President Obama will join Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail next week in the battleground state of North Carolina, the campaign of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee announced Wednesday.
Obama is scheduled to appear alongside Clinton, his former secretary of state, at a rally on Tuesday in Charlotte, the largest city in the Tar Heel State. The Charlotte appearance is a makeup date of sorts for an event that had been in the works earlier in Green Bay, Wis. That was put on hold in the wake of the June 12 mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.
Obama formally endorsed Clinton’s White House bid earlier this month, saying in a video that he had “seen her determination to give every American a fair shot at opportunity, no matter how tough the fight.”
Clinton’s campaign said Tuesday's event would be a rally open to the public. Few other details were released.
Recent polls have suggested a competitive race in North Carolina between Clinton and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. It is among eight states that Clinton is targeting with television ads.
Obama edged out Republican John McCain in North Carolina in 2008. Four years later, he narrowly lost there to Mitt Romney.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday that the president is eager to hit the campaign trail, and the delay simply stemmed from the two politicians' "busy schedules." But the White House and the Clinton campaign are also eager to target specific demographic groups that are most receptive to the president's message.
In North Carolina, Obama is well poised to mobilize African American and younger voters, as well as potentially moderate female voters who may be considering backing a Democrat this year.
Earlier in the week, White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz told reporters that the president has "articulated the case that he'll be making" at a handful of fundraising events that have been open to press coverage, but he will be making multiple stops across the country to draw a sharp contrast between Clinton and Trump.
"There’s a lot at stake in this election," Schultz said. "If you look at a range of national security and domestic issues, the views of the two candidates could not be further apart."