Obama Said Privately He Would Speak Up To Stop Sanders From Becoming Dem Nominee, Politico Reports

Written by Dana Sanchez
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Publicly, former President Barack Obama said he won’t intervene in the presidential primary for or against a candidate. Privately, he said that he would speak up to stop Sen. Bernie Sanders. Obama arrives for funeral services for the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, Oct. 25, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez). Sanders listens during a campaign stop, Nov. 23, 2019, in Franklin, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

Most Democratic presidential campaigns start with a trip to meet the former President Barack Obama, who is ranked by some polls as the most popular Democrat and one of the most popular men on the planet.

Obama is discreet with his guests, Politico, reported. “He knows how a stray comment could leak and change the course of the race. He told Deval Patrick earlier this year that it was likely ‘too late’ for him to secure ‘money and talent’ if he jumped in the race.”

Publicly, Obama has said he won’t intervene in the primary against or for a candidate unless something egregious is happening. Privately, Obama said that if Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders appeared to be running away with the nomination, Obama would speak up to stop him, Politico reported. That was “back when Sanders seemed like more of a threat than he does now,” Politico reported on Tuesday. Politico did not say how long ago “back then” was.

Asked about it, an Obama spokesperson said that recently, Obama said he would support and campaign for whichever Democrat landed the nomination.

According to the new survey, Sanders is the only 2020 Democrat ahead of President Donald Trump in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) led the September Iowa Poll. Less than two weeks ago in mid-November, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg shot to the top of the Iowa Poll.

Earlier this month, Obama warned the 2020 candidates against leaning too far left because it would alienate voters, The Hill reported. At a speaking engagement, Obama said, “the average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it.”

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Obama did not mention anyone by name, but Sanders and Warren have called for massive policy and structural changes that would dramatically change the role of government in Americans’ lives, the Guardian reported. “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 Donald Trump.”

A new national Emerson poll of Nov. 21 shows Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden tied for the No. one spot in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race. Sanders and Biden have 27 percent of support, according to Emerson. Warren is polling in third place at 20 percent, and Buttigieg is at 7 percent, Common Dreams reported.