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Obama ‘psyched’ to hit campaign trail

President Barack Obama will ramp up his campaign efforts for Democrats next week as critical midterm elections that could affect his final two years in office approach.

Obama, who has raised millions for candidates but whose sinking poll numbers are a liability for some Democrats, will first hit the road Tuesday. He will travel to Milwaukee for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser and a campaign event for Mary Burke, who is challenging Gov. Scott Walker.

He’ll head to Portland, Maine on Thursday for another DNC fundraiser and campaign event for U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, whom polls show is a tight race with Republican Gov. Paul LePage and independent Eliot Cutler. Obama will travel to Rhode Island and overnight and make remarks on the economy Friday at Rhode Island College.

He and first lady Michelle Obama will welcome local children and children of military families to a trick-or-treat on the South Portico of the White House on Friday night.

And on Saturday, Obama will travel to Michigan, to attend a campaign event for Rep. Gary Peters, who is running for the Senate and for Mark Schauer, who is running for governor.

Obama will travel to Bridgeport, Conn., on Sunday for an event with Gov. Dan Malloy, who faces a tough reelection bid. That event -- which was to have marked the first time this cycle that Obama had appeared at a campaign event for a candidate -- had been scheduled for Oct. 15, but was changed when Obama decided to stay in Washington for Ebola meetings.

After Connecticut, Obama will travel to Philadelphia to attend a campaign event for Tom Wolf, the Democratic candidate for governor in Pennsylvania.

It’s the most campaigning Obama has done since he was re-elected in 2012 and CNN’s Jim Acosta asked Press Secretary Josh Earnest whether he was “psyched” to hit the road.

“Psyched, I think that's actually the word the president used,” Earnest quipped.

Obama’s dropping approval ratings have meant few Democrats -- particularly those in Republican-leaning states -- want the president campaigning for them. Michelle Obama, though, doesn’t share her husband’s low numbers and she’s been welcomed in Florida, Iowa, Wisconsin and Colorado.

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