Obama's Speech That Broke Tradition, Criticized Trump 'Very Disappointing,' Pence Says


"The stakes really are higher. The consequences of any of us sitting on the sidelines are more dire", he said.

He later added: "This is not normal". They also said he is better positioned than nearly anyone else in the party to raise huge amounts of campaign cash. While the former president will be visible throughout the general election, the adviser said Obama will not be a daily presence on the campaign trail.

"They're undermining our alliances, cosying up to Russian Federation. Its central organising principle in foreign policy was the fight against communism, and now they're cosying up to the former head of the KGB". Ben Ray Lujan, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said in a statement.

"You, Barack, you elected Donald Trump".

The speech is Mr Obama's first big step into the campaign for the midterm elections.

Obama continued, "And you happen to be coming of age during one of those moments". Obama told the students: "The question is: 'What are you going to do?'" "If I was the Republicans, I would be very nervous about this".

"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.

Speaking to a largely young audience at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign, Obama urged them to vote if they wanted to make a difference - "In two months we have the chance, not the certainty but the chance, to restore some semblance of sanity to our politics".

"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, or to explicitly call on the attorney general to protect members of our own party from prosecution because an election happens to be coming up". "How hard can that be, to say that Nazis are bad?"

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In August 2017, Trump was criticized for saying there was "blame on both sides" for the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The president was widely censured by officials from across the political spectrum, and later clarified that he condemned neo-Nazis and white supremacy.

The speech called for citizens to take it upon themselves to "do it differently".

Launching an unprecedented attack on Trump and his policies, Obama said: "It did not start with Donald Trump. A fear, an anger that is rooted in our past but is also borne in our enormous upheavals that have taken place in your brief lifetimes".

Former U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday told attendees at a Democratic rally that the United States government "is a government for everybody".

Obama is speaking at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he's urging people to vote in the midterm elections.

"It's supposed to be the party... of fiscal conservatism".

Obama said his successor is a "symptom", not the cause of the tribal divisions existing in today's political environment. She is urging Americans to participate in a week of action, september 22 through 29, to get people registered to vote. You didn't go out to vote. "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", Obama said.

Obama also implied in his speech on Friday that Trump and his supporters do not think Nazis are bad, asking, "We are supposed to stand up to discrimination".