President Obama has begun to take his first steps into more active campaigning with ads designed to bolster his reelection chances making their debut in New Hampshire just as the state ramped up for its primary on Tuesday. The president has also reportedly begun to attend small fundraisers in advance of the more hectic campaign schedule to come, according to the Washington Post.
Here are some of the details emerging from those first campaign ads and fundraisers.
* Obama attended two different fundraisers in Washington on Monday night, one of which featured a small group of participants that paid as much as $45,000 apiece to attend, according to The Hill. The other fundraiser was more modest, with attendees having paid $100 a ticket to hear the president speak.
* On Wednesday the president is scheduled to return to Chicago to speak at a fundraising event to be held at the UIC forum, as well as two other events.
* On Tuesday, campaign ads for the president appeared across the entire front page of the website for the Union Leader, an extremely popular and high-profile source for information about the New Hampshire primary, according to the New York Daily News.
* The president's reelection team, "Obama For America," had also purchased similar ads on the front page of the Des Moines Register ahead of the Iowa Caucus. Obama also filmed a video ad that played in the state.
* Most of the attention being paid at the moment to the New Hampshire primary may be centered around who wins the state's GOP nomination for president, but Obama faces a vote there as well. The New Hampshire primary votes for both the Democratic and Republican nominees each election cycle, according to US News. Theoretically, New Hampshire could ultimately vote for one of the 13 other Democratic nominees for president that appear on the primary ballot rather than Obama.
* Vice President Joe Biden is taking small steps into the reelection campaign arena as well. On Tuesday evening he is scheduled to be on the phone for a conference call with supporters in New Hampshire to encourage them to vote, according to The State.
* First Lady Michelle Obama has begun to hit the reelection campaign trail as well. She is scheduled to appear at four events in Virginia this week. Two of the scheduled events are to be sponsored by the Democratic National Committee.