“democracy itself” is on the ballot

Irelia20150604

Senior Member
Chinese
The quotation comes from Obama: ‘Democracy is on the ballot’

Quotation: US President Barack Obama warned America that “democracy itself” is on the ballot in November’s presidential election, as White House concern grows about the lasting impact of Republican Donald Trump’s scorched-earth campaign.
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Hi everyone! How to understand the bold part? My interpretation is "the ballot would determine the fate of demcracy".
 
  • jmichaelm

    Senior Member
    English - US
    President Obama is saying that the future of democracy will be affected by the choice of President. He feels electing one candidate would be good for democratic ideals and electing the other would be bad for those ideals.
     
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