With just two months to go before the November midterm elections, President Obama delivered a campaign-style Labor Day speech in Wisconsin in which he reminded voters of his administration's efforts to boost the economy and congressional Republicans' resistance to nearly all of them.
The claim, which he's made often this year, led to boos from the audience, which was largely made up of Democratic supporters.
"Don’t boo, vote," the president said. "It’s easy to boo — I want you to vote."
Working families, he said, aren't trying to live the high life with yachts and vacations on exotic islands. They just want to be able to pay their bills, educate their children, retire comfortably and maybe take a vacation once in a while.
"They ain’t looking for nothing fancy," he said.
Obama cited some of the initiatives he's proposed or supported, including raising the federal minimum wage and a multi-billion dollar transportation plan that would create thousands of infrastructure jobs throughout the nation that died in Congress when Republicans gained control of the House in 2010.
"In fact, they oppose stuff they used to be for. I mean, they used to be for building roads and bridges and all that — now, suddenly, no, we can’t build roads. Well, why not? Because you proposed it," Obama said. "I am just telling the truth. The sky is blue today. Milwaukee brats are delicious. The Brewers are tied for first place. And Republicans in Congress love to say no. Those are just facts, they’re facts of life. They say no to everything."
The president also listed steps he's taken on his own on such issues as fair pay for women, student loans and a higher minimum wage for federal contract workers, and his fight for affordable health care for all Americans.
He urged the audience to not grow cynical and to continue to believe in the hope and change he campaigned on during his presidential bids and which they can help him achieve with their votes.
"There are plenty of folks who count on you to get cynical and not vote because you don’t think you can make a difference. That’s how they’re going to stay in power," Obama warned. "They believe you won’t get involved. They believe you won’t organize. They believe you won’t vote. And that way, the special interests stay in power. And they will try to divide us, and they’ll try to distract you, and they’ll try to run the okey-doke on you, and bamboozle you, and hoodwink you — don’t buy it. Don’t buy it."
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