Former President Barack Obama urged Americans to vote this November in a speech on the "state of our democracy" at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign campus Friday that will set his tone ahead of the midterm elections.
"It's a consequential moment in our history", Obama said.
Obama is expected to hit the campaign trail running for Democrats this fall, as his party looks to take control of the House from Republicans hands.
Obama plans to hit the campaign trail for Democratic candidates in competitive races all across the country through October, appearing first in California on Saturday and OH next week.
Obama heads to Cleveland on September 13 to campaign for Ohio Democratic gubernatorial nominee Richard Cordray.
Mr. Obama's campaign activity will continue through October and will include fundraising appearances, according to an Obama adviser.
Obama's speech Saturday took a softer approach than his event on Friday, with the former president avoided taking direct jabs at Trump.
Former President Barack Obama makes a campaign stop at Caffe Paradiso in Urbana, Ill., Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, where he did a campaign stop with Illinois Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker, left, following his speech at the University of Illinois.
Mr Pence said it was "very disappointing" to see Obama "become so political", when other former presidents have shied away from being too involved once out of office.
"Some of you may think I'm exaggerating when I say this November's elections are more important than any I can remember in my lifetime", Obama said Friday. Four of those districts are at least partly in Orange County, a formerly reliable GOP bastion that went for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.More news: The new, enormous, expensive iPhone is confirmed and has a name
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"The biggest threat to our democracy doesn't come from any one person".
Former President Barack Obama says the USA needs to restore "honesty and decency" in government.
Barack Obama with sister Auma Obama and President Uhuru Kenyatta when he visited Kenya on Sunday, July 15 since he finished his presidential term.
Both parties are urging their core supporters to get to the polls for the November 6 midterm elections, when Democrats need to pick up 23 seats in the House of Representatives and two seats in the Senate to gain majorities in Congress and slam the brakes on Trump's agenda.
Obama did not mention any Democratic candidates from IL in his speech, although gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker, Comptroller Susana Mendoza and state Treasurer Mike Frerichs were all in the crowd.
Obama delivered a speech Friday at the University of IL that included several broadsides at Trump while rarely mentioning his name.
The former president said the current state of Washington politics "did not start with Donald Trump".
Republicans said voters won't find Obama's argument appealing.
Politico reports that insiders claim Trump "has long complained about the fawning coverage and adulation that he believes Obama has received, even after leaving the White House", which has been exacerbated by the president's dismay at the fawning coverage given to the late Sen.