Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

USA midterm elections: Trump faces pushback from Obama on final campaign weekend

USA midterm elections: Trump faces pushback from Obama on final campaign weekend

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".

'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. "Unlike President Obama", Trump said, "we live under a different mantra".

Obama explained his reemergence at a Georgia rally in support of Stacey Abrams, who is seeking to be the first black female governor of any U.S. state. "And you know what you do?"

With rallies planned in Montana and Florida, a state he had already visited on Wednesday, Trump on Saturday is keeping up his relentless campaign schedule before Tuesday's ballot, which has become a referendum on his unconventional presidency.

In the absence of an obvious successor, former President Barack Obama has been the Democrat's star performer with his calls for a more inclusive kind of politics.

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".

"He might be a nice guy", Trump said of Tester, "except he tried to destroy Adm. Ronny Jackson, who is the most clean-cut, wonderful person that you ever met".

But polls point to the Democrats capturing at least the House of Representatives, threatening the billionaire president with the specter of an opposition finally able to block policies and dig into his highly opaque personal finances.

At the moment, Nelson is the only Democrat holding statewide office in Florida. "I'll just figure it out".

"I stand against any person or organization that peddles this type of unbridled hate and unapologetic bigotry", Kemp said in a statement.

Trump, who has placed immigration at the heart of his party's election effort, has persistently attacked the caravan of Central American migrants, denouncing it as a potential 'invasion'.

DeSantis, meanwhile, is locked in a tight gubernatorial race against Democrat Andrew Gillum.

Republican candidates in 2018 have, quite obviously, gone in a different direction. While both have made occasional nods to their party's moderate establishment, a necessity in Florida, where a rolling series of environmental crises - from toxic algae bloom to wildfires and stronger storms - are dominating the political atmosphere in both typically Republican and Democratic strongholds, neither has made any real attempt to persuade centrist Democrats.

"Andrew Gillum is just not equipped to be your governor-just not equipped", Trump said at the rally.

Trump lamented the downfall of "Doc Ronny", who withdrew from consideration back in April amid charges of improper conduct on the job.

Again, the audience howled, leading Trump to deadpan: "Then what the hell am I doing here tonight?"

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