President Barak Obama will be hitting the campaign trail in Maryland and Illinois Thursday, warning Democrats that one month before the Nov. 2 midterm election is not the time to sulk.
"Right now all the reports out there are that the main challenge we have is closing an enthusiasm gap," Obama said during a Democratic National Committee dinner Wednesday night in Cresskill, N.J.
"We're not finished unless we lose sight of that long game and start sulking and sitting back and not doing everything we need to do in terms of making sure our folks turn out," he said.
Following his own advice, the president plans to head to Bowie State University to rally behind Maryland's Gov. Martin O'Malley. Recent polls show O'Malley has a lead over rival Bob Ehrlich, the Republican he ousted four years ago.
Obama will also travel to Chicago Thursday to throw his support behind Illinois Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias, who is hoping to win Obama's old seat.
Keeping that seat is crucial to maintaining control of the Congress and successfully pushing forward Obama's agenda on matters like health care, education, and clean energy.
Obama warned that if Democrats lose their majorities in the House and Senate, "We're going to be stalled for two years or four years, and we're going to start going backwards."