Barack Obama ‘thinks Bernie Sanders is unfit to be the Democrat nominee to beat Trump and he may soon PUBLICLY denounce the socialist firebrand’
- Obama is considering publicly rebuking Sanders, former president’s friends say
- Bernie Sanders is in a virtual tie with Biden in early primary state of Iowa
- Obama has remained conspicuously silent, refusing to endorse Biden
- But reports indicate he may consider socialist Sanders a bridge too far
Former President Barack Obama is growing concerned about avowed socialist Senator Bernie Sanders’ rise in the primary polls, and may even speak out publicly against the Democratic candidate, according to a new report.
Obama, who has remained notably silent during the Democratic primary, could soon change that policy due to his concern over Sanders’ increasingly far-out leftist proposals, friends and associates of the ex-president tell Fox Business Network.
Obama has told people in private that Sanders is both temperamentally and politically unfit to beat President Donald Trump in the 2020 general election, these people say.
Adding to Obama’s reported concern is Sanders’ ‘strident’ and ‘confrontational’ approach to politics, and his track record of shunning compromise in the Senate, according to Fox Business.
Former President Barack Obama is reportedly growing concerned about avowed socialist Senator Bernie Sanders’ rise in the primary polls
Obama has told people in private that Sanders (above) is both temperamentally and politically unfit to beat President Donald Trump in the 2020 general election
Obama is said to be concerned that Sanders’ far-left proposals would alienate large segments of the Democratic base.
While it’s unclear what Sanders proposals Obama might specifically abhor, his ‘Medicare for All’ policy would dismantle Obama’s signature healthcare reforms, and according to some estimates would add $19 trillion to the national debt.
Other Sanders proposals include free college and student loan forgiveness, all funded by significant tax increases.
If Obama did speak out, it would be a sharp departure, in a campaign in which he has so far refused to endorse any candidate, including his former VP Joe Biden.
Obama did obliquely comment on ‘Medicare for All’, a proposal supported by Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren, in November.
‘The average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system to remake it,’ Obama told a gathering of Democratic donors, according to the New York Times.
It comes as Sanders surges in several national and early primary state polls.
The latest RCP polling average shows Biden just 3.7 points ahead of Sanders in Iowa, where caucuses will take place on February 3.
In New Hampshire, where Sanders has regional recognition, the Vermont senator is 4 points ahead of Biden in the latest polling average.
The latest national poll, from Emerson, shows Biden and Sanders neck and neck, with 30 percent and 27 percent respectively, and Warren in distant third with 13 percent.