Barack Obama To Urge For Big Democratic Turnout In November Elections

Obama Wades Back Into US Politics: 'You Need to Vote'

Obama: Trump Is 'a Symptom, Not the Cause'

Obama did not mention Trump on Saturday and instead said the problems in Washington are bigger than one person. "We've seen basic norms and principles that have served us well for decades increasingly violated", Obama said.

Former President Barack Obama says the midterm elections in November will give Americans the chance to - in his words - "restore some sanity in our politics" by changing control of Congress.

While Obama has in the past blasted Trump and his policies, this was the first speech in which he used his successor's name.

Obama's speech was notably shorter and more restrained than the previous day's often fiery remarks in IL, when he attacked Trump more frontally, breaking with the long American tradition of restraint by former presidents toward their successors. Obama, himself, acknowledged that his critique of President Trump was something of a deviation from tradition.

Obama also said the biggest threat to US democracy is not one individual, nor is it wealthy political supporters. "He is a symptom, not the cause".

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Obama also took aim at the Republican Party directly saying "the politics of resentment and paranoia has unfortunately found a home" in the party. In the other Orange County race, Gil Cisneros, a Democratic philanthropist and Navy veteran, is vying for an open seat created by retiring Republican Ed Royce.

He addressed the student body of the University of IL, stating that they happened to be coming of age at a time when the backlash against American progress was overwhelming, and that most of said backlash spawned from those with power and privilege who wanted to maintain their status through polarization and division.

Trump joked that he fell asleep during Obama's speech on Friday.

"It should not be a partisan issue to say that we do not pressure the attorney general or the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use the criminal justice system as a cudgel to punish our political opponents". While he has endorsed candidates and appeared at fundraising events, he has spent much of his post-presidency on the political sidelines.

Obama delivered his message Saturday in one of the most critical counties in the country for Democrats ahead of the November midterms.

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"He filled a leadership vacuum for the opposition party", Elleithee said after the speech, "but what I thought was more interesting is he started to draw a road map for Democrats who are looking for a different way of engaging this populist era and bring us back to a more hopeful approach".

But he said he made a decision to speak now because "the stakes really are higher" than before.

The vice president pointed out that the Trump administration inherited an economy growing at slightly more than 1 percent but has managed a turnaround with growth at 4.2 percent last quarter. "Saying that Nazis are bad?"

"What happened to the Republican Party?" he asked rhetorically.

"We're going to put on our marching shoes, we're going to start knocking on some doors, we're going to start making some calls", he said to cheers.

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