Obama to Make First Campaign Stop with Clinton in NC
President Barack Obama his set to make his first campaign appearance with Hillary Clinton next Tuesday in North Carolina.
The Hill reports:
Obama and Clinton originally planned to appear together in Green Bay, Wis., on June 15, but the event was postponed in the aftermath of the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando.
In Charlotte, the two leaders “will discuss building on the progress we’ve made and their vision for an America that is stronger together,” the Clinton campaign said in a statement.
Choosing North Carolina as the site of Obama’s first campaign event is a sign the Clinton campaign is making a significant push to win the GOP-leaning state.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and her allies have blanketed the North Carolina airwaves with TV ads attacking her Republican opponent, Donald Trump. The Clinton campaign alone has already spent $10 million on TV ads in the state, according to The Charlotte Observer.
Obama won the Tar Heel State in 2008, in large part because of his ability to turn out African-American and first-time voters to the polls. But he lost there in 2012 to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Aides say the president has been eager to hit the trail for Clinton, after months of sitting on the sidelines in the contest to succeed him. Obama could play a primary role in motivating his supporters to get out and vote for Clinton, who has struggled to spark enthusiasm among many rank-and-file Democrats.
The president’s approval rating is at 56 percent, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, a number that could make him a major asset to Clinton’s campaign.
Obama formally endorsed Clinton earlier this month after she won enough delegates to secure the nomination, and White House officials say he will aggressively campaign for her during the summer and fall.
The cancellation of the Wisconsin event deprived him of a prime opportunity to speak out in support of Clinton, but behind the scenes, her campaign has begun to tap into his vast email network of donors and supporters.
Obama has also reveled in going after Trump, an indication he could play the role of attack dog for Clinton.
“I think it’s pretty hard to argue that somebody who almost three-quarters of the country thinks is unqualified to be president and has a negative opinion about is tapping into the zeitgeist of the country or is speaking for a broad base of the country,” he said of Trump in an NPR interview published Tuesday. “But we’ll find out.”
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