The presidential race is about to get a jolt of energy as former President Barack Obama will hit the campaign trail for Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the closing weeks of the election.
Obama is by far the most popular political figure in America and he will help heat up the Democratic base. He is expected to visit key battleground states, according to The Hill.
Citing Democrats familiar with the plans, The Hill reported that “discussions have centered around sending Obama to key battleground states like Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin — states the former president and Biden carried in 2008 and 2012.”
“There have also been discussions around Obama appearing with Biden at a campaign event closer to the end of the race, according to one source. An Obama aide confirmed that the former president would be on the trail soon,” according to the report.
The pandemic has kept the former president largely online, holding virtual fundraisers and occasional videos showing his support for Biden.
“Republicans don’t have an Obama,” one source familiar with the plans said. “Every day he’s on the road, Biden wins” and they are getting nervous.
One source familiar with the plans told The Hill that said Obama would be holding socially distant events outdoors. “His remarks are expected to echo the sentiments in his convention speech, when he delivered a scathing rebuke of President Trump while saying the country’s democracy is at stake if he is reelected.”