Former President Barack Obama warned on Friday that 2020 Democratic presidents pay attention to what voters really think – warning that most of them do not want to "overthrow the system."
“The average American doesn't think we need to completely demolish the system and redo it. And I think it's important not to lose sight of that, ”Obama said.
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“There are a lot of persuadable voters and a lot of Democrats out there just want to see things make sense. They just don't want to see crazy things, "he said." They want to see things a little fairer, they want to see things a little fairer. And how we approach what I think will be important. "
The two-term Democratic president made the remarks at a meeting of the Alliance for Democracy, a group of rich Democratic donors. He was interviewed by Stacey Abrams, who missed the Georgian government race last year.
Obama has remained largely on the sidelines in the 2020 Democratic primaries and has not yet supported a candidate – even when former Vice President Joe Biden has invoked his name on several occasions. But Obama has commented that he is nervous about moving to the far left on various Democratic Party issues.
He did not mention any candidate by name on Friday but cited immigration and health reform as examples of where Democrats may be out of sync with the general electorate.
Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., And Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Who have launched immigration and "Medicare-for-all" plans in recent weeks respectively. Warren's government-led health system overhaul would end private insurance and cost $ 52 trillion, while Sanders' immigration plan includes radical policies, including the welfare of illegal immigrants and a moratorium on all deportations.
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“Even as we push the envelope and are bold in our view, we also need to be rooted in the reality and the fact that voters, including persuadable Democrats and certainly independents or even moderate Republicans, are not driven by the same views that reflect on certain left-hand feeds from Twitter, ”Obama said.
The comment on Twitter feeds echoes his remarks he made last month when the former president hit virtue flagging "woke up" and canceled the culture, telling the Chicago public to "overcome" his obsessions about testing. of ideological purity.
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"This idea of purity and you never get compromised and always wake up politically, and all of these things should get over it quickly," Obama said. "The world is confusing. There are ambiguities. People who do the people you are fighting really well can love your children and share certain things with you."
Ronn Blitzer of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.