The First Draft: The president keeps campaigning
Back from his overseas trip, President Barack Obama has spent this week as campaigner-in-chief.
And last night he made a quick trip up to New Jersey to do some political campaigning and inject some presidential charisma into Governor Jon Corzine’s struggling re-election campaign.
While Obama was stumping for Corzine, his vice president Joe Biden was on a similar mission — campaigning for the Democratic nominee for governor in Virginia, Creigh Deeds.
The Virginia and New Jersey governor elections in November are among the first major contests since Obama took office in January and could be seen as barometers of his success in achieving his agenda.
Obama is also pressing Congress to pass healthcare legislation before its August recess.
After meeting Obama at the White House on Thursday, moderate Republican Senator Olympia Snowe said she urged the president to be patient. She told him it was “overly ambitious” to set an August deadline for Senate passage of the massive healthcare overhaul.
On Capitol HIll today, lawmakers keep pushing forward to make progress on their various healthcare bills after some late-night sessions yesterday.
Obama doesn’t have any public events on his schedule, but you never know…
Photo credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (Obama speaks at rally for Corzine)