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US Presidential Election: Obama raises $11m for Biden’s campaign

Former US President, Barack Obama has helped Joe Biden raise $11 million as campaign fund during a Tuesday virtual fundraiser.

Obama made his first campaign appearance alongside Joe Biden since endorsing him for president in April,he said, said a “great awakening” among Americans could help defeat Donald Trump in November’s election.

The two-term Democrat through virtual fundraiser collected $7.6 million from 175,000 grassroots contributors.

Tuesday’s fundraiser showed the drawing power of Obama, who remains overwhelmingly popular among the Democratic base and who will be counted on as a key campaign figure this autumn.

Trump, who has been campaigning for a second term since 2017, still has far more cash on hand ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election.

His campaign noted in a statement that it raised more than $10 million last weekend, when the president appeared in Oklahoma for his first live campaign rally since the outbreak erupted.

Biden said he agreed with Obama’s remarks on political change. He also suggested world leaders have grown weary of Trump, saying “they’re desperately, desperately waiting for American leadership.”

Obama, who has only occasionally criticized Trump since leaving office in 2017, faulted his successor’s behavior several times on Tuesday, saying he “exploits” divisions among Americans and calling his approach to governing “mean-spirited.”

“There is no disconnect between the urgency of this election and the political moment and what has been happening on the streets,” said.

Obama, referring to the civil rights protests that have swept across major cities since George Floyd, a Black man, died last month after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.

(REUTERS)

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