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Obama to Voters: Show Up, or 'Things Could Get Worse'

Former prez's latest stop is stumping for House candidates in California
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2018 7:16 AM CDT
Former President Obama greets supporters as he campaigns in support of California congressional candidates, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif.   (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
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(Newser) – In case President Trump is having trouble sleeping, his predecessor was talking again on Saturday, with former President Obama telling voters in a southern California battleground county that "if we don't step up, things can get worse. In two months, we have the chance to restore some sanity to our politics. We have the chance to flip the House of Representatives and make sure there are real checks and balances in Washington." Obama was stumping for Democrats in seven competitive California races that the AP notes are vital to the party's chances of regaining the House. "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 told the crowd in a speech that did not call Trump out by name.

"We're in a challenging moment because, when you look at the arc of American history, there's always been a push and pull between those who want to go forward and those who want to look back, between those who want to divide and those are seeking to bring people together, between those who promote the politics of hope and those who exploit the politics of fear," he said. Obama's speech was pooh-poohed, or even welcomed, by California Republicans. "I wish he would come more often because he reminds Republicans of eight years of misery," said Republican National Committeeman Shawn Steel, who lives in Orange County. "It reminds the Republicans why these midterms are important." Obama's next appearance is in Cleveland on Thursday, where he'll stump for the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Richard Cordray.

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