Barack Obama Rebukes Donald Trump Publicly For First Time

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Obama's speech began with him making a strong push for Democratic turnout in the midterms.

President Obama is expected to deliver a similar message in Cleveland on Thursday, when he campaigns on behalf of Richard Cordray, the Democratic nominee for OH governor, and other Democrats.

Obama's speech in the university's 1,300-person auditorium has seen sizable interest from the school's student body, according to university spokesman Jon Davis, who said they had received around 22,000 requests for tickets.

Obama then slammed the party of the President with the refrain, "what happened to the Republican party?" firing off shots at the GOP's massive spending and unraveling of the Affordable Care Act.

Last year, Democrats on Capitol Hill officially introduced a single-payer healthcare bill.

Former president Barack Obama said Donald Trump is "capitalising on resentment that politicians have been fanning for years".

President Trump pretended to be unmoved, saying, "I watched it but I fell asleep".

Obama told students they were coming of age during a remarkable divisive time in United States history, but he contended Trump is a "symptom" not the "cause" of the problem.

Obama told a large and enthusiastic crowd in Anaheim, California - in the traditionally Republican stronghold of Orange County - that the nation was "in a challenging moment". Obama was "a lot lower key than yesterday's speech".

Regarding the op-ed, Obama said: "That's not how our democracy is supposed to work".

Next week, Obama plans to campaign in Ohio for Richard Cordray, the Democratic nominee for governor, and Ohio Democrats.

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UPDATE: 2:47 P.M.: This article was updated with a statement from the Republican National Committee.

"I want to reach out to some Republicans, who kind of hearken back to the values of a guy named Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president".

Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, whose district encompasses part of Orange County, is fending off a challenge from Democratic real estate investor Harley Rouda to secure a 16th term in Congress despite barely winning 30 percent of the primary vote.

Cox, Democrats' nominee in CA-21, said that optimism was misplaced, and action necessary. "I complained plenty about Fox News, but you never heard me threaten to shut them down, or call them enemies of the people", he said.

Mr Trump said Mr Obama was trying to take credit for this "incredible thing that's happening to our country". "All that matters ... is getting out there and voting".

Following a fiery appearance in his home state of IL, former President Barack Obama brought a softer tone Saturday to Orange County, California - a traditional GOP stronghold.

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