Barack Obama bluntly urged Dems nervous about the state of the party's primary field to "chill out" on Thursday, stressing that while there are differences between the numerous Dems running for president, those differences are "relatively minor"
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… “Everybody needs to chill out about the candidates, but gin up about the prospect of rallying behind whoever emerges from this process,” Obama said after a lengthy answer that defend the arduous primary process that Democrats are currently in.
Obama, until recently, rarely commented on the 2020 field, but at a fundraiser here in Silicon Valley on Thursday the President cheered on the vigorous debate happening inside the party while stressing the need to get elected and warned about some of the obstacles the numerous women candidates and one gay candidate will likely face…
The former President added it was important to draw a line between contentious arguments playing out inside the party and the need to get elected, decrying “purity tests” because “the country’s complicated.”
“Those are good arguments to have,” he said about debates of health care and climate change, “but you got to win the election.”
He also cautioned Democratic voters from getting too wrapped up in the issues they have with individual candidates, telling the audience in California that people’s “flaws are magnified” during a primary.
“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,” Obama said bluntly, “because the choice is so stark and the stakes are so high that you cannot afford to be ambivalent in this race.”…
The event benefits the DNC’s Democratic Unity Fund, a cache of money that will is being raised to eventually benefit the party’s general election campaign. This is Obama’s first event of the cycle for the DNC…
A number of Democratic candidates — including Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren — have made fighting income inequality central to their campaigns and Obama said he believes it’s one area where there is more room now for Democrats to go big.
“It is something we were aware of in 2008 and we wanted to do more about, but the first thing was putting out a big fire to make sure we didn’t have a great depression,” Obama said of the issue…
“We will not win just by increasing the turnout of the people who already agree w us completely on everything. Which is why I am always suspicious of purity tests during elections. Because, you know what, the country is complicated.” via @BrianSlodysko
— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) November 22, 2019
You may have heard us say this before, but it bears repeating.
Any one of our candidates is better than the current occupant of the White House who's been abusing his power and has engaged in a corrupt bribery scheme.
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) November 21, 2019
Congratulations to @MichelleObama for her Grammy nomination for the audiobook of "Becoming"! A beautiful story, well-told (and well-spoken!) ?
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 21, 2019
Obama on key values: “Be kind. Be useful. Ask why not? Know you have power to change things. Being a leader is identifying the power in others and unleashing it.” #DF19 #dreamforce2019 pic.twitter.com/yjfGcbNlFT
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