Thus far, former President Barack Obama has sat out of the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination race and has not endorsed any candidate, including his former vice president, Joe Biden.
But a new report claims the former president may be set to intervene in the race to stop Sen. Bernie Sanders from getting the nod.
“Former President Barack Obama has remained mostly silent through the early stages of the Democratic race to unseat Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election but that may soon change, friends and associates tell FOX Business, as avowed socialist Bernie Sanders gains in national polls and seems poised to obtain front-runner status,” Fox Business reported on Friday.
“He has recently grown even more wary of Sanders as the Vermont senator appears to be gaining momentum in polls and the Democratic primaries begin to heat up with the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary both in February.”
SCOOP: Dem Party sources who have spoken w @BarackObama say former prez is growing increasingly anxious about @BernieSanders rise in the national polls & where the avowed socialist would take the country; he is considering a public statement addressing it more now @FoxBusiness
— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) January 23, 2020
“Obama has told people in private that Sanders is both temperamentally and politically unfit to beat Trump in the 2020 general election, these people say,” Fox Business noted further.
“Among his concerns are Sanders’ strident form of politics and confrontational manners where he was known not to seek compromise during his long years in the US senate,” the report stated.
“Meanwhile, Obama is said to worry that Sanders’ far-left policies, which include massive tax increases, free college tuition and massive student debt forgiveness, would alienate even traditional Democratic voters,” it added.
Sources told the network that the former president was now considering making public his opposition to Sanders’ nomination. That, politicos note, would likely be an effort by Obama to help his former vice president.
Then again, a report in December claimed that the former president has been working behind the scenes advising the campaign of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who also has some far-Left proposals such as “Medicare for all” and a student debt forgiveness plan.
News that Obama may intervene to stop Sanders comes after two-time failed Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton lambasted Sanders this week, claiming among other things he’s not well-liked in the Senate and no one wants to work with him.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published Tuesday, reporter Lacey Rose read a quote Clinton gave filmmakers for the as-yet-unreleased Hulu documentary exploring the 2016 campaign, in which Clinton targeted Sanders’s Senate record.
“In the doc, you’re brutally honest on Sanders: ‘He was in Congress for years. He had one senator support him. Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done. He was a career politician. It’s all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it,’” Rose said, quoting Clinton. “That assessment still hold?”
“Yes, it does,” Clinton responded.
She later refused to confirm whether she would endorse or campaign for Sanders should he win the Democratic nomination this year.
“I’m not going to go there yet. We’re still in a very vigorous primary season,” Clinton said of a possible endorsement of his campaign.