Obama V. Trump – “It’s Personal.”
WASHINGTON – Eight years after she helped unite Democrats behind Barack Obama, he’s returning the favor. Clinton helped unite Democrats behind Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, he’s returning the favor.
Today they hit the road together in North Carolina and also look for them land Air Force One lands somewhere in Florida once or twice between August and the first Tuesday in November. Aides to President Obama says that he is particularly enthusiastic, about taking on the GOP nominee Donald Trump,
The Democratic duo’s rally in Charlotte cements a new phase in their storied political relationship. They were bitter rivals in the 2008 Democratic primary but became colleagues when Clinton joined Obama’s Cabinet as secretary of state. Now, they’re co-dependents as Clinton seeks the White House once again.
President Obama’s approval rating was at 50 percent in this month’s New York Times/CBS poll, and strategists close to Clinton said they would be eager to have his participation as the general election unfolded. (In contrast, President George W. Bush’s approval rating was at 20 percent in a Gallup poll just before the November 2008 election, and he rarely appeared that year with Senator John McCain of Arizona, the Republican nominee.)
Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, has personally offended the president with his conduct on the campaign trail. Trump, was the most visible champion of the “birther” conspiracy theories that falsely hold that Mr. Obama was born in Kenya rather than Hawaii.
Officials in the White House and close to Clinton’s team point to the president’s appeal to African-American and young voters — groups who favor him more than her — as helpful to turning those groups out for her in November. African-American and young voters will play a crucial role, the aides said, in battlegrounds like Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Mr. Obama won all four states in 2012.
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