Former President Barack Obama will speak at the Anaheim Convention Center on Saturday, headlining an invitation-only rally to support seven Democratic California congressional candidates competing for key GOP-held districts that could determine which party controls the U.S. House of Representatives, according to the O.C. Register.
Tickets are being distributed by the candidates’ campaigns to their supporters. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which is organizing the rally, says it anticipates about 750 people will attend, according to KTLA.
The event, which was announced this week, will be held in a ballroom in the Anaheim Convention Center. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the event will get underway about 10:15 a.m., according to the L.A. Times.
California Democratic Party Chair Eric Bauman, who recently embarrassed his party by calling for a boycott of In N’ Out Burgers after they donated $25K to the GOP (only to find out later that they have donated to the Democrats as well) will provide opening remarks at this rally.
Obama will apparently speak for 25 minutes, tackling topics of health care and the GOP’s tax plan. This is his first stump speech in the 2018 election cycle.
Local Democratic House candidate will appear as well including:
- Mike Levin, who is running to win CA-49, the House seat vacated by the retirement of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista);
- Harley Rouda, running against Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) in CA-48;
- Katie Porter, opposing Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Irvine) in CA-45;
- Gil Cisneros, vying for Rep. Ed Royce’s (R-Fullerton) open seat in CA-39;
- Josh Harder, opposing Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) in CA-10;
- and T.J. Cox, who is running against Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford) in CA-21.
We find it hard to believe that any of these candidates will prevail on Nov. 6, 2018.