Obama to receive ethics in government award from University of IL


Former President Barack Obama, a day after delivering a stinging critique of President Donald Trump's years in office, will headline his first rally of the 2018 midterm elections on Saturday in Orange County, stumping with seven Democrats looking to turn their congressional districts blue in November.

Vice President Mike Pence criticized former President Barack Obama in an interview aired on September 9, for breaking with tradition and giving a speech filled with criticism of President Donald Trump.

His comments come as Obama delivered a speech damning Donald Trump for "capitalising on resentment that politicians have been fanning for years".

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

"The only reason that we have an outsider business man president is because of you", Pirro said of Obama.

'We have the chance ... to restore some semblance of sanity to our politics. "We have the chance the flip the House of Representatives and make sure there are real checks in Washington!".

Marco Rubio's presidential campaign in 2016, said Obama's publicity tour was "a gift to Republicans. It's radical. It's a vision that says the protection of our power and those who back us is all that matters, even when it hurts the country".

Had he watched the speech, Trump would have known his gaggle boast perfectly illustrated the "dangerous times" Obama was referencing. A surge in immigrants has transformed California and its voting patterns. Meanwhile, new voters, largely Latinos and Asians, lean Democratic.

There are now 237 seats held by Republicans in the House of Representatives and 193 held by Democrats.

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Obama turned his visit into a "State of Our Democracy" review, and we are not getting an A-plus, you guys.

Barack Obama delivers a speech in IL.

In Orange County, GOP Rep. Mimi Walters faces a challenge from Katie Porter, a law professor at University of California at Irvine. As the make up of California has shifted over the last several years, with its residents now a majority people of color, the margin by which Republicans have been achieving victory in Orange County has majorly decreased. He added that when there is a vacuum in democracy, "other voices fill the void".

The hugely popular former first lady Michelle Obama will also be bringing star power to Democratic races in Las Vegas and Miami late this month.

While Obama won both of his campaigns, he has not always been as effective at bolstering members of his party, particularly when he isn't at the top of the ticket.

"Don't tell me your vote doesn't matter", he said in IL. I don't mean to pretend I'm channeling Lincoln now, but that's not what he had in mind, I don't think when he formed the Republican Party.

Former US president Barack Obama on Saturday urged voters to mobilize and return control of Congress to Democrats as he denounced what he said was the "politics of fear" dividing the country.

Obama also recorded a NowThis News video released Saturday.

President Obama is expected to deliver a similar message in Cleveland on Thursday, when he campaigns on behalf of Richard Cordray, the Democratic nominee for OH governor, and other Democrats.