July 24th, 2009
03:15 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama to hit the trail in Virginia

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/24/art.creighdeeds0724.gi.jpg caption=" President Obama will be hitting the campaign trail in August for fellow Democrat Creigh Deeds."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama's heading back on the campaign trail next month, this time for fellow Democrat Creigh Deeds.

The White House and the Deeds campaign confirmed Friday that the president will team up with Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial candidate on Thursday, August 6 at a fundraiser and separate public event in McLean, Virginia.

This will be Obama's second campaign event since taking over as president in January. Last week, the president teamed up with New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, who faces a tough re-election battle this year, at a campaign rally in the Garden State.

On the same day Obama was stumping for Corzine, Vice President Joe Biden headlined a fundraiser in Richmond, Virignia for Deeds. The state senator is locked in what polls suggest is a dead heat with Republican candidate Bob McDonnell, the former state attorney general. Virginia's incumbent governor, Democrat Tim Kaine, is term-limited and can't run for re-election.

While both gubernatorial contests will focus on state issues and the strengths of the candidates, national Republicans would like to make both races a referendum on Obama and the Democratic Party, since both seats are currently held by Democrats.

Filed under: Creigh Deeds • President Obama
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Steve (the real one)

    @Dutch/Bad Newz, VA July 24th, 2009 3:31 pm ET
    Welcome back to the Old Dominion Mr. President. Mr. Deeds needs all the help he can get.
    Is there anyone in your party who can campaign on their own merits? Does every dem need help? Seems like it!

    July 24, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. Dwight Frye

    Obama - one term and he's outta here! It hasn't even been a year yet and the country's fed up with him - despite the media and CNN in particular covering for him!

    July 24, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. makesUwonder

    I guess when the only thing you do good is campaigning and you need a major boost to your ego, well, hit the campaign trail to boost your ego.

    July 24, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  4. Janice

    I am so sorry to hear that mr. Obama is leaving his important duties at the Whitehouse to come to Virginia. Mr Deeds needs help alright however I question whether he can help anyone at the rate he has been going recently.!

    July 24, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. Jo Ann

    Deeds is gonna need all the help he can get.

    VA Dems did not support him- the" R'S" voted in our primary and voted for the weakest candidate.

    In VA you do not need to declare your Party to vote–THIS NEEDS TO BE CHANGED!

    I don't think even our President can pull this one out of the hat.

    Hey,can we do a WRITE IN CAMPAIGN FOR MCAULIFF?????:)

    July 24, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. Zero.

    How do you roll-up, very short sleeves??

    July 24, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. One and done is gonna be fun

    He will be a lame duck before his second year is over.

    Four and the door, experiment brutally failed and there are enough real Americans left to toss you out.

    He can go work for ACORN, that is all he has ever done and that is all he is uh, uh, uh, uh qualified for.

    July 24, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. Disgusted with Media

    When will they bring back poor Joe Biden from hiding? He could do no worse than Odumma!

    July 24, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  9. Cathy

    ROFL! ABC NEWS is the poll to watch for something like THIS? ha ha ha ha ha ha... what a j-o-k-e. That's like saying Democrats should watch a poll Hannity is running on Fox to see if they should run again.

    Snort... Bwwaaahhhaaahhaaahhaaahhaaaa

    July 24, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. Asian4Hillary

    There goes Obama back in the campaign trail. I think the people voted for him because they like the way he talk, sad to say it was all empty talk. I heard Obama speak so many times, how come I didn't pass out?

    July 24, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  11. The Truth

    Off to Virginia to make more stupid comments. Insulted Nancy Reagan then apologizes. Insulted Downs syndrome kids, then apologizes. Insulted all police officers, then apologizes. Then goes on the world trail and apologizes.

    July 24, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  12. Cali J

    Nothing on Obama dropping below 50% approval.
    Nothing on all except one person out of 44 arrested in New Jersey are Dems. Culture of coruption?
    Nothing about the Palin ethics accuser being a huge Dem contributor.
    Where's the fair and balanced?
    OH, that's FOX. I forgot.

    July 24, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. Stop the Robber Baron Insurance Companies and The Republicans they Bribe

    Call your member of congress and demand they stay in Washington until they pass health care reform with a govenment option

    July 24, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  14. ib

    Deeds wants to follow in the steps of Warner & Kaine. NO THANK YOU I've had enough tax increases in VA.

    July 24, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  15. Grrr-awful-o

    Can we expect to hear some more charges of racism from our dear leader when he goes down south? Seems hard for him to resist the temptation. (Just ask Bill Clinton!)

    July 24, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  16. Gerry

    Why would he be going to Virginia and have all of these stupid police protecting him.

    July 24, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  17. joe smith

    maybe he could slip by Vienna,Va., and pick up his copy of the Freddie Mac report, ( that he was to have had,May,2009 ), but since he is out and about, just pick it up; and make sure the American people receive their unabridged copy, ( you know, less the bonuses)..I must say, the guy rewriting this report is doing a thorough nit-pick..

    July 24, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  18. MJ

    Oh Pleeeease .... Stay put and do something productive. Read this 1,000 + Page Health Bill and put your Obama TV/Persona aside. Expect your own Network any day now. Whoops – You already have quite a few Networks willing to comply .... BTW – Just where are the jobs you promised?

    July 24, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  19. Legna

    You need to get to work on the economy and stop campaigning . This is rediculous ....u can run but u cannot hide from your transparent babbling brook of simplistic rhetoric which misleads this wonderfully confused nation.!

    July 24, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
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