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Obama Calls Midterm Elections a Chance to 'Fix Congress'

Fri, 09 May 2014 04:03:17 +0000

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(SAN DIEGO) -- During a Thursday-night fundraiser, President Obama stressed the importance of November's midterm elections, saying that they may be the best way to "fix Congress."

Obama pointed to the GOP-held House of Representatives, saying that "they have said 'no' to every proposal that we know could make a difference in the lives of hard-working Americans."' Republicans have controlled the lower house of Congress since 2011.

Obama noted that the same Republicans in control of the House "want to take over the Senate," and said that Democrats who often stay home during midterm elections can't afford to do so in 2014.

"Don't boo," Obama said. "Vote."

The president told the fundraiser's attendees that the method to fix Congress "is not just to get cynical and sit back and complain and grouse and say 'a plague on both your houses.'" Instead, he urged Democrats to "take a look at who stands for the things you care about and who doesn't, and get the folks who don't out of the way so we can make progress in America."

The Republicans "shouldn't be running the House," Obama concluded, "and they sure should not be running the Senate. And they sure shouldn't be making appointment to the Supreme Court. And they shouldn't be blocking mine."

In March, FiveThirtyEight Editor-in-Chief Nate Silver predicted the GOP would capture the Senate in November. Republicans need to capture six new seats to gain the majority of Congress' upper house.

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