Obama Warns Dems Against Straying Too Far Left in Fight for Nomination

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Former President Barack Obama cautiously waded into the Democratic primary contest for the first time Friday evening, warning a group of liberal donors and party activists against veering too far left in their zeal to oust incumbent President Donald Trump.

In a speech in Washington D.C. to the Democratic Alliance, Obama cautioned his fellow Democrats not to pay too much attention to “certain left-leaning Twitter feeds” or “the activist wing of our party” when campaigning for the nomination, according to an account of the speech in the New York Times.

“Even as we push the envelope and we are bold in our vision we also have to be rooted in reality,” Obama said. “The average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it.”

While the former president did not single out any Democratic candidates by name, his advice seemed directed at front-runners Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, who have pushed the current campaign more toward the fringes with proposals for government-run health care and more lenient immigration policies.

Obama urged the Democrats not to push too hard in their efforts to move beyond his own legacy and alienate independents and moderate Democrats who will be critical to winning the general election in 2020.

“I don’t think we should be deluded into thinking that the resistance to certain approaches to things is simply because voters haven’t heard a bold enough proposal and if they hear something as bold as possible then immediately that’s going to activate them,” he said.

Obama has so far remained largely on the sidelines of the contentious Democratic primary, rarely commenting on the field of candidates. He promised, however, to “work my tail off to make sure” whoever wins the nomination defeats Trump next November.

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banstan
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phyllis softa- a D-K model. You cannot find ANY comment of mine that backs up your assertions. PERIOD.

banstan
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contusion, if the progressive left “is the ONLY group with a spine”, WHY does antifa wear masks? Sounds like a spine to . . .NO ONE. You say what you say just so you can feel better about yourself.

banstan
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softy-“It is a process that you have demonstrated no understanding of–reason and logic.” TRUST ME, I want NO part of YOUR reason and logic. I HAVE a fully functioning brain.

banstan
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contusion-“The progressive left is the ONLY group with a spine’. BWAHAHAHAAHAHAHA! REALLY? Do you even have a clue what the general public thinks about the prog left? OBVIOUSLY not.

John Straub
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Basically, he wants you Democrats to do what Joy Behar has suggested. LIE YOUR ASSES OFF about what you really are in order to get elected. There is not a single Democrat running for any post from dog catcher to President that can be trusted. NOT A ONE.

General Confusion
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“You appear to want D’s to become the spineless empty suits the R’s have become.” Phyllis You are confused. The progressive left is the ONLY group with a spine who are standing up to what is holding this great country back – corruption. Their principled view is slowly starting to spread, too. In 2016, there were only 6 Congressmen who would not take dirty corporate/lobbyist or big-donor or PAC money. Now there are about 60, most of whom are Democratic members. Get Sanders elected and control the Senate and unleash him and his ideas. You are wrong about him. (I… Read more »

banstan
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softy-“LOL….He was speaking to the Democratic Alliance—DEMOCRAT VOTERS. In what world would that be Donald Trump???” Just what world do you live in? Just how do you come up with your comment about wc’s comment?

banstan
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softy-“Dear Lord, I hope so.” Funny from an actual far left nutjob like yourself.

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