US President Barack Obama, whose Democratic Party is struggling ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections, has called on voters in the state of Michigan to go to the polls with a “sense of urgency”.
Addressing a large crowd at Wayne State University in Detroit on Saturday night, Obama said, “I want you to feel a sense of urgency these last three days.”
The US president rallied support for Democratic Rep. Gary Peters and former Democratic congressman Mark Schauer, who is in a tense race for governor.
Big corporations and the rich don’t need a champion in Washington, he added. “You do.”
All 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the Senate will be contested. Also at stake are 38 state and territorial governorships, 46 state legislatures, and numerous state and local races.
With his approval rating in the low 40s, Obama has largely avoided the campaign trail. Political analysts say Obama is probably more unpopular than Harry S. Truman was at the same stage in his presidency.
But Obama scheduled at least three campaign appearances for this weekend.
Latest polls suggest that Republicans not only will capture a narrow majority in the Senate, but there is also a possibility of a significant victory for the GOP in the House of Representatives, where they already hold a 233-199 majority over Democrats.
This would put Obama’s rivals in charge of both chambers of Congress during his last two crucial years in office, making life difficult for a president who is looking to establish his legacy with his second term entering a lame-duck phase.According to reports, both parties have thrown more than $4 billion at the months-long campaign.
Political commentators say that the US political system is designed to prevent any substantial change, and that the US democracy is dominated by dollar and lacks the essential features of a real !!