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Game on: Obama returns to campaign trail with fiery speech, Trump counters ‘I fell asleep’

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Former President Barack Obama launched his return to the campaign trail Friday with a fiery speech accusing President Trump and the GOP of fueling “division and resentment” — but the sitting president responded with a yawn.

“I’m sorry, I watched but I fell asleep,” Trump teased, speaking at a political rally minutes later for GOP Senate candidate Kevin Cramer in North Dakota. “I found he’s very good for sleeping.”

The back-and-forth between the sitting and former presidents sets the stage for a battle of the mega-surrogates heading into the November midterms. Trump has promised to ramp up his campaign appearances for GOP candidates and, with Obama flexing his political muscle once again, he will have a worthy competitor.

Obama’s campaign season debut launches his midterm effort to rally Democrats to the polls and end Republicans’ grip on power in Congress. The former president warned Friday that the stakes are high and the consequences of staying on the sidelines “dire.”

Delivering some of his toughest broadsides against the GOP since leaving office – and referring to Trump by name, something he used to avoid – Obama said there are certain “powerful and priveleged” people who want to “keep us angry.”

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