Obama, who shot nearly two dozen television commercials for Democrats and the party’s campaign committees, is touring Michigan and Wisconsin on Saturday to enthuse voters in Georgia, with new ads appearing almost every day this week. followed by stops in Nevada and Pennsylvania the following week.
During his time in the White House, the 2010 and 2014 campaign seasons were among the low points of his presidency, as Democratic control of first the House and then the Senate melted into a significant defeat of his time in office.
The former president’s fears about the erosion of democracy will be the subject of his comments next week, aides said, following the chaos created by former President Donald Trump’s false fraud claims that followed his defeat in the presidential election. Trump-backed election deniers on the secretary of state’s ballots in major states across the country.
It’s rare for a former president to campaign for candidates with negative votes, but Obama’s entry into the secretary of state race indicates how important some Democrats see the job, given that this year’s winners are key electoral infrastructure. will control. During the 2024 presidential race.
The former president is also focusing on major Senate races, where he served for two years before winning the White House. During his tenure in the Oval Office, control of the Senate hanged in the balance in November.
The visit comes after casting their vote last week with former First Lady Michelle Obama in Chicago, which is her official residence and where Obama’s presidential library is being built.
After thanking poll workers for their important role in the democratic process, Obama took his ballot and became nostalgic about how ballots were cast on a punch card that strongly encouraged direct voting.
“You know, I miss the coup thing, it was funny,” Obama said with a laugh. “You can bring some aggression.”
These elections, held to renew the lower house, a third of the Senate, and 36 governors, have been historically unfavorable for the ruling party, as only two governments have managed not to lose seats since the end of World War II.
For now, most polls confirm this trend and predict that the Republican opposition will gain control of the House of Representatives.
According to the Census Bureau, in the 2020 presidential election, marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, 69% of American voters opted for a non-traditional method: early or mail-in voting.