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Obama brands Trump's border deployment plan a political stunt

05 November 2018
Obama brands Trump's border deployment plan a political stunt

With just three days to go before the midterm elections, it's a tale of dueling presidents on the campaign trail.

Those who couldn't watch it live awoke to stories and viral clips of Obama lambasting his successor twice in a six-hour span at rallies for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in Florida, where he is running for governor, and Stacey Abrams, the former state House minority leader doing the same in Georgia.

Former US president Barack Obama warned on Friday against rhetoric he said was meant to sow fear as he campaigned in support of Democratic candidates while president Donald Trump hammered a hardline anti-immigration message to energise Republicans. For Democrats in particular, Saturday's dramas began on Friday evening.

"What we have not seen is politicians just blatantly, repeatedly, baldly, shamelessly lying - just making stuff up", Obama said in Miami.

Trump, who has placed immigration at the heart of his party's election effort, has persistently attacked the caravan of Central American migrants, denouncing it as a potential 'invasion'.

"On Tuesday you can vote for a politics that's decent, for a politics that's honest, for a politics that is lawful, for a politics that tries to do right by people", Obama told a rally in Georgia.

Far from buddies, Trump has frequently blasted Obama's economic stewardship and handling of trade agreements, while the former president has warned that the "character of our country is on the ballot".

"Let's make history happen", the former president said.

In line outside the venue, hours before Obama would take the stage, supporters - who had followed Trump's recent trip to the state - said they welcomed the juxtaposition.

Trump gave a howling hint of what to expect this weekend during a campaign stop in IN on Friday.

They expect that number to skyrocket as Election Day nears.

Governor Scott outperforms Senator Nelson with voters from his own party with 63 percent of Republicans supporting him compared to the 54 percent of Democrats who support Nelson.

Two new polls this week showed Manchin's once-comfortable lead over Morrisey dwindling to 5 percentage points, which the Democrat's supporters blame in part on Trump's repeated visits.

Trump said that Obama's assertion that "if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor" under the Affordable Care Act proved false.

Trump also acknowledged that Democrats could win a congressional majority - though he suggested he wouldn't be to blame if they do.