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Obama Warns Democratic Candidates of Being Too Progressive

Since he entered race for the 2020 Democratic nomination, Joe Biden has pointed to his relationship with Barack Obama. The 44th President wildly popular with Democrats has promised to be involved in 2020, but has not thrown his support behind any particular candidate.

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At a Democratic Alliance meeting on Friday, though, Obama did make comments that many see as favorable to a candidate like Biden. The former President told the audience that the next nominee needs to be mindful of being too progressive.

Biden is currently at the top of the race alongside Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Sanders and Warren would be considered more left-leaning that the former Vice President. Pete Buttigieg, who is also polling well, would be considered more moderate.

“This is still a country that is less revolutionary than it is interested in improvement,” said Obama. “They like seeing things improved. But the average American doesn’t think that we have to completely tear down the system and remake it. And I think it’s important for us not to lose sight of that.”

Sanders and especially Warren have both discussed plans that would alter a number of governmental programs.

Obama continued:

“My point is that even as we push the envelope and we are bold in our vision, we also have to be rooted in reality and the fact that voters, including Democratic voters and certainly persuadable independents or even moderate Republicans, are not driven by the same views that are reflected on certain, you know, left-leaning Twitter feeds or the activist wing of our party.”

While Obama is unlikely to make an endorsement until the nominee is selected, this is positive for Biden.



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