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Obama Mocks GOP Candidates’ ‘Bad Ideas,’ Urges Democrats To Watch Debate

Posted: Aug 5, 2015 at 8:06 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

U.S. President Obama mocked the “bad ideas” of GOP White House hopefuls, but urged fellow Democrats to watch Thursday’s debate anyway so they can hold the candidates “accountable for trying to undo all of the hard work we’ve done.”

In an email sent to supporters on Tuesday, Mr. Obama predicted the 10 candidates at the main debate will promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, challenge the “science behind climate change” and reverse course on immigration reform and marriage equality.

“They’re going to deny all of the progress we’ve made together over these past six years,” Mr. Obama wrote.

“But here’s the thing: While these Republicans may have bad ideas, they’re still smart politicians,” he continued. “They know how to make policies that will take us in the wrong direction sound like they might actually be pretty good ideas.”

The 10 candidates with the highest national polling numbers will take the stage in Cleveland Thursday for a two-hour debate, which will be aired live on Fox News at 9 p.m.

The bottom seven candidates will face an earlier debate at 5 p.m. the same day.

Meanwhile, United Nations’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon applauded the Obama administration’s power plant rule at a visit to the White House on Tuesday.

In a meeting in the Oval Office, Ban said the rule shows the United States can change the world by being a leader to other countries on climate change.

Obama said he pressed Ban to urge other nations to take on the fight against climate change.