Former President Obama delivers speech at University of IL

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Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens said in a statement that more Obama wouldn't help the Democrats. He railed against everything from his successor's failure to condemn white nationalists after Charlottesville - "How hard can that be?"

Former President Barack Obama is stepping into the midterm battle. After his remarks, Obama will be presented the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government in a ceremony at the university president's residence on campus.

Obama plans to hit the campaign trail for Democratic candidates in competitive races all across the country through October, appearing first in California on Saturday and OH next week.

Mr Obama, who had frustrated some Democrats by keeping a relatively low profile since leaving office in January 2017, accused Republicans of being unwilling to safeguard democracy or offer a check on Mr Trump's policies or worst instincts.

"You happen to be coming of age during one of those moments", Obama said.

And in accepting Trump, Obama said, Republicans have abandoned many of their long-held guiding principles, like forgoing lower deficits in favor of tax cuts and maintaining a hard line with Russian Federation.

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Last month, Obama endorsed more than 80 Democratic candidates for state and federal offices in California. According to Obama, his administration moved the chains of progress forward, and President Trump represents the backlash against that progress. "He is a symptom, not a cause". Then I have three more pages, two more pages just like this.

During his remarks, Obama also criticized Republicans in Congress who seem "utterly unwilling" to stand up to Trump and "safeguard the institutions that make our democracies work". This has reportedly annoyed some Democrats, who believe their most potent weapon is sitting out the midterms in an effort to maintain decorum that they feel has gone out the window since Trump took office. "The biggest threat to our democracy is indifference".

Trump responded during a campaign appearance in North Dakota, saying that Obama was trying to take credit for this "incredible thing that's happening to our country". He said, as much as politicians talk about each election being the most important of their lifetimes, "this moment really is different".

As for voting, Obama criticized the fact that people usually vote for their favorite party instead of for the country. He will spend this Saturday in California stumping for seven congressional candidates at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee event and will head to OH next week to campaign for gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray. He's just capitalizing on resentments politicians have been fanning for years, a fear and anger that's rooted in our past but also born of the tremendous upheavals that have taken place'.

"There is always been a darker aspect of the American story, he told a crowd at the University of IL".