Obama launches rescue mission for top Democrat
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Last Updated: Saturday, October 23, 2010, 20:42
Las Vegas: President Barack Obama has launched a last-ditch rescue mission for Democratic Senate chief Harry Reid, who risks taking a knockout punch from Republicans in mid-term polls.

Reid is battling to save his political life, and his defeat by rival Sharron Angle, a favorite of the conservative "Tea Party" movement would sicken Democrats already bracing for heavy losses in the election on November 2.

"All those who fought for change in 2008, you have got to fight for change in 2010," Obama told a raucous rally in Las Vegas yesterday, seeking to fire up his youthful, diverse coalition of Nevada voters on Reid's behalf.

"We are just in the first quarter, I can't have you tired now," Obama told supporters ahead of polls in which analysts tip Republicans to win back the House of Representatives and cut Democratic margins in the Senate.

Earlier, on the third day of a campaign swing, Obama branded Republicans as radical and reactionary, seeking to bolster another key Democratic Senator, Barbara Boxer, in normally safe Democratic ground of California.

He charged that the first Republican president, his political hero Abraham Lincoln would be too moderate to win the opposition party's presidential nomination in the modern age.

"Seriously, can you imagine him trying to run with these folks?" Obama said, in a bid to portray the Republican Party as outside the mainstream.


First Published: Saturday, October 23, 2010, 20:42

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