President Barack Obama recently embarked on a four-day tour across five states in an attempt to garner support for Democratic candidates before November's midterm elections.
According to media reports, Obama's campaign swing is his longest of the season. The President's goal is to entice undecided voters with stops in Oregon, Washington state, California, Nevada and Minnesota. Liberal politicians fear an anti-incumbent backlash because of a struggling economy, high unemployment rates and a poor housing market, which could lead to a Republican majority in the House of Representatives.
Vice President Joe Biden, his wife, Jill, and First Lady Michelle Obama are also on the campaign trail in an effort to help Democratic candidates. If conservatives gain control of the House or Senate, Obama's political agenda is likely to be significantly hampered.
According to Bloomberg Businessweek, United States Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is looking forward to a shift in power because he believes Obama governs "faster and looser with the rules with very little justification than George W. Bush did."
If Republicans win control of the House, Issa will become the next chairman of the Oversight Committee. He told the news source that the Federal Reserve lacks transparency, and he would like to hold the government more accountable.
"We do have to have a select team in the House and the Senate, really be able to look in-depth behind the curtain, rather than simply have the Fed chairman come up and lecture us," Issa said.
On the campaign trail, the President is also stumping for gubernatorial candidates because state government leaders can help draw new congressional districts in a once-a-decade process that begins next year.