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    Obama Says Average American Doesnt Want to Tear Down System


    Former President Barack Obama, in an address to liberal donors, warned candidates not to go too far left and sought to calm those who were concerned about the state of the Democratic primary.


    https-::www.nytimes.com:2019:11:15:us:politics:barack-obama-2020-dems.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

    WASHINGTON Former President Barack Obama offered an unusual warning to the Democratic primary field on Friday evening, cautioning the candidates not to move too far to the left in their policy proposals, even as he sought to reassure a party establishment worried about the electoral strength of their historically large primary field.

    Speaking before a room of wealthy liberal donors, Mr. Obama urged Democrats to remember the long, combative slog of his primary campaign against Hillary Clinton in 2008, arguing that the 16 month battle ultimately made him a stronger general election candidate.

    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. Im confident that at the end of the process we will have a candidate that has been tested.

    Yet, he also raised concerns about some of the liberal ideas being promoted by some candidates, citing health care and immigration as issues where the proposals may have gone further than public opinion.

    While Mr. Obama did not single out any specific primary candidate or policy proposal, he cautioned that the universe of voters that could support a Democratic candidate Democrats, independents and moderate Republicans are not driven by the same views reflected on certain left-leaning Twitter feeds or the activist wing of our party.

    Even as we push the envelope and we are bold in our vision we also have to be rooted in reality, Mr. Obama said. The average American doesnt think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it.

    His remarks offered an implicit critique of Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who have urged voters to embrace political revolution and big, structural change, as well as proposals once widely considered to be left to the liberal fringes of the party, including court packing and decriminalizing illegal border crossings.

    Even as Mr. Obama has attempted to stay out of the race, the primary candidates have engaged in a heated discussion over his legacy, debating whether to stick with Mr. Obamas architecture for health care policy or to pursue a single-payer system and offering flashes of direct criticism over his record on immigration. At the same time, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has made his strong support for Mr. Obama and his accomplishments a hallmark of his candidacy.

    Acknowledging that candidates must push past his achievements, Mr. Obama urged his partys candidates not to push too far, as he urged them to adopt a message that would allow them to compete in all corners of the country.

    I dont think we should be deluded into thinking that the resistance to certain approaches to things is simply because voters havent heard a bold enough proposal and if they hear something as bold as possible then immediately thats going to activate them, he said.

    The fact that Mr. Obama offered his reassurances at the annual meeting of the Democracy Alliance, a club of wealthy liberals who donate hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to recommended political organizations, only underscored the intended audience of his message. In recent weeks, establishment-aligned Democrats, top donors and some strategists have expressed fears that the party lacks a strong enough candidate to defeat President Trump.

    They question whether Mr. Biden has the ability to compete in a multistate primary campaign, fret about Mr. Sanderss and Ms. Warrens viability in the general election and remain skeptical that Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., can broaden his appeal beyond white voters.

    The fact that Mr. Obama offered his reassurances at the annual meeting of the Democracy Alliance, a club of wealthy liberals who donate hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to recommended political organizations, only underscored the intended audience of his message. In recent weeks, establishment-aligned Democrats, top donors and some strategists have expressed fears that the party lacks a strong enough candidate to defeat President Trump.

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    Report: Obama Worried Rising Sanders Not Fit to Beat Trump!


    Former President Barack Obama is reportedly worried about Sen. Bernie Sanders', I-Vt., rise in the polls, saying in private the left wing presidential contender is not fit to beat President Donald Trump.

    He also could remain silent if Joe Biden, his former vice president, or Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., begin to overtake Sanders in the early primaries and polling, the news outlet reported.

    A spokeswoman for Obama and a spokesman for Sanders declined to comment.

    The New York Times in November reported, Obama appeared genuinely worried about some of the increasingly leftist proposals being touted on the campaign trail from Sanders, as well as Warren.

    "The average American doesn't think we have to completely tear down the system to remake it," the Times quoted Obama telling Democratic donors.

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    Re: Obama Says Average American Doesnt Want to Tear Down System

    If Biden gets the rumored Kamla Harris endorsement and Obama stays active pushing for moderation then this primary is over.
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    Re: Obama Says Average American Doesnt Want to Tear Down System

    I do agree the Harris endorsement helps.

    She looks to me to be vying for an invitation on the ticket.

    I'm sure Obama wants Bernie gone but do enough supporters of his view want to risk what happened last time when Bernie was discarded and many of his supporters felt robbed?

    Obama should have stayed clear in my opinion, the democrat supporters (voters) should decide this one.

    It smells familiar and it's not going to sit well is my guess.

    Will everybody come together with one purpose at the end, didn't happen last time.

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    President Obama is a brilliant man, with impeccable integrity and high moral character.

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    Re: Obama Says Average American Doesnt Want to Tear Down System

    Quote Originally Posted by DraftBoy View Post
    If Biden gets the rumored Kamla Harris endorsement and Obama stays active pushing for moderation then this primary is over.
    It was more or less "over" some time ago. When the voting starts, it will be apparent to everyone.....except Bernie and his cultists.

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    Re: Obama Says Average American Doesnt Want to Tear Down System

    Quote Originally Posted by notacon View Post
    President Obama is a brilliant man, with impeccable integrity and high moral character.
    until he says something you dont like

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    Re: Obama Says Average American Doesnt Want to Tear Down System

    Quote Originally Posted by notacon View Post
    President Obama is a brilliant man, with impeccable integrity and high moral character.
    and he agrees with what I told you in the other thread.

    he's scared of Bernie being the nominee.

    of course we know you guys got that part covered or do you?

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    Re: Obama Says Average American Doesnt Want to Tear Down System

    Quote Originally Posted by justasportsfan View Post
    until he says something you dont like
    What an idiotic post.

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    Re: Obama Says Average American Doesnt Want to Tear Down System

    Quote Originally Posted by notacon View Post
    What an idiotic post.
    Bernie is going to be the nominee live with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notacon View Post
    It was more or less "over" some time ago. When the voting starts, it will be apparent to everyone.....except Bernie and his cultists.
    Well then we should forgo the entire primary process...Why waste the money, right?

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    Re: Obama Says Average American Doesnt Want to Tear Down System

    Quote Originally Posted by DraftBoy View Post
    If Biden gets the rumored Kamla Harris endorsement and Obama stays active pushing for moderation then this primary is over.
    Not really.

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    Re: Obama Says Average American Doesnt Want to Tear Down System

    Quote Originally Posted by Woodman View Post
    and he agrees with what I told you in the other thread.

    he's scared of Bernie being the nominee.

    of course we know you guys got that part covered or do you?
    Obama and Hilary will work overtime against Bernie, They're corporate democrats.

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    Re: Obama Says Average American Doesnt Want to Tear Down System

    Quote Originally Posted by Downinfloflo View Post
    Not really.
    Yes really.

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    Re: Obama Says Average American Doesnt Want to Tear Down System

    Quote Originally Posted by DraftBoy View Post
    Yes really.
    Maybe in your sterilized bubble.

    But not in reality.

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    Have the superdelegates been given their marching orders yet?
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    Re: Obama Says Average American Doesnt Want to Tear Down System

    Quote Originally Posted by YardRat View Post
    Have the superdelegates been given their marching orders yet?
    Obama and Hilary are trying.

    Donald Trump won because the voters rejected the status quo republicans.

    Democrats will do the same this election cycle, Hilary and Obama represent the status quo.

    Their voices are not as powerful as people are assuming.

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    Re: Obama Says Average American Doesnt Want to Tear Down System

    Quote Originally Posted by Downinfloflo View Post
    Obama and Hilary are trying.

    Donald Trump won because the voters rejected the status quo republicans.

    Democrats will do the same this election cycle, Hilary and Obama represent the status quo.

    Their voices are not as powerful as people are assuming.
    Democrats could have done the same last election, and probably have the WH right now, if the party leaders didn't rig the process.

    I'm not confident they won't do the same again.

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    Re: Obama Says Average American Doesnt Want to Tear Down System

    Quote Originally Posted by Downinfloflo View Post
    Maybe in your sterilized bubble.

    But not in reality.
    Get back to me after Super Tuesday.

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    Re: Obama Says Average American Doesnt Want to Tear Down System

    Quote Originally Posted by YardRat View Post
    Democrats could have done the same last election, and probably have the WH right now, if the party leaders didn't rig the process.

    I'm not confident they won't do the same again.
    Its all hands on deck to stop Bernie.

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