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Obama Campaigns in Nevada, California

October 24, 2016

SAN DIEGO — President Barack Obama is stepping up the pace of his campaign to boost Hillary Clinton as his successor while pushing as well for Democrats to retake the Senate, visting tightly contested Nevada before headlining party fundraisers Monday in California.

Getting into the Las Vegas spirit the night of Oct. 23, Obama told Nevadans they have a winning hand in Clinton and Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto.

“You’ve got Blackjack,” Obama told a crowd of 3,000 boisterous supporters packed into a local high school, while another 2,100 were in an exterior courtyard.

Obama was unsparing in his criticism of Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump, describing the billionaire businessman as unfit to serve as President.

Obama said that for years, Republican politicians and far right media outlets have served up “all kinds of crazy stuff” about him, Clinton and Sen. Harry Reid, the Nevadan who leads Senate Democrats.

Obama cited as an example those who questioned whether he was born in the U.S. and others who argued that he aimed to take away everybody’s guns.

“Is it any wonder that they ended up nominating somebody like Donald Trump,” Obama said, claiming that Republican lawmakers stood by and said nothing because it gave them a political advantage.

“So Donald Trump did not start this,” Obama said. “He just did what he always did, which is slap his name on it, take credit for it and promote it.”

Democrats need to pick up five seats to gain the majority in the Senate, or four if they hang onto control of the White House. The Vice President casts tie-breaking votes in the Senate.

During his visit here, Obama also tried to make life difficult for Republican candidates who have recently sought to distance themselves from the GOP nominee, and it was Rep. Joe Heck’s turn.

Heck and Cortez Masto are vying to replace Reid, who is retiring after serving out his fifth term. Obama said that Cortez Masto would be the first Latina to serve in the U.S. Senate and believes that every family should have the chance to pursue the American dream.

He said that Trump had once referred to some immigrants from Mexico, where Cortez Masto’s grandfather was from, as criminals or rapists.

After a 2005 video emerged of Trump making vulgar remarks about women, Heck said he couldn’t support Trump. But Obama said GOP candidates were simply reacting to Trump’s slipping poll numbers.

“Too late. You don’t get credit for that,” Obama said.

Polls indicate that the Presidential and Senate races in Nevada are extremely tight. Reid’s seat is considered the only one Republicans could reasonably flip to their side this election. Outside groups have spent tens of millions of dollars trying to influence the outcome.

Obama’s standing in the polls has made him a popular surrogate for congressional candidates hoping that a decisive Clinton victory will benefit them as well.

The White House has said that Obama’s primary mission in the next two weeks will be helping Clinton, but he will also use his appearances at campaign events and in television ads to support Democratic candidates up and down the ballot, even in some state legislative races.

Obama flew to San Diego after his speech, telling some 60 donors paying $10,000 a person that some of the greatest progress during his tenure took place during his first two years when Democrats controlled both chambers.

He said he had a Congressional majority that delivered and was willing to take tough votes. He said he was prepared to veto many bills when Republicans took over, but “they are not even organized enough to get their own stuff done.”

Obama said the strongest message that could be sent in the upcoming election was if Nancy Pelosi was once again the House speaker.

He took particular aim at Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, who is in the fight of his Congressional career against political newcomer Doug Applegate. Issa represents a Congressional district in the San Diego area.

Obama recalled that Issa had called his Administration perhaps the most corrupt in history. Now, Obama said he was using the President’s photo on one of his brochures about how they had worked together on some issues.

“That is the definition of chutzpah,” Obama said.

He added that Issa spent his time trying to obstruct and feed the same sentiments that resulted in Donald Trump.

He said he recalled someone telling him: “Darrell Issa was Trump before Trump,” Obama said. “And now he’s sending out brochures touting his cooperation with me.”

Obama will participate in another fundraiser for Clinton on Oct. 24 in San Diego. He will then fly to Los Angeles for a fundraiser on Oct. 24 and to participate in a taping of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

(KEVIN FREKING)

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