Obama campaigns in California urging voters to 'restore' sanity in politics

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"If these candidates win, I'm absolutely confident that Washington will start working better!" "And, in a healthy democracy, it doesn't work", Obama said.

Former President Barack Obama speaks as he campaigns in support of California congressional candidates, on September 8, 2018, in Anaheim, California.

"Many of them never imagined running for office, but what they understood is the stakes are high in this election". "He's just capitalising 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".

California Republicans said Obama's appearance would have little impact and may even help their party.

While Obama has in the past blasted Trump and his policies, this was the first speech in which he used his successor's name. He said the biggest threat to democracy isn't Trump but "indifference".

"It should not be a partisan issue to say that we do not pressure the attorney general or the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use the criminal justice system as a cudgel to punish our political opponents", Obama said.

He reiterated for fairness, justice and equality in every new political move by citizens of the U.S. and similarly democratic states. "We have a chance to flip the House of Representatives". 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.

Mr Obama, reacting to the article, said "that's not how our democracy is supposed to work".

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"I am sorry to say this, but there is one thing your gonna have to live with, the only reason that we have an outsider businessman president is because of you, your lies, your policies, and your divisiveness", she said on her show Saturday night.

Obama, who has chimed in from time-to-time to remark on President Trump's words and actions, is expected to address threats to the United States' democracy and the consequences of apathy, and urge fellow Americans to vote this November.

Obama's speech was notably shorter and more restrained than the previous day's often fiery remarks in IL, when he attacked Trump more frontally, breaking with the long American tradition of restraint by former presidents toward their successors.

Obama's speech in the university's 1,300-person auditorium has seen sizable interest from the school's student body, according to university spokesman Jon Davis, who said they had received around 22,000 requests for tickets.

He criticized Republicans for taking credit for an economic recovery that began under his presidency, and for enabling Trump to pressure the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice to punish his political enemies.

But Republicans have been just as eager to welcome Obama back to the campaign trail, too, believing he will rally their base as much, if not more, than he rallies Democrats.

Obama has made some appearances since Trump took office - including headlining a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee earlier this year - but the Trump era has complicated Obama's post-presidency. Pirro said. "How dare you!"

The president responded to Obama's critical speech of his presidency during a fundraising speech in Fargo, North Dakota.