The White House is rolling out first lady Michelle Obama on the campaign trail as Democrats try desperately to maintain control of the House and Senate.
Obama will headline nine fundraisers in six states in the coming weeks — including for some of the most vulnerable incumbents — with more likely to be added, the White House announced Tuesday.
"From the beginning, she's wanted to hit the campaign trail," Obama chief of staff Susan Sher said. "It was just a matter of figuring out what would work with her schedule and what would be most useful."
From Oct. 13 to Oct. 27, the first lady will attend fundraisers for Sens. Russ Feingold (Wis.), Barbara Boxer (Calif.), Patty Murray (Wash.) and Michael Benett (Colo.). She will also attend a fundraiser for Illinois Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias and raise money for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in Los Angeles and New York City.
Rounding out her tentative schedule, Obama will do an event with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Illinois congressional candidates Debbie Halvorson, Bill Foster and Dan Seals for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).
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