Obama: Tells Democrats ‘Sulking, and Moping is not an Option’ Ahead of Midterms

Former president Barack Obama recently warned voters during campaign rallies that Social Security, abortion access, and democracy are all on the ballot as the nation preps for this week’s midterm elections. “Sulking and moping is not an option,” said Obama to Democrat voters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “On Tuesday, let’s make sure our country doesn’t get set back 50 years.”

President Joe Biden and Obama made a joint appearance in Philadelphia later in the day, marking the first time the two campaigned together since Biden was elected. 

Pennsylvania’s Senate race between Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz and Democrat Lt. Governor John Fetterman will be critical in determining which party will control the upper chamber of the Congress. Currently, Fetterman holds a 45% to 42% margin in the latest Fox News poll. 

Oz has tried to paint himself as a moderate and has seen increasing momentum in the polls amidst Fetterman’s recovery from a stroke and after last month’s poor debate performance. Fetterman has had difficulty speaking clearly and has struggled with auditory processing issues since his stroke in May.

“I’ll be the 51st vote to eliminate the filibuster, to raise the minimum wage. Please send Dr. Oz back to New Jersey,” said Fetterman, referring to Dr. Oz’s previous residence.

President Biden’s speech was similar to remarks he had been making for weeks. He has emphasized legislative victories like the Inflation Reduction Act while also claiming a Republican-led Congress would look to strip voting rights, Medicare, Social Security, and abortion access. 

“I lived in Pennsylvania longer than Oz has lived in Pennsylvania, and I moved away when I was ten years old,” said Biden. The same poll showed Democrat gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro with a 53% to 37% lead over Republican challenger Doug Mastriano.

Trump hits the campaign trail

Former President Donald Trump also hit the campaign trail in Pennsylvania in support of Mastriano and Oz. At the rally, Trump showed his poll numbers on the big screen and called Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis “Ron DeSanctimonious.” DeSantis and Trump are considered the top favorites for the next presidential primary.

Trump also warned of voter fraud in Tuesday’s election, repeating his claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him. He continued to hint at a 2024 run for the White House. “Everybody, I promise you, in the very next — very, very, very short period of time, you’re going to be happy,” said Trump. “But first, we have to win a historic victory for Republicans on November 8.”

In New York, incumbent Democrat Governor Kathy Hochul is battling Republican Representative Lee Zeldin in a tight gubernatorial race. Even though New York is considered a deep-blue state, Hochul’s job is up for grabs, primarily due to increased crime. 

However, former president Bill Clinton says the Republicans’ focus on crime is politically motivated. “But, what are the Republicans really saying? ‘I want you to be scared, and I want you to be mad. And the last thing I want you to do is think.'”