Barack Obama likely to avoid direct combat with Trump as he dives back into campaign mode | News Sponsored by TrumpShop.net

Aug 04, 18
Barack Obama likely to avoid direct combat with Trump as he dives back into campaign mode | News Sponsored by TrumpShop.net

CLOSE Without ever mentioning President Donald Trump by name, US President Barack Obama on Tuesday took aim at “strongman politics” in his highest-profile speech since leaving office, while in South Africa. (July 17) AP President Barack Obama speaks to reporters at the White House in Washington on Dec. 16, 2016. (Photo: AP) WASHINGTON – Barack Obama will significantly raise his profile in the coming months as he campaigns for Democrats in the November midterm elections but he is unlikely to take on President Donald Trump more directly, allies of the former president said. The two-term Democratic president is planning to re-emerge as a regular fixture at fundraisers and on the campaign trail after Labor Day, but will continue to strive for an above-the-fray style, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss emerging strategy.  Avoiding direct confrontation with his successor – not to mention the bombast on Twitter that would inevitably follow – will give Obama more room to maneuver in states like Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania that Trump won in 2016 but that are now home to competitive Senate races featuring Democratic incumbents.  “He doesn’t have to be aggressive,” said Ed Rendell, the former Pennsylvania governor and one-time Obama surrogate. “If he’s aggressive that would have the result of firing up Trump’s base.” In his first substantial return to politics since leaving office 18 months ago, Obama endorsed 81 Democrats for state and federal office Wednesday. Aides said he wanted to raise the profile of lesser-known candidates – part of an effort to build the Democratic bench – and focus on state races that could influence the 2020 redistricting.  Obama, who turns 57 on Saturday, backed Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls in California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois and Ohio, nearly two dozen House candidates and

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