Obama Cautions Democratic Hopefuls On Tacking Too Far Left

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    WASHINGTON (AP) – Former President Barack Obama on Friday warned the Democratic field of White House hopefuls not to veer too far to the left, a move he said would alienate many who would otherwise be open to voting for the party’s nominee next year.

    Though Obama did not mention anyone by name, the message delivered before a room of Democratic donors in Washington was a clear word of caution about the candidacies of Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. The two have called for massive structural changes — and in Sanders’ case “revolution” — that would dramatically alter the role of government in people’s lives.

    The centrist wing of the party has warned for months that a far-left nominee could alienate moderate Republicans and independent voters needed to oust President Donald Trump.

    “The average American doesn’t think 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,” Obama said. “There are a lot of persuadable voters and there are a lot of Democrats out there who just want to see things make sense. They just don’t want to see crazy stuff. They want to see things a little more fair, they want to see things a little more just. And how we approach that I think will be important.”

    Obama has largely refrained from publicly opining on the Democratic primary, which has exposed a growing rift between an ascendant progressive wing of the party and old-guard centrists like his former vice president, Joe Biden. But on Friday he said he felt compelled to weigh in because some of the loudest and most strident voices, particularly on social media, aren’t representative of where most in the party are at.

    Immigration and health care are two issues he cited as cases where Democratic candidates are out of sync with public sentiment.

    “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.

    Obama delivered his remarks at a gathering of the Democracy Alliance, a group of wealthy Democrats who raise large sums for the party. He was interviewed by Stacey Abrams, a rising star in the party who narrowly lost the Georgia governor’s race last year.

    He also sought also to ease jittery Democrats who have been wringing their hands over the size of the sprawling field, which some worry will lead to a prolonged contest that will leave the eventual nominee with limited time to prepare for the general election.

    “I just have to remind you that I had a very robust primary,” Obama said. “Not only did I win ultimately a remarkably tough and lengthy primary process with Hillary Clinton, but people forget that even before that we had a big field of really serious, accomplished people.”

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    18 COMMENTS

    1. The trouble is he is considered by the chachominm on this website as the “schwarze” President although better educated than most who post on this website , has more money than most shmigeges and supplied Israel with the latest and best jet fighters, Now the question is with the treife eating Israeli candidate consider what is at stake in the Israeli election

      • Thats the same style as a yingele. You can’t hid it. Why the multiple screen names? You crticzize Trump for doing the same immature bully stuff you do. Shame on you.

        The beauty is that the center Candidate Biden is seen as corrupt thanks to the democrates impeachemnt! So there is no center alternative. Thank you dems

        • Not my style at all. “More money” Come on, thats one thing I never mentioned about Obama. He is respected for his Integrity, honesty,family values etc. “more money is a Trumpist virtue. I would not be surprised if its your post so you can hack about this name narischkeit. If its OK for the POTUS its sure ok for you and whoever wants it. Stop worring about name and answer to the subject, Obama was the Best President for Yiden and Israel in American History, that is my motto I have posted a dz times or more.(Trump is good for Yiden too, (for now) lets hope he doesnt go against us as he did that to most of his associates, appointees , friend etc.

          • Wrong . Obama was not the worse . That I am maskim to . But far from the best . You see you measure the best based on how much weapons he gaVe. As you say that’s just money . That’s thinking like Trump . I measure best by how much credence you give to Arabs . Trump stands up and says hey Palestinians we won’t take your lying garbage nonsense lies any more . Israel can build settlements and do what they want . You just fully denounce terror before we talk . No excuses for terror . Arafat yimach shimo played Clinton like that . He was signing Oslo till the last second when he called an intifada . Trump says nothing doing . First no terror then we sign Oslo . We won’t fall for your lies .
            Same with Iran . Is obsma strategy the worse ? I don’t know . But it’s far better to stand up and say we won’t put up with your two face garbage .

            So to address your narishkiten. Trump is the best Israel ever ever had . Why ? Bec he kicks the Arabs and tell them “gi kiss mir” and ” gi cock in yam ” till you behave .

            Clinton shortened sentences of two yidden by one year . They didn’t even get out right away . He did it for votes too
            Trump commuted immediately rubashkin and he got no money or votes . That’s not the same as Clinton sorry . Trump is still better

            Did I address your isuuses mr obnoxious yingele. I think you should return to your derfel.

          • Yep giving iran access to billions of dollars to fund the murder of Jews in Israel is very good for Israel, supporting the banning of religious freedom is also very good for Jew.

      • Stop lying, the plane deal was made by the Bush administration, he couldn’t pronounce the word corpsman correctly so doesn’t seem to be that educated, he also gave Iran access to 150 billion dollars to use to fund the murder of Jews in Israel.

        • The little good he did do may Hashem reward him . But Trump did much much more . What’s the much more ? Standing up to Arab Muslim liars and saying we won’t listen to you

          • what you doing in texas? thrown out of the east coast for rechilus and vilifying a great friend of Israel ? wouldn’t be surprised. these haters never mention that Obama supplied Israel with all the weapons it needed for a full 8 years. you’re probably a great admirer of Truman, who put a ban on arms to the new state of Israel. or trump whose only saving grace was moving the embassy. as if that really matters, any other countries join him?
            as the other guy said: hey jerry from tx, gei kakken of dem yam.

            • You hock akup the same narsihkiten.

              I told you already more or less weapons doesn’t define a good president. Good or bad is who stands up to the muslims and says no we won’t put up with your shinangains. It means not falling for Arafat in Oslo or the Iranians. It means telling Israel you can build till the Palestinians fully denounce terror. It means never abstaining from a veto at the UN re Israel

              A few more or less weapons

    2. I am glad we agree, Obama was great. Whether Trump does more or not (he is still the POTUS) will be judged after he lives office. I hope you will be proven right on this.( a first)

      • Didn’t say he was great . Stop lying and putting words in my mouth . Can a yingele comprehend what ” not the worse ” means . Like I said it means there were presidents that were worse . Yes I don’t think Obama was the worse

        I don’t see why you need to wait till Trump leaves to see how good he is . Just look at the current poloicy and record . He stands up to those Muslims and he commutes unjustified prison sentences of Frum Torah Jews for no benefit. This is in spite you hocking that everything trump does is to benefit himself . Unlike Clinton who needed skvera votes …

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