Obama Gets Ready for Two-Week Campaign Dash

Posted October 12, 2010 at 12:03pm

President Barack Obama is gearing up for an exhaustive campaign schedule over the next two weeks that includes 17 events in nine states, as well as his first campaign appearance with his wife since 2008.

On Friday, Obama will head to Wilmington, Del., for a fundraiser for Democratic Senate candidate Chris Coons, who is running for the seat vacated by Vice President Joseph Biden.

The president will travel to Boston on Saturday, where he will attend a rally and fundraiser for Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

On Sunday, Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will headline fundraisers together in Cleveland and Columbus. The Cleveland event is a fundraiser for Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and the Columbus fundraiser is for the Democratic National Committee. The president and first lady will also attend a DNC rally in Columbus, which will mark the first time they have campaigned together since 2008.

On Oct. 20, Obama will head to Portland for a fundraiser and rally for Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber.

On Oct. 21, the president will travel to Seattle for a public event for Sen. Patty Murray. There will also be an official event in Seattle. Later that day, Obama will fly to San Francisco for a DNC fundraiser.

On Oct. 22, Obama will head to Los Angeles for a fundraiser for Sen. Barbara Boxer. He will attend a DNC rally later in the day, and then go to Las Vegas for another DNC rally. He will cap off the day in Las Vegas with a joint fundraising event for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

On Oct. 23, the president travels to Minneapolis for an event with Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton and a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

On Oct. 25, Obama will head to Providence, R.I., for a DCCC fundraiser.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Tuesday that Obama will likely be in Washington, D.C., on election night. He said Obama has already put in a request for an absentee ballot.