President Obama made one of his few campaign stops during this year's midterm election season, on behalf of Democratic candidate Gary Peters. Justin Mitchell reports.
It's been a rare sight this election season -- President Barack Obama on the campaign trail, supporting a Democratic candidate. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "This country has made real progress since the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes." He was in Detroit supporting Gary Peters, who's running for the seat held by retiring Senator Carl Levin, and Mark Schauer, who is running for governor. Obama came out swinging. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "Every time the Republican party leaders in Washington had to take a stand this year on policies that would help the middle class, their answer was no." Obama's appearance was part of a last-ditch effort by Democrats to get out the vote for their candidates. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "They said no to raising the minimum wage. They said no to fair pay legislation to make sure women get paid the same as men for doing the same job. They said no helping young people refinance their student loans." Polls show Republicans are likely to gain control of the U.S. Senate in Tuesday's election. Obama's current unpopularity has left him on the sidelines of Tuesday's midterm elections. But Peters has a comfortable lead in the race...meaning the unpopular President was not a liability.