Obama to join O'Malley on campaign trail next week
(This post has been updated since it was first published.)
President Obama will campaign for Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) on Oct. 7, according to two state Democratic sources.
A location has not been finalized, one source said. But another said Prince George's County, specifically Bowie State University, was the likely venue.
One day after O'Malley visited the White House for a bill signing ceremony, his reelection campaign also got an on-air boost from the president.
In a new 60-second radio ad, Obama credits O'Malley for making "tough decisions to put education, safety and job creation first." Without mentioning O'Malley's opponent by name, Obama frames the rematch with former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) as a choice between "moving forward" or slipping "backwards" and refers to O'Malley as "my friend."
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The ad, which is scheduled to air today on stations in Baltimore and next week in the Washington area, puts to rest questions about whether Obama would lend his support to the campaign.
In a state where the president is still popular, Obama's stamp of approval could mobilize voters such as African Americans, who the governor needs to retain his job. O'Malley said Monday that he also hoped Obama would make an in-person appearance on the campaign trail before the election.
"I look forward to him coming to Maryland," O'Malley said.
--Ann Marimow and Aaron Davis
| September 28, 2010; 12:46 PM ET
Categories: 2010 Elections, Aaron C. Davis, Ann Marimow, Barack Obama
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