Obama targets Trump in a fiery Milwaukee speech
On Friday in front of a crowd of several thousand people in Detroit, former President Barack Obama said the country's biggest threat to democracy is indifference.
But a vote on November 6th can neutralize this threat, he told a crowd who had invaded the gymnasium at Cass Technical High School.
"I am full of hope Despite all the noise and lies, we will remember who we are, to whom we are called, and out of this political darkness, I see a great awakening," he said. "If you choose things will get better, it will be a start."
Ten days before the elections on November 6, the rally was designed to get the Democrats going and ready to help and help candidates. (19659010) In a 45-minute speech, Obama lamented the last two years of the political resentment in Washington and across the country, reminding the crowd of his achievements in office, such as saving the auto industry, with 20 even months of job growth and a health care reform that has enabled millions of Americans to get health insurance. And how did the Republicans try to break down these achievements?
He was particularly frustrated that Republican members of the congress tried dozens of times to lift the Affordable Care Act just to get into the election season and say they will try to protect certain health care benefits.
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"And now they are trying to spend the final weeks of the election as if they were Florence Nightingale," he said.
But its main purpose was to make it happen Voters remembered these remarks as they beat polling stations and voted for candidates like US Senator Debbie Stabenow, gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer, and Democrats all the way.
"I am pleased to see Debbie and Gretchen Reason why I am here is to make sure that you could be all voice in what I believe to be the most important choice in our lives," he said. "The consequences of sitting on the sidelines are dangerous and profound – the character of our country is on the ballot."
The crowd responded with cheers, standing ovations, and repeated cries of "We love you" and "We want you back." Obama replied, "I can not do that, baby, because I follow the constitution."
Obama was introduced by US Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. He opened his speech with, "What's going on , Detroit? It's good to be in Detroit. And he gave the Detroit Pistons, the Cass Tech Technicians football team and band and all Democratic candidates on the ticket call.
He also attacked Trump's promise of fighting corruption
"Well, they have enough now Charges were levied to send a football team into the field, "he said," You know, I did not have anyone in my government who was charged. It is not that hard.
Before Obama took the stage, Whitmer spoke, urging the crowd to vote for the Democratic ticket, targeting their opponent in the Governor's race, Republican Bill Schütte, and joking that he often confused them with the former Democratic governor Jennifer Granholm, who frequently referred to the fact that the election of Whitmer would usher in another period of failed policy such as Granholms.
"Do you know what he looks like? He looks like someone who is retired, "Whitmer said to the cheers of the crowd.
Stabenow also spoke, applauding Obama for eight years for his professional growth and recognition that" our diversity is our strength. " 44th President of the United States Barack Obama Speaks During Michigan Rallying Out of the Democratic Party of Michigan on Friday, October 26, 2018 at Cass Tech High School in Detroit." Width = "540" data-mycapture -src = "https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2018/10/27/PDTF/c2594f4c-3947-4b91-b103-aa40f20df1a0-obama1.jpg" data-mycapture-sm-src = "https : //www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2018/10/27/PDTF/c2594f4c-3947-4b91-b103-aa40f20df1a0-obama1.jpg? width = 500 & height = 333 "/> Buy photo  44th President of the United States Barack Obama Speaks During Michigan Rallying Out of the Democratic Party of Michigan on Friday, October 26, 2018 at Cass Tech High School in Detroit. [Photo: Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press]  Other democrats speaking at the rally were Whitmer's vice-candidate Garlin Gilchrist, Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, Haley Stevens, Brenda Lawrence, Rashida Tlaib, and Detroit City President Council, Brenda Jones, State Supreme Court nominees Sam Bagen's Tos and Megan Cavanagh; Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and former US Attorney Eric Holder
Lawrence focused on women during her speech and said, "We will make a difference this year."
And she had a message for those who complain There are too many women on the Democratic ticket in Michigan, saying that with their references and their hard work, "these are the ones we have to fight for in Washington" ,
Earlier in the day, crowds of people stood waiting outside the school until the doors opened.
"I came to see my president, he's still my president until I get a better one," said Ron Trice of Detroit, with his son Rahsaan, a 24-year-old The rally was held by a student at Western Michigan University. "I am aware that he is the former president, but with all the madness I need someone to make me sleep at night, we now have too many things to worry about, I would like to hear a little bit of reason today . " ,
Trice, a language teacher at Wayne County Community College, said he would vote for the Democrats on November 6 and urge his students to vote as well.  "You must bring me the sticker or your class will be dropped," he joked.
His son said he knows that younger people historically were not very good But I imagine That people will start to realize that it is up to us to solve the problems that the older generation has in our laps, hopefully I will not be the only one who will. Choose, "said Rahsaan Trice.
Obama made several stopovers in Michigan during his presidency, including the day before the 2016 election for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to advertise. While this visit did not help push Clinton off the finish line in Michigan – she lost to Donald Trump by 10,704 votes in the state – Obama was good in Michigan when he ran for President in both 2008 and 2012.   In 2008, Obama beat US Senator John McCain in Michigan by 57-41 percent. And in 2012, he defeated former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who grew up in Michigan, 54-47 percent.
Jessica Anderson and Pamela Conrad, both 52 of Ann Arbor, shared a blanket in the biting wind and said that because they are so confident Democrats they did not want to miss a visit from Obama.
"We are his biggest fans, we would not miss that for the world," Anderson said.
This year was even more important for the couple, especially after seeing the confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, a judge at the US Supreme Court.
"I have two daughters and I do not know a woman who can not tell me," Conrad said. "To sit through the hearings and the hideous behavior and see what was normalized was really painful."
While Obama was in Michigan on Friday. Vice President Mike Pence will travel across the state on Monday to meet with Republican candidates such as Governor Bill Schuette, US Senate candidate John James, and US Representative Bill Huizenga at a Monday evening rally at the DeltaPlex Arena in Grand Rapids and a Monday afternoon lunch to run for office at Oakland International Airport in Waterford with Lena Epstein, running for the district's 11th convention headquarters, and US Representative Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, in the 8th District.
It is the third time that Pence has come to Michigan to support GOP candidates since Aug. 7.
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