The former president of EE. UU Barack Obama says that the November legislative elections will give Americans "the opportunity to reestablish sanity in our policy," giving another blow to his successor as he raises his profile by campaigning for the Democrats to regain control of the House.
Obama did not mention President Donald Trump during a 20-minute speech on the key battlefield of southern Orange County in southern California, but the allusions were clear.
"We are at a challenging moment because, when you look at the arc of US history, there was always a push and a pull between those who want to move forward and those who want to look back, between those who want to divide and those who are looking unite people, between those who promote the politics of hope and those who exploit the politics of fear, "he said.
His appearance, one day after Trump's energetic criticism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, addressed security issues for retirement, climate change and education.
"If we do not take a step forward, things can get worse," the former president told the audience at the Anaheim Convention Center.
"In two months, we will have the opportunity to reestablish the wisdom of our policy, we have the opportunity to change the House of Representatives and make sure there are real checks and balances in Washington."
Obama shouted seven Democratic candidates in the competitive districts of the House of Representatives throughout California that are considered crucial to the party's efforts to oust the Republicans from their control. Four of those districts are, at least in part, in Orange County, a trusted Republican stronghold that went to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
"We're going to put on our walking shoes, let's start calling some doors, let's start making some calls," he said with cheers.
Clinton defeated Trump by more than four million votes in California in 2016 and brought Orange County by nine percentage points. An increase in immigrants has transformed California and its voting patterns. The number of Hispanics, blacks and Asians combined has outnumbered whites in the state since 1998. Meanwhile, new voters, mostly Latinos and Asians, are inclined to Democrats.
In Orange County, Republicans had a 13-point lead in the voter registry 10 years ago, but that has been reduced to 3 points, while independents, who tend to vote like Democrats in California, have risen to 25 percent.
The Democrats, hoping to take advantage of their 39-14 lead in the state congressional delegation, are looking for Republican seats in the districts that Clinton won in 2016. Each of the seven candidates Obama campaigned on Saturday fits that description.