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Democrats React to Obama's Call for Moderation in Primary Race

Headline Roundup November 17th, 2019

Democrats on social media and on the campaign trail are responding to former President Barack Obama's call for the party's presidential hopefuls to "stay rooted in reality," which he made during a fundraising event on Friday. Many supporters have voiced their agreement with the president's concern over the electability of some of the party's more left-leaning candidates, while others are criticizing the position with the hashtag #TooFarLeft. News coverage of Obama's comments and the ensuing reactions have reflected that divide.

Democrats React to Obama's Call for Moderation in Primary Race

From the Center
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Democratic presidential candidates have given their reaction to a warning by former President Barack Obama against moving too far left in politics.

Mr Obama's rare intervention into the Democratic race was a talking point at campaign events on Saturday.

Some Democrats called for unity, while others defended their policy agenda.

Nearly 20 candidates remain in the running and there is much debate over the best approach to taking on President Trump next year.

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From the Right
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Former President Barack Obama on Friday warned 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls to pay attention to what voters actually think -- warning that most of them don’t want to “tear down the system.”

“The average American doesn't think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it. And I think it's important for us not to lose sight of that,” Obama said.

“There are a lot of persuadable voters and there are a lot of Democrats out there who just want to see things make sense. They just don't...

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From the Left
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WASHINGTON — The offer: A $1 million check from a major Democratic donor to a major Democratic group. The one condition: The money would be refunded if Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren becomes the party's nominee.

That offer was rejected, according to an official familiar with it, but it was indicative of the larger anxiety felt by many in the Democratic Party's elite circles about the state of the 2020 Democratic presidential field. "Ninety to 95 percent of our donor base is terrified about Warren," said a prominent Democratic official.

Democrats,...

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