Speaking to the crowd in his hometown, former President Barack Obama urged Illinois voters to push for change by voting in Tuesday's election during a speech of approximately 45 minutes on behalf of the Democratic candidate for governor J.B. Pritzker and other main contenders of the party.
The visit of the former president of the country of origin was intended to provide a final statement to the Democrats on the ballot in Illinois, including Pritzker, in his race against Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, who was finishing a weekend bus tour to push Republican Party voters two days. before the mid-term elections on November 6.
The Democratic rally at the UIC Pavilion, which included a performance by the hip-hop artist and actor Common, culminated a series of high-profile political activities in the area during the closing days of the campaign, an indicator of the National and state importance in Illinois & # 39; best careers. Obama directed criticism of President Donald Trump and national Republicans, accusing them of trumpeting misinformation to gain votes.
"When words stop meaning something, when people can say falsehoods, they actually say the opposite of the truth and there are no consequences, democracy can not work," Obama said.
"Democracy does not work if it is not verified if there are no consequences for the absence of the truth, in Illinois, it turns out that the verification of this behavior is you, you and your vote, on Tuesday you can vote for a decent policy and policy that is honest and a policy that is legal and a policy that tries to do what is right for people. "And that is what I am asking of all of us, to defend purpose, patriotism and moral clarity," he said.
In criticizing the Republican candidates in Congress who say they are defending pre-existing condition insurance coverage despite the Republican Party's efforts to repeal Obamacare, Obama said: "What we have not seen before, at least in my life They are politicians who are blatantly blatantly shamelessly brazen, I mean, there's just no shame. "
"It's like above is down and black is white and he's just making things up," he said, "literally spending millions of dollars on advertising that you're doing something when you're doing exactly the opposite." I've never seen that.
People formed in the rain outside the UIC Pavilion more than an hour before the sand doors opened on Sunday, standing under umbrellas and ponchos along South Racine Avenue. The line stretched across the nearby bridge over the Eisenhower Expressway. Those in the crowd wore buttons, stickers and shirts that supported Obama, Pritzker, Raoul and Congress hopefuls Lauren Underwood and Sean Casten, among others.
Once the doors opened, the attendees went to the floor of the arena, where a stage with a podium, drums, keyboard and a variety of microphones was placed in front of a set of stands. Between the flags of the United States and Illinois that hung on the blue background behind the stage was a giant banner that read: "Vote IL SHOW ON November 6". The same message appeared on the 9,500-seat arena sand board, along with "JB & Juliana for Illinois."
"We're going to tell that president that he currently resides in the White House, take his values, take his tweets and put them where the sun never shines," said US Senator Dick Durbin at the rally. "America is ready to intensify, speak and lead."
Obama also recently cut an 11-hour radio ad for Democratic Provost Kwame Raoul for his contest against Erika Harold of Urbana. The Democratic candidates for the great races in the suburban Congress were also with the former president.
Raoul made a fiery speech taking advantage of the national debate on immigration.
"I am a child by birth born in 1964 of a Haitian mother not naturalized as a citizen until 1967," Raoul said. "I am a proud American and neither Donald Trump nor his fanatical rhetoric nor his unconstitutional executive order proposals can take that away from me."
The Republican president of the United States House, Paul Ryan, was in the suburbs on Friday to badist in the re-election proposals of United States Representative Randy Hultgren of Plano and Peter Roskam of Wheaton. His opponents, Underwood and Casten, received help in St. Charles on Wednesday from former Vice President Joe Biden.
Trump was in southern Illinois last weekend to try to help candidates for the Republican Congress in the state of the United States.
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Obama has campaigned for Pritzker before, appearing in Champaign-Urbana in September, and has defamed Trump and the Republicans who control Congress, and has called the Republican Party "radical" by using fear and division to keep power low. the controversial leadership of the president.
On Friday, Pritzker was asked if, as alleged by the Rauner camp, Obama's visit was the sign of a stricter race for the governor and an indication that the Democrat needed help. Pritzker responded for the first time by noting Rauner's visit to Murphysboro a week ago at the Trump rally, where the Republican Party governor did not meet with the president and was not mentioned by him on stage.
"It is ironic that the governor who tried to persecute his president in southern Illinois, who could not even have a meeting with him and had to stand in the crowd waiting for someone to greet him, complained that the president, the great president Barack Obama, who comes to support us, that means we are desperate, I think he is the one who is desperate, "said Pritzker.
When Obama finished his speech on Sunday night, he greeted the crowd and then turned to shake hands with Pritzker. The two shook hands and greeted the crowd. The other Illinois Democratic candidates then took the stage, each stopped to embrace or shake hands with the former president. Obama and the candidates gathered, lined up and lined up in front of the stage to greet the crowd.
Obama spent about 10 minutes shaking hands and giving the crowd along the front of the stage.
Myranda Scott, a 21-year-old student at Illinois State University who is from Flossmoor, said the whole experience was "fascinating."
"It makes me want to go out and vote," said Scott, who plans to vote for Democrats in Bloomington. "If I could, I would go out and vote right now, that's the feeling he gave me."
For Scott and many others who shouted from the stands "I love you!" Obama, the former president was the main attraction.