ANAHEIM, Calif. – Following a fiery appearance in his home state of Illinois, former President Barack Obama brought a softer tone Saturday to Orange County, California – a traditional GOP stronghold.
Obama avoided direct jabs at Donald Trump, sidestepping mentioning the president by name. He focused instead on the effort to support congressional candidates in amping up the crowd.
“If we don’t step up, things are going to get worse,” he said. “In two months we have a chance to restore some sanity to our politics.”
That left some supporters wanting more.
“I wish he had gone a little harder on Trump,” said Lee Rice, 73, an electrician from Oakdale in California’s central valley. Obama was “a lot lower key than yesterday’s speech.”