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Obama Barnstorms Florida, Georgia as a Counterweight to Trump’s Rallies

The former president is hosting rallies in Miami and Atlanta on Friday. Trump was in Florida on Wednesday and is expected in Georgia on Sunday.

By NTK Staff | 11.02.2018 @12:00pm
Obama Barnstorms Florida, Georgia as a Counterweight to Trump’s Rallies

Former President Barack Obama is shedding the traditional role of former president by campaigning hard for Democrats just two years after leaving office. While most ex-presidents were perfectly content to view the political mudslinging from the sidelines after leaving office, Obama is not following suit.

The former president will rally voters in Miami with Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum. He’s also expected to appear in Atlanta with Democrat Stacey Abrams, who could become the first African-American female governor in U.S. history if she wins. Oprah Winfrey campaigned for Abrams on Thursday in Marietta, Georgia.

With former President Bill Clinton sidelined thanks to sexual misconduct allegations and policy positions untenable in today’s left-leaning Democratic Party, the responsibility falls on Obama’s shoulders.

But as The Hill points out, he’s also stepping up in a last-ditch effort to protect what remains of his legacy:

If Democrats perform poorly on Tuesday, the door will be wide open for Trump to go even further than he already has in dismantling his predecessor’s legacy.

Conversely, if Democrats win control of the House of Representatives, as they are favored to do, it will provide some measure of protection for Obama’s achievements — notably the Affordable Care Act, which has survived GOP efforts to repeal it in full.

Obama has been keen to avoid becoming Trump’s foil, a role he served as president, which in part led to Trump’s rise as a political figure.

Meanwhile, President Trump is continuing his political march, which includes 11 campaign stops in six days leading up to Election Day.

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