Obama to step into midterms, campaign for Democrats

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In this Dec. 5, 2017, file photo, former President Barack Obama speaks in Chicago. Obama is stepping into the midterm battle. Ahead of his first campaign events of the midterm elections, Obama is set to speak Friday as he accepts an ethics in government award in Illinois. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
In this Dec. 5, 2017, file photo, former President Barack Obama speaks in Chicago. Obama is stepping into the midterm battle. Ahead of his first campaign events of the midterm elections, Obama is set to speak Friday as he accepts an ethics in government award in Illinois. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Washington (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is stepping into the midterm battle. Obama is set to speak Friday as he accepts an ethics in government award in Illinois.

Obama has spent much of his post-presidency on the political sidelines, but an adviser says that in the speech he will be more “pointed” in his reflection on the current political environment, including President Donald Trump. The speech will be a preview of the argument Obama will make this fall campaign season.

After the speech, Obama will travel to California and campaign for more than a half-dozen House Democratic candidates at an event in Orange County. Next week, he’ll return to the campaign trail in Ohio to campaign for Richard Cordray and other Democrats.