Obama Makes Midterm Push: ‘You Need to Vote Because Our Democracy Depends on It’


Former President Barack Obama made a big push for people to get out and vote in a speech at the University of Illinois this afternoon.

He admitted early on that he was “intent on following a wise American tradition of ex-presidents gracefully exiting the political stage and making room for new voices and new ideas.”

Obama cited the example set by George Washington, who could have grabbed power but did not and chose to resign.

He went on to say that this election is just too important to not vote:

“I’m here today because this is one of those pivotal moments when every one of us as citizens of the United States need to determine just who it is that we are, just what it is that we stand for. And as a fellow citizen––not as an ex-President, but as a fellow citizen––I’m here to deliver a simple message, and that is that you need to vote because our democracy depends on it… Some of you may think I’m exaggerating when I say this November’s elections are more important than any I can remember in my lifetime. And I know politicians say that all the time. I have been guilty of saying it a few times, particularly when I was on the ballot. But just a glance at recent headlines should tell you that this moment really is different. The stakes really are higher. The consequences of any of us sitting on the sidelines are more dire.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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