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Obama stresses need to prevent Republicans from regaining control of Congress

10-23-2010 10:02 BJT Special Report:2010 US Midterm Elections |

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- President Barack Obama said here on Friday that the Democratic Party needs supporters to vote in the November election to prevent Republicans from regaining control of Congress.

"That's why it's so important for all of you to get out, all of you have got to vote," Obama said at a campaign rally at the University of Southern California (USC).

The country cannot return to the failed Republican policies of the past, Obama told thousands of students and Democrats at the rally.

"If everybody who fought for change in 2008 turns out this time, we will win this election," he said. "And so I want to remind you why you got involved. You didn't get involved just to elect a president. You got involved because you believed we were at a defining moment. You believed that this was a time when the decisions we make, the challenges we face, are going to shape the lives of our children, our grandchildren, our great-grandchildren for decades to come."

He said the nation's economic woes can be traced to the previous Republican administration, and he chided the GOP leadership for now trying to place the blame on Democrats.

"I want you to think about it this way: Imagine that these folks drove the car into the ditch and it was a really deep ditch. And somehow they were able to walk away from the accident but they did nothing to get the car out of the ditch ... And as we're pushing we look up and the Republicans are all standing there at the top of the ditch. They're all looking down and we say, `Why don't you come down and help us?' and they say, `No, that's all right.' And then they kick some dirt down into the ditch."

He said the country can't afford to give Republicans the keys to the car.

"We've got to tell them, you can't have the keys back. You don't know how to drive."

In a roughly 25-minute speech, Obama said the Democratic Party needs supporters to be "committed to finish what we started in 2008."

Obama said he knew the nation's economy has been struggling and his administration has been under fire, but he said such challenges were expected.

"I understand the last two years haven't been easy," Obama said, adding that "power concedes nothing without a fight."

"We no longer face the possibility of a second depression," Obama said. "The economy is growing again. The private sector has seen job growth nine months in a row. But we've still got a long way to go. We've still got a lot of work to do. There are a lot of people out there still hurting. I know there are a lot families still hanging on by a thread. That's what keeps me up at night. That's what keeps me fighting. That's why all of you are here, because you know we've got more work to do."

Obama spoke at the fifth in a series of what the Democratic National Committee has dubbed "Moving America Forward" rallies, during which Obama has stressed the need for young voters to be engaged in the political process and vote in November.

Obama came to Los Angeles from San Francisco earlier in the day as part of a five-state, four-day trip mixing fundraising with events intended to boost turnout among groups that supported him in 2008, such as students and Latinos, in an effort to limit Democratic losses in the midterm elections.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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