Illinois Senator Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and Acting Delaware Senator Senator Joe Biden wave during a rally in Springfield, Illinois on Aug. 23, 2008.
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WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will campaign on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden next week, adding a powerful voice to the Biden campaign's efforts to increase voter turnout and enthusiasm in the final days of the 2020 presidential campaign.
According to a Biden campaign release, Obama is due to appear at an event for his former vice president and close friend in the battlefield state of Pennsylvania on Wednesday, October 21.
The Philadelphia event marks the first time Obama has personally fought for Biden this year.
However, the former president can be seen in Biden campaign videos and delivered a keynote address at the virtual Democratic National Convention this summer.
Almost four years after his absence, polls show that Obama is one of the most popular figures in American politics.
Obama's high approval ratings are not lost on his successor, Republican President Donald Trump.
Trump has made dismantling Obama's legacy a cornerstone of his presidency. He has also accused Obama of "spying on" his 2016 presidential campaign, claiming that after Trump's victory, Obama took steps to hamper Trump's new administration.
None of these allegations have been proven, but that hasn't stopped the president from demanding that the Justice Department investigate and prosecute Obama, Biden, and other members of Obama's cabinet.
According to NBC News, Biden Trump currently leads Trump by about 9 percentage points on a national NBC News poll, and he also leads in most battlefield states.
CNBC reached out to Obama's office for more details about the event and will update this story as more information becomes available.