Obama tells voters to step up or things can get worse

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Speaking at the University of Illinois Friday afternoon in an effort to get Democrats to the polls in November, former President Barack Obama openly endorsed single-payer healthcare as a good idea leftist candidates should be running on.

While Trump was "napping", Obama, in his speech called Trump a "symptom" of the country's "dangerous" times.

Former President Barack Obama speaks as he campaigns in support of California congressional candidates, on September 8, 2018, in Anaheim, California. "We have the chance to flip the House of Representatives and make sure there are real checks and balances in Washington", Obama said.

"So, without getting into the mudslinging, I think Obama can get inside Trump's head and play a cooler and more effective game", Wilson explained.

[If people stop voting] A politics of fear and resentment and retrenchment takes hold and demagogues promise simple fixes to complex problems.

Also worth remembering: midterm elections were not exactly Obama's forte. "All we need are decent, honest, hard-working people who are accountable and who have America's best interests at heart".

"I'm glad it's continued, but when you hear about this economic miracle that's been going on, when the job numbers come out, monthly job numbers, and, suddenly, Republicans are saying, 'it's a miracle.' I have to kind of remind them, actually, those job numbers are the same as they were in 2015 and 2016", the former president said.

He told the audience they were coming of age at one of those moments.

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In her Opening Statement, Judge Jeanine Pirro blasted former President Barack Obama for criticizing President Trump and the Republican Party during a speech on Friday.

Noting the history of former presidents avoiding the rough and tumble of politics, Obama acknowledged that his sharp critique of Trump was something of a departure from tradition. Obama was "a lot lower key than yesterday's speech".

He noted that he doesn't anticipate Obama getting into a "small-hand, name-calling kind of thing" that Trump would relish in.

Next week, he plans to campaign in Ohio for Richard Cordray, the Democratic nominee for governor, and Ohio Democrats.

This gloves-off performance portends a return to Obama's "fired up and ready to go" campaign style and underscores his conviction that the midterm truly is "the most important election of his lifetime". "And I'm happy he wants to do it again".

"It is always tempting for politicians, for their own gain, and for people in power, to try to see if they can divide people, scapegoat folks, turn them on each other because when that happens, you get gridlock and government doesn't work and people get cynical and they decide not to participate", he said. "Suddenly deficits do not matter", Obama said. We can march, we can rally, we can put signs up.

On Saturday, Obama will stump for Democratic candidates from California at an event in Orange County, a conservative-leaning part of California where Republicans are at risk of losing several congressional seats.

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