Obama lends weight to Massachusetts Democrats

11:32, October 17, 2010      

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U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday travelled to Boston, Massachusetts, giving his support to Democratic Governor Deval Patrick and also raising money for the party's campaign arm.

Obama spoke before a crowd of thousands at a Boston rally in support of Patrick, who is being challenged by Republican Charles Baker and independent Timothy Cahill. Polls show Patrick does not have a commanding lead over his challengers.

"In two weeks, you can set the direction of this state and this country for the next two years," Obama said, asking supporters to turn out and vote.

Obama also said the Democrats "were not going to let party labels get in the way of progress," while accusing "Republican leaders in Washington" of doing just the opposite by opposing the Democrats "every step of the way," wishing to "ride people's anger and frustration all the way to the ballot box."

"This election is a choice. And the stakes could not be higher," Obama said.

He later appeared in an event for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee alongside Senator John Kerry. The event was expected to raise some 900,000 dollars.

With the mid-term elections a little over two weeks away, the Democratic Party has been on the defensive lately, having been outspent by the Republicans amid voter apathy. The sluggish economic situation and high unemployment add more insults to the party's woes.

To reverse the tide, Obama has been busy stumping for Democrats recently. He attended several campaign events outside of Washington D.C., and will go to the West Coast to support Democrats.

Source: Xinhua


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