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Biden, Obama to appear together on campaign trail

Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Obamas' first White House dog, Bo, dies Census results show White House doubling down on failure MORE Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenDefense lawyers for alleged Capitol rioters to get tours of U.S. Capitol Sasse to introduce legislation giving new hires signing bonuses after negative jobs report Three questions about Biden's conservation goals MORE will hit the campaign trail together this weekend as the former president looks to give an eleventh-hour boost to his former right-hand man.

A source familiar with the plans told The Hill that Obama and Biden will appear together in a battleground state this weekend, though plans are still being finalized regarding the exact location of the event. 

The campaign has already said Biden will be campaigning in Michigan this weekend.

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Obama remains overwhelmingly popular with the Democratic base and is Biden’s most effective surrogate. The party hopes that his appearances on the stump can help energize the coalition that elected him to two terms, mainly Black men, Latinos and young voters. 

All three of those demographics lagged in turnout in 2016, contributing to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMcConnell: Taliban could take over Afghanistan by 'the end of the year' Hillary Clinton: There must be a 'global reckoning' with disinformation Pelosi's archbishop calls for Communion to be withheld from public figures supporting abortion rights MORE’s defeat, and President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Iran says onus is on US to rejoin nuclear deal on third anniversary of withdrawal Assaults on Roe v Wade increasing MORE has campaigned to shave Biden’s lead with them in the hopes that marginal gains could increase his chances in key swing states.

Obama has made a number of solo appearances in the past week for Biden, including a stop in Pennsylvania and two in Florida, two battleground states where early voting is already underway.

The former president has unleashed criticism of Trump in his appearances on the campaign trail so far, excoriating his successor over the White House’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, among other things.

"What's his closing argument? That people are too focused on COVID," Obama said Tuesday, referencing repeated comments at Trump's rallies and on his Twitter feed that the media has put too much emphasis on the pandemic. 

"He said this at one of his rallies, 'COVID, COVID, COVID.' He's complaining," Obama said. "He's jealous of COVID's media coverage." 

Obama’s events so far have been drive-in rallies, a format the campaign hopes will attract sizeable crowds while still keeping with social distancing guidelines.