Former President Barack Obama was interrupted by protesters as he rallied for Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Democratic Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum in Miami on Friday.

Obama was speaking about the importance of Tuesday's midterm elections, saying America is at a "crossroads," when he was interrupted by a man who began yelling and blowing a whistle.

As the protester was escorted out, the audience drowned him out with chants of "bring it home!"


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"Here's the deal: If you support the other candidates, then you should go support the other candidates," Obama said to cheers from the crowd. "One of the things I never understood was why, if you're supporting the other guy, you come to my rally."

Several moments later, another protester began yelling as Obama spoke, prompting the audience to break out into another "bring it home!" chant.

Obama proceeded with his speech, criticizing divisive political rhetoric that pits Americans against each other.

"It's an old playbook," Obama said. "It's one that the powerful and privileged turn to whenever control starts slipping away. They'll get folks riled up just to protect their power and their privilege, even when it hurts the country, even when it puts people at risk. It's as cynical as politics gets."

He called voters in Florida -- and across the country -- to reject that kind of politics.


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