President Obama will make his first formal campaign trip of 2012 at the end of next week with visits to the key battleground states of Ohio and Virginia, the campaign announced tonight.
The president and first lady Michelle Obama will make stops in Columbus, Ohio, and Richmond, Va., on May 5.
During rallies at Ohio State and Virginia Commonwealth universities, the president will "speak about how far we've come, and lay out the very real stakes in this election," said a campaign statement: "Whether we choose to keep moving our country forward, or go back to the failed policies that crashed our economy and left the middle class struggling to catch up."
In a tweet, the campaign described the Columbus and Richmond events as "the first rallies of the campaign" of 2012.
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