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ELECTION 2016 - Obama says `democracy is on the ballot'

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Published: Oct. 14, 2016 at 12:20 PM EDT
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12:05 p.m.

President Barack Obama says "democracy is on the ballot" in the presidential election.

Obama is warning voters that Donald Trump poses a risk to the America's democratic political system. He's calling out Trump for claiming the election is rigged against him.

Obama told Hillary Clinton supporters at a rally Friday in Cleveland that some nations do rig elections. He said they are tyrannies that oppress their people. Obama said the U.S. has fought against those things.

Obama said in a democracy, a politician can't just ban journalists "that you don't like." He cited the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment protections for freedom of the press.

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11:35 a.m.

President Barack Obama is saying that all of America's progress under his administration over the last eight years "goes out the window" if voters elect Donald Trump.

Obama is holding a rally Friday for Hillary Clinton in Cleveland. He's urging Ohio Democrats to cast their votes now, with early voting under way in the state.

The president said America is better than Trump's remarks about women, minorities and other groups. He said you don't have to be a husband or father to know his comments about how he treats women are "not right." He said you just have to be a decent human being.

Obama was interrupted briefly by a pro-Trump protester shouting about Bill Clinton and rape allegations. Obama suggested the protester may have been paid to be at the rally.

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