tells voters sitting on sidelines in 2018 'dangerous'
By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press
CLEVELAND, Sept. 13, 2018 (AP): Former President Barack Obama
delivered a simple message Thursday headed into the fall midterm
Speaking to an enthusiastic crowd of several thousand in
Cleveland, Obama said the consequences of sitting on the
sidelines during November's midterm elections ``are far more
dangerous'' than in the past.
Without mentioning Republican President Donald Trump by name,
Obama said, ``This is not normal what we're seeing. It is
radical.'' He said a continuation of Republican control in
Washington, DC would threaten Medicaid, affordable
health care, even democracy.
``On November 6th, we have a chance to restore some sanity to
our politics,'' Obama said. ``We can flip the balance of power
back to the American people. Because you are the only check on
bad policy, you are the only real check on abuses of power. It's
you and your vote.''
Obama was in closely divided Ohio to campaign for Democratic
gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray, running mate
Betty Sutton, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and the party's
statewide slate. Cordray, who was Obama's appointee to lead the
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is locked in a tight
contest for governor against Republican Attorney General Mike
DeWine. Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich is
Donald Trump Jr., the president's son, was in the state Thursday
to raise money for DeWine and Republican U.S. Rep. Jim
Renacci, who is seeking to unseat Brown in the Senate.
In Cleveland, Cordray pledged to the crowd that he and his party
would fight for decency, tolerance, inclusion and respectfulness
if elected, declaring, ``Change is coming.''
Obama drew a contrast between Cordray's polite—some say
boring—style and the president's. He said many Ohio farmers
``have money in their pockets'' because of Cordray's work at the
``He didn't try to take credit for it. He didn't tweet about it.
He just did it,'' Obama said. ``And if you elect him your
governor, he will keep working like that—on your behalf.''