Obama, Trump make final pleas before midterm elections
Nearing final moments of the midterm elections campaign, United States President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama have both openly urged voters to back their parties' candidates in what they describe as a critical moment for US politics.
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Trump urged supporters to vote in the midterm elections while heavily campaigning in the states of Ohio, Missouri and Indiana on Monday.
“You’ve got to go out and vote," said Trump in Cleveland, Ohio, adding that "in a sense, I am on the ticket,” suggesting a possible threat to his presidency if the midterms are won by Democrats.
Furthermore, Trump described the ballot as "a vote to continue our extraordinary prosperity” and a Democrat victory as “a socialist nightmare for our country,” adding that “you think we’re letting that caravan come into this country?” "No!" shouted his supporters in response.
Moreover, Obama also made a last-day appeal for democratic voters to turn out in the midterms in a series of tweets, calling the elections as probably "the most important of our lifetimes," adding that "the character of our country is on the ballot."
The former president went on to urge Americans that the vote is essential in promoting initiatives such as protective healthcare, women's rights and affordable college fees.
Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi adapted a similar tone, stressing the importance of healthcare in a letter to House Democrats.
"I write to acknowledge the vital role Congressional Democrats played in protecting the Affordable Care Act and exposing the GOP’s monstrous health care agenda – and I urge all of us to continue to push this message in the next 24 hours."
Democrats are headed to the November 6 election hoping that the president’s "extreme" policies on immigration, tax and healthcare can help them make a case against the Republican Party.
On the other hand, the majority of Republicans believe the president is hitting the right chords on issues such as employment and immigration control, subsequently improving their standing. A smaller group of Republicans, however, think Trump's policies have been divisive and that they should distance themselves from the president if they want to win.
Some observers believe the race is shaping up as one of the most critical matches in the State's recent political history, especially since Democrats have signaled willingness to impeach his appointed justice at the Supreme Court Brett Kavenaugh.