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Trump, Obama tout clashing visions of USA as midterm elections near

05 November 2018

"I think what you're seeing with the president is he's made a strategic decision that his ability to claim victory on election night will be by adding seats in the United States Senate", said former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Trump ally, on ABC's "This Week".

"You gotta get to the polls on Tuesday, and you gotta vote", Trump implored a crowd in Macon, Georgia, where he campaigned on Sunday for the Republican candidate for governor in one of the country's tightest major races.

Obama condemned Trump, without addressing him by name, and Republicans for what he described as their divisive policies and repeated lies. This election has found some particularly craven members of the GOP vowing to protect people with pre-existing conditions even as they attempt to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the very law that prevents insurer discrimination against the ill.

"The only check right now on the behavior of these Republicans is you and your vote", Obama told supporters in Gary, Indiana, during a rally for Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly.

"The character of our country is on the ballot", he said.

It has been almost two years since former U.S. president Barack Obama left the White House.

President Donald Trump appears to be distancing himself from the fate of House Republican candidates two days before Tuesday's (local time) midterm elections.

If that outcome actually materializes, with the Democrats in control of the House and the Republicans the Senate, historian and former Canadian trade negotiator Michael Hart says there would be little chance of compromise between the two bodies.

Republicans are expected to keep their slight majority in the U.S. Senate.

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"But still he is so young to consider among the world's best players", the coach said. Now you have the feeling, where is the goal and go over there.

Opinion polls have shown dozens of close US congressional and gubernatorial races for Tuesday's election, Reuters news reported.

In the final stages of the campaign, Trump has ramped up his hard-line rhetoric on immigration and cultural issues including warnings about a caravan of migrants headed to the border with Mexico and of liberal "mobs".

Trump told supporters: "I didn't know Lee Greenwood would be here". He said that enthusiasm was off the charts, though polls have shown Democrats to have an enthusiasm edge.

Republicans, trying to move past that, have been enthusiastically pressing the economic argument.

The Labor Department on Friday reported sharply better-than-expected job creation in October, with the unemployment rate steady at a 49-year low of 3.7 per cent and wages notching their best annual gain in nearly a decade.

And he's crediting the dozens of rallies he's held on behalf of candidates, saying that they "have really been the thing that's caused this big fervor" to start and to continue. "It is a more competitive race".

"I can't speak to the blue, but I can speak to the red", Trump said earlier of Democrats and Republicans.

And while Obama said Democrats would support a "kinder version of America", he did what many Democratic candidates have refrained from doing: directly challenging the president.

Trump, Obama tout clashing visions of USA as midterm elections near