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Obama, on campaign swing, urges ‘sanity in our politics’

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press ANAHEIM — Former President Barack Obama said Saturday that November midterm elections would give Americans “a chance to restore some sanity in our politics,” taking another swipe at his successor as he raises his profile campaigning for fellow Democrats to regain control of the House. “If we don’t step up, things can get worse,” the former president told the audience at the Anaheim Convention Center. “In two months, we have the chance to restore some sanity to our politics. We have the chance to flip the House of Representatives and make sure there are real checks and balances in Washington.” Obama gave shout-outs to seven Democratic candidates in competitive House districts across California that are considered crucial to the party’s efforts to oust Republicans from control. Four of those districts are at least partly in Orange County, a formerly reliable GOP bastion that went for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. “We’re going to put on our marching shoes, we’re going to start knocking on some doors, we’re going to start making some calls,” he said to cheers. Clinton trounced Trump by more than 4 million votes in California in 2016 and carried Orange County by 9 percentage points. In Orange County, Republicans held a 13-point edge in voter registration 10 years ago but that has shrunk to 3 points while independents, who tend to vote like Democrats in California, have climbed to 25 percent. Environmental lawyer Mike Levin is seeking an open seat to replace retiring GOP Rep. Darrell Issa in a district that includes part of Orange County. California Republicans said Obama’s appearance would have little impact and may even help their party.

Obama urges ‘sanity in our politics’

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Former President Barack Obama said Saturday that November midterm elections would give Americans "a chance to restore some sanity in our politics," taking another swipe at his successor as he raises his profile campaigning for fellow Democrats to regain control of the House. "If we don't step up, things can get worse," the former president told the audience at the Anaheim Convention Center. "In two months, we have the chance to restore some sanity to our politics. Four of those districts are at least partly in Orange County, a formerly reliable GOP bastion that went for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. Clinton trounced Trump by more than 4 million votes in California in 2016 and carried Orange County by 9 percentage points. In Orange County, Republicans held a 13-point edge in voter registration 10 years ago, but that has shrunk to 3 points, while independents, who tend to vote like Democrats in California, have climbed to 25 percent. Each of the seven candidates that Obama campaigned for on Saturday fit that description. California Republicans said Obama's appearance would have little impact and may even help their party. Says Pence, "The truth is, the American people in 2016 rejected the policy and direction of Barack Obama when they elected President Donald Trump." Fox released an excerpt on Saturday.