The background influence of former President Barack Obama on the Democrat primaries has come to the forefront and shows he may well have been instrumental in the suspension of Bernie Sanders’ campaign.
According to reports Wednesday, Obama had several private conversations with Sanders that were aimed at convincing the self-declared democratic socialist to drop out of the race. The talks reportedly began in late March, following Joe Biden’s considerable primary victories during Super Tuesday.
During the conversations, the former president reportedly prodded the Vermont senator towards suspending his campaign and allegedly told him he had already achieved his goal of pushing the party platform further to the left.
During Obama’s endorsement of Biden, he emphasized Sanders’ influence and touted Biden’s platform as the most left-wing one ever endorsed by a major party candidate.
“We have to look to the future; Bernie understands that and Joe understands that,” he stated. “It’s one of the reasons that Joe already has what is the most progressive platform of any major party nominee in history.”
Obama reportedly had his sights set on what he called “accelerating the endgame” and thus avoided a protracted Democrat primary such as the one seen in 2016 when campaign analysts said the extended contest between Sanders and Hillary Clinton inflicted significant harm on her appeal among progressives.
Sources close to the former president stated that while Obama publicly maintained a neutral, hand-off stance to the primary races, behind the scenes he stayed in close contact with the various Democrat candidates..
In Sanders’ case, the deal appears to have been a more progressive Biden platform in exchange for the Vermont senator’s support, which is a point made clear during Sanders’ endorsement message.
” Now it’s no great secret out there, Joe, that you and I have our differences and we’re not gonna paper them over, that’s real,” he stated. “But I hope that these task forces will come together utilizing the best minds and people in your campaign, and in my campaign, to work out real solutions for these very, very important problems.”
Yet, analysts have said whether this will convince Sanders’ supporters to back Biden remains to be seen. Several prominent left-wing voices have already refused to endorse the presumptive Democrat nominee, including Sanders’ former campaign press secretary and the Democratic Socialists of America.
Of course, the possibility remains if we will see a repeat of the 2016 elections when 10 percent of Sanders’ supporters, more than 1.5 million people, went on to vote for President Trump.
“And the Bernie Sanders people are big believers on what I’m saying on trade and I got a lot of them in the last election — that surprised people, but it didn’t surprise me,” the president previously stated. “Now those are great people.”
In a poll last month, that number was projected to be even higher in 2020 with 15 percent of Sanders’ voters claiming they would support President Trump over Joe Biden.
Author: OANN Staff