(CNN) - Democratic congressional leaders used a White House strategy session Thursday to push President Barack Obama to be more aggressive in helping them campaign in the final weeks before November's elections, multiple senior Democratic sources familiar with the meeting tell CNN.
According to the sources, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the president that congressional Democrats want to see more of the kind of campaign rally and rhetoric he displayed this week in Wisconsin. They said they especially want him to continue to make the case - and the contrast with Republicans - on jobs and the economy.
The president said he would, and signaled that there are other campaign events in the works beyond the handful that have already been announced, according to the sources.
"Members wanted to hear directly from the president," one of the sources tells CNN.
Another source familiar with the meeting said the message from Pelosi and other Democratic leaders was that "you are good on the stump, get out there, we need it."
A third source said Democratic leaders told him that "Wisconsin was good. More please."
A fourth source familiar with the meeting said Democratic leaders discussed with the president the need to focus on the party's base and make sure it's revved up. But, the source added, the lawmakers also told him that "we can't forget about the independents."
Several of the sources insisted the tone of the meeting, attended by both House and Senate Democratic leaders, was not hostile.
Congressional Democratic sources have told CNN lawmakers were frustrated throughout the summer that the White House was not aggressive enough in helping them make the case for Democrats' policies. They were especially concerned that the president had not been talking enough about economy, the number one issue this election year.
"Whatever minor disagreements people may have had in the past, people have moved past those and agreed to do whatever we need to do to bring as many members back as possible," insisted one of the senior Democratic sources.
Although Obama's popularity has dipped, Democrats say they still believe that when he is "on" - like they believe he was in Wisconsin this week - he is their best campaign advocate and spokesman against the Republicans.
"If we let the other side take control of Congress, they'll spend the next two years fighting to preserve tax breaks for companies that create jobs and profits overseas - billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies that we lose each year," Obama said earlier this week, with his sleeves rolled up.
Two of the sources familiar with Thursday's White House meeting say the president pressed Democratic leaders to pass the stalled child nutrition bill, a priority for the first lady.
House Democrats are holding that up because some of the new provisions are being paid for with money that had been slated for food stamps.