Obama Would ‘Step In’ If Democrats Nominate Bernie Sanders, Report
Former President warns radical left positions
The report sheds light on what the former president really thinks about the state of the current Democratic presidential candidates.
Obama was discussing the potential 2020 Democratic presidential nominees with friends and told advisors that he doesn’t believe Joe Biden has the wherewithal to serve in the nation’s highest office.
But the former president has otherwise remained on the fence, refusing to give out any endorsements.
He did, however, issue general warnings to the party to avoid calls for radical upheaval in their policy pitches, which seem to be a veiled jab at Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Sanders.
According to Politico, Obama has said in private he'd speak out against Sanders if it looked like he could actually win.
"Back when Sanders seemed like more of a threat than he does now, Obama said privately that if Bernie were running away with the nomination, Obama would speak up to stop him," the report says.
But the former president has stated that he would get behind the Democratic nominee regardless of who it was, according to Obama spokesperson.
One adviser admitted that a Sanders nomination would likely be cause for action.
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"He hasn't said that directly to me. The only reason I'm hesitating at all is because, yeah, if Bernie were running away with it, I think maybe we would all have to say something. But I don't think that's likely. It's not happening."
At the Obama Foundation Summit event in October, Obama blasted political "wokeness" and cancel culture, which seemingly was aimed at sanders.
"This idea of purity and you're never compromised, and you're always politically woke, and all that stuff, you should get over that quickly," Obama said.
A week later, Obama warned 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls that most voters do not want to “tear down the system.”
The former President dismissed radical left positions as not being popular among average Americans:
“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 the 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,” Obama said.
According to the same Politico report, Obama recalled to one candidate who came to him for advice on how he himself had a bond with the voters that has since faded.
He reportedly added, “And you know who really doesn’t have it? Joe Biden.”
But Biden claims he never sought endorsement from Obama.