Thursday, October 9, 2014

President Obama, Bill Clinton expected to campaign in Michigan for Schauer and Peters

Posted By on Thu, Oct 9, 2014 at 1:39 PM

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With the Nov. 4 election fast approaching, President Barack Obama and former president Bill Clinton are expected to campaign in Michigan for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters in the coming weeks.

Obama and Clinton's stops before the election would follow First Lady Michelle Obama, who will make a campaign appearance tomorrow in Detroit alongside Schauer and Peters , as well as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who the Michigan Democratic Party today announced will appear at an Oct. 16 event in Michigan.

Details of President Obama and Bill Clinton's stops are unclear. A Michigan Democratic Party spokesperson declined to comment. A source on the campaign trail disclosed the visits during a stop this week. 

Last month, Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Lon Johnson told he expected Obama to campaign for both Peters, who is running for outgoing Sen. Carl Levin (D-Detroit), and Schauer. Political blog Talking Points Memo followed a day later, reporting that Michigan would be the only state Obama campaigns in person for the midterm Senate elections, likely "sometime closer" to Nov. 4.

Obama last visited Michigan in April, when he called for a higher Federal minimum wage and later ate a sandwich from Zingerman's Deli, which seriously irritated Nolan Finley

In recent weeks, Gov. Rick Snyder has received a helping hand from the Republican Party for his re-election campaign: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently stumped for the incumbent candidate over coffee in Detroit; former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will also be in town Monday to campaign for Michigan's Republican candidates. 

The Michigan gubernatorial race has remained competitive, with recent polls showing Snyder edging Schauer by 4.2 percentage points. Peters has continued to widen his lead against Republican nominee in the race, former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land. The National Republican Senatorial Committee also said this week it would pull $850,000 in funds from Michigan that had been reserved for TV ads in support of Land.  

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