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Obama to Appear on "Daily Show" Ahead of Midterms

**FILE**This Aug. 22, 2007 file photo shows then Democratic presidential hopeful, and now president-elect Barack Obama, being greeted by host Jon Stewart during an appearance on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" in New York. Presidential candidates found late-night comedy shows a particularly valuable asset during the 2008 campaign, making more than four times the number of on-set appearances with Letterman, Jay Leno, Jon Stewart and the crowd than the 2004 contenders did, some new research has found.
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This Aug. 22, 2007 file photo shows then Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama being greeted by host Jon Stewart during an appearance on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" in New York.
AP Photo/Jason DeCrow

President Obama plans to appear on Comedy Central's "Daily Show" shortly before the midterm elections, a senior White House official tells CBS News, in what will be his first appearance on the show since becoming president.

The appearance will be on Wednesday October 27th. It comes shortly before both the November 2nd midterm elections as well as host Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" on the National Mall on October 30th.

The president has been trying to rally the sort of young voters who watch Stewart's show to come out to vote in the midterm elections amid signs that they are less enthusiastic than they were two years ago. Democrats are trying to hold the House and Senate amid predictions of a potential wave election for Republicans, and among his campaign stops in the midterm cycle have been appearances at college campuses.

The interview will come during the week-long period that Stewart is taping the show in Washington ahead of the rally. Mr. Obama appeared regularly on the show, which normally tapes in New York, while still a candidate. (Here's video of one appearance from Oct. 29th, 2008.)


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