Two former presidents are hitting the campaign trail weeks before the midterm election that will decide control of Congress.
Former President Barack Obama will first stump for candidates in Atlanta in October, according to the Georgia Democratic Party. The former Democrat from Illinois will head to Detroit and Milwaukee the next day, Obama’s office said Saturday.
“One of the things I want to emphasize in this midterm is the importance of looking not just at the top of the ballot, but all the way down the bottom, because there are governor’s races, secretary of state’s races, state legislative races that are going to really matter,” Obama said in the Saturday broadcast of “Pod Save America.”
“It may turn out that in a close presidential election at some point, certification of an election in a key swing state may be at issue,” he added. “And, it’s going to a be really important that we have people there who play it straight.”
Obama is pushing his message out on social media outlets, already, in an effort to motivate Democrats discouraged by rising prices for everyday basics.
“If we want our democracy to function, we have to show up this election for the Governors, Secretaries of State and the candidates down the ballot who are going to protect voting rights and our electoral process,” Obama remarked in a Twitter post Saturday. “Because these seats wield a lot of power, and that power matters.”
While many political analysts predict Republicans will sideline Democrats in the House of Representative in the midterm, the GOP is not sitting back.
The most recent former president, Donald Trump, is also appearing at rallies and get-out-the-vote events designed to bolster GOP candidates. Trump has stumped recently in Nevada, Arizona and Pennsylvania. He spoke in Michigan earlier this month to support state candidates there.
Tulsi Gabbard, the four-term former congresswoman from Hawaii who recently renounced the Democratic Party, will head to New Hampshire to stump for retired Army Gen. Don Bolduc. The retired soldier is challenging the Democratic incumbent for the open Senate seat.
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