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Former Obama officials are running for office in 2018

Former First Lady Michelle Obama and former President Barack Obama.
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At least 64 former Obama administration staffers are running for federal, state, or local office this year, NBC News reports.

The big picture: President Trump has set out to reverse much of what his predecessor did during his time in office — the Iran deal, the Paris climate accord, and the Affordable Care Act — which has spurred the groundswell of Obama alums. Ammar Campa-Najjar, a former White House staffer now running for a California House seat, told NBC: "A lot of us Obama babies were inspired by the president's call to action when he retired."

  • At least 28 of the former staffers are running for a House seat.
  • They work with the Obama Alumni Association, an organization run by former members of his administration, through which candidates can tap into the alumni network for fundraising and volunteers.

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