Obama: No Matter Who Wins Dem Nomination, Vote Democrat
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While speaking at a fundraising event in Silicon Valley on Thursday, former President Barack Obama urged fellow liberals to vote Democrat in 2020 no matter who wins the nomination.
“Everybody needs to chill out about the candidates, but gin up about the prospect of rallying behind whoever emerges from this process,” Obama said.
While there are many different candidates on very different sides of the Democratic political spectrum, Obama suggested that it really doesn't matter.
“There will be differences” between candidates, Obama stated, “but I want us to make sure that we keep in mind that, relative to the ultimate goal, which is to defeat a president and a party that has … taken a sharp turn away from a lot of the core traditions and values and institutional commitments that built this country,” the differences are “relatively minor.”
“The field will narrow and there’s going to be one person, and if that is not your perfect candidate and there are certain aspects of what they say that you don’t agree with and you don’t find them completely inspiring the way you’d like, I don’t care,” he added. “Because the choice is so stark and the stakes are so high that you cannot afford to be ambivalent in this race.”
Check out what the Daily Wire reported:
Many Democratic voters are bored silly by the current slate of candidates — which has prompted two others, Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to enter the race. Last month, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, for instance, drew fewer than 100 people to a South Carolina “Environmental Justice” forum. And she’s a frontrunner!
Gallup released a poll last week that had some troubling news for Democrats. Just 66% of the party faithful say they’re enthusiastic about the upcoming election. For the Republicans, the number is 65%. “This differs from the typical pattern Gallup has seen over the years, whereby those who identify with the political party of the incumbent president have been less enthusiastic about voting than members of the opposing party,” Gallup wrote.
Here’s what that means: Voters in the party not currently in the White House are usually far more enthusiastic than the incumbent’s supporters. In 2000, after eight years of Bill Clinton, Republicans enjoyed a 51% to 39% enthusiasm edge. In 2008, after two George W. Bush terms, Democrats were up 14 percentage points — 73% to 59%. And in 2016, after two Barack Obama terms, the GOP led by 8 percentage points — 51% to 43%.
Obama's comments were very similar to the comments made by former Vice President Joe Biden's wife Jill Biden back in August. The former second lady said that voters "have to swallow a little bit” and vote for her husband.
“Your candidate might be better on, I don’t know, health care, than Joe is,” Jill Biden said on during an interview with MSNBC, “but you’ve got to look at who’s going to win this election, and maybe you have to swallow a little bit and say, ‘OK, I personally like so-and-so better,’ but your bottom line has to be that we have to beat Trump.”
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