Obama is gaining popularity in an effort to bolster Democrats in battleground states

Washington — Former President Barack Obama, who famously fights his own party “wrinkle” in the 2010 midterm elections during his first term, he used his status as a popular former president to boost Democrats in battleground states, making several appearances in the final weeks of the midterm campaign in hopes of helping Democrats retain control of Congress .

Obama is campaigning for Democrats in states like Wisconsin, Georgia, Michigan, Iowa, Arizona and Nevada. Mr. Biden and Mr. Obama will make a joint appearance for Senate candidate John Fetterman and gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro in Pennsylvania on Saturday, their first joint appearance on the political circuit.

Obama is viewed favorably by 53.8 percent of registered voters, according to YouGov, compared to 45 percent for Mr. Biden, whose popularity has fallen as inflation and high gas prices weigh on Americans’ budgets. Mr. Biden has traveled to some states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania and will travel to Florida on Tuesday. Often, though, the trips were to promote economic agenda items such as job creation and chip manufacturing, rather than holding rallies for specific candidates. He is attending a rally-like event with Democrats in Florida on Tuesday night.

Asked on MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show” why Mr. Obama appears to be swinging more directly for midterm candidates than Mr. Biden, White House press secretary Karin Jean-Pierre said the president is making his case “ almost every day for months” about “the choices at stake here”.

Last Friday night in Wisconsin, Obama beat Mandela Barnes and Senate Governor, both of whom face tough races against Sen. Ron Johnson and Tim Michels. The President shed light on his own problems in public life, including “birtherism” conspiracies, but also sent a message that Democrats cannot sit on the sidelines this election.

“The reason I’m here is simple,” Obama said. “I’m here to ask you to vote.”

On Tuesday, Obama will be in Las Vegas for a rally with Gov. Steve Sisolak and Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto before heading to Phoenix on Wednesday to campaign with Sen. Mark Kelly and Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who is running for governor. office in Arizona.

Former US President Obama attends a rally with Michigan Governor Whitmer
Former President Barack Obama attends a rally with Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer ahead of the midterm elections on October 29, 2022.

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Sending Mr. Obama on the campaign trail in some states instead of Mr. Biden makes sense, said Matt Grossman, director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research and a professor at Michigan State University.

“Obviously Barack Obama is more popular than Joe Biden, and he’s remembered more fondly than his popularity at the time would suggest. And that’s the common pattern,” Grossman said.

Once presidents leave office, they tend to be viewed more favorably, he added. While GOP ads this cycle mention Mr. Biden in a negative light, almost no Democratic ads mention Mr. Biden in a positive light, Grossman said.

“Obama also presided over an economic recovery, so he has some, I guess, credibility to the core concerns of voters,” Grossman said. “And he manages to be fondly remembered both among the kind of more liberal and younger parts of the Democratic Party who might need to be motivated to join, and among swing voters who might still be a winner for Democrats.”

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