September 21st, 2010
05:56 PM ET
4 years ago

First lady to campaign for Democrats

Michelle Obama will campaign for Democratic candidates in the closing weeks of the midterm election.
Michelle Obama will campaign for Democratic candidates in the closing weeks of the midterm election.

Washington (CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama is hitting the campaign trail to headline events for at least nine Democratic candidates and two Democratic committees in the closing weeks of the midterm election.

The first lady will visit five different states starting on Oct. 13 with events in Milwaukee and Chicago for Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold, Illinois Senate nominee Alex Giannoulias, Illinois Rep. Debbie Halvorson, Illinois Rep. Bill Foster, Illinois congressional candidate Dan Seals and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Obama's schedule has her wrapping up this national barnstorming tour on Oct. 27 in Los Angeles to attend events for California Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Katie McCormick Lelyveld, the first lady's spokeswoman, noted that the schedule is fluid and more stops could be added in the coming weeks.

A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll shows that 62 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the first lady, while only 25 percent have an unfavorable view of her. Digging deeper into that data, 58 percent of independents and 69 percent of women have a favorable opinion of Obama, making her a valuable asset on the campaign trail.

There had been some grumbling among Democrats that the first lady was not doing enough politically for Democrats.

"From the beginning, she's wanted to hit the campaign trail," said Susan Sher, the first lady's chief of staff. "It was just a matter of figuring out what would work with her schedule and what would be most useful."

See the first lady's political schedule after the jump:

October 13
Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Sen. Russ Feingold
Chicago, Illinois: Democratic Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias; Rep. Debbie Halvorson, Rep. Bill Foster, Democratic congressional candidate Dan Seals and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

October 14
Denver, Colorado: Sen. Michael Bennet

October 18
New York: Democratic National Committee Women's Leadership Forum

October 25
Seattle, Washington: Sen. Patty Murray
San Francisco, California: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

October 26
Los Angeles, California: Democratic National Committee Women's Leadership Forum

October 27
Los Angeles, California: Sen. Barbara Boxer


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Alan

    YEAHHH!!! She'll be the best on the stump for the Tea Party.

    September 21, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  2. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    God Bless the First Lady!

    September 21, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. Edward Nashville, TN

    who cares if Michelle Obama campaigns or not. She is not the one in office and her popularity isn't going to matter. People will vote based on how happy they are with congress and the president so far.

    September 21, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  4. Monster Zero

    Great deal, an assured win for the Republican opponents! Keep up the good work Barry and Michelle, our country needs you now more than ever! For the first time in my adult life, I am proud to be an American!

    September 21, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  5. Chalupa

    So the first Lady of Entitlement and Nutrition will stump for the failed policies of the administration. This won't enhance her reputation.

    September 21, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  6. Proud Member of Global Zero

    I wish she would come to Florida. We have a real big chance of getting a T Party person as our next senator. I wish people would drop the "Privatize Social Security" plat form. Rubio is one of those....I got my retirement savings statement 2 weeks before I got my latest Social Security Statement.

    When the market crashed in 2008, I lost 56% of my savings. I have gained just 17% back. My social security is humming along just great. I can no longer afford to retire. This is what Wall Street did to most of us.

    September 21, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  7. T'SAH from Virginia

    Yea! Yea! Now we will get something done. Michelle Obama does well on the trail and women (true women) love her!!!

    Thank you Michelle Obama!!!

    T'SAH from Virginia – not the Impersonator who want to be like me – approves this message!!!

    September 21, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  8. The reality is...

    Don't think our tax dollars won't be paying for the security around her as she goes on these jaunts.

    September 21, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  9. jerry

    Since most of the Democrats up for reelection are wanting to stay away from Obama what good do they think the wife will do them?

    September 21, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |