Obama: change ‘won’t come in one election cycle’
WASHINGTON, Nov 7, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – Former US president Barack Obama spoke
of his pride Wednesday over Democratic gains made in the midterm
congressional elections — but warned the battle for much-needed reforms had
only just begun.
Democrats won the House of Representatives on Tuesday but Republicans
increased their majority in the Senate in an election which revealed a
country still sharply divided along party lines.
“Our work goes on. The change we need won’t come from one election alone —
but it is a start. Last night, voters across the country started it,” Obama
said in a statement.
“I’m hopeful that going forward, we’ll begin a return to the values we
expect in our public life — honesty, decency, compromise, and standing up
for one another as Americans, not separated by our differences, but bound
together by one common creed.”
Obama said attention would inevitably be focused on the Democrat’s taking
control of the lower chamber of Congress from President Donald Trump’s
But he urged supporters to reflect on how that victory was secured — “by
competing in places we haven’t been competitive in a long time, and by
electing record numbers of women and young veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan,
a surge of minority candidates, and a host of outstanding young leaders.”
“The more Americans who vote, the more our elected leaders look like
America,” he said.
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