Obama campaigns for Democrats in Georgia: 'The Senate really matters'

On Friday, former President Barack Obama campaigned for U.S. Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock in Georgia.

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BARACK OBAMA: The special election in Georgia is going to determine, ultimately, the course of the Biden presidency, and whether Joe Biden and Kamala Harris can deliver legislatively all the commitments they've made.

The Senate is a place where, even with a big majority, it's tough to get legislation through. And if you don't have a majority-- if the Senate is controlled by Republicans who are interested in obstruction and gridlock, rather than progress and helping people-- they can block just about anything.

And so, although the first two years of my presidency were the most productive, legislatively, since Lyndon B. Johnson, once Mitch McConnell was controlling that gavel, and controlling the agenda in the Senate, we saw a lot of progress halt. And it slowed down our ability to recover. It slowed down growth. It slowed down our ability to get-- to implement health care, so that more people had access to affordable care and protections from insurance companies that didn't want to give them coverage. And so the Senate really matters.