Reporting from Washington — The host of "American Idol" will be fielding a last-minute appeal for votes from President Obama in the latest intermingling of pop culture and politics.
An interview with Ryan Seacrest is one of several on Obama's call sheet on this day before the midterm elections. After a series of campaign appearances across the country, including four over the weekend, Obama had no public events on his schedule Monday.
Obama also was set to speak with Russ Parr, Michael Baisden and Steve Harvey, calls targeted to reach radio listeners across the country to encourage key constituencies to vote for Democratic candidates. According to the White House, the interviews would be recorded Monday for airing Tuesday.
"I'm interviewing President @BarackObama and want to ask him YOUR questions, political & otherwise," Seacrest tweeted Monday.
Such final appeals are not uncommon from candidates in the final hours before polls close, a time when turnout trumps persuasion. But Republicans mocked the news that Obama would speak with Seacrest in particular.