It's official: Barack Obama is returning to the campaign trail.
Obama will be campaigning in the battleground state of Pennsylvania to Joe Biden.
This raises the question…
If Joe Biden is so far ahead in the national polls…
If Joe Biden is so far ahead even in the battleground state polls, including Pennsylvania…
Then why is Obama hitting the campaign trail?
What do they know that we don't know?
Sure, they may be playing it "safe" in Pennsylvania.
But if Joe Biden is truly ahead in Pennsylvania, then why not go to other swing states where the polls show closer races?
More details below:
Specifically, Obama will be campaiging in Philadelphia, which is a heavily blue city.
Perhaps they are attempting to turn out the vote.
According to CNN:
Former President Barack Obama is expected to hit the campaign trail next week, Democratic officials tell CNN, as he looks to step up his work in support of his one-time partner -- former Vice President Joe Biden -- in the final stretch of the election.
Obama intends to focus his efforts on early voting states in the final two weeks of the race, the officials tell CNN. The former President will not aggressively barnstorm swing states, but rather intends to visit a handful of critical battlegrounds where voting is underway.
His schedule has not been finalized, officials said, but states under consideration for his solo appearances include Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin and more.
"He's doing enough for our campaign," Biden told reporters before boarding a flight in New Castle, Delaware, Tuesday. "He'll be out on the trail and he's doing well."
Obama's expected return to the campaign trail could energize Democratic voters in the final weeks before the election as the former president remains among the Democratic Party's most popular figures. The Biden campaign believes Obama can help in three particular areas, officials say, including: Black men, Latinos and young voters.
The events will be socially distant -- similar to the tactics adopted by the Biden campaign during the coronavirus pandemic -- but are designed to garner local media coverage in key areas. President Donald Trump's campaign has dispatched far more surrogates ahead of the election -- along with the President's rallies -- and the Obama visits are designed to help Biden draw more attention in places where voting is happening.
Obama is set to make solo appearances. Former first lady Michelle Obama is not planning any in-person campaign visits. The possibility of joint Obama-Biden appearances could come in the final days of the race.
Since endorsing his former vice president in April, Obama's campaigning has largely been conducted in a virtual format. He's participated in virtual grassroots fundraisers with Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris along with taping campaign videos with each of the candidates in recent months.
Democrats are also using Obama in their messaging as voting gets underway across the country. The Democratic National Committee this week released a series of digital videos featuring Obama that urge Americans in 24 key states to make plans to vote.
Democrats and their allies in the media like to point to the polls.
They like to claim that Trump hardly has any chance of winning.
But their actions speak louder than their words.
Why would Obama be campaigning in Pennsylvania... and in a deep blue city... unless internal polling shows that Biden is actually behind?
Public polls show that Biden is leading Trump in Pennsylvania...
Obama is going to campaign in the state.
Again... we ask the question: what do they know that we don't know?
The latest polls show Joe Biden leading Trump by 5 points in Pennsylvania.
If Pennsylvania is in the tank for Biden, then why is Obama going there instead of other swing states?
The Hill confirms that Biden holds a 5 point lead:
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden holds a 5-point lead over President Trump in the critical swing state of Pennsylvania, according to a new Hill/Harris poll.
Fifty-one percent of voters polled in the state said they supported Biden, while 46 percent said they supported the president.
Other polls also show Trump trailing Biden in Pennsylvania. The RealClearPolitics polling average shows the former vice president leading by 5.7 points in the state.
Pennsylvania is one of a number of states that Trump flipped in 2016, helping him score his surprise victory over then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
However, four years later, Trump is trailing Biden in several states he won four years ago.
The Hill/Harris poll also showed Biden leading by nine points in Michigan, another state Trump narrowly won in 2016. Additionally, the poll showed Biden and Trump tied at 48 percent in Florida.
“President Trump has made a lot of progress in Florida and is closing in there, but he has a lot of ground to make up in key midwestern states,” said Hill/Harris pollster Mark Penn. “Biden is polling better with suburban and all-important older voters upset about the virus.
“This time the Democrats see the Trump strategy and so far are blocking it to put back the blue wall,” he continued. “Trump has defied the odds before, but these are some tough odds.”
Trump appeared to take note of his deficit among suburban women and last week during a campaign stop in Johnstown, Penn. even issued a plea for them to support him.
“Suburban women, will you please like me?” Trump said at the rally. “I saved your damn neighborhood, OK?”
The Hill/Harris battleground polls were conducted online Oct. 12-15 among 965, 1,289 and 992 likely voters in Florida, Michigan and Pennsylvania, respectively.
What do you think?
Are the polls accurate??
Or do the campaigns know something that we don't know?