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President and First Lady at 3 Ohio events Sunday

By Doug Published: October 14, 2010

President Barack Obama will appear at a fundraiser Sunday in Cleveland then go to Columbus for a rally with his wife at The Ohio State University. They also will attend a Columbus fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee.

The Dayton Daily News said the public event on the Oval at OSU begins at 6:15 p.m., with gates opening at 5 p.m.

Why the First Lady on campus? Michelle Obama is making campaign appearances in tight races. She has good ratings and is pushing a family agenda. She appeared in Milwaukee Wednesday, and several newspapers offered analysis as to why.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

After all the drama over whether it's good politics or bad politics for Russ Feingold to campaign with President Barack Obama, this time it's the first lady who's coming to Wisconsin for the Senate Democrat, and her polling numbers are pretty good.

McClatchy Newspapers

The White House hopes that Michelle Obama can help reignite some of the passion from that 2008 campaign in time to get more Democrats and left-leaning independents to vote in Senate races that the party is in very real danger of losing.

After speaking at a fund-raising lunch for Feingold, she headed to Illinois to help Alexi Giannoulias, the Democrat running for the Senate seat once held by her husband. Next, she planned to travel to Colorado to campaign for incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet. The first lady is scheduled to meet up with her husband Sunday in Ohio.

The New York Times

The stump speech she unveiled in Milwaukee on Wednesday filtered politics through the prism of motherhood, reflecting both her own sensibility and the desire of White House strategists to cast the election as one about not just today's politics, but the nation's future.



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