Stevie Wonder will campaign in Detroit with Joe Biden and Barack Obama in bid to get African-American voters to the polls for the Democrat
- Barack Obama will join Joe Biden in Michigan on Saturday
- Duo will hold rallies in Flint and Detroit – with Stevie Wonder joining them in Detroit to perform
- Marks the former president and vice-president’s first joint appearance on campaign trail
- Hillary Clinton lost Michigan by just 0.1% of the vote, with her failure to enthuse black voters in Detroit blamed in part for her loss
Barack Obama will join Joe Biden in Michigan on Saturday for a pair of campaign appearances, marking their first time together on the presidential trail – but with the real star power provided by Stevie Wonder.
The singer will appear with the two in Detroit as Democrats push African-American voters in the city to turn out en masse for Biden.
Hillary Clinton lost Michigan by just 0.1% of the vote, with her failure to enthuse black voters in Detroit blamed for her loss – partly because she did not campaign there in the end stages of the 2016 race.
On Saturday however Wonder, 70, who was born in Saginaw, MI, and brought up in Detroit, will return to Motown to perform at a drive-in rally with Obama and Biden.
Obama has campaigned for Biden in solo stops in Philadelphia and Florida but the two men – who spent four years serving together in the White House – have yet to stand together on the same stage due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Obama and Biden will appear at a drive-in events in Flint before the Detroit rally, as they work to win the state for the Democratic ticket, particularly looking to court African American voters in the state.
The two will discuss bringing ‘Americans together to address the crises facing the country and win the battle for the soul of the nation,’ according to Biden’s campaign.
Motown going home: Stevie Wonder will cmapaign with Joe Biden and Barack Obama in his home town of Detroit Saturday
Star support: Joe Biden is appearing with Stevie Wonder and Barack Obama in Detroit – a city where he needs to drive African-American turnout if he is to win Michigan
Former President Barack Obama will join Joe Biden in Michigan on Saturday for a pair of campaign appearances – marking their first joint appearance together on the campaign trail
Early voting is already underway in Michigan. As of Tuesday, more than 3.1 million voters have requested absentee ballots and about 2.1 million have returned them, according to the Michigan Secretary of State’s office.
Biden leads by 6.5 points in the RealClearPolitics polling average of Michigan.
President Donald Trump held a campaign rally in Waterford Township on Friday, and will return twice afterwards, going to Sterling Heights on Sunday and Grand Rapids on Monday. He has visited Michigan seven times in 2020 as of Friday.
Michigan is part of the ‘blue wall’ – the industrial Midwest states that used to be solidly in the Democrats’ corner.
But Trump burst through that wall in 2016 – carrying Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Trump carried both Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin by less than 1 point in the 2016 election. He became the first Republican candidate in more than 20 years to carry the states.
Both campaigns are focusing on the Midwest area in the final four days until Election Day.
President Obama and Vice President Biden – seen together in the Rose Garden in 2016 – were known for their bromance in the White House
Biden and Trump are campaigning in Wisconsin on Friday as coronavirus cases hit new levels. Wisconsin is third in the nation in per capita COVID cases.
Biden leads by six points in the RealClearPolitics average of polls in Wisconsin.
Meanwhile, the Biden campaign revealed its plans to wrap up the campaign – the entire ticket will spend Monday barnstorming the must-win state of Pennsylvania.
Joe Biden, Jill Biden, Kamala Harris, and Doug Emhoff will ‘barnstorm Pennsylvania and fan out across all four corners of the state,’ the campaign said in a statement.
Biden will also campaign in Philadelphia on Sunday.
Both sides are campaigning hard to win Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes. Trump wants to repeat his 2016 win and Biden wants to win the state he was born in.
Trump will hold three rallies in Pennsylvania on Saturday – in Bucks County, Reading, and Butler. He’s expected to make another stop in the state before Election Day. And he held three rallies in the state on Monday.
Biden leads by four points in the RealClearPolitics average of polls in the state.
The Trump campaign is also using an all-hands on deck approach for Pennsylvania.
First lady Melania Trump made a rare campaign appearance there on Tuesday. And first daughter Ivanka Trump was there on Wednesday.