October 21st, 2010
05:57 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama heading to four key states, including Illinois, final weekend

Seattle (CNN) - As President Obama stumps here in the West for several Senate incumbents in deep trouble, Democratic officials revealed Thursday he will shift his attention to the Midwest and Northeast in the final weekend of the midterm election.

Obama will headline four major rallies for the Democratic National Committee in the final stretch, starting Saturday Oct. 30 in Philadelphia and Bridgeport. Pennsylvania and Connecticut have Senate battles that are simply too close to call, as well as competitive gubernatorial battles.

Also on that Saturday, Obama will return home to Chicago, where there is a tight gubernatorial battle and Democrat Alexi Giannoulias is locked in a bitter battle with Republican Mark Kirk for Obama's old Senate seat. The state is also featuring a close re-election battle for Gov. Pat Quinn (D).

Advisers to the President have privately said he's particularly concerned about the symbolism on Election Night if his party can't even hold his former Senate seat, which is why first lady Michelle Obama and the President each campaigned in Illinois earlier this month.

On Sunday Oct. 31 the President will return yet again to Ohio, his 12th visit as President and just days after he and the first lady headlined their first joint rally, drawing 35,000 people to the campus of Ohio State University.

White House aides have said they expect the President to be in Washington on Election Day, though that could always change if Democratic officials calculate that a last-minute visit will have an impact in another key race.

Vice President Joe Biden will join Obama at the Cleveland rally, according to Democratic officials, as the White House continues to very aggressively coordinate the travel of the President, Vice President, and first lady for maximum benefit.

Biden led campaign events earlier this week in Washington, California, and Nevada - three states the President is also hitting on his current five-state swing - because of the urgency of saving incumbent Sens. Patty Murray, Barbara Boxer, and Harry Reid.

Mrs. Obama will also be visiting Washington and California next week, and then will be in Las Vegas for Reid on Monday Nov. 1, the day before Election Day.

That same day she will also headline an event in Philadelphia, a sure sign that the White House believes that Joe Sestak, the Democratic candidate for Senate that many pundits had written off, has a legitimate shot of knocking off Republican Pat Toomey.

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. diridi

    I voted for direct Democratic ticket....no time to look...GOP thugs messed this nation....no more thugs of GOP, and Republican from t'party....idiots...just vote any Dems, nation needs and benefits....

    October 21, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  2. barry

    Run Forrest! It won't help the polls show that American people aren't buying your bull anymore. Must be tough to deal with when you have that bloated ego. Just a few mindless sheep following you now.

    October 21, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  3. the real ib

    We don't have a president we have a full time campaigner. Of course the country is better off when he's doing this instead of spending money we don't have. Of course you have to wonder how many of our tax dollars are paying for him to fly his lemo around and his security. I guess that's Bush's fault also.

    October 21, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  4. willie flpyd

    If voters put any Rep. in ofc. they will get what they deserve and deserve what they get.

    October 21, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  5. David

    Obama's support may hurt more than it helps.

    October 21, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  6. D. Bunker

    All Obama, or any Dem for that matter, has to do is remind America that when times got tough the Dems rolled up their sleeves and got to work. The GOBP, by clear contrast, sat on the sidelines trying block, impede and/or destroy any Dem initiative, no matter how moderate, solely to prevent the Dems from looking good. All it really showed, though, is that the party of no has no viable ideas, no real plans and absolutely no concern for hardworking Americans. Instead, they kept worshiping at the altar of their failed cult of deregulation, tax cuts for the ultrawealthy and global unfair trade. Giving power back to the GOBP and their teatard groupies would be like leaving an unsupervised infant alone with a handgun. If you liked the ditch the GOBP drove America into last time, you'll love the canyon they're aiming for now!

    October 21, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  7. tzs545

    What is wrong with this country is that the president is supposed to be taking care of the country of addressing the urgent issues, but instead he is on the road at tax payers' money, spending time to endorsing his party. If the candidates are good, they do not need any big names, let alone the president who is elected to do his job to pay attention to people's wellbeing, but not paying attention and time for one party's well being. Shame to all those politicians. Same old self serving bums.

    October 21, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    WIsh I could see Boss Obama but the traffic in L.A. is insane. No way to get their unless you get a hotel the day before. Otherwise I hope So Cal can get a new stimulus project for better rail systems or freeway improvements. My deadbeat Republican Congressman is a useless tool that refuses to ask for stimulus $ for my district.

    October 21, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  9. Gerry NH

    The only thing this president does is campain and put the country down the tolet.

    October 21, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  10. George of the jungle

    vote all the repos out. Go forward not backwards. Haven't you had enough of the lies yet? Get out and vote democrats they think they will win lets go and vote them out.

    October 21, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  11. T'SAH from Virginia

    GOBAMA!!! And once you SNAP BACK voter's minds and cure their STM (short term memory) Syndrome – Alexi Giannoulias' poll numbers will rise and he will WIN!!!!!

    DEMOCRATS – especially in the BLUE STATE – keep STATING the CASE and UNITING the BASE – we will WIN this RACE in November 2010!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!!

    October 21, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  12. George of the jungle

    Huckabee is a moron who better leave NPR alone . only unbiased news around. Sorry they fired juan but he got a job real fast at fox so does that tell you anything? Vote all repos out.

    October 21, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  13. Monster Zero

    Just look at him, running around campaigning while we have 10% unemployment a 13 trillion dollar debt, a whatever trillion dollar budget deficit and as close to complete social chaos as you can get in our Nation. How many service men died in Afghanistan this week, anybody know? Obama is more worried about maintaining their freaking power and money than the 22 year old that joined up to serve his country. High tide floats a lot of boats but when the tide recedes, well that is another story!

    October 21, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |