Friday 20 September 2019

Donald Trump and Barack Obama on campaign trail ahead of mid-term elections

The president said he could feel the spirit of 2016, the year he won the race to the White House, while Mr Obama looked to rally the opposition.

Supporters listen as President Donald Trump speaks in Macon (Evan Vucci/AP)
Supporters listen as President Donald Trump speaks in Macon (Evan Vucci/AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

President Donald Trump has said the final sprint before Tuesday’s midterm elections reminds him of the days before his 2016 win.

Mr Trump told a rally crowd in Macon, Georgia that “there’s electricity in the air like I haven’t seen since ’16”.

Mr Trump was holding a pair of rallies Sunday for Georgia’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp and in Chattanooga, Tennessee, for Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn.

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally (Evan Vucci/AP)

Mr Trump told the crowd in Georgia to turn out to vote, joking that he “wouldn’t say” the election is “as important as ’16, but it’s right up there”.

His predecessor Mr Obama was travelling to Gary, Indiana, on behalf of Senator Joe Donnelly, who faces a stiff challenge from Republican businessman Mike Braun.

Later in the day, the former president was campaigning in his hometown of Chicago for businessman J.B. Pritzker, the Democrats’ nominee for Illinois governor.

Former President Barack Obama (Alyssa Pointer/AP)

Mr Obama has taken on a more public role this autumn after refraining from offering a full-blown counterpoint to Mr Trump’s policies, which have sought to dismantle Mr Obama’s legacy.

Without invoking his name, Mr Obama has accused Mr Trump of lying and “fear-mongering” and warned Democrats not to be distracted.

Mr Trump has punched back, accusing Mr Obama of leaving behind a trail of broken promises on trade, the economic recovery and a promise during his presidency that patients could keep their doctors under his health care law.

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