A fired up President Obama tells university students in North Carolina that “the fate of the republic” rests on their shoulders, and implores them to “choose hope” over cynicism in the upcoming presidential election. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday encouraged young North Carolinians to get out and vote in the upcoming presidential election, imploring them to "choose hope". Speaking at a rally at the University of North Carolina, Obama told the crowd that the progress made during his eight years at office was now at risk if Hillary Clinton does not defeat Donald Trump on November 8th. North Carolina is considered a critical swing state in the upcoming election and it is possible the election may not be won without it, said Obama. "I hate to put a little pressure on you but the fate of the Republic rests on your shoulders. The fate of the world is teetering and you, North Carolina, are going to have to make sure that we push it in the right direction," he said. Obama said that voters should "stand up and reject cynicism" and "choose hope". While most national polls still favor Clinton to win, she has lost the comfortable lead she held late last month. With the race tightening the focus has now shifted to battleground states like North Carolina, Florida, Ohio and Nevada.