Endorsment for Joe Biden? Barack Obama issues warning to Democrats over Bernie Sanders' and Elizabeth Warren's policies
Though he has not endorsed Biden, Obama's comments seem to suggest that he was backing his VP's more centrist agenda, as opposed to Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders' far-left policies.
Former President Barack Obama weighed in on the upcoming 2020 election, warning all Democratic hopefuls to be careful not to veer too far left with their campaigns as the average American voter might not like radical policy proposals.
The Ex-POTUS made the comments in a room of wealthy donors at a Democracy Alliance meeting on Thursday, November 14. Many of the members of the audience speculated whether his words were directly targeted toward presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.
"Even as we push the envelope and we are bold in our vision we also have to be rooted in reality," Obama said at the event, according to The New York Times. "The average American doesn't think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it."
Voters will not be driven by "certain left-leaning Twitter feeds" or "the activist wing of our party," the 58-year-old father-of-two told the crowd.
"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 added.
Till his speech at the event, Obama had refrained from publicly commenting on the upcoming presidential race. Despite Joe Biden cashing on on his friendship with him at his various campaign rallies, Obama has not endorsed him. For that matter, he has deliberately refused to voice his support for any single candidate in the race so far.
However, his comments on Thursday, seem to suggest that he was backing Biden's more centrist agenda, as opposed to Warren and Sanders' far-left policies. While Warren and Sanders have proposed radical leftist agendas such as eliminating private health insurance in favor of a Medicare-for-all system, getting rid of college tuition fees and eliminating student loans, Biden famously told donors in May, "nothing would fundamentally change' if he were to be elected."