|Published:||Sep 06, 2010 11:29 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 06, 2010 8:29 AM EDT|
WASHINGTON, D.C.-On Labor Day President Obama hits the road to help democratic candidates in danger of losing their seat this fall. President Obama will try to convince voters this week that Democratic policies are working.
"To heal our economy, we need more than a healthy stock market, we need
bustling main streets and a growing, thriving middle class," the President said.
He'll head to Wisconsin Monday to give a speech about the economy. On Wednesday, he'll visit Cleveland where he'll announce new steps to help small businesses.
All along the way, the President will also try to shore up support for Democrats ahead of midterm elections.
First term Incumbent Gerry Connolly of Virginia is just one Democrat hoping to hang onto his Congressional seat.
"In talking to many of my colleagues, they get the threat, they understand there's understandable anxiety in the country given the state of the economy, but they are prepared, going into battle," said Rep. Connolly.
President Obama has much at stake. Not only does he risk losing his party's majority in congress this fall, his chances of re-election could also get hurt.
"From a Republican point of view, we need to bring checks and balances, tell the American people if we get back in control, we're going to check this Obama agenda that has no limits," said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) South Carolina.
The latest Gallup Poll has troubling news for Democrats. Republicans have a 10 point lead. And Democratic voters may be in danger of dragging their feet, with twice as many Republicans saying they're "very enthusiastic" about voting this fall.
"There's nobody in town that thinks Democrats don't lose at least 20 seats. The question is, could it be 40? Could it be 60? Could you have a change of power?" said Jim VandeHei of politico.com.
Democrats do have a financial edge heading into the fall but Republicans insist they have the momentum.