Obama to worried Democrats: ‘Chill out about the candidates’ CNN Digital Expansion 2017
Former President Barack Obama bluntly urged Democrats nervous about the state of the party’s primary field to “chill out” on Thursday, stressing that while there are differences between the numerous Democrats running for president, those differences are “relatively minor” compared to what the Trump administration is doing.
The comments from Obama build on a series of statements the former President has made about the race for his old job, injecting the popular Democrat into a nomination fight that he had largely avoided.
“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.
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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.
Obama did not mention any of the candidates by name, but it was clear that the former President — whose legacy continues to loom large over the party — is watching the debate play out with a close eye on how the candidates are positioning themselves to defeat President Donald Trump.
And the comments come as the field of Democrats vying to take on Trump has fluctuated in recent weeks with former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick launching a late-entry presidential campaign last week. Patrick, who is a close friend to Obama, largely jumped into the race of fear over the state of the current crop of Democrats could not beat Trump……..read more