By Shane D’Aprile -The Hill
CLEVELAND — Staring down the prospect of big losses in both the House and Senate Tuesday, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden made one last impassioned appeal to the party’s base Sunday, warning supporters that if Democrats don’t turn out in big numbers Tuesday, the progress of the last two years will be lost.
Obama repeated a line he has employed in just about every stump speech he has given over the past month, acknowledging that Democrats face an uphill battle Tuesday. “Cleveland, there is no doubt that this is a difficult election,” Obama said.
But the president accused Republicans of feeling “cocky,” ahead of Election Day, highlighting recent comments from House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) who proclaimed “this is not a time for compromise.”
“The Republican leader of the Senate said that his main goal over the next two years is to beat me in the next election,” Obama told the crowd. “The only way to fight that kind of politics, to match the millions of dollars in negative ads that have been pouring down using these phony front groups; the only way to fight it is millions of voices that are ready to finish what we started in 2008.”
“We’ve got to get Cleveland out to vote. We’ve got to get everybody in Ohio out to vote,” said the president, who urged those in attendance to head to a nearby early voting station after the rally and cast a ballot if they hadn’t done so already.
The stop at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center drew an estimated 8,000 supporters, but a few thousand seats in the upper reaches of the arena, which holds just over 13,000 people, were noticeably empty.
The assembled crowd also contained many young and African-American voters, who formed a key part of Obama’s base two years ago, but polls show are much less likely to turn out in similar numbers Tuesday.
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