Hoping to capitalize on his budget victory over the Republicans, President Obama is about to start a fundraising tour to help elect Democrats in the midterm congressional elections of 2014.
He is scheduled to speak at a minimum of seven fundraising events around the country over the next five weeks, including visits to New York, Boston, Miami, Philadelphia, Seattle and San Francisco, according to The Hill newspaper. The kickoff event will be a dinner and reception in New York City Friday on behalf of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
He is scheduled to appear Oct. 30 near Boston with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Obama's goal is to help Democrats keep control of the Senate and take control of the House. This would in turn prolong Obama's effectiveness by giving him a more cooperative Congress to work with.
Obama's fundraising potential has been increased, Democratic strategists say, because he faced down the Republicans in their recent confrontation over the government shutdown and a potential federal default. Party activists have been energized by his victory, the strategists say.
Ken Walsh covers the White House and politics for U.S. News. He writes the daily blog "Ken Walsh's Washington" for usnews.com and "The Presidency" column for the U.S. News Weekly. He is the author of the new book "Prisoners of the White House: The Isolation of America's Presidents and the Crisis of Leadership." Ken Walsh can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Facebook and Twitter.