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Former President Obama Speaks At The Gates Foundation Inaugural Goalkeepers Event

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via Wkyc:

After nearly two years of silence, President Barack Obama is ready to use his voice.

In Cleveland Thursday night, Obama showed why he might be Democrats’ biggest asset this fall, drumming up enthusiasm by condemning fearmongering from Republicans, chastising apathetic voters and lauding praise on Ohio gubernatorial candidate Rich Cordray, an early Obama supporter locked in a tight race with Republican Mike DeWine.

Breaking with years of political precedent, Obama is openly criticizing his successor, President Donald Trump, while campaigning for Democrats such as Ohio gubernatorial hopeful Rich Cordray. Democrats hope to harness that anti-Trump sentiment to help win races nationwide.

“They appeal to our tribal instincts. They appeal to fear,” Obama said of Republicans. “They try to pit one against another. They try and say border security, we’ll keep out those folks who don’t look like us or sound like us. That’s a playbook as old as time.”

“In a healthy democracy, that playbook doesn’t work.

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