ABC News' Genevieve Kermani and Kyla Grant report:
President Obama and First lady Michelle Obama will hit the campaign trail together next weekend, the White House announced today, the first time the Obama duo has been out on the campaign trail together this midterm election cycle.
During this afternoon’s daily White House briefing, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced that on Sunday, October 17th, the president and the first lady will attend a fundraiser for Ohio Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland. The Ohio Governor is fighting for re-election in a tight race against Republican John Kasich. Afterward, the president and first lady will travel to Columbus, Ohio for one in a series of big rallies hosted by the Democratic National Convention.
With less than a month until the Nov. 2nd elections, the President has been out campaigning for Democratic candidates in order to minimize losses in November. The campaigner-in-chief will appear at a “Moving America Forward” rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and next Tuesday he will attend the “Commit to Vote” tele-town hall with the DNC. Drumming up the youth vote again, on October 14th, Obama will host a town-hall style meeting co-sponsored by the MTV music television network. This morning the President campaigned at Bowie State University in Maryland on behalf of Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is seeking re-election. Later today, President Obama headed to Illinois to fight for Democratic candidate Alexi Giannoulias who is running against Republican Rep. Mark Kirk.
Starting on October 13th the First Lady will hit the stump in Wisconsin for Sen. Russ Feingold and in Illinois for Sen. Candidate Alexi Giannoulias and Rep. Debbie Halvorson. Obama will then travel to Denver for Sen. Michael Bennet’s fundraising event and on October 18th she will attend a dinner for the Democratic National Committee Women’s Leadership Forum in New York City. On October 25th, the first lady will travel to Seattle and San Francisco for two events, one hosted by Sen. Patty Murray and the other hosted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Mrs. Obama’s last two solo appearances are scheduled to be made at the DNC’s Women’s leadership Forum in Los Angeles on October 26th followed by one for Sen. Barbara Boxer on October 27th