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CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) – Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin remembers sitting down for a meeting at the White House with the rest of the Democratic leadership a month ago, when President Obama promised he was blowing up his schedule to try to help keep control of Congress.
"He said, 'I'm going on the campaign trail for the next month, and I told my scheduler to ignore me when I say I'm tired,'" Durbin, D-Illinois, recalled in the cold of an outdoor rally just a few blocks from Obama's home. The Saturday event drew at least 35,000 people, according to Democratic officials.