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Barack Obama endorsed Joe Biden late and unenthusiastically.
There was a reason for that.
And Barack Obama just let this truth about Joe Biden slip that could cripple his campaign.
In an interview with Evan Osnos, Barack Obama admitted that Joe Biden had some of the same socialist goals as Bernie Sanders.
The New Yorker exclusively reported, “In a recent interview, I asked Barack Obama how he interprets Biden’s swerve to the left. ‘If you look at Joe Biden’s goals and Bernie Sanders’s goals, they’re not that different, from a forty-thousand-foot level,’ he argued. ‘They both want to make sure everybody has health care. They want to make sure everybody can get a job that pays a living wage. They want to make sure every child gets a good education.’ The question was one of tactics, Obama suggested. ‘A lot of times, the issue has to do with ‘How do we go about that, and what are the coalitions we need?’ he said. ‘What I think the moment has done is to change some of those calculations, not because necessarily Joe’s changed but because circumstances have changed.’”
One example of Biden and Sanders moving in the same direction but on different paths involves health care.
Sanders favors an immediate socialist government takeover of health care while banning private health insurance.
Biden favors a “public option” to supposedly “compete” with private insurance.
But Biden’s plan would end up in the same place as Sanders as employers would drop private health insurance knowing their employees would get dumped into the government-run health care plan.
Bernie Sanders favors a ban on fracking which would cost millions of jobs across America.
Joe Biden supports Sanders’ ban on fracking on federal lands and has made confusing statements in the past as to if he favors a nationwide ban on fracking.
“No, we would — we would work it out. We would make sure it’s eliminated and no more subsidies for either one of those, either — any fossil fuel,” Biden said in a July 2019 Democrat Party debate.
Sanders and Biden also agreed to a unity pledge on climate change that was authored by socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Democrats picked Biden because stylistically and tonally, Biden is the least threatening public face for the most radical agenda ever put forth in a presidential campaign.
The left understands that voters choose presidents on personality comfort levels with the candidate on a personal level and not necessarily on policy briefing books.
But Barack Obama admitted that Donald Trump’s warning that Joe Biden would be a mindless figurehead for the left as Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rammed socialism through Congress was closer to mark than many Democrats care to admit.
(h/t Black Eye Politics)