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AUGUST 6, 2018

     Obama dare not confront Trump.  Barack Obama will significantly raise his profile in the coming months as he campaigns for Democrats in the November midterm elections but he is unlikely to take on President Donald Trump more directly.  The two-term Democratic president is planning to re-emerge as a regular fixture at fundraisers and on the campaign trail after Labor Day, but will continue to strive for an above-the-fray style, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss emerging strategy.

     Avoiding direct confrontation with his successor – not to mention the bombast on Twitter that would inevitably follow – will give Obama more room to maneuver in states like Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania that Trump won in 2016 but that are now home to competitive Senate races featuring Democratic incumbents. In his first substantial return to politics since leaving office 18 months ago, Obama endorsed 81 Democrats for state and federal office Wednesday. Aides said he wanted to raise the profile of lesser-known candidates – part of an effort to build the Democratic bench – and focus on state races that could influence the 2020 redistricting.

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