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Columbus — Former US president Barack Obama called for Democrats and others concerned about the direction of the US to vote in November and fix "politics that feels broken right now", as he campaigned in statehouse and Congressional races attacking the politics and policies of his successor, Donald Trump. Obama headlined a rally in Cleveland on Thursday night for Richard Cordray, the former head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) who’s running for governor of Ohio, as well as other candidates, including Senator Sherrod Brown. A Democrat has not won a statewide race in Ohio since 2012. "What’s at stake goes beyond partisan politics," Obama said. People "should be concerned with our current course; should be concerned about the basic institutions of our democracy; should want to see a restoration of honesty and decency and lawfulness to our government; and should want to see some sort of checks and balances on what’s happening right now". Obama didn’t mention Trump by ...

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