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Democrats Chastise Obama For Late Entry Into 2020 Fray

Democrats Chastise Obama For Late Entry Into 2020 Fray
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By    |   Thursday, 14 June 2018 11:36 AM

Democrats are cheering former President Barack Obama's re-emergence onto the political scene but are chastising him for staying relatively quiet since he left office.

Days after it was reported that Obama has spoken with potential 2020 Democratic candidates for president, The Hill caught up with several Democrats who said Obama should have flexed his political muscle sooner.

"There's [expletive] no one else," a Democratic strategist told The Hill. "Bill Clinton is toxic, [former President Jimmy] Carter is too old, and there's no one else around for miles."

Noted an Obama bundler, "He's been way too quiet. There are a lot of people who think he's played too little a role or almost no role in endorsing or fundraising, and he's done [expletive] in getting people to donate to the party."

No leading Democratic candidate for president has emerged thus far, with the election less than 2 1/2 years away. Hillary Clinton lost in 2016 and has been vocal in her criticism of President Donald Trump, but she is not viewed as a potential candidate the next time around.

A former Obama aide told The Hill the former president sees that his presence is needed.

"He always wanted to help, without a doubt. He cares tremendously about our country and our party," the aide told The Hill. "But I think he always intended to be a little more on the sidelines than he's been. I think he realizes he is needed and needed badly."

Among the potential candidates Obama has met with is Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Sanders ran for president in 2016 but lost the Democratic nomination to Clinton. He has not yet announced his candidacy for 2020.

Obama has given his opinion on various political issues a handful of times since Trump took office, including after Trump pulled the United States from the Iran nuclear deal in May:

Obama has also been vocal regarding the gun violence epidemic, in particular the school shootings that have ravaged the nation.

It was reported this week, meanwhile, that more than a dozen Obama administration alumni are running for office this year.

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