Campaigning for Democrats in Ohio on Thursday, President Obama said most Republicans aren't like Trump and "know better," but hadn't renounced the kind of rhetoric Trump embraces out of deference to the Republican base. Obama insisted they deserve no credit for their sudden change of heart after having "stood by silently" for so long. The president said that it was GOP complacency that led the party to nominate a candidate who Obama said brags and jokes about sexually assaulting women. Obama will rally for Democrat Hillary Clinton on Friday in Cleveland, appearing in one of just a handful of tossup states that could potentially swing to either Clinton or Trump on Election Day.
You can't wait until that finally happens and then say, 'That's too much, that's enough,' and then say somehow you are showing some type of leadership and deserve to be elected to the United States Senate.President Obama
Yet as polls suggest that Trump's chances of winning the White House are declining, Democrats have increasingly shifted focus to trying to maximize their gains by winning as many congressional seats as possible — perhaps enough to retake control of the Senate and, in a long shot, even the House. To that end, Obama on Thursday signaled the strategy his party intends to deploy: refusing to let Republican candidates off the hook for their controversial presidential nominee, even if they've disavowed him in the wake of a video that emerged late last week of Trump bragging about kissing women without their permission and groping them.