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Obama calls on Democrats to vote on Tuesday

By the CNN Wire Staff
"There is no doubt that this is a difficult election," President Obama said Sunday.
"There is no doubt that this is a difficult election," President Obama said Sunday.
  • The president delivers his final campaign speech for the congressional elections
  • Vice President Biden joins Obama at a rally at Cleveland State University
  • Obama says Republicans only focus on winning the next election, not helping the nation

Cleveland, Ohio (CNN) -- President Barack Obama on Sunday implored Democrats to get out and vote this week in his final campaign speech for the upcoming congressional elections.

With his party expected to lose seats in both chambers, and perhaps its House majority, Obama told a rally at Cleveland State University that the only way to ensure continued policies intended to help working-class Americans was to keep Democrats in power.

"There is no doubt that this is a difficult election," Obama said in acknowledging the tough political climate for Tuesday's voting for all 435 House seats and 37 of the 100 Senate seats, along with almost 40 gubernatorial races.

He told supporters to knock on the doors of neighbors, call friends and do whatever else they could to make sure people cast ballots Tuesday.

Both Obama and Vice President Joe Biden depicted the elections as a choice between Democrats wanting to move the country forward versus Republicans seeking to return to past policies that led to economic recession.

"When you get knocked down, there's only one thing to do. Get up. Get up and vote," Biden told the crowd, eliciting cheers. "Make sure the same thing doesn't knock you down again."

Obama heard a loud "Yes we can" chant reminiscent of his victorious 2008 campaign that drowned out a handful of presumed hecklers who were escorted out.

Video: Biden: Get up!
Video: Obama: We will win

He repeated criticism from his weekly radio address on Saturday that Republicans were focusing only on winning elections, rather than tackling the high unemployment and need for new jobs across the country.

"I guess they're feeling cocky, maybe," Obama said of recent comments by House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky that rejected compromise with Democrats and called defeating the president in 2012 a top priority.

In contrast, Obama said, his top priority since coming to power has been to help America's middle class regain the opportunity for prosperity that he said had disappeared in the past decade.

"The journey we began together was never just about putting a president in the White House," Obama said, adding that if everyone who voted for him in 2008 turns out to support Democratic candidates on Tuesday, "we will win."

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