Former President Barack Obama on Saturday tried to influence voters who fear of inflation warning in two key Midwest Says Republicans Seek Control of Congress has no plans curb in prices and can navigate social safety net programs.
Campaigning with Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in Detroit and later Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and Democratic Senate candidate Mandela Barnes in Milwaukee, Obama recognized the economic realities of Americans face. But he said handing power on Capitol Hill for the GOP would do little for solve those problems.
“In your gut you should make sense: who cares about you?” he said in Wisconsin.
In a moment that quickly spread across social mediaObama criticized Barnes opponent Republican Senator Ron Johnson. who looking for a third term. He quoted Johnson past comments comparing control of Social Security to “Ponzi scheme” and criticized Johnson vote for 2017 GOP-led tax reform.
“A little of are you here on Social Security. A little of your parents are on Social Security. A little of your grandparents on Social Security. You know why do they need social security?” Obama said. ’cause they worked for It. They worked hard workplaces for It. They have cracked hands for It. They have long hours and back hurts bad knees to get that social security.”
“And if Ron Johnson doesn’t understand this — if he understands the provision of tax breaks for private aircraft more what does he understand sure that older people who have worked all their lives can retire with dignity and respect – he is not a person who thinks about you and knows you and sees you, and he should not be your senator from Wisconsin, former The President said.
Obama is going to some of most important medium term battlegrounds in a few days before the November 8 midterm elections. In addition to stops. in Michigan and Wisconsin, Obama also spent event Friday in Georgia. He will visit Nevada on Tuesday and then spend a few events in Pennsylvania along with President Joe Biden on Saturday.
All five states feature hotly contested gubernatorial races, and all but Michigan also have a Senate contests What will happen play a role in determining which party controls evenly divided chamber.
former the president on Saturday portrayed the contemporary Republican Party as frivolous and uncompromising, describing party – with with rare exceptions – as a duty former Whims of President Donald Trump.
“Own libraries and getting the approval of Donald Trump. It’s their agenda,” Obama said. in Milwaukee.
“They are not interested in solution problems. they are interested in anger, and then find the culprit, ”he said. And they hope it will distract you from fact that they have no answers of them.”
Obama’s message reflected Biden’s insistence that Republicans were not offering proposals to curb in inflation and his warnings that the majority of the Republican Party in Congress will target popular safety net programs like Social Security and Medicare.
it also repeated that former President Bill Clinton announced campaign stop for Democratic Representative Sean Patrick Maloney in New York on Saturday. Clinton said the Republican Party’s mid-term slogan should be: “This real problem. let’s vote for somebody who will make it worse.”
The difference is location: Obama hits campaign drag in places other Democrats can’t visit without provoking costly political reaction. Biden, whose approval rating is underwater in CNN polls conducted by SSRS in key intermediate states, largely limits it role fundraising, although he will go to Pennsylvania – his state of birth – in last weekend of elections. Other figures, such as Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, may inspire progressives but have limited appeal outside of mainstream supporters. Obama, however, remains a national Democratic figure who can motivate the partybase while also appeal to moderate voters.
Obama called inflation global challenge as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which “thrown off delivery and demand”, as well as the war of Russia in Ukraine, which, according to him, has led up gas prices.
“When gas prices go up when food prices go up it bites out of people salary. It hurts,” Obama said. “But the question you should asking: who is going to do something about it? The Republicans are running ad campaigns talking about it, but what is their real solution?”
“I’ll tell you: they want gut Social Security, then Medicare, and then give a little more tax breaks for the rich,” he said. “AND reason I know it’s their agenda, listen, it’s their answer to everything.”
That topic is that the Republicans have lost interest in compromise, preservation government works or even recognizes basic realities, including of 2020 presidential election – reflected in Obama’s remarks in Michigan and Wisconsin.
Gone are the days of former first Lady Michelle Obama’s insistence that “when they fall, we rise higher.” On Saturday, Obama acknowledged that his wife was discouraged by today’s political landscape. “Usually I’m a little more optimistic,” he said. in Michigan.
He contrasted the moment the United States is now facing with early stages of his own political career.
He described a failed attempt in 2000 to oust incumbent Rep. Bobby Rush. in Democratic primary is the only time Obama was defeated in an election box.
“You know what didn’t I do? I did not claim that the elections were rigged. I didn’t try to stop votes from enrollment. I did not incite the crowd to storm the Capitol,” Obama said. in Detroit. “I took my lumps. I thought out why my campaign didn’t connect and I tried run better race in next time because it how our democracy must work”.
Obama Describes Illinois Tour as a Senate Candidate in 2004 meeting people in eateries in conservative areas of status and intimate conversations.
He pointed to the example of late Arizona Senator John McCain, who gave an accommodating concession speech following Obama’s defeat in the 2008 presidential election. And he said that until he like Exodus of president 2016 race he stayed up until 3 am call Trump and congratulate him and keep going with peace transfer of power.
In Milwaukee, Obama even joked about Bererism, a racist conspiracy theory fueled by Trump, that Obama was not born. in United States.
Obama compared himself to Barnes, saying that the Senate candidate, who is also Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin Under Fire of Republican advertisement depicting him as out of touch with state values”just because the name of Mandela is Mandela; just because he is a democrat with funny name.”
“It sounds pretty familiar, right? So, Mandela,” Obama said to Barnes on stage, “get ready to dig up it’s a birth certificate.”
“Remember when it was the craziest people said? It wasn’t that long ago. People were like“Wow, that was kind of crazy,” Obama said. “Now he’s not even in the top 10 list of crazy.”
Obama saved his sharpest criticism for Johnson, saying the GOP senator had a “gold medal” in conspiracy theories about human trafficking in the 2020 elections.
In a speech earlier this month, Johnson appeared to downplay the violence sparked by the January 6, 2021 U.S. Capitol uprising and noted that the rioters “really taught us how You can use flagpoles, etc. of things like weapons. BUT campaign a spokesman later said the senator’s comments were intended to compare methods used by racial justice protesters in summer of 2020 with participants in the riots on January 6th.
in debate with Barnes in Johnson said in October: “I immediately, strongly and repeatedly condemned the violence. on January 6″.
In Michigan, Obama warned that a “dangerous climate” is developing as result of inflammatory rhetoric in USA – “when we are not just disagree with people but we start demonizing them, making wild, insane accusations about them.”
“If a elected officials do not more explicitly reject this kind of rhetoric if they silently support or call your supporters to stand up up outside polling places are armed with guns are dressed in tactical gear, more people can get hurt,” Obama said.
In a moment, Obama used like an exclamation mark for his comments about direction of Republican Party, protester in the audience interrupted him with a shout. This prompted former The President replied, “So, that’s what I’m saying.”
“There is a process that we set up in our democracy right now. I say you will chance talk sometime,” he told the protester. “And that’s part of the point is that I want make: simple basic courtesy and courtesy work and that’s what we are want try to encourage.
The protester quickly drowned out hymns of “Obama!” from the crowd.