The Commander-in-Chief will be stumping for the Hillary Clinton-Tim Kaine ticket and encouraging Pennsylvanians to register to vote. The voter registration deadline in PA is October 11th.
The President is enjoying good approval numbers in the Keystone State, the latest Franklin & Marshall poll had him at 52%, so it should not be a surprise that he would campaign for Clinton.
Nonetheless, there’s a complex history of outgoing Presidents campaigning for their party’s successor. For example, Lyndon Johnson and George W. Bush were too unpopular to help their party’s nominee. On the other hand, Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan stumped for their Vice Presidents.
Bill Clinton infamously wasn’t asked to campaign for his VP Al Gore (Clinton’s approval ratings were sky-high but his personal favorability numbers were still suffering from the Lewinsky scandal).
2016 won’t be a repeat of that episode as the President and former Secretary of State have both made it clear they view the election as a team effort. At the end of the President’s address during the third night of the Democratic Convention, Hillary Clinton came out on stage to share a “passing of the torch” moment.
The Clinton camp says that additional details about the Philadelphia event will be revealed in the coming days.