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|September 20, 2018|
Obama offers unifying message in Southland appearance
ANAHEIM - Former President Barack Obama plunged headfirst into the fight for the midterm election on Saturday in Anaheim, lending his political might to seven Democratic congressional candidates running in key GOP-held districts, while warning voters of the risks of keeping Republicans in power.
“If we don’t step up, things can get worse,” Obama told a crowd of 900 Democrat faithful at the Anaheim Convention Center. “We have a chance to flip the House of Representatives; to say ‘enough is enough.’”
The Orange County Register reported that Obama’s Southern California appearance came a day after he appeared at the University of Illinois to issue a searing indictment of his successor – a rarity for a former American president – criticizing Trump and the GOP for practicing “a politics of fear and resentment” and calling their actions a “threat to democracy.”
But on Saturday, Obama offered a more unifying message, reminiscent of his own campaign speeches. He told the supportive audience that Democrats have a chance to win over independents and Republicans who are disenchanted with the current GOP brand of politics, and called on attendees to rally turnout by making phone calls and knocking on doors. He said political indifference is “the biggest threat to our democracy right now.”
Story Date: September 12, 2018