Midterms'a chance to restore sanity - Obama

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"He's just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years, a fear and anger that's rooted in our past but it's also born out of the enormous upheavals that have taken place in your brief lifetimes". In the other Orange County race, Gil Cisneros, a Democratic philanthropist and Navy veteran, is vying for an open seat created by retiring Republican Ed Royce. "I'm sorry I watched it, but I fell asleep", he said. Obama's speech castigated Trump as the product of a party that long ago went mad. "He gets the attention off Trump, and reminds Republicans why it's important to vote in the midterms". "We have the change to flip the House of Representatives and make sure there are real checks and balances in Washington".

While in his speech, Obama did not bash Trump directly, he did make some digs that could only be attributed to the current president.

"If you thought elections don't matter, I hope these last two years have corrected that impression", he said.

Obama also said the biggest threat to US democracy is not one individual, nor is it wealthy political supporters.

Obama's remarks to an auditorium of college students in IL - the state he represented before he won the White House - marked the opening salvo in a series of campaign stops aimed at boosting fellow Democrats in November's midterm elections, when voters will elect much of Congress and 36 state governorships.

He said: "What happened to the Republican party?"

"The claim that everything will turn out OK because there are people inside the White House who secretly aren't following the president's orders".

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"There is a phrase that we used to use [when I was governor] for staff that acted this way, and it's called 'we know better, '" Paterson said.

Obama gave shout-outs to seven Democratic candidates in competitive House districts across California that are considered crucial to the party's efforts to oust Republicans from control.

Obama's appearance on behalf of Congressional candidates upset Vice President Mike Pence.

The party did poorly in both the mid-terms during his presidency - 2010 and 2014 - and he failed to hand them over to Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016.

Obama urged the Democrats at his first rally of 2018 to get out and vote in November, telling them that the dismay they feel about Washington right now means nothing is they don't follow through by voicing their displeasure at the ballot box. "We've seen basic norms and principles that have served us well for decades increasingly violated", Obama said.

Obama also accused Republicans of giving tax cuts to the rich, taking away healthcare from millions, and rejecting scientific facts behind climate change.

Having devoted most of his time since leaving office to writing his memoirs and setting up his presidential foundation in Chicago, Obama will be back in the limelight in coming weeks with campaign stops planned in California Saturday, and OH on Thursday.

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