Obama on deck.
On September 21, former President Barack Obama will join Sen. Bob Casey for a campaign fundraiser in Philadelphia.
First reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jonathan Tamari this morning, the Casey campaign confirmed the upcoming campaign visit with the 44th President.
— Jonathan Tamari (@JonathanTamari) September 4, 2018
“We’re thrilled to have President Obama coming to Pennsylvania to help reelect Bob Casey and highlight what’s at stake for middle class families this election,” said Max Steele, campaign spokesman.
Casey was an early supporter of then-Sen. Obama during the 2008 Democratic Presidential Primary. Then-Sen. Hillary Clinton won the Pennsylvania Democratic Primary over Obama in 2008, although Obama was victorious in the Keystone state during the 2008 and 2012 general election.
GOP challenger to Casey, Rep. Lou Barletta’s campaign believes this announcement reinforces their belief that Casey is beholden to progressive stances.
“Barack Obama is simply paying Bob Casey back for his years of blind devotion,” said David Jackson, campaign spokesman. “Bob Casey voted with Barack Obama over 90% of the time and, as Casey himself said in 2006, when someone votes with another person over 90% of the time, then one of them is not necessary.”
The Barletta campaign continued to emphasize that their belief that Obama policies were not beneficial to the country.
“Barack Obama hiked taxes, made the world more dangerous with his irresponsible Iran nuclear deal, created double-digit unemployment, and made health care exponentially more expensive; and Bob Casey went along in lockstep,” Jackson said. “We’ll continue to focus on looking forward to build on our current success for the future, not live in the hopeless failures of the past.”
This past weekend, former Vice President Joe Biden joined Casey in Pittsburgh to fundraise as well as take part in the Labor Day Parade. This was the third year out of the last four that Biden participated in the Pittsburgh Labor Day Parade.
During July and August, Barletta welcomed in Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump to Pennsylvania for rallies and fundraising events. During Trump’s August rally with Barletta in Wilkes-Barre, the President dubbed Casey “Sleeping Bob.”
The Casey campaign did not provide any more specifics for the upcoming visit.