‘Turnout, turnout, turnout, turnout’: Obama deployed to rev up the Democratic base

October 23, 2020

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Katherine Doyle

Former President Barack Obama’s entry into the presidential race is an effort to boost Democratic Party turnout against President Trump and secure votes that fell by Hillary Clinton’s wayside in 2016, according to Democratic strategists.

“You’ve got both camps firmly entrenched with their support base, and the question is now turnout, turnout, turnout, turnout,” said Terry Madonna, director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll, pointing to Obama’s address in Philadelphia on Wednesday. “That’s what Obama was doing there yesterday.”

“You only need two or three points to come back,” veteran Democratic operative Joe Trippi said, pointing to “young people in the Democratic base, but also some of those voters who moved to Trump.”

He continued: “I think it’s clear in Philadelphia, he gets both those things. He gets to turn out and energize young people in the base. At the same time as he’s talking to a lot of those blue-collar workers who saw the promises of Trump and may have liked what they heard in 2016. But know it didn’t happen. And Obama can appeal to them.”

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