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Obama tells Democrats to stop obsessing over 'the latest crazy thing' Trump does

Sunday October 16, 2022

Former president Barack Obama told Democrats to stop obsessing over 'the latest crazy thing' Donald Trump does and instead focus their energy on issues that impact voters most directly - like inflation and gas prices.

Obama offered his advice about Trump, who continues to tease the possibility of running for president again in 2024, during an interview with Pod Save America that aired exclusively on SiriusXM’s Progress Channel Friday night.

'We spend enormous amounts of time and energy and resources pointing out the latest crazy thing he said, or how rude or mean some of these Republican candidates behaved,' Obama said.

'That's probably not something that in the minds of most voters overrides their basic interests — Can I pay the rent? What are gas prices? How am I dealing with childcare?'

The former president is headed to Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin to host midterm campaign rallies at the end of this month to give a boost to Democratic Senate and gubernatorial candidates.

Obama who is among the highest profile Democratic surrogates since he left office, is expected to highlight Democratic accomplishments, but also raise the alarm over the state of American democracy.

'The thing that I think sometimes we seem to make a mistake on is his behavior can be so outrageous,' Obama said about Trump. 'And now, folks who try to copy him and his outrageous behaviors, get a lot of attention. And so we join that game.'

According to the Washington Post, a 2020 poll by Gallup rated Obama as the second most admired man among Americans, just slightly behind Trump and ahead of President Joe Biden.

'The great thing that I think we have going for us is, is that even with really slim majorities, what we've shown is, is that we can deliver,' Obama on the podcast.

'You've got the Inflation Control Act that has lowered prescription drug prices, has made sure that health care is even more affordable through the ACA, that is looking at lowering energy costs. You've got a gun bill that is the first major piece of gun safety legislation that we've seen in 30 years.'

Obama makes his first stop in Atlanta, where Stacey Abrams is taking on Republican Gov. Brian Kemp on November 8. She lost a close race to him in 2018.

As in 2020, Georgia may also once again decide which party controls the Senate.

Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock is facing a challenge from Republican Herschel Walker, a football star making his first bid for public office.

After campaigning in Atlanta on October 28, Obama has planned stops the following day in Detroit and Milwaukee for events to help get out the vote.

In Michigan, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is running against Tudor Dixon, a onetime commentator for a conservative online program who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump.


Michigan voters also are deciding whether to enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution.

In Wisconsin, Democratic Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes is trying to unseat Republican Sen. Ron Johnson and become the state's first Black senator.

Barnes, who is from Milwaukee, the state's largest city and home to the largest group of black voters, has been trying to energize black voters in a race that a Marquette University Law School poll this past week showed Johnson with an apparent lead.

Obama also hopes to give a boost to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who is being challenged by Tim Michels, a construction company co-owner who is endorsed by Trump. Marquette polls for months have shown that race to be about even.


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