April 25th, 2012
10:42 PM ET
(CNN) – President Barack Obama will officially kick off his re-election campaign on May 5 with two rallies in the key states of Ohio and Virginia, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina announced Wednesday night.
The president will appear at both rallies with first lady Michelle Obama, first visiting The Ohio State University in Columbus before traveling to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond in the afternoon.
"The Republican candidates have been out there for over a year campaigning and the president's going to lay out his vision," Messina said on a conference call with reporters. "This will be a ramp-up, not a zero-to-60 moment. So we won't start doing a bunch of these rallies. These will be the first two and then we'll have more announcements about the rest of them coming up."
The president's re-election effort will begin in two states that the Obama campaign sees as critical to its success in November, Messina said, but he said the campaign will continue its efforts to expand the electoral map.FULL STORY