Obama to Go on Campaign Blitz for Clinton

Barack Obama,Hillary Clinton
President Barack Obama hugs Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton / AP
• September 20, 2016 5:11 pm


President Obama is getting ready to embark on a massive campaign blitz where he will be spending one to two days each week in October on the road campaigning for fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Obama will be campaigning for Clinton via rallies, targeted television and radio interviews, and fundraising, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.

First Lady Michelle Obama has already appeared on the campaign trail and plans to remain "active" in the campaign for the remainder of the election,

"From the beginning, we have been interested to have him out there as often as they can spare him between now and November," Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon told Bloomberg. "As we get closer to the finish line, there’s no one better to help make the closing argument than President Obama."

Obama said to attendees of a Congressional Black Caucus dinner on Saturday that if blacks did not vote for Clinton, it would be an "insult" to his legacy.

Bloomberg reports:

Democrats close to Obama confided more than a year before the election that he planned a more active role in the final stages of the election campaign than any recent president had attempted on behalf of a would-be successor. Obama and his aides believed that concentrating on the final months would be most helpful for bolstering voter turnout while keeping the president clear of party primaries.

He remains more popular than Clinton with key Democratic groups. In the Gallup Poll, his job approval was 65 percent among 18- to 29-year-olds, 66 percent among non-whites, and 91 percent among African-Americans.

Obama has also publicly said that he feels Republican nominee Donald Trump is unfit to be president.

The president will be campaigning for Clinton in six key battleground states: Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Iowa, and New Hampshire.