Obama Kicks Off Midterm Push In Illinois

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The former commander-in-chief urged Americans to vote, saying "democracy depended on it" in this particularly challenging time in the country's history.

Republicans said voters won't find Obama's argument appealing.

In his speech, Obama said Trump was the "symptom, not the cause" of the current political situation. "He is just capitalizing on resentment that politicians have been fanning for years". "How hard can that be, saying that Nazis are bad?"

The only thing they have to do, Obama said, is "show up".

The CEO of Civic Advisors and the CEO of the "When We All Vote" initiative is the same person -- Kyle Lierman, who worked in the Obama White House for then Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett. "That is not a check". I'm being serious. That's not how our democracy's supposed to work. That's not how our democracy's supposed to work.

He also criticised Mr Trump's response to the violence a year ago at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that resulted in the death of one person. "That's the only way it could happen", Trump told a Montana rally.

Obama, in making his first political speech with the midterms in mind, implored people to vote.

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"I'm sorry, I watched it, but I fell asleep", Mr Trump said at a campaign appearance in Fargo, North Dakota.

The former president is expected to be a fixture on the campaign trail this fall, notes CBS News. Aides close to Obama have said he's bit his lip, wanting to avoid an ugly tit-for-tat and to stay above the fray. The alternative of sitting on the sidelines given all of these factors, he explained, was simply not an option. "He will lay out his views about where we are and where we go from here".

President Obama speaking to students at the University of IL. Most recently he announced a first round of political endorsements.

Obama also addressed Trump's tone-deaf comments past year, when the president claimed that there were "some very fine people on both sides" during the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that saw white supremacists squaring off against anti-racism protesters.

The ex-president has kept a low profile since he left office in 2017 until now. Or they're at least willing to ignore Trump's comfort with him. Obama's latest foray into politics is likely to ignite Republicans, including Trump. Next week, he'll return to the campaign trail in OH to campaign for Richard Cordray and other Democrats.

UPDATE: 2:47 P.M.: This article was updated with a statement from the Republican National Committee.

I can understand why Michelle Obama wants to be cautious in her approach to the mid-terms and not be cast as overly partisan at a time where she wants to leverage her own brand.

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