In the last weeks leading up to the midterm elections, former President Barack Obama made an announcement on Saturday that he will be traveling to Georgia and Michigan to promote Democratic candidates.
According to a statement from Obama’s office, events are scheduled for October 28 in Atlanta and October 29 in Detroit.
The statement read, “President Obama wants to do his part to assist Democrats win next month given the high stakes of this year’s midterm elections.” In particular, he looks forward to campaigning for candidates in states and races that will have an impact on how the 2024 elections are conducted.
These locations are in addition to Wisconsin, where he also has a separate event planned for October 29 in Milwaukee to support Democratic Sen. Ron Johnson’s opponent Mandela Barnes as well as Gov. Tony Evers’ re-election campaign. On Friday, NBC News was the first to disclose that Obama would campaign in Wisconsin.
Obama will attend a Get Out the Vote rally in Michigan alongside Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist, and Michigan Democrats running for office at all levels, according to a statement from Whitmer’s office. The discussion at the event will center on “the stakes of the campaign as Michigan’s public education, voting rights, and abortion access are all in jeopardy.”
Obama’s administration has not yet revealed which candidates he would support at a rally in Georgia, where Democratic contender Stacey Abrams is taking on Republican Gov. Herschel Walker and Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock is facing off against incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp.
The former president emphasized the value of voting in the midterm elections in an interview with Pod Save America that aired Friday on SiriusXM Progress, highlighting the Supreme Court’s decision this year to overturn Roe v. Wade.
It serves as a reminder that democracy is brittle and that people must protect it and fight for it, according to Obama. “And I believe that this midterm election will be a turning point when, you know, the battle has to be joined and it requires people to vote.”
In 2008 and 2012, the former president won Wisconsin and Michigan. In both presidential elections, he was defeated by John McCain and Mitt Romney in Georgia.