Donald Trump: 'I Fell Asleep' During Barack Obama Speech

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"If these candidates win, I'm absolutely confident that Washington will start working better!"

Also, Obama has been known to be unsuccessful in transferring votes of his supporter to other Democrats.

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

Obama emphasized to the students the "stakes really are higher" regarding this year's midterms.

"When you hear how great the economy's doing right now, let's just remember when this recovery started", Obama said at the University of IL.

During President Donald Trump's remarks at a rally in North Dakota, which he gave on the heels of a fiery speech former President Barack Obama delivered from Illinois, Trump just couldn't get his predecessor out of his head, even when talking up his own accomplishments.

He's says it's the result of a rapidly changing world and growing inequality and that politicians who appeal to that fear are using "an old playbook".

"There are people out there right now that are counting on us to make sure they still have health care after this election", Obama said.

"I wish he would come more often because he reminds Republicans of eight years of misery", said Republican National Committeeman Shawn Steel, who lives in Orange County. "In two months we have a chance to restore some sanity to our politics". "We have a chance to flip the House of Representatives".

When that happens, he says, people become cynical and decide not to participate in the political process - creating a vacuum that lobbyists and special interests fill.




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.

Up until this point, Obama has strayed away from directly attacking President Trump, but according to those with knowledge of the speech, it is expected to provide his most pointed rebuke to date of the current president.

"Some of you may think I am exaggerating when I say this election is more important than any I can remember in my lifetime", Obama said in a speech at the University of IL.

"If the Democrats got in with their agenda in November of nearly two years ago, instead of having 4.2 up, I believe honestly we'd have 4.2 down", Trump said.

Democrats certainly hope so as the midterms loom, with candidates reportedly flooding Obama's advisers with requests for personal appearances on the campaign trail. Some of the candidates he will reportedly appear alongside will include Josh Harder, who is running against Rep. Jeff Denham of Turlock; T.J. Cox, who is challenging Rep. David Valadao of Hanford; and Katie Hill, who is running for the seat now occupied by Rep. Steve Knight of Palmdale.

Former President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Urbana, Ill., Sept. 7, 2018.

It could very well, as some Democrats acknowledge, energize Republican and conservative voters, of which there are many in this part of the state, who have long opposed Mr. Obama.

Obama, reacting to the op-ed account, said, "That's not how our democracy is supposed to work".

"In 2016, voters rejected president Obama's policies and his dismissiveness towards half the country", Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens said in response to Mr Obama's speech. Duncan Hunter and Chris Collins, suggesting they shouldn't have been charged so close to the midterm elections and because they are Republicans.

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