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Cast ballot for Hillary to ‘move history in right direction’, Obama urges electorate

Outgoing US President today urged electorate to exercise their franchise in favour of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to ‘move history in right direction’.

India TV News Desk, Miami [ Published on: November 04, 2016 11:03 IST ]
US President addressing a rally in Miami
US President addressing a rally in Miami

Outgoing US President today urged electorate to exercise their franchise in favour of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to ‘move history in right direction’.

“Hillary Clinton will move us forward if you give her a chance,” Obama told supporters here on Thursday while addressing the supporters at the Florida International University.

Obama tried during his speech to leverage his own popularity to generate enthusiasm for Clinton, who, he said had made him a better President and would continue his work.

"Fairness is on the ballot. Decency is on the ballot. Justice is on the ballot. All the progress we have made is on the ballot," Obama said.

He then went on to mention the Democratic presidential nominee's support for comprehensive immigration reform that would provide a path to citizenship for more than 11 million (1.1 crore) undocumented migrants, a higher minimum wage and equal pay for equal work.

By contrast, he said Trump was "uniquely unqualified" and "temperamentally unfit" to be President.

Obama slammed Trump for not paying taxes for years, advocating torture and proposing a ban on Muslim immigration into the United States.

He also ridiculed the notion that Trump would be the voice of working Americans.

"This is the guy who spent 70 years -- his whole life -- born with a silver spoon, showing no respect for working people. He's spent a lot of time with celebrities. Spends a lot of time hanging out with the really wealthy folk. But you do not see him hanging out with working people unless they are cleaning his room or mowing the fairways on his golf club," Obama said.

The President also said that a 2005 tape capturing lewd remarks by Trump, who said his celebrity status allowed him to grope women with impunity, and the Republican candidate's insults directed at minorities, immigrants and Muslims revealed character traits that would not go away if he were elected.

"Let me tell you something about this office that I've been in for eight years. Who you are, what you are does not change after you occupy the Oval Office. All it does is magnify who you are. All it does is shine a spotlight on who you are," Obama said.

The voting to elect 45th President of US will take place on Tuesday, November 8. The voting is expected to open between 6 am to 7 am and close at around 7 pm to 8 pm in most of the areas. It may continue till 9 pm in Iowa and North Dakota.

Around 120 million Americans are expected to cast their votes in Tuesday’s election. Polling will happen in all 50 states on the same day.

 

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