Not all Democrats welcome Obama as surrogate for midterms
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D.C.—Although some of the former president’s party members wouldn’t say no to working jointly with him during the campaign, some say the general Democratic strategy might thereby get disrupted, citing Obama’s well-known personage.
Former US President Barack Obama, who has in recent time kept a rather low profile, is now poised to hit the road ahead of the November midterms and campaign for the Democrats in a number of swing states, along with those narrowly won by Trump,The Hill reported.
Most importantly, though, he is expected to rally the electorate and motivate Democrats across the country to go out and vote, thereby handling a problem that Democrats woke up to in the 2016 presidential elections.
The former head of state will attempt to get things back on track by first taking the floor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Friday, and thereafter travel around California, Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania, a person familiar with the matter told The Hill.
Although the former president still enjoys popularity among the country’s Democratic camp, especially African-Americans, Democrats are raising concern that the high-profile figure entering the political arena ahead of the midterms might, however, inadvertently distract Democrats from their strategy and even, effectively, activate conservatives and Trump supporters.
One of these is Sen. Jon Tester (Mont.), along with Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.).
There are also fears that Obama’s part in the campaign might play into the current president’s hands.
“Trump wants nothing more than a foil. He knows he can activate the other side," a source familiar with Obama's intentions noted, adding that the former head of the country is “going to be involved this fall in a very Obamaesque, smart way.”
Meanwhile, Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), said the party welcomes Obama’s help, dwelling on his joint fundraiser for the DSCC last year, but noted that the decision rests with individual candidates to decide whether to invite him to their states or not. Add Comments>>