09.14.2018

Barack Obama Says Not Voting in the 2018 Midterm Elections Is 'Dangerous'

Barack Obama Says Not Voting in the 2018 Midterm Elections Is 'Dangerous' Photo by David Dermer/AP

Former President Barack Obama delivered a simple message Thursday headed into the fall midterm elections: Vote.

Speaking to an enthusiastic crowd of several thousand in Cleveland, Obama said the consequences of sitting on the sidelines during November’s midterm elections “are far more dangerous” than in the past.

Without mentioning Republican President Donald Trump by name, Obama said, “This is not normal what we’re seeing. It is radical.” He said a continuation of Republican control in Washington would threaten Medicaid, affordable health care, even democracy.

“On November 6th, we have a chance to restore some sanity to our politics,” Obama said. “We can flip the balance of power back to the American people. Because you are the only check on bad policy, you are the only real check on abuses of power. It’s you and your vote.”

For the full story, visit Time.com/Politics/2018Elections.