Obama to visit Detroit area Nov. 1
President Barack Obama is scheduled to rally Michigan Democrats on Nov. 1 in Metro Detroit, the Michigan Democratic Party said Thursday.
The president’s visit on the Saturday before the Nov. 4 general election remains tenuous because of the ongoing health crisis surrounding the Ebola virus, which has caused the White House to keep Obama’s schedule nimble. But the White House plans to tout the candidacies of Mark Schauer for governor and U.S. Rep. Gary Peters for U.S. Senate.
“We are honored to have President Obama come to Michigan and highlight just how much is at stake this November,” Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Lon Johnson said in a statement.
The White House confirmed last week that the president would swing through the Detroit area during the last week of the campaign as part of an effort to help Democratic candidates in four states. Sites for a rally in Detroit are still being scouted, one source said.
National Democrats have descended on Michigan in recent weeks to aid Schauer in his bid against Gov. Rick Snyder and Peters, who is running for the U.S. Senate against Republican Terri Lynn Land.
While Peters has built a double-digit lead in most recent polls against Land, Schauer continues to trail Snyder.
Former President Bill Clinton was in Flint Wednesday; his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, rallied Democrats last Friday at Oakland University. First lady Michelle Obama headlined a rally for Democrats in Detroit on Oct. 10.
In April, Obama had lunch with Peters and low-wage workers at Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor as part of a campaign to raise the federal minimum wage, but he hasn’t campaigned with Schauer yet this election cycle.
Republicans have been aided by their own contingent of surrogates visiting Michigan this fall, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte.