CNN, NBC, MSNBC panels question Obama’s last-minute campaign efforts: ‘Joe Biden can’t be out’
Panelists from CNN, NBC and MSNBC discussed Sunday whether to have former President Obama out on the campaign trail was going to help the Democrats in the midterms.
CNN’s Scott Jennings joked that they got “amazing results” when Obama was involved in the 2010 and 2014 mandates during CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“I think the fact that he’s out also tells you what we know about the election. Joe Biden can’t be out. So this is the only person who can come out. The Democrats have bet everything on abortion , everything. And with nine. days to go, it’s Social Security, it’s Medicare, it’s fear, it’s — and finally we’ve made a big mess, and what are you going to do to clean it up? It’s too late. It’s not going to work,” he said Jennings. .
The former senior adviser of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, Karen Finney, argued that Obama was successful in the 2018 midterms and said that no Democratic candidate was only for abortion.
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“I think Obama is out in the places where Biden can’t go, Georgia, Nevada, the two most obvious examples, says a lot about the Democrats, sort of where the party is today, right? But Biden was essentially a candidate d ’emergency in 2020, because all the criteria of the party, who can beat Trump, and it was obviously the answer. But there was not much thought given to the longer planning, so now they have a president in office close to 80 years. and they’re relying on someone who was last in the polls a decade ago to come in as close to the midterms. It tells you a lot about where things are,” Jonathan Martin of The New Yorker Times said during CNN’s “Inside Politics.” .”
NBC’s “Meet the Press” host asked NBC News contributor Kimberly Atkins Stohr what she thought of the former president’s campaign efforts and said Obama might be the only Democrat who could help light the base.
“Democrats hope he’s the closest. I mean I talked to two people yesterday just in regular conversations, like, you know. Barack Obama is so good at it. I think that’s what counts, especially for that youth vote.” he said.
Other Democrats and media figures praised the former president’s last-minute effort to help reach Democratic voters.
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During MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show,” Cornel Belcher, a Democratic pollster and strategist, told host Jonathan Capehart that Obama is a “unique political figure.” Obama appeared in Georgia on Friday alongside Senator Raphael Warnock and gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.
“He is a unique political figure. He is a political figure and a once-in-a-lifetime movement. When you think about some of those young people, look at Obama does not become president if 11% of the electorate in 2008 are. new to the process, right? We built that. They were disproportionately young, and what are disproportionately young? They are different. He energizes young voters,” he said.
Yamiche Alcindor said during an MSNBC appearance on Sunday that Obama is more popular than President Biden and that the Democratic Party wants him out.
“So I think you also have the fact that he is popular and the fact that he has some experience, he knows what it takes to be president, when you can’t pass legislation just by executive order. So in some ways it tells you that the Democrats understand the issues at hand,” he said. “I think it just tells you that Obama has some swagger, and that’s what the Democrats want to see out there to motivate people.”
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Former Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards told Capehart that Obama is the best person to put on the trail.
“The former president was in his element. He has the ability, whether to communicate a message, to speak to people in a language they understand, to make them laugh. And then to excite them. These are all things that the Democrats need . to make sure that Democratic voters show up at the polls, and that they vote,” he said. “I think the Democrats are right, put your best team on the field, and President Obama is the best team.”
Capehart asked White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre at the start of her show why Obama was out in Wisconsin live for Mandela Barnes and Governor Tony Evers and the President was not.
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Jean-Pierre said she disagreed with Capehart’s “characterization.”
“The president has been talking about it almost every day for months,” Jean-Pierre said. “He talked about the choices that are at stake here.”
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