Obama launches rescue mission for top Democrat

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.

PTI



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

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