Former President Barack Obama is back on the campaign trail.
In Illinois, he urged young Democrats to keep up the fight for social and economic justice.
“Each time we’ve gotten closer to those ideals, somebody somewhere would push back.It did not start with Donald Trump. He is a symptom, not the cause.He’s just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years."
In California Obama encouraged Democrates to turnout in November."When we are not participating we’re not paying attention; when we’re not stepping up, other voices fill the void. But the good news is in two months we have a chance to restore some sanity in our politics."Obama finds himself competing against the man who succeeded him and moved to undo many of his accomplishments.
President Donald Trump who has also been active on the campaign trail including this rally in Montana."This election is about jobs. It’s safety and it’s jobs. Thanks to Republican leadership, our economy is booming like never before in our history. Think of it in our history, nobody knew this was going to happen."
Trump also warned supporters a democratic takeover of the House of Representatives in November could lead to his impeachment."We’ll worry about that if it ever happens.But if it does happen, it’s your fault because you didn’t go out to vote. Know it? You didn’t go out to vote."
Trump has embraced the notion that the November congressional vote will be a referendum on his presidency.Lara Brown is a political expert at George Washington University. "The enthusiasm on both sides of the aisle is really related to the president. I think the last numbers I saw that more than 40 percent of people who said that they would be very likely to vote. We’re going to be either voting for the president or against the president in this midterm." Obama has also proved to be a lightning rod for voters, effectively turning out Democrats but also turning off Republicans.
Obama is likely to focus on young and non-white voters, says analyst John Hudak."That enthusiasm is there throughout the Democratic Party and across demographic groups,and for the first time many voters are going to see options on their ballot that look and sound and talk about issue in different ways.And that’s always something that’s appealing to a voter base."
Trump and Obama may never appear on a ballot together as opponents,but they are facing off in a pivotal proxy battle in this year’s midterm campaign where party control of Congress is at stake.
Jim Malone VOA news Washington.