First lady Michelle Obama will be visiting West Philadelphia later this week in another visit intended to rally support for the president during his re-election campaign.
Details are scant, but campaign officials said in a statement released Monday that the first lady would visit West Philadelphia, Montgomery County and the Lehigh Valley on Thursday to attend several “grassroots campaign events.”
According to the statement, “she will talk to voters about the president’s accomplishments, what’s at stake this election, and the importance of registering to vote to make their voices heard in the election.”
All three events will be open to the public — though to ticketholders only. Monday’s statement said more details would be released in the “coming days.”
The first lady has been a frequent visitor to Philadelphia during this campaign cycle. She attended a campaign event at the National Constitution Center in July, and visited the University of Pennsylvania in April.
President Obama has come to town just once in recent months, appearing at a fundraiser in June at the Franklin Institute. During the 2008 campaign, Obama appeared in the city a number of times and gave one of the pivotal speeches of the campaign here — his “A More Perfect Union” speech — addressing race in the context of his campaign.
He visited the western portion of the state in June on a two-day bus tour.
Pennsylvania is an important swing state — with both the president and his Republican rival Mitt Romney wooing the state’s voters. Recent polls show Obama with an edge in the Keystone State.