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In Clinton video, Obama declares: ‘Progress is on the ballot’

With just 100 days to go of the Obama administration, Hillary Clinton’s campaign is featuring the president in its latest video. 

In the spot, titled “Progress is on the ballot,” President Obama makes the case that the best way to preserve his legacy is to elect the Democratic presidential nominee. 

{mosads}“My name may not be on the ballot, but progress is on the ballot,” he says in the video, released Wednesday by Clinton’s presidential campaign.

{mosads}“Tolerance is on the ballot,” Obama adds. “Democracy is on the ballot. Justice is on the ballot. Good schools are on the ballot. Ending mass incarceration, that’s on the ballot right now.”

“There is one candidate who will advance those things. And there is another candidate whose defining principle, the central theme of his candidacy, is opposition to all that we’ve done.”

Obama’s remarks in the video — which he delivered at a Congressional Black Caucus dinner last month — are accompanied by soaring music and footage from his nearly eight years in office.

“By so many measures, our country is stronger and more prosperous than it was eight years ago,” Obama says.

“We know the progress we’ve made despite the forces of opposition, despite the forces of discrimination, despite the politics of backlash. That doesn’t stop with my presidency. We’re just getting started.”

The spot ends with footage of Obama leading Clinton through a curtain onto a stage before a large audience.

“So if I hear anybody saying their vote does not matter, saying that it doesn’t matter who we elect, read up on your history,” he says. “It does matter.

“We’ve got to get people to vote. In fact, if you want to give me and [first lady] Michelle [Obama] a good send-off, get people registered to vote. There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter. It all matters.”

Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, has repeatedly accused Clinton of representing a third term for Obama.

Clinton leads Trump by about 6 points in the latest RealClearPolitics average of national polls.

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