Obama warns of 'dangerous' US political climate ahead of midterms

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Former president Barack Obama warned about divisions fuelling a "dangerous climate" in US politics as he stumped for Democratic candidates on Saturday three days ahead of midterm elections that will determine control of Congress.

The biggest names in Democratic and Republican politics – Obama, President Joe Biden and former president Donald Trump – were in Pennsylvania on Saturday hoping to tip the balance in a pivotal US Senate race between Democratic state Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman and Republican celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz.

Speaking to supporters in downtown Pittsburgh, Obama said the politically motivated attack on Democratic US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband, Paul, was a product of hateful rhetoric. "This habit we have of demonizing political opponents, of saying crazy stuff, it creates a dangerous climate," Obama said, without referencing Republicans directly. "You've got politicians who work not to bring people together but to stir up division and to make us angry and afraid of one another just for their own advantage."

In a pair of Saturday morning Twitter posts, Oz criticized Fetterman and Biden for failing to sufficiently support the domestic energy industry and pledged to fight inflation if elected.


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