As we inch ever closer to the 2020 election cycle, former President Barack Obama, unable stay out of the spotlight, is becoming increasingly involved, and now he’s made an official decision that’s grabbing headlines nationwide.
Obama has provided guidance to over a dozen prospects for the Democratic Party’s nomination, including Senators Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren, while other names are currently missing — such as Bernie Sanders.
This could be signaling a willingness of Obama’s to align with certain Democrats while distancing himself from others. However, one thing has been made abundantly clear according to longtime Obama advisor David Axelrod.
In an interview, Axelrod said that he’s been asked recently whether Obama would end up endorsing a candidate to take on President Trump. “I don’t imagine he will,” remarked Axelrod. We will see if Obama can keep this promise as things heat up.
Obama is advising candidates to draw a contrast with Trump and express resistance to the president’s “bleak and divisive rhetoric about economic change, and to deliver a competing message that can resonate even in Republican-leaning areas.”
Perhaps Obama may want to rethink his strategy. With the economy growing significantly and the lowest unemployment rate in recent memory, Americans are preferring Trump’s economic change over Obama’s shallow ‘hope and change.’
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