September 16th, 2010
12:41 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama back on campaign trail Thursday

President Obama will head to Connecticut Thursday to campaign for Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal.
President Obama will head to Connecticut Thursday to campaign for Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal.

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's heading to Connecticut Thursday late afternoon to help keep a Senate seat in Democratic hands.

The president is scheduled to headline an event for state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, the party's Senate nominee. A Democratic source tells CNN that more than 300 people are expected to attend the fundraiser, with tickets priced at $1,000 each.

Later, Obama is expected to be the main attraction at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser being held at a private residence. A separate source with knowledge of the event says the dinner is expected to bring in a little over $1 million.

Blumenthal will face off in November's midterm elections against Republican nominee Linda McMahon. The former pro-wrestling executive has pumped millions of dollars into her bid for the Senate. A Quinnipiac University poll of likely Connecticut voters released earlier this week indicates that McMahon has narrowed Blumenthal's advantage to six points.

The winner will succeed Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd, who announced earlier this year that he would not run for a sixth term in the Senate.

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Filed under: 2010 • Connecticut • President Obama • Richard Blumenthal
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. vic, Nashville TN

    Obama never quit campaigning then why you say Obama back on campaign
    CNN you need good caption creator

    September 16, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Much better than a wash-up Pro-Wrestler owner / housewife with absolutely no credentials.

    September 16, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. bkbf

    The kiss of death.

    September 16, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Blumenthal needs to call McMahon out on her business ethics. As CEO of the WWE, she's allowed wrestlers to use steroids. This is a very pertinent issue because it clearly shows that this woman has an ethics issue.

    September 16, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. Dan

    Is Obama going to give Blumenthal a fake medal, for his imaginary "service" in Viet Nam ?

    September 16, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Fair is Fair

    Oh wonderful – more of the man with the plan saying "yes we can"... I'll make sure I'm washing my hair or something.

    September 16, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. jim

    With the poverty rate announcement that in 2009 it went to the highest on record at a little over 14%.It's amazing that a bunch of fat cats would be willing to fork over a $1000 to see a man that is a millionaire talk about sending people to Congress that are responsible for this.

    September 16, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. Well

    Hey, do what you do best. About all he's good at.

    September 16, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. King

    President obama has torn down the cosive buble the repugs had created by giving money to the rich to polute and invest our money abroad leaving our country in ruing. He has build a new platform and now our country is growing again

    September 16, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. CenterofAmerica

    Obama has never quit campaigning.He's so unqualified for the job!

    September 16, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. LINDA

    If Bill O'Reilly can say good things about the President ( that President Obama has done some good since he's been in office) he must be doing something right.

    September 16, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. ckcgye

    I thought the 2008 election was about electing a president, not a campaigner in chief. His partisan diatribe is getting old ... it should have been put away once he was elected, but it has only intensified. If he wants us to take him seriously, he needs to get serious about the job he was elected to do and quit blaming the opposition for his failure to move forward, especially since he has a MAJORITY right now in both the House and Senate. If he can't progress under the present conditions, how will he do so if the Democrats lose ground in November.

    September 16, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. Eric

    "Obama back on campaign trail Thursday"

    TRANSLATION: Obama hands boat anchors and cinder blocks to drowning men.

    September 16, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. Get A Grip

    And the 'Failure In Chief' is off campaigning once again. Flying all over GOD's creation leaving his carbon footprint and costing the taxpayer more money.

    Guess when you're inept to do the job you're hired to do, you run out and start campaigning.

    VOTE THIS GUY OUT OF OFFICE....he's useless and clueless

    September 16, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. Snow

    obama is always campaigning. That is why the economy is sinking, there are not jobs being created, our world standing has turned into the US being a joke and obama is about as popular as soggy corn flakes.

    September 16, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. Dan

    I like these statements of "Obama back at the campaign trail" like there was a single day since 07 where he was not campaigning ?!???

    September 16, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. munchmom

    I thought he had never left the campaign trail....

    September 16, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  18. JES

    Obama you need to do everything except what you were elected to do like your job.

    If you wouldn't have forced all the give away programs that you have come up with we might not be in debt as much as we have now.

    You can't blame everything on Bush to many things have happened on you watch and by your strong arm tacics.

    September 16, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. David

    I never knew he was off the campaign trail.

    September 16, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. Hugo

    Blumenthal is a bloomin' idiot, just check out his track record and what he has single handedly done to business in his State of Connecticut. He looks like he has a role of nickles stuck up his keester ....Semper Fi Do and Lie!

    September 16, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. geecee

    If Linda McMahon wins over Richard Blumental this Country is in serious trouble. Too many far-out right winger whackjobs running for office and disgruntled, angry, stupid voters think they are going to fix a bad economy by voting in radical ill-informed tbaggers. Sure, that will fix the economy really quick. Right into the abyss, we'll go. Give President Obama a chance. He has two more years left to his first term, and he is making progress even though we don't feel it yet. It could be a lot worse. I think Hillary will run as his V.P. in 2012 and Joe Biden will become SOS, so Hillary and Obama will beat whoever the Republicans could possible come up with, regardless of the combination. I hope Sarah Palin is in the mix for the Republicans. Can you imagine her debating Obama or Hillary??? I would give anything to see/hear that!!

    September 16, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. T'SAH from Virginia

    I wonder why all of a sudden the Democrats are not SEPARATING THEMSELVES from President Obama??? I know why – because

    DEMOCRATS need to STATE the CASE – UNITE the BASE – in order to WIN that RACE in November, 2010!!!

    My Impersonator will NOT approve this message – I am the REAL T'SAH from Virginia!!

    September 16, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |