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Politico: Obama Will Campaign for Dems in Midterms

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By    |   Thursday, 18 January 2018 02:43 PM

Former President Barack Obama is quietly planning to campaign for Democrats running in the midterms later this year.

Politico reported Thursday that Obama talks with Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez on a regular basis and plans to stump for candidates who speak about the DNC's redistricting program — an effort that's being led by former Attorney General and Obama friend Eric Holder.

Obama's political machine has an office in Washington, D.C. and he doles out advice to Democrats when asked to do so. Politico noted that Obama will activate the 15,000 people that comprise his campaign alumni association this year to help stump for Democrats and get the word out.

"He's going to be out there for candidates, he'll be out there helping us in meaningful ways, not just in fundraising," Perez told Politico. "The guy was a state senator in '04, and he was president of the United States four years later. He knows something about winning elections and building a brand."

Most former presidents ride into the sunset and stay relatively quiet on the political front, letting their successors run the country without hearing noise from former commanders in chief. Obama has struggled with how to stay active on the political scene, Politico reported, although that hasn't stopped him from speaking out about President Donald Trump on multiple occasions over the last year.

"He has studied ex-presidents, and he wanted to accord respect [to Trump like the] respect that George W. Bush accorded him, and respect that other ex-presidents accorded," Perez told Politico. "But that doesn't mean you don't do things behind the scenes to be helpful — and he's been exceedingly helpful on a number of levels."

Former Obama White House aide Paulette Aniskoff now works as the director of Obama's political machine under the LLC Citizen 44. According to Politico, she has spoken with Obama donors and others close to the former president about his post-presidency political efforts.

Obama spokesperson Katie Hill told the Chicago Tribune this week Obama will "continue to be politically active in 2018, with more endorsements and more campaigning."

In his final tweet of 2017, Obama asked people to get involved and try to make a difference in the world.

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