Former President Barack Obama to preview midterm campaign message in IL speech

Foellinger on Friday

Foellinger on Friday

Former President Barack Obama has backed the Democratic party's campaign efforts by throwing shade at President Donald Trump and voicing support for progressive policies. "It's not for sale".

"Even though we took out bin Laden and wound down the wars in Iraq and our combat role in Afghanistan, and got Iran to halt its nuclear programme, the world's still full of threats and disorder", he said, adding that comes streaming through people's televisions every single day. Not follow them. We're supposed to stand up to discrimination, and we're sure as heck supposed to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers.

The former commander-in-chief made the case that now is a pivotal moment in history in which Americans need to push back against those who would encourage the worst in human nature and appeal to anger, fear and resentment. "And the fact is that, if we don't step up, things can get worse".

"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", Obama said.

Obama said the US needs to restore "honesty and decency" in government.

"It's apathy", he said.

According to a report on the reemergence of former President Barack Obama into the public square after giving a scathing speech attacking Donald Trump, White House insiders are anxious that Trump will now become obsessed with going after the former president.

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Schauffele was at 13-under 127 and will be paired in the third round Saturday with a familiar figure in Philadelphia . Tiger Woods is tied for 11, five shots behind, but he's projected to only climb one spot in the standings, to No. 24.

When Barack Obama took the stage in front of an audience of students at the University of IL on Friday, he was not there to mess around.

Says Pence: "The truth is, the American people in 2016 rejected the policy and direction of Barack Obama when they elected President Donald Trump".

Guest Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist said that Obama would activate the Conservative base. "He's just capitalising on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years". At a fundraiser in North Dakota, the USA president told a crowd of supporters: "I watched it, but I fell asleep". Rep. Steve Stivers welcomed Obama's return, saying that his presence "fired up Republicans like nobody", and would unite the party in the run-up to November's contentious midterm elections.

But on Friday, Obama offered his most pointed indictment of the political climate that has formed under the watch of Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress.

"And by the way the idea that everything will turn out OK because there are people inside the White House who secretly aren't following the President's orders", he said. Despite previously indicating that he would follow that norm, Obama broke with tradition on September 7 with a speech kicking off his campaign blitz to help Democrats regain control of Congress in the 2018 midterm elections.

Obama also highlighted two races in the state's Central Valley, praising venture capitalist Josh Harder in his bid to unseat four-term Republican Jeff Denham, and T.J. Cox, who is challenging David Valadao in a district where Democrats hold a 17-point advantage in voter registration. "That's you. You and your vote".

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