Obama Campaigns in Las Vegas: ‘Remember Who Started’ Economic Growth

By Patrick Goodenough | October 22, 2018 | 9:20 PM EDT

Former President Barack Obama speaks during a rally at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 22, 2018. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – Former President Barack Obama told supporters in Las Vegas on Monday they should “remember who started” the economic growth America is experiencing, suggesting that every time Republican administrations mess things up, Democrats need to pick up the pieces afterwards.

“When I walked into office ten years ago, we were in the middle of the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes,” he told an audience in the University of Nevada arena. “That was the last time that the other party was in charge of things.”

“I do think it’s interesting,” Obama continued. “I just hope people kind of notice, that every time there’s a pattern, where they kinda, they run things into the ground and we have to come back and clean things up.”

Obama said Nevada had been hard hit, but that he, working together with former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) – “who I love” – “got the economy growing again” and “started the longest streak of job creation on record.”

“By the time I left office, wages were rising, uninsurance rate was falling, poverty was falling, and that’s what I handed off to the next guy,” he said. “So when you hear all this talk about economic miracles right now, remember who started it.”

In another dig at President Trump, Obama prefaced subsequent comments about Trump’s tax cuts not benefiting ordinary Americans by saying, “Unlike some, I actually try to state facts.”

“I believe in facts, alright? I believe in a fact-based reality, and a fact-based politics. I don't believe in just making stuff up. I think you should, like, actually say to people what’s true.”

Obama’s speech to a reported 2,000-strong crowd was aimed at boosting support for Democratic candidates in the state including Rep. Jacky Rosen, who is running against Republican incumbent Sen. Dean Heller.

His main thrust was to encourage Nevadans to get out and vote – and vote Democrat. Early voting began on Saturday in the state, which Obama won in 2008 and 2012 and Hillary Clinton won two years ago.

“Don’t tell me your vote doesn’t matter,” Obama said. “If you don’t like what’s going on right now – and you shouldn’t – don’t complain. Don’t get anxious. Don’t throw up your hands. Don’t boo. Vote!”

Obama spoke hours before Trump held a rally in Houston, where his re-election campaign in recent days moved from an 8,000-capacity venue to one designed for 18,000. During Trump’s speech, the campaign reported that there were 19,000 people inside and another 25,000-plus outside. Trump told the crowd more than 100,000 people had applied for tickets.

Early voting in Texas began on Monday.

Patrick Goodenough
Patrick Goodenough
Spencer Journalism Fellow

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