Obama: 'Stakes really are higher' in next election




  • In Business/Economy
  • 2018-09-07 16:40:28Z
  • By Juana Summers and Sara Burnett, Associated Press
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URBANA, Ill. (AP) -- Former President Barack Obama on Friday implored Americans to vote in the November midterm elections, saying the future of democracy in the U.S. is in the balance.

"Just a glance at recent headlines should tell you this moment really is different," Obama said as he accepted an ethics in government award at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "The stakes really are higher. The consequences of any of us sitting on the sidelines are more dire."

The speech marked Obama's first steps into the political fray ahead of the fall campaign. While he has endorsed candidates and appeared at fundraising events, he has spent much of his post-presidency on the political sidelines. The speech was a preview of the argument that the former president is likely to make throughout the fall.

On Saturday, the former president will stump for House Democratic candidates from California at an event in Orange County, a conservative-leaning part of California where Republicans are at risk of losing several congressional seats.

Next week, Obama plans to campaign in Ohio for Richard Cordray, the Democratic nominee for governor, and Ohio Democrats.

Obama's campaign activity will continue through October and will include fundraising appearances, according to an Obama adviser. The adviser was not authorized to discuss Obama's thinking publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. While the former president will be visible throughout the general election, the adviser said that Obama will not be a daily presence on the campaign trail.

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