Obama to Kick Off Campaigning in Southern California

Will campaign in Republican districts won by Hillary Clinton

Former President Barack Obama, shown here speaking at the North American Climate Summit in December, will campaign for Democratic candidates in Southern California House races this weekend. (Scott Olson/Getty Images file photo)

Former President Barack Obama will make his first stop on the 2018 campaign trail in Southern California on Saturday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced. 

Obama will campaign with candidates Josh Harder in the 10th District, T.J. Cox in the 21st District, Katie Hill in the 25th District, Gil Cisneros in the 39th District, Katie Porter in the 45th District, Harley Rouda in the 48th District, and Mike Levin in the 49th.

All seven districts have Republican members of Congress currently holding seats but also voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Reps. Ed Royce of the 39th District and Darrell Issa of the 49th have announced they will retire at the end of their terms.

The former president has so far made only occasional forays into the political realm since leaving office last year.

He released a robocall for Sen. Doug Jones last year in his special election in Alabama and campaigned in Virginia in the gubernatorial race. 

Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama endorsed seven Democratic candidates last month, including some who served in his administration. 

He has occasionally criticized President Donald Trump’s policies on rescinding deferred action for undocumented immigrants and pulling out of the Iran nuclear agreement. 

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Ben Ray Lujan praised Obama’s return to the trail in a statement.

“Democrats need all hands on deck to take back the House, and we could not be more honored to have President Barack Obama’s inspirational voice and unifying message on the campaign trail, with his first stop in Southern California,” he said.

The New York Times also reported Obama will head to Ohio to campaign for Democratic candidate for governor and former director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Richard Cordray.

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