Quotes: U.S. President Barack Obama on the Country’s Electorate

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“People out there are still hurting very badly, and they are still scared. And so part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now, and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time, is because we’re hard-wired not to always think clearly when we’re scared. And the country is scared, and they have good reason to be.”

— BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States, speaks at a Saturday fundraiser in Boston about the upcoming midterm elections (Via Fox News). Read more about both Democratic and Republican expectations in Mark Halperin’s One Nation column on TIME.com.