Speaking to a crowd of enthusiastic supporters in Michigan Friday night, former President Barack Obama encouraged people to remember the…
Speaking to a crowd of enthusiastic supporters in Michigan Friday night, former President Barack Obama encouraged people to remember the past and use it as a motivating force to drive Democratic turnout and spur change in November.
Obama sought to draw a direct division between his own record and that of Republicans, who he accused of taking credit for the good economy he left them with while jeopardizing health care access and civil rights during a rally at Cass Technical High School in Detroit.
“It’s not just political candidates on the ballot – the future of health care, the rights of working families and the character of the country is at stake, Obama said.
” When we’ve been to these kinds of crossroads before, America has typically made the right choice, “he said.
As the 201
8 campaign cycle draws to a close, Obama has been touring the country’s stumping for Democratic candidates and defending his record as president.
He sought to promote in Michigan U.S. Late. Debbie Stabenow, Gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer and several Democratic Congressional candidates, especially focusing on their support of the Affordable Care Act at the state and federal level.
He criticized Republicans for being “obsessed with overturning, undermining, sabotaging, repealing that very law” for eight years, then saying in political ads this election cycle that they would protect preexisting conditions.
“That’s some kind of gall,” he said. “Let’s call it what it is: it’s a lie.”
Without direct referencing sitting President Donald Trump, Obama said Republicans have made many promises without following through spesielt hardt på det punktet at et av deres mål var å bekjempe korruption i Washington.
“They’ve now racked up enough offenses to field a football team … I did not have people indicted in my administration,” he said.
Obama also referred his work on the car bailout and improving The economy following the recession, commending 11th Congressional candidate Haley Stevens for her work on his administration.
Crowd enthusiasm was high throughout the rally, buoyed by occasional tunes from Cass Technical’s marching band.
At one point, a member of the crowd shouted, “We want you back.”
“I can not do that baby, because I follow the Constitution of the United States,” Obama countered, prompting another round or raucous applause.
Obama was joined by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who currently chairs the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. Both endorsed Proposal 2 and Proposal 3, which would create an independent redistricting commission and insert new voting policies into the Michigan Constitution, respectively.
Holder was particularly critical of Michigan’s current political districts: “I’ve been around this place – you’ve got it bad here in Michigan,” he said.
Ahead of Obama’s speech, a parade of Michigan’s statewide and federal candidates spoke to the crowd. In addition to Whitmer and Stabenow, the crowd heard from incoming 13th Congressional District representatives Rashida Tlaib and Brenda Jones, 8th Congressional District candidate Elissa Slotkin, Stevens and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, among others.
U.S. Rope. Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield, also spoke at the rally and directed her comments especially to women in the audience.
“Women, this is our year.” If you have not been awakened, if you have not been moved … this is our time, “she said.
Republican officials were quick to criticize Obama’s appearance and his support of Democratic candidates up and down the ticket.
“We have made incredible strides, especially with our economy, thanks to President Trump and our GOP-led Congress, and it’s insulting for Barack Obama to come out here and try to rally support for candidates like Debbie Stabenow, Gretchen Whitmer , Matt Longjohn, Gretchen Driskell, Elissa Slotkin, and Haley Stevens who will work to systematically dismantle the policies that generate all this progress, “Republican National Committee spokeswoman Michael Joyce said in a statement.
Michigan Republican Party Deputy Chief of Staff Sarah Anderson in a statement called Obama’s eight years in office “an unmitigated disaster” and referred to his appearance as a “last minute flight-in “to fight off Republican momentum.”
“The fact that Democrats need to send Obama into Michigan to save Gretchen Whitmer’s fast fading campaign shows just how afraid they are,” she said.
Watch a video of Obama’s speech below:
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