Obama to campaign with Evers, Barnes in Milwaukee on Oct. 29

MILWAUKEE — Former President Barack Obama will head to Wisconsin late this month to stump for Gov. Tony Evers, Attorney General Josh Kaul and Senate hopeful Mandela Barnes, the state’s Democratic Party announced Friday.

The former president is set to visit Milwaukee on Oct. 29, a week and a half before the Nov. 8 election, for an early vote event. Sen Tammy Baldwin and Rep. Gwen Moore will also take part.

Obama’s visit was first reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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Further details of his visit were not immediately available.

Speaking to reporters following the debate between Evers and his Republican challenger Tim Michels, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Ben Wikler said Obama’s visit “is a signal to voters that this election is incredibly important.”

“I’m thrilled that Barack Obama will come to Wisconsin and make sure everyone knows that if they care about freedom, if they care about a governor who actually does the right thing, if they care about making sure that Ron Johnson doesn’t get another six years to serve himself, they have to cast a ballot on November 8,” he said.

Meanwhile, Brian Fraley from Michels’ campaign said Obama’s visit means Evers “knows that they are in trouble.”

“They are calling in all the big dogs,” he said. “They know that in April — April 15 — Tim Michels was at zero in the polls. Zero. And now the race is tied. Come November 8, Tim Michels will be the next governor of the state of Wisconsin.”