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Wilson explained that Trump wants to be the center of attention at all times, so when Obama takes over it likely results in another presidential meltdown at the White House.

When Obama stood in front of the IL crowd on Friday and went after Trump by name, then called on young people to vote in November to "restore some semblance of sanity to our politics", Republicans felt like he was talking to their base too.

Former President Barack Obama says November midterm elections give Americans "a chance to restore some sanity in our politics".

"We have the chance to flip the House of Representatives and make sure there are real checks and balances in Washington", Obama said. "He is a symptom, not the cause", he said.

Pence says Obama rolled out "the same exhausted arguments that he and liberals have made over the last eight years".

He later said that over the past 20 years, "division", "resentment", and "paranoia" have "found a home in the Republican Party".

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Obama had always said he meant to follow the example set by former President George W. Bush, who after leaving office largely kept out of the public eye and refrained from criticizing his successor.

This is Obama's first campaign rally for the 2018 midterm elections.

Mr Trump, asked about that speech during a trip to North Dakota, quipped that he had watched it but had fallen asleep.

"There is actually only one check on bad policy and abuses of power, and that's you and your vote", Obama said.

Despite previously indicating that he would follow that norm, Obama broke with tradition on September 7 with a speech kicking off his campaign blitz to help Democrats regain control of Congress in the 2018 midterm elections.

Following a fiery appearance in his home state of IL, former President Barack Obama brought a softer tone Saturday to Orange County, California - a traditional GOP stronghold.

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Mr Obama is expected to deliver a similar message in another campaign speech in Cleveland on Thursday.

But Democrats saw the president's return to the trail in another way. Lindsey Graham, an ally and sometimes critic of Trump said in a statement after the speech.

"The threat to our democracy doesn't just come from Donald Trump", Obama said. He said Mr Obama was trying to take credit for this "incredible thing that's happening to our country". "The stakes really are higher".

Obama's speech was notably shorter and more restrained than the previous day's often fiery remarks in IL, when he attacked Trump more frontally, breaking with the long American tradition of restraint by former presidents toward their successors.

"It should not be a partisan issue to say that we do not pressure the attorney general or the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use the criminal justice system as a cudgel to punish our political opponents", Obama said.

If Democrats win control of one or both chambers in Congress in November, they would be able not just to stymie Trump's agenda but to launch investigations of the Trump administration.

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