Obama: Character of US 'is on the ballot'

Geraldine Edwards
October 29, 2018

The former president was speaking just two days after a nationwide bomb scare prompted by a suspect accused of sending explosive devices to several top Democrats and others who President Donald Trump has criticized.

Former President Barack Obama says the character of the United States "is on the ballot" in the first midterm election since President Donald Trump took office. "If you look at what happened on numerous of these incidents, they were supporters of others".

"I thank God no one's been hurt, and I thank the fearless and resourceful security and law enforcement people for protecting us", De Niro said in a statement.

"Whatever your political background, I am hoping you think it is wrong to hear people spend years, months vilifying people, questioning their patriotism, calling them enemies of the people", Obama said. "I could really tone it up because as you know the media's been very unfair to me and the Republican Party", he said. "He just makes it up".

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Obama's visits were to urge people to vote for MI and Wisconsin's Democratic candidates.

Obama cited a recent Trump comment that he would pass a tax cut before the November election.

As explosive devices were sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation forensics lab in Quantico, investigators there detected DNA and a fingerprint found on the device intended for Waters and, working with local law enforcement, matched it late Thursday night to a sample of Sayoc's DNA that had been previously collected, Wray said.

"Their promise to drain the swamp, that was not on the up and up", Obama added, "Nobody in my administration got indicted". "This is awful, this is a national security crisis". Because if they did, they'd be up in arms right now that the Chinese are listening to the president's iPhone that he leaves in his golf cart'.

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Low turnout in Milwaukee by African-Americans proved costly for Hillary Clinton in 2016 when she narrowly lost Wisconsin.

Stumping for Sen. Tammy Baldwin, gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers, and a slew of Democratic congressional candidates in the Badger State, Obama again cast the election as a critical and fateful moment for the nation. "I'm hopeful that despite all the noise, despite all the lies, we're going to come through all that".

"We need leaders who will actually stand up for what's right, regardless of party", Obama said to cheers from the crowd.

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