President Obama to campaign for PA Democrats

Clay Curtis
September 17, 2018

Former President Barack Obama hit the campaign trail in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday night to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Richard Cordray. Bob Casey and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, but also other down-ballot races that Democrats are contesting. While he spent most of his post-presidency outside of day-to-day politics, Obama is mapping out a final effort ahead of November's elections to help Democrats take back the House of Representatives and win seats in the Senate.

The 2016 campaign is over, but Obama "continues to dismiss the millions of voters across OH who rejected a continuation of his policies in favor of President Trump's plan for historic tax cuts, new jobs and soaring economic growth", Republican National Committee spokeswoman Mandi Merritt said in a statement. "It is radical." He said a continuation of Republican control in Washington would threaten Medicaid, affordable health care, even democracy.

"... It is just wonderful to be back in OR, and over the last 15 months we've traveled to every corner of the United States".

In Ohio, Cordray faces Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine in the race to replace Republican Governor John Kasich, who can not run again because of term limits.

On that trip, the former president will campaign for Pennsylvania Sen. Republicans say they welcome Obama's return and say he could energize Republican voters.

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Appearing at a rally for OH gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray, Obama offered more stark criticism of a Republican Party he says is refusing to act as a check on President Donald Trump. Sherrod Brown, who faces a challenge from Republican Jim Renacci (reh-NAY'-see), a congressman from Wadsworth.

George Conway's tweet was in response to President Trump's mocking of Obama mistakenly saying he had been to "57 states" in a country that has just 50 states - something he decried going underreported on by the "fake news media". Cordray resigned previous year to run for governor. "He just did it", Obama said.

"Cordray will destroy your state", Trump said during the August 24 Ohio Republican Party state dinner in Columbus.

"He didn't try to take credit for it".

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