Obama Suggests Biden and Sanders’ Policy Goals Are ‘Not That Different’

Former President Barack Obama says Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) agendas are not too different.

In an interview with The New Yorker, Obama said, “If you look at Joe Biden’s goals and Bernie Sanders’s goals, they’re not that different, from a forty-thousand-foot level.”

“They both want to make sure everybody has health care. They want to make sure everybody can get a job that pays a living wage. They want to make sure every child gets a good education,” he added.

Biden cast himself as a moderate during the Democratic presidential primary, but he has adopted slightly more progressive policies in a bid to unite the two factions of the party.

Obama said Biden’s decision to adopt policies that are more progressive is a strategic decision, “A lot of times, the issue has to do with ‘How do we go about that, and what are the coalitions we need?'”

“What I think the moment has done is to change some of those calculations, not because necessarily Joe’s changed but because circumstances have changed,” he added.

FILE PHOTO: Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during the 11th Democratic candidates debate of the 2020 U.S. presidential campaign, held in CNN’s Washington studios without an audience because of the global coronavirus pandemic, in Washington, U.S., March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Obama also addressed the tensions between the moderate and progressive wings of the party that have boiled up in recent years, “You have a big-tent party. And that means that you tolerate, listen to, and embrace folks who are different than you, and try to get them in the fold.”

“And so you work with not just liberal Democrats, but you work with conservative Democrats—and you are willing to compromise on issues,” he added.

Throughout the campaign, Biden has moved leftward on a series of policies but has mostly managed to avoid been easily caricatured as a radical left-wing politician.

President Donald Trump has tried to paint Biden as a ““puppet of left-wing extremists” who want to “erase our borders, eliminate our police, indoctrinate our children, vilify our heroes, take away our energy … destroy our Second Amendment, attack the right to life, and replace American freedom with left-wing fascism.”

However, recent polls have found that a majority of voters say they view Biden as moderate. 


  1. “WHERE did you perceive the 2020 candidates came from?” Phyllis

    That depends on the particular candidates and whether the Party approves of them or not.

    So, take Amy McGrath, for example. Why did the Party apparatchiks back her instead of Charles Booker? They didn’t pick her because they think that she can win. She likely won’t. They pick her firstly because they felt that she could raise a lot of money for the Party. The second reason that they backed her is because they felt that they could rely on her to back the party system. The third reason they backed her is because her policies were conservative and not from the progressive side.

    Charles Booker was against all of those things. So are a whole bunch of other loser candidates backed by the Party, such as Christy Smith. They went all in on her because they knew that she could raise money for the Party, had corrupt conservative ideas and would not rock their canoe. Her riding is now almost certainly going to go to an American Fascist candidate. They do this ALL of the time!

    We lose if these candidates lose because voters don’t want them, but we also lose if they win because they will definitely make lousy politicians.

  2. “Any thinking person should question polls after 2016.” I Ching

    I Ching is confused about polls. Like a lot of conservatives who think that the 2016 polls were far off, they were actually very close to reality. People like I Ching, however, will cherry pick polls and NEVER admit it.

  3. “And so you work with not just liberal Democrats, but you work with conservative Democrats—and you are willing to compromise on issues,” he added.

    Really Obozo? Define what you consider a “conservative” Democrat. Then define what you consider a “liberal” Democrat. Is that what you consider an outright Socialist or far-Leftie?

  4. Phil,
    I’ll admit that Obozo and the overreach by the Dims is what lead to Trump’s election. Surprise!

    You still haven’t addressed the lack of depth or talent in the Dim candidates. Look at your own debates and primaries.

  5. Screw, “They never developed up and coming talent”??? WHERE did you perceive the 2020 candidates came from? Have you forgotten that in 2016 the R’s had 17 primary candidates of “up and coming talent” and R’s selected a corrupt businessman and TV reality host whose only experience in the government was appearances at lawsuits filed against him and indictments of breaches of federal, state and regulatory laws? Donald Trump was your “up and coming talent”?

  6. As the General will attest, Bernie sells his M4A plan as covering everyone “for free” and eliminating commercial insurance. Biden’s plan increases subsidies for the purchase of commercial insurance and lowers the Medicare age eligibility to 60. Sound the same??

    “Any thinking person” would look at the polls in 2016 and compare the popular vote to the polls. The American people got the POTUS that LOST the popular vote by 2.1% of the electorate’s wishes. Hillary beat Bernie in the 2016 primary and Biden beat him in the 2020 primary. Bernie wanted to primary Obama in 2012, so WHY would Screw perceive he would not primary Hillary in 2020, if she won? If after 30 yrs of selling Bernie’s ideas has garnered 12 votes for his M4A plan, WHAT more do you need to declare Bernie irrelevant? YES, R’s allowed the Tea Party to take over their party in 2010-2015, then ceded the party to White Supremacists and Conspiracists in 2016-present. Thus far, the D’s have been successful in not handing over their party to the Democrat Socialist Party.

    IF Hillary had won, there would be no reason for Biden to run in 2020.—Hillary would not have alienated ALL of our allies and been a puppet of dictators. Hillary would not have declared belief of the word of a former KGB agent over the U.S. Intel community. Hillary would not have rejected the advice of the medical experts in the face of a pandemic. Hillary would not have considered the death of 177,000 Americans “an excellent response to COVID”—AND NEITHER WOULD ANYONE ELSE!—How do I know that?—The Republican response to FOUR American deaths in Benghazi and TWO deaths in America from Ebola. The R response to 177,000 COVID deaths is “there are more important things than living.”—Apparently not admitting mistakes is one of the more important things than living.

  7. Two-fold problem from the Dims.
    1. Obozo sucked all the air out of the room.
    2. They were sooooo convinced the Pantsuited Cankle Beast would win that they NEVER developed up and coming talent.

    Look at the lackluster primaries which consisted of a New Age witch, mayors with hilariously unpronounceable names, a fake Native American and a fake Hispanic. Also a flatulent wannabe-dictator who’d nuke Americans who did not agree with him. Now the VP candidate is a hoe who’s campaign and popularity failed before most of those others.

    Maybe John Kasich or Mitt Romney might have doffed their disguises and won. I was personally hoping for Tulsi Gabbard to win the nomination of VP choice.

  8. Any thinking person should question polls after 2016. They said we’d be seeing Hillary winning and running for a 2nd term, which would mean an irrelevant Bernie and a vegetative Basement Biden would be footnotes.

    Maybe in some alternate reality. Except for the Bernie and Hidin’ Biden parts.

  9. The poll from CBS mentioned in the last paragraph is a bit misleading. For Georgia voters, it says that the majority view him as “very liberal” but only among Georgia voters who identify themselves as MODERATE do they view Biden as a moderate. Same for North Carolina. Just fyi

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