Obama zings hecklers at a campaign rally for Florida Democrats

Frederick Owens
November 5, 2018

Former President Barack Obama will headline a rally for Illinois Democrats just two days ahead of Election Day.

Obama argued much the same during portions of his speech, calling Trump's recent decision to send thousands of troops to the border to defend against a group of migrants that is still hundreds of miles away "a political stunt" - and an affront to service members who "deserve better than that".

As Obama divided his day by boosting the Democrats, first in Miami for gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Gillum and incumbent Sen.

Before Trump touches down in Georgia, he is due on Saturday night in Florida - his second trip there over four days - for a rally in Pensacola, another traditionally Republican stronghold up in the state's Panhandle, and the next day in Tennessee to campaign for Republican Senate candidate Rep. Marsha Blackburn.

The FBI said on Friday it had recovered a suspicious package addressed to California billionaire Tom Steyer, a Democrat known for his ads calling for Trump's impeachment.

Obama, at Morehouse College in Atlanta, answered Trump's jab from earlier in the week, when the Republican President said Abrams - owner of an estimable political résumé - was "not qualified" for the job that she and GOP Secretary of State Brian Kemp are at about even odds to win next week. Americans will vote in gubernatorial and congressional elections next week.

"When words don't mean anything, when truth doesn't matter, when people can just lie with abandon, democracy can't work", Obama said.

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Far from buddies, Trump has frequently blasted Obama's economic stewardship and handling of trade agreements, while the former president has warned that the "character of our country is on the ballot".

Speaking to a crowd of around 3,000 people, Obama also took shots at President Donald Trump by accusing him of "lying" and "fear-mongering".

Obama urged voters to support Nelson and Gillum, who, if elected, would become Florida's first black governor.

'Let's make history happen right here in Florida, ' Obama told jubilant supporters at the end of a speech that was occasionally interrupted by pro-Republican protesters.

They expect that number to skyrocket as Election Day nears. "The only check on that behavior is you and your vote". He is running against Democrat Bill Nelson, who now holds a Florida Senate seat.

Trump said that almost all of the illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine entered the U.S. through the southern border, and called for stronger borders.

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