Obama speaks out on 2020: Voters ‘don’t want to see insane stuff’


"For those who get stressed about robust primaries, I just have to remind you that I had a very robust primary", Obama said, nodding to his 2008 race against then-Sen.

The fact that Mr. Obama offered his reassurances at the annual meeting of the Democracy Alliance, a club of wealthy liberals who donate hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to recommended political organizations, only underscored the intended audience of his message. We're fighting for justice."Elizabeth Warren, another left-leaning frontrunner, struck a more conciliatory tone, choosing to praise Mr Obama's trademark health care policy, the Affordable Care Act."I so admire what President Obama did", Ms Warren said at a campaign event in Iowa, the New York Times reported."He is the one who led the way on health care and got health care coverage for tens of millions of Americans when nobody thought that was possible".

Obama said that some Democrats are listening too closely to liberal Twitter and progressive activists, specifically singling out issues like health care and immigration and, in what amounted to a stern warning to the 2020 field, bluntly said that voters are "less revolutionary than ... interested in improvement" and warned about turning off certain segments of the electorate by not being "rooted in reality".

During his almost hourlong remarks on Friday, Mr. Obama offered only one clear endorsement, though not exactly the one many Democratic donors in the room wanted to hear. "I think it is very important for all the candidates who are running at every level to pay some attention to where voters actually are and how they can actually think about their lives", Obama said.

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.

At a meeting of the Democracy Alliance on Friday, Obama cautioned against the sort of "revolutionary" change that the Senators from Vermont and MA are proposing, without mentioning their names. But some Democrats associate the characteristics he described with Sens.

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Mr Obama said Democrats risked alienating voters if they lurched too far to the left politically.

Their concerns have prompted the late emergence of two experienced candidates, Deval Patrick , the former governor of MA and a close friend of Mr. Obama, and Michael R. Bloomberg , both of whom entered the field after nine candidates had already dropped out. Elizabeth Warren of MA and Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Their key concern: None of the current candidates could defeat Trump if the election were today, despite polls that show otherwise. "And how we approach that I think will be important", Obama said.

Obama said Friday that debates within the party are good for the eventual nominee, and that losing states in 2008 had made him a better president.

While he's headlined fund-raising events for Democratic committees, the former president has kept a low profile in the presidential race, meeting privately with most of the Democratic candidates but telling friends and political allies that neither he nor his wife, Michelle, have plans to endorse anyone and do not see it as their place to steer the party's future.

They may be seen as a critique of senators Sanders and Warren - widely seen as two of the most left-wing candidates in the field.

"Let other folks hear straight some distance off from me on this: I deem it's a necessity for candidates to push previous what I used to be ready to execute as president".