Washington (CNN) - President Obama makes a direct appeal to political supporters in a new campaign video, asking them to open up their wallets and donate their time to Democratic candidates running in the midterm elections.
Obama speaks directly to the camera in the 3 minute and 48 second video that was sent late Tuesday night to 13 million people who are on Organizing for America's email list. OFA is Obama's presidential campaign organization that is now housed at the Democratic National Committee.
"I need everybody here to step up their game," Obama said in the video that was filmed in the backstage hallway of a political event Monday in Philadelphia. "It's not going to be enough for you to just to go to the polls. We've got to have the same energy. We've got to have the same enthusiasm. I need you guys to make those phone calls, to knock on those doors, to volunteer for candidates, to write whatever checks you can in small donations that can contribute to these folks."
Obama also uses the video to tout his administration's work, including passing health care reform and Wall Street reform. But the president acknowledges that "We're still in the midst of a very difficult time in our economy that's created a lot of anger and anxiety all across the country."
And Obama warned that "special interests aligned with the Republican Party…are now spending millions of dollars all across the country against Democratic candidates."
The video is just the latest campaign move by the White House. Obama and Vice President Biden are raising money for Democrats in several different cities this week and it was announced Tuesday that first lady Michelle Obama will hit the campaign trail next month.