Former President Obama is expected to stump for Democrats on the campaign trail starting in September, CNBC reported Thursday.
The news outlet reported that Obama will work with House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Pelosi: Georgia primary ‘disgrace’ could preview an election debacle in November MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerOvernight Health Care: US showing signs of retreat in battle against COVID-19 | Regeneron begins clinical trials of potential coronavirus antibody treatment | CMS warns nursing homes against seizing residents’ stimulus checks Schumer requests briefing with White House coronavirus task force as cases rise Schumer on Trump’s tweet about 75-year-old protester: He ‘should go back to hiding in the bunker’ MORE (D-N.Y.) to provide a boost to Democratic candidates in this year’s midterm elections.
Two sources told CNBC that the former president will hit the road in September, while another source said the timing and locations have not been determined.
Schumer told The Washington Post earlier this month that Obama has been “very amenable” to offering assistance in the midterms. The former president has fundraised for Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillMissouri county issues travel advisory for Lake of the Ozarks after Memorial Day parties Senate faces protracted floor fight over judges amid pandemic safety concerns Amash on eyeing presidential bid: ‘Millions of Americans’ want someone other than Trump, Biden MORE (D-Mo.), and endorsed Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos GOP votes to give Graham broad subpoena power in Obama-era probe MORE (D-Calif.) in her primary race.
Democrats are seeking to regain control of the House, and hang on to a number of vulnerable Senate seats, including in races in Missouri, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia.
A RealClearPolitics average of polling data shows Democrats with a roughly 6 percentage point lead on the generic ballot. That number has dropped from earlier in the year.
Obama has largely remained out of the political spotlight since leaving office 1 1/2 years ago. He has been critical of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, and weighed in on the Trump administration’s practice of separating migrant families at the border.
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