Politics

Obama Makes One Last Push For Clinton

| by Ray Brown

President Barack Obama hit the campaign trail for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia, urging voters to elect another Democrat for the White House.

"The choice you face when you step into that voting booth could not be more clear or could not be more serious," Obama said, according to CNN.

He continued: "If you share my faith, then I ask you to vote. If you want a president who shares our faith in America, who's lived that faith in America, who will finally shatter a glass ceiling and be a president for each and ever one of us, then I'm asking you to work as hard as you can this one last day."

Obama, who defeated Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primary before going on to serve two terms as President of the United States, introduced his former opponent and Secretary of State.

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Clinton, making her last appearance before Americans began casting their ballots, urged voters to vote for her to continue policies enacted under Obama.

"I believe we all have a role to play in building a better, stronger fairer America; building on the progress that we have enjoyed under President Barack Obama over the last eight years," she said. "I am not going to let anybody rip away the progress we've made and turn the clock back, sending us back in time where people are free to question the foundation of our country."

While Clinton's stated objective is to continue to build on Obama's record, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made his final campaign appearance in Grand Rapids, Michigan, by advocating for a new direction.

“We’re hours away from a once-in-a-lifetime change,” Trump told the crowd, according to The New York Times. “Today is our Independence Day, the day the American working class is going to strike back, finally.”

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The real estate mogul didn't make it to the stage until after midnight, but the crowd was nonetheless enthusiastic.

“I’ve been here since 9 o’clock, and I’m exhausted,” said Trump supporter Sarah Soudek, who told The New York Times she waited to see Trump for more than three hours. “I have to get up and go to work in the morning, which is a little crazy, but to me it’s like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see him tonight.”

“He’s going to be our next president,” Soudek said. “And I’m not sure I’ll ever get this close to a president again.”

Sources: CNN, The New York Times / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

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