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Obama makes final campaign push, hoping to avert electoral rout

Monday, November 03, 2014 - 01:14

President Obama makes a final push to help struggling Democrats before Tuesday's midterm elections, in an effort to avert a ''shellacking'' at the polls like the one in 2010. Mana Rabiee reports.

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It's the last heady hours of campaigning before voters go to the polls on Tuesday. President Barack Obama made a final push on Sunday to help struggling Democrats. He doesn't want to see them get the same "shellacking" at the polls that he said they got in 2010. SOUNDBITE: U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "It's straight forward, I've got a simple message, we got to vote!" Obama spent most of the 2014 campaign season behind the scenes, at high-dollar fundraisers. But he spent the last several days on the road -- in Rhode Island, Maine, Connecticut and Pennsylvania -- a last minute push in states where his low popularity figures weren't an albatross to candidates. SOUNDBITE: U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "As fast as we've been moving we know we'd be moving faster if a lot more of our politicians lived by the same values of hard work and responsibility that the ordinary people they represent take with them every single day when they go to the job." Nine battleground states will be key. Polls show Republicans gaining in tight races across the country, giving them hope of taking control of the Senate from Democrats and strengthening their hand in the House, where they already have a majority.

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Obama makes final campaign push, hoping to avert electoral rout

Monday, November 03, 2014 - 01:14