Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Markets | By Erika Turner

Obama says IN voters don't want 'a yes man'

Obama says IN voters don't want 'a yes man'

Republican President Donald Trump and former Democratic President Barack Obama made dueling speeches Sunday in an attempt to drum up support for their parties just 48 hours before Tuesday's midterm election.

Obama and Trump offered competing visions for the country in a split screen of campaigning on Sunday, seeking to galvanize voter turnout in the fight to control Congress and governors' mansions.

"The only check right now on the behaviour of these Republicans is you and your vote", Obama told supporters in Gary, Indiana, during a rally for endangered Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly. Joe Donnelly, who has sounded far more like Donald Trump.

Former President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally in support of Democratic candidates, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Miami.

But for Donnelly, the Obama rally is more complicated. On Friday, he condemned Trump's "fear-mongering" and what he said was a disdain for the truth.

The US leader also hit back at his predecessor, accusing him of breaking promises on trade, economic recovery and his vow that patients could keep their doctors under his healthcare law.

The comments suggest that Trump has grown less optimistic about the GOP's chances of retaining control of the House, where Republicans are facing greater headwinds than in the Senate.

Obama praised Donnelly during a rally in northwest in as someone who's honest and direct, telling voters, 'You don't want a "yes" man'.

In the final stages of the campaign, Trump has ramped up his hard-line rhetoric on immigration and cultural issues including warnings about a caravan of migrants headed to the border with Mexico and of liberal "mobs". But he said it was more important to elect a senator who will put what's best for his state over his party.

"This election will decide whether we build on this extraordinary prosperity we have created", Trump said before cheering crowd in Macon, Georgia. "I think, in the next two days, the team, the side that gets the most turnout and handles the ground game appropriately and aggressively is going to be the one that wins", said Rep. Tim Ryan, Ohio Democrat, on Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures" program.

Trump campaigned with Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who is in a tight and controversial race with Democrat Stacey Abrams for the governor's office.

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In Florida and Georgia, Democrats are aiming to become the states' first African American governors.

Trump said Winfrey was a friend of his until he ran for president but he is now urging Georgia voters to listen to his endorsement instead of hers. Among likely voters, the margin of error is 3.5 percentage points. It will also air Monday on cable and broadcast networks.

And they came as Trump was traveling to two traditionally Republican states to help bolster two statewide candidates ahead of elections that could dramatically reshape his presidency.

The White House pushed back against claims that Trump's recent steps to secure the USA southern border were motivated by the upcoming election.

"I've been involved in scores of conversations about stopping illegal immigration from Mexico and never once has there been a discussion of the political impact in USA domestic politics", Pompeo said.

Democrats lead among black voters, Hispanics, young people, women and independents, while Republicans hold an edge with older Americans, men and whites.

Speaking at a rally in Macon, Georgia, the president ramped up his hard-line rhetoric on immigration as he issued warnings about the caravan of migrants heading to the United States border with Mexico. "Supreme Court and other judicial nominations on straight party-line votes", the report states.

"I can't speak to the blue, but I can speak to the red", Trump said earlier of Democrats and Republicans.

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said that even if voters are motivated by a strong economy, "many people realize we need a check on this president". He said Democrats encouraged chaos at U.S. borders because it was good politics.

The Virginia Democrat faulted the White House for opposing an election security bill that would have ensured that every polling station had a paper ballot to audit after the election.

Trump received a briefing on election security last week.

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