As expected, Trump will continue to be the star Republican playing the role of kingmaker for his party’s midterm elections. Despite his approval rating varying from 38-43% since taking office, the party apparently believes he will be useful.
Former president Barack Obama, whose retrospective approval rating hovers around 63%, is endorsing 81 candidates ahead of November’s midterm elections. His office announced Wednesday that he’ll even hit the campaign trail this fall.
In a statement, Obama said:
“I’m proud to endorse such a wide and impressive array of Democratic candidates — leaders as diverse, patriotic, and big-hearted as the America they’re running to represent. I’m confident that, together, they’ll strengthen this country we love by restoring opportunity, repairing our alliances and standing in the world, and upholding our fundamental commitment to justice, fairness, responsibility, and the rule of law. But first, they need our votes.”
Several candidates on the list of endorsements Obama’s office has released are Obama administration and campaign alumni, and nearly half of the 81 candidates who have received his blessing are running for seats in state legislatures.
Obama’s office said that one of the former president’s priorities this fall is to support candidates backed by the National Democratic Redistricting Committee — a group led by former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder that aims to wrest control of the nationwide redistricting process away from Republicans.
A July Pew Research Center poll showed that 31 percent of respondents said Obama has done the best job as president during their lifetime, as opposed to 10 percent who said the same of Trump.