Democratic candidates reject Obama’s warning of going too far left

Grant Boone
November 19, 2019

The former president specifically noted health care and immigration, saying people are "rightly ... cautious" on health care because "they don't have a lot of margin for error".

Political pundits poured over former President Barack Obama's remarks to liberal donors Friday which cautioned Democratic primary candidates against moving too far left on a series of policy proposals.

"This is still a country that is less revolutionary than it is interested in improvement. And I think it's important for us not to lose sight of that".

The late entrance by Patrick, one of the first black governors in United States history who is close to Obama, fueled speculation about the doubts that the ex-president may have about the ability of the candidates already in the race, including his vice president Biden, to take out Trump.

"For those who get stressed about robust primaries, I just have to remind you I had a very robust primary", he told the group of several hundred donors and organizational leaders in Washington.

He added: "I am confident that at the end of the process we will have a candidate who has been tested and will be able to proudly carry the Democratic banner, and we are going to have to unify around that".

In recent days Deval Patrick, the two-time former governor of MA, entered the field amid speculation that former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg may follow suit.

Mr Sanders, who describes himself as a democratic socialist and progressive, laughed and said: "Well, it depends on what you mean by tear down the system".

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The latest polling suggests Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren are the front-runners, while Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg are not far behind.

Some Democrats are concerned that Mr Biden, a moderate, will struggle to beat Mr Trump, prompting a flurry of latecomers to join the race. Their key concern: None of the current candidates could defeat Trump if the election were today, despite polls that show otherwise.

Obama has largely refrained from publicly opining on the Democratic primary, which has exposed a growing rift between an ascendant progressive wing of the party and old-guard centrists like his former vice president, Joe Biden.

In turn, many who fit the description were not going to let the former president-especially a Democrat who swept to power in 2008 on the campaign promise of "hope and change"-get away with the comments without a characteristic retort".

"If Iowa showed that I could win the presidency, New Hampshire showed I could handle the presidency", he said, "because when you are president you also experience losses and setbacks and things don't break your way".

Obama's most stinging indictment of the occasion came one day of his warnings to its enviornment of 2020 presidential candidates.

The 58-year-old former president, who left power almost three years ago with his popularity soaring, is quietly watching to see who in his party will duke it out with Donald Trump on November 3, 2020. "And how we approach that I think will be important", Obama said. "I wouldn't flee the same campaign today time in this ambiance that I ran in 2008, in fragment on yarn of we made ample development since 2008, of which I am very proud, that it moved what's doubtless", he said.

Obama did not mention any specific names, probably because they are all insane. They want to see things a little more fair, they want to see things a little more just.

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