters preferred Biden over 42 percent who backed Trump.

Obama also stumped for then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMillennials and the great reckoning on race Biden chooses Amanda Gorman as youngest known inaugural poet Can Biden encompass the opposition he embodied? MORE at Philadelphia's Independence Mall, joining her on stage during a rally that drew thousands on the eve of the 2016 election.